Triple Crown

McPeek Ponders Next Starts For Signalman, Harvey Wallbanger

Kenny McPeek-trained Signalman and Harvey Wallbanger breezed at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes on the Road to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) March 30. Signalman, who captured the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs in his 2018 finale, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.11. The workout, the third fastest […]

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Desormeaux Derby ‘Dreaming’ With Sueno In Southwest Stakes

Keith Desormeaux isn’t just dreaming about a second consecutive victory in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes, the Southern California-based trainer sent Sueno to Oaklawn in search of his second black-type triumph, and more Kentucky Derby qualifying points, in Monday’s Grade 3 race. Desormeaux won last year’s Southwest with My Boy Jack, who was exiting a third-place […]

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Somelikeithotbrown Kicks Off 2019 With Battaglia Memorial Victory

A smart, measured ride by jockey Rafael Hernandez put Somelikeithotbrown in the winner’s circle of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (listed) Friday at Turfway Park. The race was the colt’s first stakes victory and his first start since he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) November 2. Somelikeithotbrown finished 3 1/2 lengths […]

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‘Deep’ Training Surface At Belmont An Advantage For Gotham Aspirant Mind Control

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control looks to be in fine fettle grinding out works at Belmont Park in preparation for the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham for 3-year-olds on Saturday, March 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack, trainer Gregory Sacco said Friday morning. “Knock on wood, he’s right on schedule and we can’t be doing […]

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Gray Attempt Gets Inside Post For Monday’s Southwest Stakes

Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt drew the rail Friday morning for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds, part of a stakes tripleheader Monday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/16-mile Southwest is Oaklawn’s second of four major preps for the Kentucky Derby and offers 17 points (10-4-2-1) to the top four finishers toward starting eligibility for the […]

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Rodriguez ‘Encouraged’ By Not That Brady’s First Start Over Nine Furlongs

Not That Brady, co-owned by Michael Imperio, Lianna Stables and his trainer Rudy Rodriguez, went from claim to fame with his victory in the Damon Runyon, and will look to add a graded win to his resume when he steps forward in the Grade 3 Gotham on March 9, at Aqueduct. The Big Brown gelding, […]

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Derma Louvre, Master Fencer Seek Points On Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

Triple Crown-nominated Derma Louvre (JPN) and Master Fencer (JPN) are among the 12 horses that were entered for Sunday morning’s Hyacinth at Tokyo Racecourse. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds, which goes at 12:25 a.m. EDT, is the third of four Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races and awards points to the Top 4 […]

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Gun It’s Connections Hoping For ‘A Little New Orleans Luck’ In Risen Star

Early on in a horse’s 3-year-old year is the time when a lot of developing and learning experiences take place. Many horses that appear quirky and green will eventually blossom into classy, talented top-level runners later in the year. In the case of royally bred Gun It, the connections acknowledge his idiosyncratic tendencies but have […]

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After Smashing Comeback Win, Casse Points Dream Maker For Tampa Bay Derby

John Oxley’s homebred Dream Maker backed up trainer Mark Casse’s high hopes in his return to racing action on Saturday afternoon with a stunning 8 1/2-length victory over the Fair Grounds main track and will target the Grade 2, $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., on March 9. The 3-year-old son […]

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Calhoun Playing Catch-Up With Mr. Money In Risen Star

Successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill. Unfortunately, time was not on trainer Bret Calhoun’s side last month when he targeted the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes  with Mr. Money, but the new member of the 3,000-win club is moving forward and hoping for a big run from the Allied […]

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