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‘He’s Going To Become Special’: Albarado High On King Zachary For Indiana Derby

When Robby Albarado suffered a broken ankle in a gate mishap two weeks before last year’s Kentucky Derby, the jockey said that horse owner Tom Conway sent a text telling him not to worry, that “your Derby horse is in Dale’s barn.” Conway, a Louisville attorney, was referring to the 2018 Derby, trainer Dale Romans […]

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Conway, Romans Carry High Hopes For Indiana Derby Favorite King Zachary

Trainer Dale Romans long has said that King Zachary is as good as any 3-year-old in his large Churchill Downs-based stable. Owner Tom Conway has been talking up his homebred son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin long before King Zachary ever ran. Now King Zachary takes another step toward backing up their beliefs […]

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Tepin Foals Curlin Filly, Bred Back To Galileo

Champion racemare Tepin, winner at both the Breeders’ Cup and Royal Ascot, gave birth to a filly by Curlin on May 1, according to horseracingnation.com. Purchased for $8 million by Coolmore at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, Tepin was sent to Ireland to foal. Coolmore also confirmed that the mare, a daughter of Bernstein, has been bred […]

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King Zachary Kicks Clear For Matt Winn Upset

Thomas Conway’s King Zachary made a three-wide move on the far turn in Saturday’s Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes, taking the lead and sprinting home to earn his first stakes win by 4 3/4 lengths. The 3-year-old son of Curlin, ridden by Robby Albarado, was sent off at 12-1 odds against the heavy favorite Ax […]

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Fiske On Tenfold: ‘No Better-Bred Belmont Horse In The Crop’

David Fiske has been declaring for months that Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Preakness Stakes third-place finisher Tenfold has the best pedigree for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes of any horse in this 3-year-old crop. “I guess it’s put up or shut up,” Fiske, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ long-time racing and bloodstock manager, said recently with a laugh. “I’ve been telling people […]

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‘Getting Better At The Right Time’: Tenfold Records Final Belmont Workout

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify galloped 1 ½ miles Saturday morning under regular exercise rider Humberto Gomez as the colt winds down his preparations for theJune 9 Belmont Stakes (GI). “Every day he’s been training well,” trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “He’s just full of energy and happy. We […]

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Saturday Works Planned For Belmont Probables Gronkowski, Tenfold

A driving morning rainstorm pushed back Belmont Stakes hopeful Gronkowski’s work, with trainer Chad Brown saying the Lonhro colt could put in his final breeze before the “Test of the Champion” on Saturday. “I was going to work and I waited until after the break, I wasn’t comfortable going today,” Brown said Friday morning. “It’s just bad luck. I […]

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Bloodlines: Accelerate Adds Notch For Lookin at Lucky, Smart Strike’s Unexpected Journey

Accelerate (by Lookin at Lucky) won the Gold Cup Handicap to pair with his Santa Anita Handicap, both Grade 1, and those victories make him look like the best older horse on the West Coast at 10 furlongs, at least unless West Coast (Flatter) comes out of hibernation and asserts some of his best form. […]

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Winchell Seeking First Triple Crown Race Triumph With Improving Homebred Tenfold

David Fiske, who since 1980 has been Winchell Thoroughbreds’ racing and bloodstock manager, came out to Churchill Downs to watch Preakness third-place finisher Tenfold train Monday morning, saying, “I think he looks as good or better than he did before the Preakness. He’s got a great attitude, just wandering around on a loose lead and seems happy to participate.” […]

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Cool, Rainy Weather Propels Frontrunning Irish War Cry To Pimlico Special Victory

Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry has often been a perplexing case for trainer Graham Motion, with difficult-to-explain poor performances surrounded by glimpses of serious talent. The colt was finally able to be diagnosed with the thumps, an electrolyte imbalance than can cause hiccup-like muscle spasms, especially in particularly warm or humid conditions. Armed […]

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