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Iliad (inside) breezes at Santa Anita for trainer Doug O'Neill
O’Neill Has Four Under Consideration For Santa Anita Derby

San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad, one of four possible starters in the Santa Anita Derby for Doug O’Neill, worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:01.40 for the $1 million, Grade I event on April 8, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Also working for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita […]

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Iliad, a 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper, wins the San Vicente
Iliad, Term Of Art Exit San Felipe Well, Point To Santa Anita Derby

San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art, second and third behind runaway winner Mastery in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes, are bound for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant Leandro Mora said Sunday morning. “Both horses looked good this […]

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Gormley (outside) breezes at Santa Anita
Gormley Preparing ‘Very Well’ For Saturday’s Sham Stakes

Under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, Gormley, winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes Oct. 1, worked five furlongs at 9 o’clock Monday morning on a “good” main track in 1:00.60 for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, the first major steppingstone on the West Coast to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby […]

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Sidney's Candy
Sidney’s Candy To Take Up Permanent Residence At Argentina’s Haras La Pasion

Grade 1-winning millionaire Sidney’s Candy will remain at Ricardo Benedicto’s Haras La Pasion in Argentina to take up permanent residence and stand stud during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. The 9-year-old son of Candy Ride (Arg) had been shuttling to Haras La Pasion, which is located in the Providence of Buenos Aires, the last five […]

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Exaggerator gallops at Belmont Park
Fast Track, Fast Exaggerator? Desormeaux Says Colt ‘Doesn’t Have Anything To Prove’

As the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets, Exaggerator’s affinity for a wet racetrack has been one of the more prevalent narratives of the Saratoga meet this summer as the multiple graded stakes winner looks to shore up his supremacy in the 3-year-old division in the “Mid-Summer […]

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Exaggerator gallops at Belmont Park
Desormeaux: ‘Calm, Confident’ Exaggerator Has Gained Weight, Breezes Tuesday

On his first morning at Belmont Park since arriving from California Sunday night, trainer Keith Desormeaux watched Grade 1 Preakness winner Exaggerator, the expected favorite in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, gallop 1 ½ miles Monday morning. Following his usual path that takes him through the backstretch and paddock, Exaggerator was led to the main track by […]

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Exaggerator and jockey Kent Desormeaux win the Santa Anita Derby
WinStar Farm Acquires Breeding Rights To Kentucky Derby Contender Exaggerator

WinStar Farm has entered into an agreement to acquire the breeding rights to recent Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner and 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Exaggerator. “We’re very excited to be able to add a top son of Curlin to our future stallion roster,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. “Exaggerator has been among […]

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Danzing Candy wins the San Felipe
Danzing Candy Will Train Up To Derby At San Luis Rey Downs

Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. told bloodhorse.com that his Kentucky Derby prospect Danzing Candy would continue his preparations from the training center at San Luis Rey Downs in California. “We’ll take him to San Luis Rey (April 16) to train him over a sandier racetrack—to get used to a cuppier racetrack,” Sise said. “It’s not totally […]

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Will there be a bidding war to attract California Chrome later this year?
The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Chrome Drama, Derby Intrigue

Even when he’s not racing, the consensus top horse in North America seems to attract headlines. This week, there were rumblings about California Chrome’s connections seeking a substantial purse increase for races this summer interested in attracting the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Dubai World Cup winner. Meanwhile, this year’s Kentucky Derby field will mostly be […]

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Curlin's son Exaggerator romps in the Santa Anita Derby
Feld Family Stallions Presents Bloodlines: Curlin Passes On Classic Traits

The physical presence that Curlin (by Smart Strike) showed as a yearling, as a racehorse, and now as a stallion is one of the striking factors in the glowing chestnut’s makeup. A big, rugged horse who clearly bears the imprint of broodmare sire Deputy Minister, Curlin has tremendous bone, notable depth and a beautiful angle […]

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