Triple Crown

Derby: Pletcher’s Four Make First Appearances, Brown On-Hand For Good Magic’s Gallop

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s four Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) hopefuls arrived at Churchill Downs at 2:30 Monday afternoon with the trainer following a few hours later. On Tuesday morning, it was back to work. At 7:30, during the special training window set aside for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses, the Pletcher quartet exited Barn 40 and made their way […]

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Gronkowski To Resume Training Next Week, Point For Belmont Stakes

Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Ltd., announced today that Gronkowski, a prized 3-year colt, will resume training next week in preparation for his U.S. debut at the Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 9, 2018 at Belmont Park, N.Y. The Phoenix race team was forced to bypass the upcoming Kentucky Derby after the horse experienced a minor infection, which prevented its […]

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Mendelssohn Moves Up In Latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Media voters appear to be coming around to UAE (G2) winner Mendelssohn, the only 3-year-old to move up in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll just 12 days out from the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). With the final prep races run two weekends ago, this week’s rankings were determined without any new race results and could foreshadow […]

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Fever Officially Rules Gronkowski Out Of Kentucky Derby; Instilled Regard In

Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Kentucky Derby hopeful Gronkowski has incurred a slight infection and will not be able make the international journey to America and participate as scheduled in the Run for the Roses. The three-year-old son of Lonhro spiked a fever over the weekend and was immediately treated with antibiotics. While the sudden illness seems minor […]

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Derby Notes: ‘Todd Squad’ Expected To Arrive At Churchill Monday Afternoon

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s horses for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) contingent are expected to arrive at Louisville International Airport at 1:30 (all times Eastern) this afternoon after leaving its winter base at Palm Beach Downs in Florida Monday morning. Pletcher expected starters for this year’s “Run for the Roses” are: China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and Winstar Farms’ Florida […]

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Kentucky Derby Media Poll: Hofburg Makes A Move

The prep races have run, a prospective field is set, and contenders are arriving to Churchill Downs. Now begins days of speculation that reflected in a new 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll assembled by HorseRacingNation.com. Little changed in Monday’s rankings, but a panel of experts hinted their choices could be influenced by final workouts and daily training sessions. “We have […]

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Quip Out Of Derby Consideration; Combatant Makes The Field

The connections of Arkansas Derby runner-up Quip have withdrawn the colt from the Derby field, according to Darren Rogers, senior director of communications and media services for Churchill Downs. That means Combatant makes the field. Quip, trained by Rodolphe Brisset and owned by WinStar Farm, China Hose Club international and S.F. Racing, had 90 qualifying […]

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Gronkowski’s Derby Hopes In Doubt After ‘Minor Setback’

Kentucky Derby hopeful Gronkowski was expected to ship to the United States from Europe later this week but trainer Jeremy Noseda said a “minor setback” has compromised his chances of participating in the race. “We will know where we are in the next 24 hours,” Noseda told the Racing Post Monday. Gronkowski qualified for the […]

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Hofburg Breezes Five Furlongs At Payson Park, Ships To Churchill Monday

Juddmonte Farms’ Hofburg breezed five furlongs in company at Payson Park in Indiantown, FL Sunday morning in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1). The Bill Mott-trained colt was timed in 1:01.40 after breezing for the second time since finishing second in the $1 million XpressBet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park March 31. […]

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Moore ‘Fascinated’ By Kentucky Derby, Likely To Choose Mendelssohn Over A 2000 Guineas Mount

Aidan O’Brien expects Ryan Moore to partner Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby over riding in the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Moore has had a long-held ambition to win the Churchill Downs spectacular, and appears to have every chance after Mendelssohn put up a breathtaking performance in running away with the UAE Derby at Meydan last month. […]

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