Triple Crown

Churchill Downs Unveils Points Schedule For Road to 2020 Kentucky Derby, Oaks

The official “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” will begin Saturday, Sept. 14 at the home of America’s greatest race as Churchill Downs stages the $200,000 Iroquois (Grade III) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on opening weekend of its 11-day September Meet. The “Road to the Kentucky Derby,” a series of […]

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Preakness, Belmont-Winning Trainer Casse ‘To Focus More On Kentucky’

Mark Casse, winner of the 2019 Preakness Stakes with War of Will and the Belmont with Sir Winston, will have a string of horses stabled at Ellis Park this summer for the first time in more than a quarter century. Ellis Park runs June 30 through Labor Day, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as […]

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Maximum Security’s Pegasus Status Up In The Air As Servis Orders Blood Work

Jason Servis has ordered blood work to be done on his star trainee Maximum Security, according to drf.com, as the trainer was not “entirely pleased” with the 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day. Controversially disqualified after hitting the wire first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security breezed without recording an official time on June […]

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Omaha Beach ‘Slow In Healing’ After Throat Surgery, But Colt Finally Headed Back To California

The pre-Kentucky Derby favorite had to miss the race due to an entrapped epiglottis which required surgery, and now five weeks later Omaha Beach is finally heading back to trainer Richard Mandella’s barn in Southern California. “Mandella wanted to make sure that we scoped him before we put him on the plane, and he scoped […]

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Maximum Security Back On Top In Final NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

A historic disqualification may have denied Maximum Security his place in history as an American classic winner but the impression the colt left in the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby has allowed him to hold bragging rights as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll concludes for 2019. With poll newcomer Sir […]

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Derby/Belmont Double A Learning Experience For Master Fencer Team

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer improved on his eye-catching sixth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby with a rallying fifth in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park. Trained by Koichi Tsunoda and piloted by Julien Leparoux, Master Fencer settled last of 10 along the rail at the half-mile call […]

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Mott: ‘The Trip Made The Difference’ For Tacitus

On the morning after Belmont Stakes favorite Tacitus closed strongly but still was beaten by a length, trainer Bill Mott remained disheartened but philosophical. “I think the horse ran okay. We were the recipient of a wide trip and the winner got a golden trip. I think the trip made the difference. He was wide. He was […]

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Casse Slept Well After Belmont Victory; Travers The Goal For Sir Winston And War Of Will

Winning the “Test of the Champion”, and with a longshot who at the same time earned his first graded stakes victory, is a feat of such enormity that it can drive a man to drink. “I’m not a drinker. But last night we all went out to dinner and the restaurant where we ate had […]

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Joevia Back At Monmouth, Will Target Haskell Next

Third-place Belmont Stakes finisher Joevia returned to his base at Monmouth Park on Sunday morning with trainer Gregg Sacco targeting the July 20 TVG.com Haskell Invitational for the colt’s next start. Joevia, who won the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park on May 12, was a game third in the Belmont Stakes after setting all […]

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Belmont Television Ratings Down From 2018, Up From 2017

Television ratings for NBC’s broadcast of the 2019 Belmont Stakes were down from last year’s broadcast of Justify’s Triple Crown victory, but up from ratings in 2017, when there was no Triple Crown on the line. This year’s rating of 3.6 with a share of 9 was less than half 2018’s rating of 8.1 The […]

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