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Oaks Notes: ‘Perfect’ Champagne Anyone, Lady Apple Breeze

BELLAFINA – The likely favorite for Friday’s $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G I) put in her final bit of western exercise Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park as trainer Simon Callaghan looked on. “She galloped a mile and a half and she looks very good. We’re very pleased with her,” the transplanted Englishman said. […]

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Derby Notes: By My Standards ‘Just Moves So Effortlessly’

The special 7:30-7:45 (all times Eastern) morning training window for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses was put to major use Sunday morning with six Derby hopefuls and three Oaks likely starters turning in works during that time frame. The Derby workers were: • By My Standards, four furlongs in :48.40 (12th fastest of 76 […]

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‘Cooperative’ Improbable Records Final Breeze Before Kentucky Derby

As Elliott Walden pondered what he had just witnessed from Improbable during the colt’s final serious workout in advance of the Kentucky Derby, the CEO and President of WinStar Farm couldn’t help but get hit with a pretty ambitious case of déjà vu. “He’s feeling good and I think (trainer) Bob (Baffert) has him right […]

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Ward Trainee Jo Jo Air Upsets William Walker At 14-1

Andrew Farm and Mrs. Charlie O’Connor’s Jo Jo Air dueled 1-9 favorite Bulletin into submission and then held off a late charge from Uncapped by three-quarters of a length to win the fifth running of the $125,000 William Walker for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 22,012 on the opening night of Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring […]

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Morticia Back Off Short Rest In Unbridled Sidney

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia, winner of the Giant’s Causeway two weeks ago at Keeneland, headlines a field of 10 fillies and mares for Thursday’s ninth running of the $125,000 Unbridled Sidney going 5 ½ furlongs on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course. The Unbridled Sidney and the 13th running of the Opening Verse Overnight […]

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Derby Notes: Pletcher Pair ‘All Systems Go,’ Master Fencer Takes A Tour Of Keeneland

On a clear, mild morning at Churchill Downs, three hopefuls for next Saturday’s 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) including probable morning-line favorite Omaha Beach put in their final works for the Run for the Roses. Omaha Beach worked five furlongs in company in :59 (second best of […]

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Game Winner, Roadster Arrive At Churchill Downs; Improbable ‘Likes This Track’

The media scrum piling up outside of Churchill Downs’ Barn 33 was a surefire indicator that the white-haired one himself was back on the scene. As Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert emerged to hold court for more than 20 minutes Saturday morning, he led off his Derby week testimonials by giving a hat tip […]

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Mandella: Omaha Beach ‘Acts Like A Professional Racehorse’

It was work day for Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach Saturday at Churchill Downs and that was just fine with him. The big War Front colt, the apparent favorite for next Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby, was ready to do his thing when the special 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. Derby/Oaks training period came up and trainer […]

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Casse: War Of Will ‘Especially Loves’ Churchill Downs

Whenever trainer Mark Casse wanted to impress the visitors who would come by his barn during the Saratoga meet last summer, he would pull out a certain bay son of War Front that he had pinned a whole heaping portion of expectations on. With his Adonis-like looks, War of Will always has been one to […]

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Kentucky Derby Notes: Friday’s Workout Action In Florida, California

Trainer Richard Mandella opted to wait on working likely Grade 1 Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite Omaha Beach Friday morning, instead sending the Arkansas Derby (G1) winner out for a trip to the starting gate and a 1 ½-mile gallop over a track rated as good. Although no Derby hopefuls put in timed works at Churchill Downs, there was activity on […]

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