Triple Crown

Baffert Trainees Roadster, Game Winner Breeze At Santa Anita

Two members of Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Trifecta, Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and champion Game Winner, each worked this morning for the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4. Roadster worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:13.60, while Game Winner went five furlongs in 1:00.80. Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for both drills. “I’m […]

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Churchill-Based Derby Prospects Move Scheduled Workouts To Sunday

While Easter Sunday will be a quiet day for many people across the commonwealth of Kentucky, several owners and trainers will be on edge as numerous Kentucky Derby prospects are scheduled to complete their penultimate workouts for the 1 ¼-mile race on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Saturday began the exclusive 7:30-7:45 […]

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Code Of Honor Has Final Keeneland Breeze Before Shipping To Louisville

William S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor closed the major Keeneland portion of his preparation for the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) in two weeks by working 5 furlongs in 1:01 over a sloppy track Saturday morning at the Lexington, Ky., track. Working at 7:30 on a brisk, overcast morning with jockey John Velazquez aboard, […]

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Baffert Goes With ‘Flo’ For Santa Anita Derby Winner Roadster

Anyone who’s been in racing for any length of time understands that loyalty is not always the game’s highest priority. So when Mike Smith opted to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for Richard Mandella in the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 rather Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster trained by Bob Baffert, for whom […]

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Franco Will Be ‘More Relaxed’ In Second Derby Aboard Spinoff

At the very least, Kentucky Derby time will bolster jockey Manny Franco’s airline rewards account. The 24-year-old picked up the mount on the Todd Pletcher-trained Spinoff, who is pointing towards the “Run for the Roses” on May 4 at Churchill Downs. After riding a full card Thursday at Aqueduct, Franco traveled to the Sunshine State […]

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Haikal Has ‘Answered All The Questions’ For Jockey Rajiv Maragh

With weather calling for a good chance of rain in the Elmont area this Easter weekend, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin altered the work pattern for Shadwell Farm’s Kentucky Derby hopeful Haikal, breezing the graded stakes winning son of Daaher on Friday morning. Haikal took to the Belmont Park main track at 9:30 a.m. to record his […]

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‘All Systems Are Go’ For Derby Contender War Of Will After ‘Exceptionally Good’ Breeze

Gary Barber’s War of Will breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 over a sealed muddy surface at Keeneland Friday when the track opened at 5:30 a.m. In company with maiden winner Battle of Memphis, War of Will clocked splits of :24.40 and :48.60 and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13.60. “He trained beautifully all week, and he definitely has […]

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‘He Will Be Better Next Time’: Ortiz High On Derby Chances For Tacitus

Jose Ortiz has ridden in the Kentucky Derby (G1) four times and came close to grabbing the roses last year when he was aboard champion Good Magic, who finished second to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. This year, he is set to ride Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Tacitus, the leading point-earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with […]

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Smith Chooses Omaha Beach; Geroux Picks Up Roadster

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has chosen to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, trainer Richard Mandella confirmed to drf.com. “I just got the call,” Mandella said. “We’re good. Mike Smith. I’m very happy.” Smith was also the regular rider for Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, trained by Bob Baffert. […]

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Omaha Beach, Tacitus Arrive At Churchill To Prepare For Kentucky Derby

Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall of Famer Richard […]

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