Florent Geroux

Owendale Delivers As 1-2 Favorite In Ohio Derby

Rupp Racing’s Owendale, most recently third in the G1 Preakness Stakes, returned to earn his second graded stakes triumph in Saturday’s G3 Ohio Derby at Thistledown. The 1-2 favorite had to work harder than his odds might have suggested, but Owendale and Florent Geroux were able to turn back 5-1 chance Math Wizard by a […]

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Geroux, Baze Join Quality Ellis Park Jockey Colony For 2019

Florent Geroux, rider of 2018 champion filly Monomoy Girl and 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, will stay in Kentucky this summer in another sign of the increasing quality of racing and enhanced purses offered at Ellis Park. Also new to the Ellis Park jockey colony: ✦ Tyler Baze, long a California mainstay and […]

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‘Little Question’ About Two Miles For Arklow Ahead Of Belmont Gold Cup

Arklow will look to follow a similar training pattern that resulted in a runner-up effort in last month’s Grade 1 Man o’ War as he heads into Friday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational. Listed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the nine-horse field, Arklow will be running on Belmont’s Widener turf for the first […]

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Arklow Prepares To Try Marathon Distance In Belmont Gold Cup

Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway’s two-time graded stakes winner Arklow has capably run long distances in his past starts, but will stretch out even further when he competes in the two-mile Grade 2, $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational over the Widener turf course Friday afternoon at Belmont Park. Trained by Brad Cox, the […]

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Bolo Earns Breeders’ Cup Mile Berth With Shoemaker Shocker

Golden Pegasus Racing Inc.’s Bolo gave trainer Carla Gaines her first Grade 1 victory since Dancing in Silks won the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, earning a berth in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile with a wire-to-wire upset of the G1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita on Monday’s Memorial Day holiday program at Santa Anita in […]

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‘Cooperative’ Improbable Records Final Breeze Before Kentucky Derby

As Elliott Walden pondered what he had just witnessed from Improbable during the colt’s final serious workout in advance of the Kentucky Derby, the CEO and President of WinStar Farm couldn’t help but get hit with a pretty ambitious case of déjà vu. “He’s feeling good and I think (trainer) Bob (Baffert) has him right […]

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Gaining Debuts For Brad Cox In Friday’s Bewitch Stakes

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Gaining (GB) will make her North American debut as the 120-pound highweight in the field of 10 entered Tuesday for Friday’s 58th running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, going 1½ miles on Keeneland’s turf. The Bewitch will go as the ninth race on closing day […]

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Baffert Goes With ‘Flo’ For Santa Anita Derby Winner Roadster

Anyone who’s been in racing for any length of time understands that loyalty is not always the game’s highest priority. So when Mike Smith opted to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for Richard Mandella in the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 rather Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster trained by Bob Baffert, for whom […]

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Smith Chooses Omaha Beach; Geroux Picks Up Roadster

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has chosen to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, trainer Richard Mandella confirmed to drf.com. “I just got the call,” Mandella said. “We’re good. Mike Smith. I’m very happy.” Smith was also the regular rider for Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, trained by Bob Baffert. […]

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Ashland: Undefeated Bell’s The One Has Wins On All Three Surfaces

Lothenbach Stables’ undefeated Bell’s the One completed her major preparation for next Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) by working 5 furlongs in company in 1:00 over a fast main track Friday morning at Keeneland. Starting five lengths in back of Tell Your Daddy, a 3-year-old maiden, Bell’s the One recorded fractions of :25, :36.40, […]

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