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The Friday Show: Pletcher’s Year, Derby Handicapping Philosophies?

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s high level of success in Thoroughbred racing is undeniable, but in recent years he’s also come under scrutiny for his lack of accomplishment when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick break down Pletcher’s record in racing’s most high profile event. […]

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Classic Empire Leads Battalion Of Derby Workers At Churchill Friday Morning

With rain in the forecast for overnight in Louisville, a slew of Kentucky Derby contenders put in their final workouts for the first Saturday in May on Friday morning. Reigning 2-year-old champion Classic Empire was the first out on the track, shortly after 7 a.m. According to Churchill Downs’ clockers, the Mark Casse trainee breezed […]

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Report: Santa Anita Official Confident Lack Of Entries Will Not Continue To Pose Problems

Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group, said Thursday he does not anticipate another further difficulties filling race cards. The track cancelled racing for Thursday due to lack of entries. Morris attributed part of the problem with entries to wet weather and mild illness on the backstretch from the […]

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Alvarado Expected To Be Out Two Months Following Second Shoulder Surgery

Jockey Junior Alvarado will likely be out of the saddle for two months as he recovers from a minor surgery to repair his left shoulder, according to the Daily Racing Form. Alvarado had a more major surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in that arm at the end of last year, then re-injured the shoulder slightly during […]

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Wilson Elected To American Horse Council Board Of Trustees

Joe Wilson, current President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) of North America has been elected to the AHC’s Board of Trustees. He replaces outgoing TRA President and AHC Board Member Scott Wells. “The AHC is grateful to Mr. Wells’  for lending his time and knowledge to the AHC . He will be missed on […]

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Animal Kingdom’s First Northern Hemisphere Winner Romps by Nine Lengths

Animal Kingdom’s first Northern Hemisphere starter won on debut at Keeneland on April 27, as his 2-year-old daughter Sunny Skies dominated the opening race. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight, Sunny Skies was much the best, going wire-to-wire and pulling away under a hand ride to win by […]

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Derby Notes, April 27: For Casse, Having Chance To Win Kentucky Derby ‘Surreal’

Two-year-old champion Classic Empire and Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor could bring a lifelong dream to the Mark Casse barn in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. “Every night I dream of winning the Kentucky Derby and it’s surreal to have the chance to […]

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Equine Dating Game: Taylor Made Invites Public To Help Choose A Mare For California Chrome

Taylor Made Farm, one of Kentucky’s leading and most innovative horse farms, is partnering with adventure magazine True.Ink to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the public: taking part in the breeding of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome’s successor. Chrome, one of the most popular and wealthiest racehorses in recent history, retired in January to start […]

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Questions Surround Girvin As Final Derby Work Delayed Again; Colt Being Treated For Quarter Crack

Questions and rumors continue to swirl around Louisiana Derby winner Girvin after the colt once again had his final workout for the May 6 Kentucky Derby delayed. The Daily Racing Form reports that the Joe Sharp trainee, who is stabled at Keeneland, was scheduled to have a workout Friday, April 28, but it now has been moved […]

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Paradise Woods’ Final KY Oaks Work Has Mandella ‘Pretty Excited’

Paradise Woods, winner of the Santa Anita Oaks by a race record margin of 11 ¼ lengths on April 8, worked six furlongs under regular rider Flavien Prat Thursday morning for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks May 5, in company with Milhaud. Paradise Woods was clocked in a bullet 1:12.40 while Milhaud went in 1:12.80. […]

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