2020 kentucky derby

Is This The Year Baffert Catches Up To Jones With An Unreachable Sixth Derby Victory?

Having been raised on a ranch in Nogales, Ariz., near the Mexican border, and having ridden during his teen years in a fair share of those I-bet-my-horse-can-outrun-yours races that were so common in the Southwest, he once thought that having a 20-horse stable at Rillito Park would be — well, that it would be proof […]

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Bright-Eyed Shotski Targeting Grade 2 Fountain Of Youth

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Pantofel Stable and Howling Pigeon Farms’ Grade 2-winning 3-year-old Shotski, second in his sophomore debut earlier this month, may take his next steps on the Triple Crown trail in South Florida. Trainer Jerry O’Dwyer, based at Laurel Park in Maryland, said the connections are taking a look at the $400,000 Fountain […]

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Storm The Court To Make 2020 Debut In San Vicente; Connections Still Dreaming Of Derby

Every horse, be it a low-level claimer or a decorated champion, runs down its own path, but for the for Exline-Border Racing and trainer Peter Eurton, they’ve certainly found a sweet spot. If you want to cash in on a shocking upset during a Breeders’ Cup race, and they have a juvenile going, look out. […]

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Derby Hopeful Independence Hall Among The Horses ‘Testing The Waters’ Saturday At Tampa Bay

Unbeaten Independence Hall drew the No. 4 post position for Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the centerpiece of Festival Preview Day 40 at Tampa Bay Downs. Eight 3-year-old Thoroughbreds are entered in the Sam F. Davis, a mile-and-a-sixteenth race on the main track. The Sam F. Davis is part of the “Road to […]

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Smarty Jones Rematch Between Gold Street And Three Technique Likely On Hold Until Rebel

Any rematch between the top two finishers in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds last Friday at Oaklawn apparently won’t occur until at least March. While Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said front-running winner Gold Street “most likely” will make his next start in the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 17, Smarty Jones […]

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Knowlton: Everybody’s Watching As Tiz The Law Back In Action In Grade 3 Holy Bull

Jack Knowlton lived every Thoroughbred owner’s dream when Funny Cide captured the 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1), as well as the Preakness Stakes (G1). Seventeen years later, the managing partner of Sackatoga Stable is well positioned to bid for a second victory in the Run for the Roses. Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law is expected to […]

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Tiz The Law, Chance It Top Noms For Grade 3 Holy Bull

Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law and Mucho Macho Man Stakes winner Chance It are prominent on a list of 24 nominations for the $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The 34th running of the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds is an important prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park March […]

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Shoplifted Among The Probables For Smarty Jones Stakes As Field Begins To Take Shape

The Oaklawn racing office listed seven horses late Thursday morning as probable for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that kicks off the local road to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11. Post positions for the Smarty Jones will be drawn Friday. The race will offer 17 points to […]

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‘She’s Special’: Cox Says Top Filly Taraz Could Step Onto Kentucky Derby Trail

Should she win the Martha Washington Stakes (February 1) at Oaklawn impressively, trainer Brad Cox has indicated that Juddmonte Farm’s homebred three-year-old filly Taraz could tackle the boys in her subsequent start and thus join the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) presented by Woodford Reserve. “Look, she’s special,” Cox explained. “Everything has to line up, everything […]

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Report: Weather Already Impacting Derby Prep Plans For Storm The Court

It may only be December, but Storm The Court trainer Peter Eurton told The Daily Racing Form he’s already worried about the weather throwing a wrench in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile’s plans. Eurton told Brad Free that weather and track renovation closures have pushed back the colt’s planned return to work, and there are another […]

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