Triple Crown

West’s Kentucky Derby Top 20: Sole Volante Vaults Into Top 10

Horse racing journalist Gary West is producing a weekly ranking of this year’s Kentucky Derby contenders, leading up to the 146th running of the Derby May 2 at Churchill Downs. Here is the week’s Top 20. Click here for last week’s rankings. No. Horse (Trainer) Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds Earnings Sire 1. Dennis’ Moment (Dale Romans) 4-2-0-0 $167,800 […]

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Derby Dispatch: Two-Division Risen Star Steps Up Qualifying Points

The Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series is set to kickoff Saturday in New Orleans with split divisions of the $400,000 Risen Star (Grade II) at Fair Grounds. Over the next nine weekends, 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will continue their quest for points in select races to secure a berth in the starting gate for the 146th running of […]

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Ten Kentucky Derby Points, Preakness Berth At Stake In 11-Horse El Camino Real Derby

A field of eleven 3-year-olds has been assembled to compete in this Saturday’s $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. The El Camino Real Derby, a one mile and one-furlong event on the Tapeta main track, offers 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner and a free berth into the Grade 1 Preakness […]

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Pletcher Sending Chase Tracker To Oaklawn For Southwest Stakes

Todd Pletcher has 26 early Triple Crown nominees this year and two are scheduled to make their seasonal debuts at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark.,, where the future Hall of Fame trainer has enjoyed immense success since starting his first horse there more than 20 years ago. Alpha Sixty Six and Chase Tracker were flown […]

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Kentucky Derby Consignor Standings Presented By Keeneland: Sole Volante A Career-Changing Score For Arenas, New Hope AB

Marcos Arenas came to the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale with a scant budget and having never purchased a pinhook prospect in Kentucky. Despite how it may sound, this was far from Arenas’ first rodeo. He’d spent two decades as stallion manager for Central Florida’s Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, whose consignment division is one of the […]

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Dennis’ Moment To Be Ridden by Flavien Prat In Fountain Of Youth

Dennis’ Moment is scheduled to start in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 29, but his regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be out of the country riding the Saudi Cup card. According to, trainer Dale Romans has lined up jockey Flavien Prat to ride the Albaugh Family Stable’s 3-year-old […]

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‘What We All Hope For’: St. Lewis Considers 3-Year-Old Informative For Gotham

Trainer Uriah St. Lewis always believed in Informative, and on Saturday the sophomore colt rewarded his faith with a maiden victory going a one-turn mile at Aqueduct. St. Lewis, who also owns the son of Bodemeister, has shown up to some of racing’s biggest dances most notably with Discreet Lover, who won the Grade 1 […]

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Nadal Serves Up A Victory In San Vicente, Will Target Derby Prep

George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen’s Nadal scored a hard-fought victory over Ginobili in Sunday’s Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes, delivering on his 1-5 post time odds with a front-running win. The 3-year-old son of Blame, ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Bob Baffert, ran seven furlongs over Santa Anita’s fast main […]

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Smarty Jones Runner-Up Three Technique Will Point To March 14 Rebel Stakes

Trainer Jeremiah Englehart reiterated Sunday morning that Three Technique would make his next start in the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds March 14 at Oaklawn Park. Three Technique, in his 3-year-old, stakes and two-turn debut, finished second in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Jan. 24. The 1-mile Smarty Jones – Oaklawn’s first of four […]

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