Triple Crown

Tampa Bay Derby winner among 13 late Triple Crown nominees

Watch Me Go, winner of the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, was among 13 3-year-olds made eligible to the 2011 Triple Crown through a late nomination payment of $6,000. These late nominees bring the total number of Triple Crown eligible horses to 377. Early nominees were made eligible at a cost of $600 each.

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Derby trophy arrives at Churchill

The 14-karat solid gold trophy that will be presented to the winner of Kentucky Derby 137 has arrived at Churchill Downs to begin a series of special appearances before the first Saturday in May. The trophy was delivered by Marc Forbes, president of New England Sterling, the company that made the trophy: “It is absolutely […]

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Master Of Hounds could be Derby bound

After his runner-up finish in the UAE Derby at Meydan Saturday, Master Of Hounds might take a shot in the Kentucky Derby, according to trainer Aidan O’Brien. “The Kentucky Derby is a great race. He handled the surface well out in Dubai and he’s a horse that has tactical speed and we were delighted with […]

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Uncle Mo website, “Get To Know Mo” contest launches

The marketing of early Derby favorite Uncle Mo is ramping up with a new website and a contest for fans to meet the undefeated colt and his connections. The site includes news, photos, race replays and a place to buy merchandise, with benefits going toward owner Mike Repole’s efforts to support Thoroughbred rescue, adoption and […]

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Decisive Moment first Derby contender in Louisville

Derby hopeful Decisive Moment will have plenty of time to get used to Churchill Downs.  The colt trained by Juan Arias arrived at the track Monday, the first Kentukcy Derby 137 contender to be stabled there. Decisive Moment should have no problem getting into the field, based on runner-up finishes in the Delta Downs Jackpot […]

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The Brock Talk: Mucho Macho Man could be Derby overlay

At his “The Brock Talk” blog, Brock Sheridan gives some love to Kentucky Derby contender Mucho Macho Man.  Sheridan says appearances, such as the Louisiana Derby, can be deceiving: “Following the race… it was discovered that Mucho Macho Man had lost a shoe at some point very near the start of the race. That completely […]

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Equispace: Weekend Derby preps uninspiring

This past weekend’s Derby trail results have left the Equispace blog uninspired – from the Louisiana Derby to the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes to the Sunland Derby: “The race that probably produced the best contender of all, but probably won’t show up, was a filly. The UAE Derby winner, Khawlah, was very impressive at Meydan […]

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25-1 Twice The Appeal upsets Sunland Derby

In a race marked by a swift early pace, 25-1 upsetter Twice The Appeal passed Astrology in deep stretch to win the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby Sunday and stamp his ticket to Louisville in May. Under Christian Santiago Reyes, Twice The Appeal proved the best of tiring runners, beating Astrology by a length in […]

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Next stop Derby for Pants On Fire, PDI #8 Mucho Macho Man

Trainer Kelly Breen says Louisiana Derby winner Pants On Fire came out of the race in good order and would make his next start in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Meanwhile, third place finisher Mucho Macho Man was also reported in good condition by trainer Kathy Ritvo, despite the colt losing a shoe at the […]

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Top Derby contenders work in Florida

The Todd Pletcher/Mike Repole duo of Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty worked at the Palm Meadows training center Sunday morning, with Uncle Mo having the better time of it.  Uncle Mo went a half-mile in 49.45 and took some dirt as Pletcher readied him for his final Derby prep in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct […]

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