Triple Crown

Rescheduled Arkansas Derby Could Be An Option For Wells Bayou

Louisiana Derby winner Wells Bayou exited Saturday’s race in good condition, the Fair Grounds’ leading trainer Brad Cox told drf.com on Sunday. The 3-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky earned 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with his victory, the Run for the Roses has been delayed until Sept. 5. One option […]

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Rice Pleased That Max Player Will Have ‘More Time To Mature’ Before September Derby

Trainer Linda Rice maintains a bustling barn of 55 horses on the Belmont backstretch and has had a number of stable stars on the work tab over the past week, including Grade 3 Withers champ Max Player. Owned by George E. Hall, Max Player had been targeting the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by […]

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Shirreffs ‘Very Happy’ With Honor A.P. Ahead Of Santa Anita Derby

Honor A.P., a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby, continues to train well for Santa Anita’s marquee three-year-old event on April 4, offering 100 qualifying points to the 146th Kentucky Derby Sept. 5. The 3-year-old son of Honor Code worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Sunday morning at Santa Anita, 16th of 98 works […]

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Tiz The Law ‘Ready To Go’ For Florida Derby

At Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, Sackatoga Stable’s Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law put in his final breeze for the Florida Derby with a five-furlong move in 1:02.65 over the main track for trainer Barclay Tagg. “I talked to Barclay and he said that the track was really, really […]

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Wells Bayou Steps Up With Frontrunning Louisiana Derby Triumph

Clint Gasaway, Lance Gasaway, Madaket Stables, and Wonder Stables’ Wells Bayou put in a winning performance in Saturday’s Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, leading throughout the 1 3/16-mile contest to score 100 points toward the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby. The 3-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky was sent to post as the 3-1 favorite, and gave […]

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‘We Should Take What’s In Front Of Us’: Gouverneur Morris Confirmed For Florida Derby

Team Valor International and WinStar Farm LLC’s Gouverneur Morris was confirmed for next Saturday’s $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park following a five-furlong workout Saturday morning at Palm Beach Downs. “He worked as well as he ever has this morning,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I think we should take what’s in front of […]

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Maxfield: Derby Delay Gives Walsh More Time ‘To Prepare Him Properly’

It was the kind of performance that leaves a racing fan just standing there, slack-jawed, staring at the racetrack but actually into the future, and thinking, “Now, that’s a Derby horse.” Last October, when Maxfield won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, he delivered not only one of the best juvenile performances of the year, but […]

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Oaklawn Pushes Arkansas Derby Back To May 2; Purse Reduced To $750,000

Oaklawn announced Friday that it is moving its signature race – the Arkansas Derby (G1) – from Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the 2020 live meet. Due to the closing of the casino and racetrack to the public, Oaklawn could have raced with purses intact through April 18, but, upon […]

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Ajaaweed Breezes For Start In Florida Derby, One Of The Last For McLaughlin As Trainer

Shadwell Stable’s homebred Ajaaweed, graded-stakes placed at 2 and 3, worked a half-mile Friday morning ahead of his next anticipated start in the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) March 28 at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby for 3-year-olds headlines a blockbuster program of 10 stakes, six graded, worth $2.25 million in purses […]

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