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Derby Notes, April 29: Workouts, Arrivals And Departures

Two Grade 1 Kentucky Derby hopefuls worked Saturday morning in the state: Albaugh Family Stables’ J Boys Echo breezed five furlongs in 1:01 after the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs and, 75 miles to the east, Brad Grady’s Girvin worked five furlongs in :59.60 at Keeneland. At Santa Anita, Jerry and Ann Moss’ Gormley […]

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Pace Makes … The Work? Espinoza Watches Derby Mount Gormley While Riding Ziconic

It wasn’t a case of musical horses at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday morning when exercise rider Cisco Alvarado worked Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley, and the colt’s regular jockey, Victor Espinoza, accompanied the Kentucky Derby contender astride stablemate Ziconic. John Shirreffs had a plan. “Cisco has been working Gormley since before […]

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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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Godolphin’s UAE Derby Winner Thunder Snow Confirmed For Kentucky Derby

Leading 3-year-old colt Thunder Snow will run in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, America’s most famous race, at Churchill Downs  on Saturday, May 6. The son of Helmet, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, will remain on dirt following two victories on the surface at Meydan, UAE, earlier this year including a last-gasp success 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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Battle Of Midway’s ‘Good Work’ Pleases Hollendorfer

Battle of Midway, who will attempt to give Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer his first Kentucky Derby victory a week from Saturday at Churchill Downs, worked towards that goal at Santa Anita Friday morning, going six furlongs under Flavien Prat in 1:13.40. Runner-up by a half-length in the Santa Anita Derby to Kentucky Derby-bound […]

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Brown ‘Leaning Toward’ Running Practical Joke In Small-Cup Blinkers

A two-time Grade 1-winning juvenile, Practical Joke has yet to win a race over a mile in distance. The Kentucky Derby hopeful has, however, never finished worse than third in six career starts, and will have jockey Joel Rosario aboard on the first Saturday in May. In his two starts of 2017, Practical Joke seemed […]

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‘An Extraordinary Horse’: Gunnevera Carrying The Hopes Of A Nation

Majority owner Salomón del Valle was on hand to watch Gunnevera’s final work before the Kentucky Derby on Friday morning at Churchill Downs, and the Venezuelan native could not help but glow after the 3-year-old son of Dialed In cruised through a easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5, hardly breaking a sweat. Gunnevera’s exercise rider […]

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Always Dreaming ‘Exceptional,’ Classic Empire Gives Casse ‘Chills’ In Final Derby Preparations

Florida Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming turned in the work of the morning Friday with a five-furlong drill in :59.60 with jockey John Velazquez aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher. The first horse to work after the renovation break, Always Dreaming produced fractions of :13, :24.40, :35.80, :47.60 and :59.60 with gallop-outs of 1:12.60 for six […]

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