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McCraken (Ghostzapper) works in company with Brian Hernandez up at Keeneland on 3.27.2017.
NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll Remains Largely Unchanged As McCraken Stays On Top

Three races took place this past weekend for the 3-year-old division: Steve Asmussen trainee Hence won the G3 Sunland Derby by 3 ¾ lengths and earned 50 qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, Fast and Accurate won the G3 Spiral for 50 points, and Thunder Snow took Dubai’s Group 2 UAE Derby for 100 […]

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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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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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McCraken worked at Palm Meadows on Mar. 11
McCraken Retains Top Spot In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The past weekend two Grade 2 prep races were run as the “Road to the Kentucky Derby “nears closer to Derby day. The winner from The Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (Tapwrit) and the San Felipe Stakes (Mastery) at Santa Anita resulted in changes in this week’s top-ten in week seven of the National Thoroughbred […]

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Tapwrit wins the Tampa Bay Derby
Pletcher Plans Another Start Before Derby For ‘Improving’ Tapwrit

After winning the 37th edition of the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday, 3-year-old Tapwrit returned to his Palm Beach Downs base in Delray Beach and ate a hearty dinner, exhibiting all the signs of a Thoroughbred discovering how fun it is to compete and win. “He was bright and alert […]

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McCraken worked at Palm Meadows on Mar. 11
Undefeated McCraken, Champion Classic Empire Return To Work Tab

Janis Whitham’s McCraken, undefeated in four career starts, returned to the work tab on Saturday at Palm Meadows for the first time since he was diagnosed with a slight ankle strain on Feb. 28. The half-mile move in :50 1/5 was a good sign for the sophomore son of Ghostzapper, as trainer Ian Wilkes had […]

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McCraken wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes in track-record time
On Track For Blue Grass: Wilkes ‘Very Pleased’ With McCraken’s Progress

Originally scheduled to contest the G2 Tampa Bay Derby this Saturday, undefeated sophomore McCraken will instead be sitting on the sidelines. The son of Ghostzapper sustained what trainer Ian Wilkes called a “minor ankle strain” in his left front leg during a workout on Feb. 27, which was discovered the next morning. According to bloodhorse.com, […]

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McCraken wins the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs
McCraken Just Holds On To Top Spot In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

This past weekend  of prep races for the “Road to the Kentucky Derby ”jostled the top-ten rankings with races cross crossing the east, west and southern coasts in week six of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released today. Still ranked number one is McCraken (13 first-place votes, 312 […]

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No Dozing (left) rallied late but had to settle for second behind Mo Town in the G2 Remsen
No Dozing Will Try To Make Amends In Tampa Bay Derby

After watching No Dozing breeze five furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs this morning with his wife Leigh in the irons, trainer Arnaud Delacour pronounced the 3-year-old colt a likely starter for Saturday’s Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. “Everything needs to go well between now and then, but we’re happy with where we’re […]

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