Triple Crown

Always Dreaming ‘Exceptional,’ Classic Empire Gives Casse ‘Chills’ In Final Derby Preparations

Florida Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming turned in the work of the morning Friday with a five-furlong drill in :59.60 with jockey John Velazquez aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher. The first horse to work after the renovation break, Always Dreaming produced fractions of :13, :24.40, :35.80, :47.60 and :59.60 with gallop-outs of 1:12.60 for six […]

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Blue Grass Winner Irap Has ‘A Good Leg Stretch’ In Mile Work At Keeneland

Following the Friday morning renovation break at Keeneland, Reddam Racing’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Irap turned in his final work for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) by covering a mile in 1:44.20 on a fast track with Julien Leparoux aboard. Irap, the first maiden to win the Toyota Blue […]

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Classic Empire Leads Battalion Of Derby Workers At Churchill Friday Morning

With rain in the forecast for overnight in Louisville, a slew of Kentucky Derby contenders put in their final workouts for the first Saturday in May on Friday morning. Reigning 2-year-old champion Classic Empire was the first out on the track, shortly after 7 a.m. According to Churchill Downs’ clockers, the Mark Casse trainee breezed […]

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Derby Notes, April 27: For Casse, Having Chance To Win Kentucky Derby ‘Surreal’

Two-year-old champion Classic Empire and Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor could bring a lifelong dream to the Mark Casse barn in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6. “Every night I dream of winning the Kentucky Derby and it’s surreal to have the chance to […]

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Questions Surround Girvin As Final Derby Work Delayed Again; Colt Being Treated For Quarter Crack

Questions and rumors continue to swirl around Louisiana Derby winner Girvin after the colt once again had his final workout for the May 6 Kentucky Derby delayed. The Daily Racing Form reports that the Joe Sharp trainee, who is stabled at Keeneland, was scheduled to have a workout Friday, April 28, but it now has been moved […]

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Luis Saez To Replace Injured Albarado Aboard J Boys Echo In Kentucky Derby

Jockey Luis Saez has named to ride G3 Gotham Stakes winner J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby. Dale Romans, who trains the 3-year-old son of Mineshaft for the Albaugh Family Stable, tweeted the news Wednesday afternoon. After discussion together with Albaugh Family stables, we’ve decided that Luis Saez will be our jockey @jboysecho. [email protected] […]

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Sharp ‘Confident’ In Decision To Change Up Girvin’s Work Schedule

Trainer Joe Sharp opened the proverbial can of worms on Monday this week, cancelling a planned workout at Keeneland for his Kentucky Derby contender Girvin. Concern was immediately raised that the son of Tale of Ekati was not in top form, but Sharp, who will be saddling his first Derby runner, countered that assumption on […]

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Gunnevera Pleases Trainer With First Gallop Over Churchill Surface

Peacock Racing Stables’ Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner and a millionaire in his young career, took his first steps on the main track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Victor Farrel aboard. On hand to supervise the morning activity over a fast track was trainer Antonio Sano and Solomon Del-Valle, part […]

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Tirico Taking The Reins As Host On NBC’s Racing Coverage As Hammond Takes Reduced Role

Mike Tirico will take over the hosting duties on NBC’s horse racing coverage as Tom Hammond begins to scale back his broadcasting duties. According the Associated Press, Tirico will make his Triple Crown debut next week at the Kentucky Derby. Last fall he worked his first racing assignment when he joined Hammond and the rest of the NBC team […]

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Classic Empire Retains Top Spot In NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

With only twelve days left the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and the designated Derby prep races leading up to the run for the roses are over. That being the case, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes which results were released today. John and Debby […]

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