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Uncontested breezes at Oaklawn on Feb. 5
Pace Scenario Could Make Southwest ‘Tougher’ For Favorite Uncontested

Uncontested can become the second horse to sweep Oaklawn’s first two major Kentucky Derby preps in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Monday. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Southwest, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. Uncontested, who races for Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta, exits a […]

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One Liner wins his 2017 debut at Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photo)
One Liner ‘Stepping Up To A Big Race’ In Monday’s Southwest Stakes

Lightly raced One Liner is the 7-2 second choice in the program for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/16-mile race that will mark the biggest test in the unbeaten colt’s young career. Trained by Todd Pletcher, One Liner (2 for 2) has been based this winter in south […]

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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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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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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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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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Will Uncontested continue his local dominance in Monday's G3 Southwest Stakes?
Weekend Lineup: ‘Winter’ Carnival, Oaklawn Highlight 3-Day Holiday

Monday is Presidents’ Day, and as such, many people will be enjoying a three-day weekend due to the national holiday. Highlights of the weekend’s racing include the Monday card at Oaklawn Park, which features the G3 Southwest Stakes, offering 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby to the winner. Also, at Laurel Park, […]

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