Triple Crown

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
Florida Derby Start Thrown ‘Into The Mix’ For Promising El Areeb

Add the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park to the list of Triple Crown preps being considered for M M G Stables’ impressive 3-year-old El Areeb, a winner of his last four races including back-to-back graded stakes. Laurel Park-based trainer Cal Lynch said the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby is among the […]

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Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) wins The Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland
Classic Empire ‘Sharp As Can Be’ In First Training Exercise Since Holy Bull

Juvenile champion Classic Empire underwent his first training exercise on Monday following a disappointing third-place effort in the Holy Bull, according to the Daily Racing Form. The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof The Nile was found to have an abscess festering in his right front foot shortly after the Feb. 4 race at Gulfstream Park, the […]

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McCraken wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes
McCraken Takes Over First Place In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

This past weekend the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” biggest race ran through Tampa Bay Downs in Florida resulting in some minor changes in week  three of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released today. Moving up a notch from second to first-place is McCraken (18 first-place votes; 335 […]

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Tapwrit (Tapit) in his stall after an impressive second in the Sam F. Davis Stakes
Tapwrit ‘Improving All The Time,’ Could Point To Tampa Bay Derby

Tapwrit was almost as impressive as the winner in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, showing good energy in deep stretch under jockey Jose Ortiz to finish a clear second. Trainer Todd Pletcher said via text Sunday that Tapwrit could return for the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, which awards 50, 20, 10 and […]

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Uncontested breezes at Oaklawn on Feb. 5
‘Raw Talent’, ‘Speed’ Make Uncontested A Top Derby Candidate For Catalano

Winner of the $100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths in the slop, 3-year-old Uncontested appears to have all the right tools to be a top contender on the first Saturday in May, trainer Wayne Catalano told bloodhorse.com. The son of Tiz Wonderful fired a bullet workout at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 5, cruising […]

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Guest Suite splashes home first in the Lecomte
Howard Seeing ‘Physical Positives’ With Guest Suite Approaching Risen Star

The winner of the G3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds, sophomore Guest Suite has continued to impress trainer Neil Howard in his recent morning workouts. The son of Quality Road, a homebred for William S. Farish and Lora Jean Kilroy, is being pointed to the G2 Risen Star on Feb. 25, the next step […]

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Fair Grounds starting gate
Shareholder Value ‘On The Radar’ For Risen Star

One of the more impressive winners from the current sophomore class this season, Shareholder Value continues to work well toward his next start for 11-time meet-leading conditioner Tom Amoss and owners Klaravich Stables and Bill Lawrence. A good-looking son of Uncle Mo, Shareholder Value flashed impressive acceleration in both his starts this meet, including an […]

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McCraken in the winner's circle for the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs
McCraken: Wilkes Tentatively Lays Plans For Tampa Bay Derby

Ian Wilkes says his role in helping McCraken get to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs on May 6 is relatively simple. “I’ve just got to stay out of his way and let him take me,” Wilkes said this morning. The unbeaten (4-for-4) 3-year-old colt raised his connections’ optimism several notches […]

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McCraken wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes
McCraken Professional, Remains Undefeated With Sam F. Davis Victory

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ homebred McCraken extended his undefeated record to four races on Saturday, utilizing his late-running style to take top honors in the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The sophomore son of Ghostzapper and Brian Hernandez cruised to the lead in the stretch, gearing down a bit at the wire to […]

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Hence breaks his maiden at Oaklawn Park
Calumet-Owned Hence Has ‘A Lot Of Talent,’ Will Join Southwest Fray

Calumet Farm’s Hence, who provided Steve Asmussen with a milestone victory at Oaklawn, will make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 20, the Hall of Fame trainer said Saturday morning. Hence, in his fourth lifetime start, was an eventful Jan. 16 maiden winner under Ramon Vazquez, who will ride […]

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