Triple Crown

Early Triple Crown Nominations Due January 25

Early nominations for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to compete in the three-race 2020 Triple Crown series – the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (GI) and $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) – are due Saturday, Jan. 25. Early Triple Crown nominations cost $600 and must be made at the […]

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Independence Hall ‘Did Just Enough’ In Sunday Work At Tampa

That was trainer Michael Trombetta’s message this morning to his assistant and exercise rider, Sarah Shaffer – as well as area racing fans who hope to see unbeaten 3-year-old colt Independence Hall in action at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 8 in the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. Trombetta was in touch with […]

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Enforceable, Finite To Be Pointed Toward Risen Star, Rachel Alexandra

On Saturday, February 15, Fair Grounds will play host to “Louisiana Derby Preview Day presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln”. Highlighted by a pair of key races for the three-year-olds on the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), the six stakes events will offer combined purses of $1.25 […]

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Tiz The Law ‘Developing Very Nicely,’ Works At Gulfstream Toward Holy Bull

New York-based jockey Manny Franco was in Florida on Sunday morning to guide Sackatoga Stable’s New York-bred Grade 1-winner Tiz the Law through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.55 on the Gulfstream Park main track. Franco returned to New York in time to guide Doll to victory in Sunday’s opening race at the Big A. Tiz […]

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Enforceable Puts It All Together For Lecomte Victory

A very well-bred but slow-developing son of Tapit, John Oxley’s Enforceable put all the pieces together for a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds. The 3-year-old colt, a full brother to Mohaymen and a half-brother millionaire New Year’s Day, was the third winner on the card for trainer […]

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Liam’s Lucky Charm Adds Blinkers To Win Tampa’s Pasco, Take Aim On Derby Trail

Liam’s Lucky Charm ran to the expectations of his connections in today’s $125,000, 7-furlong Pasco Stakes, opening the door to more lucrative assignments as the 3-year-old Thoroughbred picture in Florida and beyond begins to take shape. After the Florida-bred colt returned to the Tampa Bay Downs backside to cool off from his exertions, his jockey, […]

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Wide-Drawn Lynn’s Map Will Scratch From Lecomte, Ship To Oaklawn For Smarty Jones

Trainer Mark Casse confirmed to Horse Racing Radio Network’s Equine Forum that last-out allowance winner Lynn’s Map would be scratched from Saturday’s Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds, in which he had drawn the outside post in a field of 14. Instead, the 3-year-old son of Liam’s Map will be pointed to next weekend’s […]

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Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones Draws Nine In Search Of Derby Points

Nine horses, including four from Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, were entered Friday in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that is Oaklawn’s first of four Kentucky Derby points races. The Smarty Jones will go as the eighth race on the nine-race opening-day program, with probable post time 3:52 p.m. […]

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Shoplifted Among The Probables For Smarty Jones Stakes As Field Begins To Take Shape

The Oaklawn racing office listed seven horses late Thursday morning as probable for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that kicks off the local road to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11. Post positions for the Smarty Jones will be drawn Friday. The race will offer 17 points to […]

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‘She’s Special’: Cox Says Top Filly Taraz Could Step Onto Kentucky Derby Trail

Should she win the Martha Washington Stakes (February 1) at Oaklawn impressively, trainer Brad Cox has indicated that Juddmonte Farm’s homebred three-year-old filly Taraz could tackle the boys in her subsequent start and thus join the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) presented by Woodford Reserve. “Look, she’s special,” Cox explained. “Everything has to line up, everything […]

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