Triple Crown

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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Russo: Repole brings spotlight to responsible horse ownership

Turf writer Nicole Russo tells the story of why Uncle Mo’s owner, Mike Repole, was in the winner’s circle on Wood Memorial day last year.  It wasn’t to celebrate a victory on the track, but rather the successful retirement of one of his horses, Cool N Collective, who now resides at Old Friends at Cabin […]

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A Leg Up: 5 reasons why PDI #1 Uncle Mo is a lock

A couple of weeks ago, the blog, A Leg Up, explained five reasons to get off Uncle Mo as the Kentucky Derby favorite.  Well, in true contrarian fashion, Tony Bada Bing is back with five reasons why Uncle Mo is a lock to win the Derby.  Among them: “From the Imitation is the Sincerest Form […]

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PDI #6 To Honor And Serve off Derby trail with injury

Trainer Bill Mott said Friday his Kentucky Derby contender To Honor And Serve suffered a strain to the suspensory ligament in his left leg and is off the Derby trail. Mott said the injury is “very common” and that To Honor and Serve would probably lose four to six weeks of training, but could ultimately […]

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Premier Pegasus undergoes surgery

Premier Pegasus, who was scratched from Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby with a hairline fracture, underwent surgery Friday and was back in his stall. Premier Pegasus will be reevaluated again in 90 days, according to Maria Ayala, the assistant to owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho. Ayala said one screw was inserted to stabilize the affected area, which […]

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Triple Crown Insider: Previewing the Derby preps

In the latest edition of the Triple Crown Insider, Jon Siegel and Joel Cunningham look back on last weekend’s Florida Derby and how the Derby contenders look going forward from that race.  They also look ahead to this weekend’s major Derby preps and talk with Dialed In’s owner Robert Lapenta. Click below to watch.

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Beyer: Derby field still a mystery

As we approach the end of the Derby prep season, this year’s Derby picture doesn’t seem to be getting any clearer, writes Andy Beyer: “… how can a handicapper evaluate Uncle Mo’s 3-year-old form? Pletcher likes to campaign his horses with a gentle touch, and he had Uncle Mo make his first start of the […]

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Vegas: PDI #1 Uncle Mo at 5-2

With a month to go before the Kentucky Derby, the major Las Vegas sports books have Uncle Mo listed at 5-2 for the big race, with Dialed In as the second choice at around 4-1.  The other Derby contenders are double digit odds, led by The Factor, To Honor And Serve, Soldat and Jaycito.

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HRI – Christine: Watch out for the DMB horse

Horse Race Insider Bill Christine tells the stories of his Kentucky Derby DMB’s over the years.  DMB’s, or Derby Must Bets, are those horses you feel compelled to wager on no matter what, even if logic should be telling you otherwise.  DMB’s almost never work out, and Christine says this year… “There are two DMBs, […]

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Santa Anita Derby favorite Premier Pegasus sidelined by fracture

Premier Pegasus, the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, is out of the race and off the Triple Crown trail due to a leg fracture, according to Vince DeGregory, agent for the Fusaichi Pegasus colt’s jockey, Alonso Quinonez. “After he galloped this morning (on Santa Anita’s infield training track), he […]

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