Triple Crown

Churchill Downs Brings Back Champions Day To Celebrate Triple Crown’s 100th Anniversary

Churchill Downs’ second annual Champions Day presented by Twinspires.com will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Triple Crown and honor its winners on Tuesday of Derby week. In addition to a full day of racing, Triple Crown-winning jockeys, trainers and owners will sign autographs; fans can have their photos taken with rarely seen Triple Crown memorabilia […]

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Early Jockey Changes: Santana On Plus Que Parfait, Irad Ortiz Picks Up Improbable

Several jockey changes for this year’s Kentucky Derby were announced by drf.com on Tuesday. First, Ricardo Santana Jr. will pick up the mount on UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait. In Dubai, the colt was ridden by Jose Ortiz, but Ortiz will retain the ride on Wood Memorial winner Tacitus. Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable, ridden […]

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Omaha Beach Cruises To Lead In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The reign of California-based horses atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll continues this week in a new set of hands with Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach taking over the No. 1 position from Roadster in the wake of the former’s triumph in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Omaha Beach earned […]

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Improbable, Other Arkansas Derby Runners Arrive At Churchill Downs

Arkansas Derby (Grade I) runner-up Improbable, along with third-place finisher Country House and sixth-place finisher Long Range Toddy, arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday morning following a flight from Oaklawn Park. The colts, who finished behind Omaha Beach in their final tune-up for the 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) on May 4, stepped off the Brook Ledge […]

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After Arkansas Victory, Omaha Beach New Leader Atop Kentucky Derby Media Poll

If public opinion aligns with the 28 voters who submitted a ballot for this week’s edition of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll, well, meet your favorite. Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Omaha Beach collected 15 first-place votes and shot to No. 1 in the rankings assembled each Monday by HorseRacingNation.com, surpassing Roadster, the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner who […]

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Omaha Beach Will Van To Kentucky; Improbable Likely ‘Upset’ By Blinkers

Six Oaklawn-raced horses have enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, including Omaha Beach and Improbable, the top two finishers in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Omaha Beach exited his one-length victory in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday morning, adding the War Front colt, owned by Rick Porter’s […]

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Anothertwistafate, Sueno Heading To Churchill Downs With ‘Fingers Crossed’

The top three finishers from Saturday’s $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3) are either at Churchill Downs or soon will be, according to their connections. Rupp Racing’s Owendale, who notched his first stakes victory with a 1¾-length triumph, might head back to Churchill Monday to join trainer Brad Cox’s string there, according to Tessa Bisha, who runs […]

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Omaha Beach Holds Off Improbable In Arkansas Derby

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach got the jump on Improbable in the run down the backstretch under Mike Smith, then held off that rival to win Saturday’s $1-million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., by one length as the 8-5 favorite. Improbable, the second choice in the wagering in the […]

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Owendale Upsets Anothertwistafate In Lexington Stakes

Rupp Racing’s Into Mischief colt Owendale circled the field on the far turn and ran off to a $27.40 upset in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, with 7-5 favorite Anothertwistafate second, beaten 1 3/4 lengths, in the 1 1/16 mile race for 3-year-olds, and Sueno third. Knicks Go, Shang, Roiland, Harvey Wallbanger, […]

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‘On His Toes’: War Of Will Sharp In Gate Drill At Keeneland

Gary Barber’s Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful War of Will breezed 5 furlongs from the starting gate in :59 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. His time was the best of 44 works at the distance. Trained by Mark Casse, the War Front colt has 60 qualifying points and a guaranteed […]

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