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Pletcher Hopes To Calm ‘Aggressive’ Always Dreaming With Rider, Equipment Change

After several days in a row watching his star Kentucky Derby candidate fight his exercise rider all the way around the Churchill Downs oval, trainer Todd Pletcher has decided he has to change things up if he wants Always Dreaming to relax enough to stand a chance on Saturday. According to drf.com, Pletcher will replace […]

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Final Jockey Assignments Confirmed In 2017 Run For The Roses

The last of the Kentucky Derby riding assignments was confirmed on Sunday morning, and the current field of 20 is all booked up for Saturday’s Run for the Roses. The most recent addition is that of jockey Channing Hill aboard Fast and Accurate for trainer Mike Maker; Hill breezed the colt at Churchill Downs on […]

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‘Happy’ McCraken, ‘Beautiful’ Irish War Cry Post Final Breezes For Kentucky Derby

Leading the Kentucky Derby work tab on Sunday morning were top contenders McCraken and Irish War Cry, though each completed the exercise in a slightly different atmosphere. At Churchill Downs, a large throng of reporters surrounded trainer Ian Wilkes’ barn as Brian Hernandez prepared to take McCraken through his final Derby breeze. The 3-year-old son […]

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8-Year-Old Farhaan Gets First Graded Stakes Victory In Thunder Road

Matthew Schera’s Farhaan, an 8-year-old horse by Jazil, captured his first graded stakes in his 31st start on Saturday, winning the G3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita Park under Tyler Baze. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Farhaan rallied from last as an 8-1 outsider to defeat Perfectly Majestic by three-quarters of a length, with 6-5 favorite […]

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Alert Bay Repeats In San Francisco Mile

California-bred Alert Bay scored his 14th career victory in 31 starts Saturday, taking his second consecutive Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif. Ridden by Juan Hernandez, the 6-year-old gelding by City Zip – racing for Peter Redekop BC Ltd. and trained by Blaine Wright – came from just off […]

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Heavy Favorite War Correspondent Takes Miami Mile

War Corresondent, a 7-year-old son of War Front who began his career in France, scored his second U.S. graded stakes victory on Saturday as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Miami Mile at Gulfstream Park. Under Tyler Gaffalione, the Christophe Clement trainee came from just off the pace to defeat longshot front-runner Applicator by […]

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Malagacy, Battalion Runner Out Of Derby; Lookin At Lee, Sonneteer Make Field

Grade 2 Rebel Stakes winner Malagacy and G2 Wood Memorial runner-up Battalion Runner will not contest the G1 Kentucky Derby on May 6, trainer Todd Pletcher told Daily Racing Form‘s Jay Privman early Saturday afternoon. Pletcher previously put Malagacy, a son of Shackleford coming off a fifth-place finish in the G1 Arkansas Derby April 15, in the […]

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TCI: Kentucky Derby 143 First Impressions From Churchill Downs

With one week to go, Jon and Joel give their first impressions and early observations on the contenders they’ve gotten a good look at from their early-morning visits to Churchill Downs. Which 3-year-olds are showing the best physically and in their training? Who do the guys think is coming up to the Derby in the best […]

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J Boys Echo Breezes At Churchill Downs; Girvin Back On Track At Keeneland

J Boys Echo, fourth to Irap in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes for trainer Dale Romans and owner Albaugh Family Stables in his most recent start, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning. Under Tammy Fox, the Mineshaft colt – winner of the G3 Gotham at Aqueduct on March 4 for […]

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Calumet’s Quiet Business Makes Noise In Friday’s Bewitch At Keeneland

Calumet Farm’s 16-1 longshot Quiet Business took command in the final furlong to win the 1½-mile Bewitch (G3) before 18,057 fans at Keeneland on Friday’s closing day of the 2017 Spring Meet. Quiet Business, a 4-year-old daughter of Quiet American, was ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., who won two races on Friday. She is trained […]

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