Triple Crown

Uncontested takes the Smarty Jones Stakes
Uncontested Likely To Skip Rebel And Wait For Arkansas Derby

Uncontested will likely make his next start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15 at Oaklawn, co-owner Harry Rosenblum of Little Rock, Ark., said Wednesday morning. Rosenblum said he and Uncontested’s trainer, Wayne Catalano, are calling Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) a “throw out” after the colt faded to sixth as the favorite. […]

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El Areeb (Exchange Rate) and jockey Trevor McCarthy win the Withers (Gr III) at Aqueduct
Lynch: El Areeb Doing Well Since Withers Victory, Will Run In Gotham Next

Talented sophomore El Areeb, who ran his winning streak to four straight races when winning the G3 Withers earlier this month, will make his next start in the G3 Gotham Stakes March 4. According to the Daily Racing Form, trainer Cathal Lynch had planned on running his 3-year-old star just one more time, most likely in the G2 […]

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KY Derby Future Wager: McCraken, Classic Empire Individual Favorites In Pool 3

The always-popular Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Others,” looms as a solid betting favorite Pool 3 of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), but the battle for the individual favorite is expected to be tight between reigning 2-year-old champion Classic Empire (#4, 8-1) and unbeaten rising stars McCraken (#15, 8-1), Mastery (#14, 10-1) […]

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One Liner was the 3 1/2-length winner of the Southwest Stakes
One Liner Keeps Perfect Record Intact With Southwest Victory

Trainer Todd Pletcher rarely sends horses to Oaklawn Park for the 3-year-old series of Kentucky Derby prep races, but when he does, watch out. On Monday, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s One Liner stretched out to two turns impressively in the G3 Southwest Stakes, besting a field of 12 other sophomores to […]

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Souper Tapit wins a maiden special weight at Fair Grounds
Sophomore Souper Tapit ‘Still Learning,’ But Very Impressive On Debut At Fair Grounds

There was a bit of buzz surrounding Live Oak Stud’s homebred Souper Tapit as the good-looking 3-year-old son of leading sire Tapit and Grade I winner Zo Impressive neared his first start at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Sunday— and it was not all positive. Known to be very talented and swift in […]

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Gormley works at Santa Anita on Feb. 20
Gormley ‘Does Things So Easy,’ Possible For San Felipe

Sham Stakes winner Gormley, one of the West’s leading Triple Crown contenders, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s “fast” main track Monday in 47.80 under regular rider and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza. Working in company with Shazara, who was clocked in 48.20, Gormley could make his next start here in the Grade II, […]

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Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) wins The Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland
Nagging Hoof Issue Means No Fountain Of Youth Bid For Classic Empire

John Oxley’s juvenile champion Classic Empire will not make his next start in the March 4 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream, as trainer Mark Casse had tentatively planned. The sophomore son of Pioneerof the Nile was diagnosed with a severe foot abscess after a poor third-place performance in the Feb. 4 Holy Bull Stakes, […]

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Practical Joke wins his second Grade 1 event in the Champagne
Brown ‘Very Pleased’ With Practical Joke’s Preparation For Sophomore Debut

Multiple Grade 1 winner Practical Joke breezed five furlongs in 1:00.45 Sunday at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. The Chad Brown-trained 3-year-old worked in company with 2016 Gotham winner Shagaf in preparation for his 2017 debut. “He worked terrific. I’m very pleased with the way this horse has come […]

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Uncontested breezes at Oaklawn on Feb. 5
Pace Scenario Could Make Southwest ‘Tougher’ For Favorite Uncontested

Uncontested can become the second horse to sweep Oaklawn’s first two major Kentucky Derby preps in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Monday. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Southwest, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. Uncontested, who races for Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta, exits a […]

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One Liner wins his 2017 debut at Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photo)
One Liner ‘Stepping Up To A Big Race’ In Monday’s Southwest Stakes

Lightly raced One Liner is the 7-2 second choice in the program for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/16-mile race that will mark the biggest test in the unbeaten colt’s young career. Trained by Todd Pletcher, One Liner (2 for 2) has been based this winter in south […]

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