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Mr. Z Prevails In Ohio Derby

Calumet Farm’s Mr. Z got back to winning ways with a thrilling finish over Tencendur and Divining Rod to win the $500,000 Ohio Derby Saturday afternoon at Thistledown. It was the colt’s first victory since his maiden-breaking effort nearly a … Continue reading

Churchill Horsemen Chime In On Pharoah’s Triple Crown Chances: Most Think He’ll ‘Win Easy’

As Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah attempts to make history as the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, some of Churchill Downs’ horsemen gave their expertise on whether or … Continue reading

The Friday Show: No Backing Down In Baltimore

One of the most thrilling aspects of the Triple Crown has always been the rivalries that develop between top horses. Occasionally, those horses happen to live in the same barn. If American Pharoah wins Saturday’s Preakness, he will have earned … Continue reading

Update: Sale Finalized On Mr. Z; Will Be Entered In Preakness For Calumet

The D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt, Mr. Z, who was 13th in the Kentucky Derby, has been the center of a ‘will he or won’t he’ regarding a possible start in the upcoming Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Lukas has indicated he … Continue reading

Will He Or Won’t He: Owner Says No Preakness For Mr. Z, But Lukas Ships Colt To Pimlico Anyway

The Preakness field will be finalized later today when the post positions are drawn at 5 p.m. A small field is expected for the race, headlined by the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby. However, as Marty McGee reports … Continue reading

Rematch In Baltimore: Precedent For Stablemate Triple Crown Battles

Count me among the skeptics thinking Bob Baffert would not run Dortmund in the Preakness immediately after stablemate American Pharoah’s hard-fought win over Firing Line and Dortmund in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Why would a trainer risk … Continue reading

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Shaking Hands And Shaking Reins

Late into April, the students in the North American Racing Academy’s introductory riding course are starting to adopt the look of professional exercise riders. Their unsteady circles, formerly punctuated by losses of control, have smoothed into rolling canter figure-eights across … Continue reading

Mr. Z Possible For Preakness, Firing Line In Good ‘Spot’ For Black-Eyed Susans

The top three finishers from Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) were doing well Monday morning at Churchill Downs. American Pharoah and Dortmund, the 1-3 finishers, walked the shedrow at trainer Bob Baffert’s barn and Firing Line … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby 141 Edition

Based upon the early returns at Churchill Downs, there’s a chance this year’s Kentucky Derby will break another attendance record. And with good reason. The weather forecast is great, there’s a favorite who’s the talk of the racing universe, and … Continue reading

Kentucky Derby News & Notes: Thursday, April 30

Churchill Downs stewards were notified Thursday afternoon that Stonestreet Stables, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Stanford would not run in Saturday’s $2,203,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). His defection enables Mossarosa’s Frammento to secure the … Continue reading

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