Triple Crown

Sharp ‘Confident’ In Decision To Change Up Girvin’s Work Schedule

Trainer Joe Sharp opened the proverbial can of worms on Monday this week, cancelling a planned workout at Keeneland for his Kentucky Derby contender Girvin. Concern was immediately raised that the son of Tale of Ekati was not in top form, but Sharp, who will be saddling his first Derby runner, countered that assumption on […]

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Gunnevera Pleases Trainer With First Gallop Over Churchill Surface

Peacock Racing Stables’ Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner and a millionaire in his young career, took his first steps on the main track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Victor Farrel aboard. On hand to supervise the morning activity over a fast track was trainer Antonio Sano and Solomon Del-Valle, part […]

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Tirico Taking The Reins As Host On NBC’s Racing Coverage As Hammond Takes Reduced Role

Mike Tirico will take over the hosting duties on NBC’s horse racing coverage as Tom Hammond begins to scale back his broadcasting duties. According the Associated Press, Tirico will make his Triple Crown debut next week at the Kentucky Derby. Last fall he worked his first racing assignment when he joined Hammond and the rest of the NBC team […]

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Classic Empire Retains Top Spot In NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

With only twelve days left the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and the designated Derby prep races leading up to the run for the roses are over. That being the case, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes which results were released today. John and Debby […]

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Geroux Named To Ride Sunland Derby Winner Hence In Run For The Roses

Trainer Steve Asmussen has named jockey Florent Geroux as the rider for Kentucky Derby candidate Hence on the first Saturday in May, according to drf.com. The Calumet Farm-owned and bred son of Street Boss was a two-length winner of the G3 Sunland Derby in his most recent outing. Monday morning, Hence worked in company with […]

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Churchill Downs: Busy Monday Morning As Host Of KY Derby Contenders Turn In Works

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ McCracken turned in his penultimate workout for Kentucky Derby 143 by working five furlongs in 1:00.60 in company on a sunny Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Also working toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6 was a quartet of hopefuls from trainer Steve Asmussen: Hence (five […]

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J Boys Echo Puts In ‘Really Solid Work’ At Churchill Sunday

Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6. J Boys Echo, with regular exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard, was clocked in splits of :12, :24.40 and :37 before galloping out […]

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Battalion Runner, Cloud Computing Work Over Belmont Training Track Saturday

Kentucky Derby candidate Battalion Runner put in his penultimate breeze before the Run for the Roses on Saturday, working a half-mile in company timed in 49.11 seconds over the Belmont training track, according to drf.com. The sophomore son of Unbridled’s Song galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.43, and six furlongs in 1:16.25. His work had […]

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Battle Of Midway, Gormley Record Penultimate Breezes For Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby candidate Battle of Midway worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track early Saturday morning, after which Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer expressed satisfaction with his efforts. Battle of Midway, owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms when second in the Santa Anita Derby on April 8, was purchased by the partnership of […]

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Rain Dampens First Exclusive Derby/Oaks Training Period At Churchill Downs

Thanks to inclement weather, Janis Whitham’s McCraken and the Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo were the only two 3-year-olds on the “sloppy” main track Saturday during the first of Churchill Downs’ exclusive Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks training periods from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times EDT). Both colts galloped in the mud in preparation for […]

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