In the U.S. during the final weekend of March, the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was focused on the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby (both gr. I), but Saturday also threw up a previously unheralded contender in Irish-trained Lines of Battle, who earned his ticket to Churchill Downs with a victory in the UAE Derby Sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (UAE-II).
Falling Sky holds off Dynamic Sky for victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes. Falling Sky, a 3-year-old Lion Heart colt, sprung a 7-1 upset over the field of nine with his frontrunning conquest under Jose Espinoza and survived an objection to get the job done by a neck.
If Palace Malice can win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands maybe Campbell can get members of the 2004 Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers in the winner’s circle to hug and make up following their infamous “Malice at the Palace” brawl at the Palace at Auburn Hills.