Triple Crown

Sunland Derby takes center stage

Saturday’s major stakes schedule was a busy one, from Dubai to Turfway to Fair Grounds.  But Sunday, the spotlight shines on only one race – the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby – as the Triple Crown trail goes through New Mexico. “All you’ve got to do to get in the Kentucky Derby is win our […]

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Louisiana Derby: Pants On Fire prevails

Pants On Fire put in a game performance to win the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby Saturday at Fair Grounds. Under Rosie Napravnik, Pants on Fire sat close to the pace throughout but would not go away in the stretch as he battled with race favorite Mucho Macho Man and longshot Nehro.  Pants On […]

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Animal Kingdom scores in Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes

Animal Kingdom came from last in a field of 11 to win the Grade 3, $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes for three-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday. With Alan Garcia riding, Animal Kingdom made a strong move rounding the far turn, angled outside and finished off a game Decisive Moment to win the 1 1/8-mile race […]

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A Leg Up: 5 reasons to get off PDI #1 Uncle Mo

The A Leg Up blog offers a list of reasons why handicappers should steer clear of betting Uncle Mo to win the Kentucky Derby at low odds in a 20-horse field.  Among them: “There are just a few places breeding can be the great equalizer – races run on the grass and distances made for […]

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Sunland Park chronicles its Derby with videos

Sunland Park is gearing up for its biggest event of the year – Sunday’s Grade 3 Sunland Derby.  This year’s race will feature a field of 11 promising three-year-olds, including Astrology, Nacho Saint and Sinai. The track is providing a closer look at some of the contenders in the form of video features.  They include […]

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Riveting Reason off Derby trail

Riveting Reason has been turned out for the spring with a hoof injury according to an assistant for owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho. The Fusaichi Pegasus colt, who finished second in the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes last month, is expected to miss two to three months of training.  His absence from the Derby trail will […]

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PDI #15 Flashpoint points to Swale

Press Release There was never any doubt that Flashpoint would race next at Gulfstream Park, but there was some question whether the highly promising colt would run in the Florida Derby or the seven-furlong Swale (G2) on April 3. Trainer Richard Dutrow said Friday the Swale remains the first choice for Flashpoint’s next start. “He’s […]

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Bowman’s Causeway headed to Florida Derby

Press Release Trainer Patrick Biancone confirmed Friday that Bowman’s Causeway will run in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on April 3. The French-born trainer said his 3-year-old colt’s third-place finish in a mile allowance race on March 19 will set him up for a strong run in Gulfstream Park’s signature stakes, […]

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PDI #1 Uncle Mo back to work tab Sunday

Trainer Todd Pletcher says early Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo will continue his preparations Sunday with a workout at the Palm Meadows Training Center.  Pletcher plans to work Mike Repole’s undefeated colt twice before his final derby prep, the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct April 9. Uncle Mo is undefeated in four starts, […]

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PDI #4 Premier Pegasus horse to beat in Santa Anita Derby

It’s no secret that Premier Pegasus is the horse to beat in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Still, optimism being what it is, several trainers plan to tackle the son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who won the San Felipe Stakes in eye-opening fashion by nearly eight […]

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