Triple Crown

Uncontested breezes at Oaklawn on Feb. 5
Southwest Stakes: Uncontested’s ‘Mind’ His Biggest Attribute

Only one 3-year-old has run a faster mile in January at Oaklawn than Triple Crown nominee Uncontested. There was cause for concern Jan. 21, 1994, when Concern won an entry-level allowance race in 1:36.16, still the fastest mile by a 3-year-old since Oaklawn began regularly opening during that month in 1988. Concern went on to […]

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Sorry Erik wins an allowance race at Santa Anita on Feb. 2
Desormeaux Shipping Former Claimer Sorry Erik For Risen Star

Trainer Keith Desormeaux is coming home to Louisiana for Mardi Gras weekend and not just for the king cakes. The longtime Fair Grounds-based conditioner who now roots his operation in Southern California is shipping in three horses for Louisiana Derby Preview Day, spearheaded by Big Chief Racing’s Sorry Erik, who runs in the Grade II […]

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Epicharis made a strong move up the rail to win the Hyacinth, qualifying for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Undefeated Epicharis Qualifies For Kentucky Derby With Hyacinth Victory

Epicharis (Jpn) defeated Adirato (Jpn) in the Hyacinth at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday to remain unbeaten in four starts; the colt garnered 50 points and an invitation to compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6 at Churchill Downs. The one-mile Hyacinth was the second race in a new two-race […]

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Zakaroff wins the El Camino Real Derby
Zakaroff Posts 48-1 Upset In El Camino Real Derby

Antone Metaxas’ Zakaroff posted a surprise victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, striking the wire first at odds of 48-1. Ridden by Kyle Frey, the sophomore son of Slew’s Tiznow rode the rail through the turn, angled out and collared the favored Ann Arbor Eddie to win by a half-length. Trained by […]

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Sonic Mule (inside) wins the Mucho Macho Man Stakes
Pletcher Wrestling With Fountain Of Youth Decision For Top Sophomores

A number of 3-year-olds from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher’s worked Saturday morning at Palm Beach Downs, and many of them are likely to show up as nominees to the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4. “Everyone one. Literally everyone,” Pletcher responded when asked who he nominated to the […]

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Guest Suite splashes home first in the Lecomte
Lecomte Winner Guest Suite Takes On Mo Town In Risen Star

The Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes features a clash between a formidable Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots-based home team and a pair of potent stakes-winning invaders from each side of the country in its 2017 edition. Led by Grade III Lecomte Stakes winner Guest Suite, the New Orleans squad features the top-five finishers […]

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Gunnevera and Javier Castellano win the Delta Downs Jackpot
Sano ‘Very Excited’ About Gunnevera’s Prospects In Fountain Of Youth

Peacock Racing Stables’ Gunnevera breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Saturday at Gulfstream Park West in preparation for a scheduled start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4. The Antonio Sano-trained 3-year-old worked for the first time since finishing second behind Irish War Cry in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) Feb. […]

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El Areeb (Exchange Rate) and jockey Trevor McCarthy win the Withers (Gr III) at Aqueduct Racetrack 2/4/17. Trainer: Cathal Lynch. Owner: M M G Racing Stable
El Areeb ‘Effortless’ In First Work Since Withers Victory

M M G Stables’ multiple Grade 3-winning Triple Crown contender El Areeb returned to the work tab with a sharp half-mile breeze over Laurel Park’s main track Saturday morning. With trainer Cal Lynch’s son, Charlie, in the irons, the 3-year-old Exchange Rate colt was clocked in 47.70 seconds, the second-fastest of 35 horses at the […]

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Mo Town (Uncle Mo) and jockey John Velazquez win the Remsen (Gr II) at Aqueduct
Mo Town ‘Ready’ For Sophomore Debut In Risen Star

The most accomplished horse in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes field next Saturday is the highest-profile ship-in, Tony Dutrow-trained Mo Town. Owned by Team D in partnership with the principals of the powerful Coolmore conglomerate – Mrs. Tom Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith – the son of Uncle Mo completed his final […]

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McCraken wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes
TCI: Last Of The 10-Point Races

The TCI guys process last week’s Derby prep action, a major performance by the undefeated McCraken. Did he do enough to break into the top spot of the TCI’s Top 10? They also preview this Saturday’s G3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, and the loaded G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on […]

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