Mor Spirit ‘Willing’ In Work For Santa Anita Derby

Mor Spirit, No. One on Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Hit Parade, worked four furlongs on a sun-kissed Thursday morning in 47.80, breezing, for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Working after the 8:45 a.m. renovation break in company with Hoffenheim, who was clocked in 48 seconds flat, the at-times recalcitrant […]

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Mor Spirit Eased When ‘Unresponsive’ In Workout; Earplugs To Blame

Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby hopeful Mor Spirit was supposed to record a six-furlong workout Tuesday morning at Santa Anita. His regular work rider Martin Garcia was sick, according to, so Gary Stevens stepped up to ride the sophomore son of Eskendereya. “I didn’t know the horse had earplugs in today,” Stevens said. “He’s a […]

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Merck Animal Health Presents Foals Of 2016: Warming Up

The 2016 foaling season is well underway, and pictures of this year’s future champions are beginning to pop up all across social media outlets. The weekend’s warm weather sparked the spirit of play in many foals, captured in the following photos. Thanks to our sponsor, Merck Animal Health, in the coming weeks we’ll be bringing […]

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Bloodlines: Good Things Happen After Stallions Sell Internationally

If you want to help your stallion get that big winner, just sell him overseas. For instance, there is Empire Maker, who already had Grade 1 winner Pioneerof the Nile proven on the track before the sire’s sale, then champion Royal Delta, G1 winner and Kentucky Derby-Preakness second Bodemeister, and other major performers came to […]

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‘They Start Separating Themselves Now’; Mor Spirit, Songbird Top Saturday Card At Santa Anita

As American Pharoah fades majestically into the sunset, Derby Fever begins anew Saturday at Santa Anita when Bob Baffert takes step one on what he hopes is the path to the Kentucky Derby and beyond with his leading Triple Crown candidate, Mor Spirit, in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. The Lewis is one of four […]

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Southwest Stakes Taking Shape; Lukas Takes Shot With Z Royal

Lightly raced Z Royal will make his next start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Friday morning. He added that Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will ride Z Royal for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile race, the second major […]

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West: ‘Skeptical’ Of Uncle Mo In Derby Sire Future Wager

Churchill Downs’ newest future wager for the Kentucky Derby provides a totally new take on the classic race, asking bettors to guess which sire will produce the winner. ESPN’s Gary West points out that Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Champion Nyquist’s odds in the traditional future wager pool began at 15-1, while his sire Uncle Mo’s odds […]

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Initial Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager Kicks Off Thanksgiving Day

Churchill Downs Racetrack will offer a new twist to its Future Wager menu this year with the debut of the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which provides bettors with a unique opportunity to wager on select breeding stars and their entire crop of juveniles with the hope of winning next year’s $2 million Kentucky Derby […]

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European Model Makes Foray Into Thoroughbred Breeding Scene

America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multi-media fan development and awareness-building platform created and funded by The Jockey Club, today released episode 2 of an ABRFilms original, four-episode video series, “After the Runway: Esther de Jong’s Story.” The series chronicles de Jong’s debut inside the Thoroughbred world as she seeks to launch a career beyond the […]

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