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Fast and Accurate (Hansen) wins the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on 3.25.2017. Tyler Gaffalione up, Mike Maker trainer, Kendal Hansen owner.
‘Old Men And Their Dreams’: Skychai Buys Into Spiral Winner Fast And Accurate

Not long after Dr. Kendall Hansen’s 3-year-old Fast and Accurate crossed the wire first in Saturday’s G3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, Harvey Diamond of Skychai Racing was prepared to purchase an interest in the son of Hansen, the owner’s namesake and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-winning sire; Skychai and Hansen had partnered on the Eclipse Award […]

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Gunnevera works at Gulfstream Park West on Mar. 25
Gunnevera Heads Florida Derby Probables; Practical Joke Still On The Fence

Next Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream is expected have a field of at least seven runners, and the Chad Brown-trained Practical Joke is under heavy consideration for the race, according to drf.com. Those confirmed for the $1 million contest, which offers 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby to the winner, are led by […]

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Hence wins the Sunland Derby
Calumet’s Hence Surprises At 10-1 In Sunland Derby

Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm-owned and bred sophomore Hence came away with a 3 3/4-length victory in Sunday’s G3 Sunland Derby for trainer Steve Asmussen, surprising bettors at odds of 10-1. The son of Street Boss, piloted by local rider Alfredo Juarez, Jr., covered nine furlongs in 1:48.10 on the fast main track at Sunland, earning […]

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One Liner shown winning the Southwest Stakes
One Liner, Irish War Cry Lead Wood Memorial Nominees

Stakes winners One Liner, Mo Town, El Areeb, and Irish War Cry lead a group of 28 sophomores nominated to the the 93rd running of the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack. As part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby prep series, […]

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Fast and Accurate (gray) will be a late nominee to the Triple Crown, making him eligible for the Kentucky Derby
Hansen Will Put Up $200,000 Late Nomination Fee For Spiral Winner Fast And Accurate

Dr. Kendall Hansen, owner of Saturday’s G3 Spiral Stakes winner Fast and Accurate at Turfway Park, told drf.com that he intends to put up the requisite $200,000 late fee to nominate the colt to the Triple Crown. With the 50 points the son of Hansen accrued in his victory over the synthetic surface, Fast and […]

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Irish War Cry works outside Dancing Rags at Palm Meadows Training Center
Motion ‘Leaning Towards’ Wood Memorial With Irish War Cry

Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry could appear next in Aqueduct’s G2 Wood Memorial on April 8, according to bloodhorse.com. The sophomore son of Curlin recorded a breeze at Palm Meadows in Florida on Saturday, covering five furlongs in 1:01.10 the day before he and the rest of the Graham Motion stable are scheduled […]

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Girvin defeats Untrapped in the G2 Risen Star
Risen Star Winner Girvin Will Face Eight Rivals In Louisiana Derby

Brad Grady’s lightly raced Girvin headlines next Saturday’s Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby in which he will face off against eight other sophomores in the 1 1/8 miles event on the main track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The Louisiana Derby is the final Fair Grounds prep for the Grade I […]

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Fast and Accurate (Hansen) wins the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on 3.25.2017. Tyler Gaffalione up, Mike Maker trainer, Kendal Hansen owner.
Fast And Accurate Holds On To Earn Derby Points In Spiral

Dr. Kendall E. Hansen, the owner of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winning sire Hansen, purchased a son of his Eclipse award-winning stallion at the OBS April 2-year-old in training sale. Named Fast and Accurate, the 3-year-old colt was able to hold on in this Saturday’s Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, winning the 1 1/8-mile […]

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Practical Joke works inside Shagaf at Palm Meadows
Practical Joke ‘Probable’ For Florida Derby; State Of Honor Confirmed Starter

After a busy Saturday morning with workers galore at the Palm Meadows Training Center, three horses — State of Honor, Talk Logistics and Unbridled Holiday — were given the green light to run in the $1 million Xpressbet.com  Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April 1. Fountain of Youth (G2) runner-up Practical Joke also worked […]

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Thunder Snow, outside, bests Epicharis by a head in the 2017 UAE Derby
Local Thunder Snow Noses Out Japan’s Epicharis In UAE Derby

Locally-trained Thunder Snow may have grown a bit unorganized in the stretch when Japan’s Epicharis repelled his first bid to take the lead, but jockey Christophe Soumillon was able to collect the son of Helmet to try one more time in Saturday’s $2 million UAE Derby. Thunder Snow lunged forward at the wire, just getting […]

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