Triple Crown

Thunder Snow, outside, bests Epicharis by a head in the 2017 UAE Derby
Local Thunder Snow Noses Out Japan’s Epicharis In UAE Derby

Locally-trained Thunder Snow may have grown a bit unorganized in the stretch when Japan’s Epicharis repelled his first bid to take the lead, but jockey Christophe Soumillon was able to collect the son of Helmet to try one more time in Saturday’s $2 million UAE Derby. Thunder Snow lunged forward at the wire, just getting […]

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Iliad (inside) breezes at Santa Anita for trainer Doug O'Neill
O’Neill Has Four Under Consideration For Santa Anita Derby

San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad, one of four possible starters in the Santa Anita Derby for Doug O’Neill, worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:01.40 for the $1 million, Grade I event on April 8, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Also working for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita […]

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Conquest Mo Money wins the Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park
Conquest Mo Money Carries Local ‘Dream’ Into Sunland Derby

If 3-year-old Conquest Mo Money is able to prevail in Sunday’s $800,000 Gr. 3 Sunland Derby, he will become just the third locally-trained horse to do so in the race’s 13-year history. Purchased for just $8,500 at the Keeneland November dispersal of Conquest Stables, the son of Uncle Mo is undefeated in his three starts […]

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El Areeb and trainer Cal Lynch
El Areeb Breezes At Laurel Park; Connections Eye Wood Memorial For Next Start

With an eye on returning to New York for the Wood Memorial (G2) April 8, M M G Stables’ multiple Grade 3 winner El Areeb breezed Thursday morning at his Laurel Park base for trainer Cal Lynch. Regular rider Trevor McCarthy, fresh off a nine-win weekend at Laurel to pad his lead atop the current […]

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Kitten's Cat wins the Kitten's Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Kitten’s Cat Hopes To Pounce In Turfway’s G3 Spiral Stakes

Oddsmaker and national racing commentator Mike Battaglia has made Kitten’s Cat the 4-1 morning line favorite in the Grade 3 $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park. The draw was held at the casino Wednesday as the featured event of the annual Call to the Post luncheon. Trained by Joe Sharp for […]

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Classic Empire holds off the late rush of Not This Time in the BC Juvenile
Feel The Breeze: Classic Empire Works Five Furlongs Wednesday In Ocala

A change of scenery did just the trick as champion Classic Empire worked five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla., Wednesday morning, according to a report in the BloodHorse. The 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof The Nile was sent to Winding Oaks on Sunday after refusing to work at Palm Meadows earlier that day. It […]

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Thunder Snow was impressive in winning the UAE 2000 Guineas
Godolphin’s Thunder Snow Among Six Late Nominations To Triple Crown

Godolphin’s Thunder Snow (Ire), winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas (Group 3) at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse on Feb. 11 and last fall’s Criterium International (G1) at France’s Saint-Cloud, heads a group of six 3-year-old Thoroughbreds made eligible to compete in the races of the 2017 Triple Crown during the series’ late nomination phase that closed […]

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The Japan-based Epicharis training ahead of the UAE Derby in Dubai
UAE Derby: Pletcher’s Master Plan, Japan’s Epicharis In Tough Against Local Thunder Snow

The $2 million Group 2 UAE Derby, held as the fourth race on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup card at Meydan Racecourse (approximate post time 9:25 a.m. EST), has drawn a talented field of 16 sophomores to compete in the 1900m (about 9.5 furlongs) race. Offering 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the […]

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King and His Court wins the Display Stakes under jockey Gary Boulanger
Spiral: Early Queen’s Plate Favorite King And His Court Among Several Added To Field

The lineup for Saturday’s $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3) has changed as new players emerged to alter the landscape. Hot Dad and Impressive Edge have been taken out of consideration by their trainers, the former deemed not yet ready by Mike Maker and the latter, trained by Dale Romans, not likely to draw in […]

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Always Dreaming captured an allowance race at Gulfstream March 4
West Point, Siena Farm Buy Into Kentucky Derby Hopeful Always Dreaming

Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds have purchased a minority interest in promising 3-year-old colt Always Dreaming, St. Elias Stable’s Vinnie Viola confirmed March 20. Trained by Todd Pletcher and owned by MeB Racing Stables LLC, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Viola Racing Stables, and St. Elias Stables LLC, the son of Bodemeister is under consideration for […]

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