Triple Crown

Derby Contender Not That Brady To Run In Support Of Belmont Child Care Association

Not That Brady, co-owned by Michael Imperio, Lianna Stables [Vinny Vivolo] and his trainer Rudy Rodriguez, will also be racing for the benefit of the Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) when he bursts from the gate on March 9 in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack. The owners of the handsome chestnut, bred […]

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Free Preakness Berth Up For Grabs In El Camino Real Derby At Golden Gate Fields

A deep and competitive field of 13 sophomores has signed on to compete in the 38th running of the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby, to be contested at a mile and one eighth on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.  In addition to a check for $60,000, the El Camino Real winner will, for […]

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Harvey Wallbanger Moves Into Tenth On NTRA Poll, Otherwise Leaders Unchanged

The addition of Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull Stakes winner Harvey Wallbanger into the tenth position was the only change in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Champion Game Winner (28 first-place votes, 296 points) and stablemate Improbable (1 first-place vote, 235 points) remain in the 1-2 spots, respectively, with War of Will (209) third in advance of his expected run in […]

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‘Imposing’ Country House An Intriguing Risen Star Entrant For Trainer Bill Mott

As a Thoroughbred owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, especially if you have a horse that’s entered in a Road To The Kentucky Derby qualifying race. Owner Guinness McFadden, however, is taking a more realistic approach and is determined not to catch any Derby fever symptoms with Grade II $400,000 Risen […]

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Coliseum Off Derby Trail; Baffert Plans ‘Reboot’ For Quirky Son Of Tapit

Godolphin homebred Coliseum finished third in Sunday’s G2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, defeated as the 0.70-1 favorite in the field of five. Trainer Bob Baffert told drf.com that the 3-year-old son of Tapit is “better than that,” and officially declared the colt off the Kentucky Derby trail. “I’m going to reboot him, kick him […]

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Gotham: Sacco Ready To Start ‘Tightening The Screws’ On Mind Control

Grade 1 winner Mind Control most recently won the Jerome Stakes on Jan. 1, and trainer Greg Sacco is pointing him for the G3 Gotham Stakes in March at Aqueduct. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old son of Stay Thirsty has breezed four times since the Jerome, most recently a half-mile in :49.25 on Monday at Belmont […]

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Hip-Hop Artist Flo Rida Tops Entertainment Slate For Belmont Stakes

The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) today announced that multi-platinum hip-hop artist Flo Rida will headline the entertainment lineup for the 2019 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Flo Rida, who has sold over 100 million singles worldwide, will perform a short set just prior to the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8. Immediately following the […]

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Two-Time Turf Stakes Winner Henley’s Joy To ‘Take The Shot’ In Risen Star

This time of the year, it’s natural for Thoroughbred owners with promising sophomores to begin having Kentucky Derby hopes and dreams and Jeff Bloom is no exception. Despite having raced exclusively on turf, he’s giving dual stakes winner Henley’s Joy the chance to prove himself on the main track in Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 Risen […]

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Sparky Ville Upsets Baffert Pair In San Vicente At Santa Anita

Coming from just off the pace under Joel Rosario, Del Secco DCS Racing’s Sparky Ville posted a 7-1 upset in Sunday’s Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, edging 2-1 second choice Dessman by a nose. Coliseum, the 3-5 favorite who like Dessman is trained by Bob Baffert, finished 6 1/2 lengths back in […]

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Well Defined’s Davis Win ‘A Big Team Effort’ For Local Connections

The celebration at the Kathleen O’Connell Racing Stables barn was relatively subdued after Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes victory by Well Defined at Tampa Bay Downs. But it continued into Sunday afternoon, as well-wishers paid heartfelt tribute to the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding, his trainer and her staff. Paula Bacon, the agent for […]

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