Kentucky Derby trail

‘We Still Think We Have The Best Horse’: Bolt D’Oro Returns To Work Tab

Bolt d’Oro had his first breeze of the year Saturday morning at Santa Anita Park, doing his best to assuage the feelings of owner/trainer Mick Ruis after Thursday night’s Eclipse Awards. Good Magic, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, was chosen as the 2017 2-Year-Old Champion by a margin of just 18 votes over Bolt […]

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Wow Performance: Pletcher 3-Year-Old Malagacy Runs Away By 15 In Debut

Sumaya U.S. Stables’ Malagacy ($13.80) produced an auspicious debut performance in Wednesday’s seventh race that even caught trainer Todd Pletcher somewhat by surprise. The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old colt scored by 15 lengths under Javier Castellano over a muddy track. “He’s trained well but you never necessarily expect one to blow the field away like that. […]

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Withers Winner Far From Over Injured, Off KY Derby Trail

Far From Over, the impressive come-from-behind winner of the G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct, will be forced to miss Saturday’s G1 Wood Memorial and the Kentucky Derby due to an injury. The Blood-Horse reports that the son of Blame was diagnosed with a non-displaced condylar fracture of his left hind leg. The injury was sustained […]

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Favored Upstart Draws Outside Post In Florida Derby

The $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) has produced 57 winners of Triple Crown races since its inaugural running in 1952, establishing Gulfstream Park’s signature race as the gateway to success in Thoroughbred racing’s spring classics. The 1 1/8-mile stakes, though, has also established itself as a significant stand-alone event fueled by history, prestige […]

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Calculator Sidelined With Injury, Off Kentucky Derby Trail

According to the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman, Grade 3 Sham Stakes winner Calculator sustained an injury in a Sunday workout at San Luis Rey and will be sidelined for six months, knocking him off the Road to the Kentucky Derby. “We’re hoping for a full recovery, hoping for a fall campaign,” said trainer Peter […]

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Mr. Z Aiming for Top Honors in Smarty Jones Stakes

Zayat Stables’ Mr. Z is a few feet from being a millionaire, yet the well-traveled son of Malibu Moon is still seeking his first career stakes victory. That could change Monday when Mr. Z runs in the $150,000 Smarty Jones for 3-year-olds, Oaklawn’s first major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April […]

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West on Uniform Medication Rules: Churchill Downs Could ‘Spark Change’, Be Leader in Industry

In the past year, horse racing has made progress in the adoption of uniform medication rules. As 2015 nears, the number of states that will implement the new medication policies will be at 16, up from just four this year. However, as Gary West points out in his latest column at, there are six […]

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Gulfstream Park Diaries: Collmus and His Craft

The Paulick Report is on the scene in South Florida for Saturday’s Florida Derby, historically perhaps the most significant prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Between Gulfstream, the Triple Crown, and the Breeders’ Cup, the man calling the Florida Derby has emerged as one of the most important voices in horse racing. In this edition […]

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West: Late Starts for Shared Belief, Honor Code May Not Affect Derby Bids

Two early favorites for the Kentucky Derby, Honor Code and Shared Belief, have both experienced late starts to their 3-year-old campaigns due to minor injuries – but how much could that affect their run for the roses? While the end result certainly remains to be seen, Gary West, writing for, points out that late […]

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