Triple Crown

Baffert’s Derby contingent looking strong

Trainer Bob Baffert could have three pretty formidable contenders in the Kentucky Derby if The Factor, Jaycito and Midnight Interlude continue to progress. Baffert said The Factor worked “great” at Santa Anita Sunday morning, going six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 with regular rider Martin Garcia.  The Factor is set to go in the Arkansas Derby […]

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Uncle Mo still a go for Derby

The connections of Uncle Mo said Sunday that the Indian Charlie colt came out of the Wood Memorial in good order and that despite his third place finish in the Wood, they are still planning to ship Uncle Mo to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. “Uncle Mo is physically sound today,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.  […]

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And Down The Stretch They Come: Now what?

Matt Gardner at the And Down The Stretch They Come blog has a thorough analysis of Saturday’s major Derby prep races, complete with times, preliminary Beyer speed figures and the latest graded stakes rankings.  Among his conclusions: “Following Uncle Mo’s demise in the Wood, the immediate question was ‘now who will be the Derby favorite?’.  […]

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Pull The Pocket: Mo’s loss tough for racing

The Pull The Pocket blog suggests there may have been good reason for Uncle Mo’s lackluster performance in the Wood Memorial Saturday: “I have had several sharp handicappers, a couple who do this for a living, tell me since last year that they thought Mo has soundness issues. One who can play legally on betfair […]

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Clay: Derby likely has a new favorite

Kansas City Star writer John Clay expects Kentucky Derby linesmaker Mike Battaglia to zero in on Dialed In as the new Derby favorite, given Saturday’s results: “Surely, the Uncle Mo meltdown will lead to Florida Derby winner Dialed In, trained by the aforementioned Zito, being pegged as the one to beat once the equine elite […]

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Wood sees huge attendance, handle boost

Aqueduct’s attendance and on-track handle jumped significantly over last year for the Wood Memorial card.  A crowd of 12,144 witnessed the upset of Uncle Mo and the victory by Toby’s Corner in the Wood. That’s a 42% increase over last year’s attendance.  On-track handle for Saturday’s card reached $2,690,054, a 48% increase from 2010.

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Midnight Interlude takes SA Derby in final strides

Comma To The Top nearly wired the field, but Midnight Interlude caught him just before the finish line to win the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby Saturday. Under Victor Espinoza, Midnight Interlude (13-1) kept coming late to catch the game pacesetter by a head in 1:48.66 for the 1 1/8 mile race.  Mr. Commons […]

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Shocker in the Wood: Toby’s Corner wins, Uncle Mo third

In what racecaller Tom Durkin called the biggest Wood Memorial upset since Secretariat’s loss, Uncle Mo failed in his bid to stay undefeated on the Triple Crown trail Saturday at Aqueduct. 8-1 second choice Toby’s Corner pulled off the upset in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial, while 1-9 favorite […]

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Joe Vann scores in Illinois Derby

Joe Vann sailed home to victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 TVG Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Saturday. Under Florent Geroux, Joe Vann took the lead turning for home and never looked back, getting 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.91.  Zoebear nipped The Fed Eased for second. Joe Vann is owned by Zayat Stables and was bred […]

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PDI #7 Mucho Macho Man: A smokin’ Saturday work

Kentucky Derby contender Mucho Macho Man surprised his trainer, Kathy Ritvo, with a faster-than-expected workout at Gulfstream Park Saturday.  Mucho Macho Man sailed through five furlongs in 58.21 over a fast track, under exercise rider Mike Herra.  He galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.20 “It was faster than I was expecting or wanted him to […]

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