Triple Crown

Kitten's Cat wins the Kitten's Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Kitten’s Cat The Likely Favorite In Full Field Expected For Spiral Stakes

Turfway Park expects a full and competitive field for the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday, March 25, according to Stakes Coordinator Randy Wehrman. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds over Turfway’s Polytrack is a designated points race for the Kentucky Derby, with 50 points to the winner and 20, 10 […]

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Malagacy wins the Rebel Stakes over Sonneteer, far right, and Untrapped, one from right. Petrov, the gray visible on the outside of Malagacy, finished fourth.
McCraken Leads Top 3-Year-Old Poll; Rebel Winner Malagacy Jumps To Fifth

This past weekend may have left some folks scratching their heads a bit for a Derby prospect after the running of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes, a two-turn 1 1/16 miles event on dirt at Oaklawn Park as the “Road to the Kentucky Derby “continues in week eight of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) […]

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Guest Suite splashes home first in the Lecomte, prior to his fourth-place finish in the Risen Star
‘It’s Rare That You Win Every Race’: Guest Suite Preparing Well For Louisiana Derby

William S. Farish and Lora Jean Kilroy’s homebred Guest Suite appears to be slipping under the radar already for the Grade II $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds, despite never throwing a bad effort and a steady string of sharp works. The 3-year-old gelded son of Quality Road was a well-supported 7-2 in the […]

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Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) wins the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. Julien Leparoux up, Mark Casse trainer, John Oxley owner.
Updated: Champion Classic Empire Refuses To Work Just 19 Days Before Blue Grass

Juvenile champion Classic Empire apparently refused to break off for a workout on Sunday at Palm Meadows, according to drf.com. The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof The Nile has only managed a single workout since his disappointing third-place effort in the Feb. 4 Holy Bull, but connections had been optimistic, aiming the colt for the April […]

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McCraken worked at Palm Meadows on Mar. 11
‘Filled Out, Stronger’ McCraken Works Five Furlongs At Keeneland Monday

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated graded stakes winner McCraken, who arrived at Keeneland on Thursday to begin preparations for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, worked five furlongs in one minute flat Monday with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard. The time was the fastest of seven works at the distance. Keeneland clockers caught […]

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Malagacy wins the Rebel Stakes over Sonneteer, far right, and Untrapped, one from right. Petrov, the gray visible on the outside of Malagacy, finished fourth.
Rebel-Placed Sophomores Sonneteer, Untrapped Have Connections Considering Arkansas Derby

Calumet Farm’s homebred Sonneteer made his 9th start in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes as a maiden and still didn’t graduate. But, he came awfully close, missing by only 2 lengths to Malagacy as the 112-1 longest shot in the field of 11. The almost black son of champion Sprinter Midnight Lute got shuffled back at the start and […]

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Malagacy wins the Rebel Stakes over Sonneteer, far right, and Untrapped, one from right. Petrov, the gray visible on the outside of Malagacy, finished fourth.
Malagacy ‘Just Great’ After Rebel Win, Pointed To Arkansas Derby

U.S. Sumaya Stable’s undefeated Malagacy was doing great the morning after his mild upset in Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) on Saturday as he was walked around the barn before boarding an afternoon flight back to trainer Todd Pletcher’s South Florida base at Palm Beach Downs. “He came out of his race just great,” said […]

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Malagacy wins the Rebel in his two-turn and stakes debut for trainer Todd Pletcher
Pletcher Scores Again At Oaklawn: Malagacy Announces His Presence In The Rebel

Trainer Todd Pletcher shipped One Liner up to Oaklawn Park to win the G3 Southwest Stakes in February, and in March the conditioner was again successful with a lightly raced colt as Sumaya U.S. Stable’s Malagacy found his way to the wire first in this Saturday’s G2 Rebel Stakes. A sophomore son of Shackleford, the […]

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Practical Joke works inside a stablemate at Palm Meadows on March 18
Practical Joke ‘Worked Super’ At Palm Meadows, Will Run In Florida Derby Or Blue Grass

Multiple Grade 1 stakes-winning Practical Joke breezed a half mile at Palm Meadows Training Center Saturday morning with the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April as a target. “I’ve narrowed it down the either the Florida Derby or the Blue Grass [at Keeneland April 8]. I sort of want to see […]

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Battalion Runner wins an allowance race at Gulfstream Park
Battalion Runner, Always Dreaming Work ‘Very Well’ At Palm Beach Downs

The Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) and Battalion Runner (Unbridled’s Song), two well-regarded 3-year-olds who impressed in allowance races at the current Gulfstream Park Championship Meet, worked at Palm Beach Downs Saturday for possible engagements in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1. MeB Racing Stables, Viola Racing Stables, and St. Elias Stables’ […]

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