Louisiana Derby

‘Need To Give Him A Rest’: Country House Won’t Race Again In 2019

Trainer Bill Mott told drf.com that the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not race again this season, because he has been unhappy with the colt’s progress since being moved up via the historic disqualification of Maximum Security on the first Saturday in May. Country House was originally ruled out of the Preakness and the […]

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Gaffalione: War Of Will’s Preakness Win ‘Really Hasn’t Sunk In Yet’

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione returned back to his “new home” in the Churchill Downs jockey colony following his victory aboard War of Will in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) at Pimlico Race Course. Gaffalione, a 24-year-old native of Davie, Fla., was on the Churchill Downs backstretch early Sunday morning to work horses and was named to […]

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Derby Buzz Horse By My Standards, Stablemate Mr. Money To Target Summer Campaigns

Trainer Bret Calhoun quickly became the talk of the backstretch with how well his Louisiana Derby (GII) winner By My Standards was training towards the Kentucky Derby. Following an 11th-place finish in the Derby that included losing several lengths at the break, Calhoun stated he will “back off” By My Standards for a couple of […]

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After ‘Extensive Testing,’ War Of Will ‘Cleared To Start His Training Regimen’

G3 Lecomte and G2 Risen Star winner War of Will has officially been cleared to resume training, trainer Mark Casse reported on Twitter this Friday. “I’m happy to report that WOW went through extensive testing yesterday which included x-rays and ultrasound,” Casse wrote. “He was cleared to start his training regimen which began today at […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Missteps And Upsetters

That was certainly a strange weekend of horse racing. Longshots hit in graded stakes all across the country, including 22-1 By My Standards in the Louisiana Derby. Neither of the weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep races saw a winning favorite; 4-5 War of Will finished ninth at the Fair Grounds, while Mucho Gusto faded to third […]

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‘It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This’: Thomas’ By My Standards Sparks Derby Fever

Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., is headed to the Kentucky Derby after his 3-year-old colt By My Standards captured Saturday’s $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby by three-quarters of a length over Spinoff, paying $47 to win under jockey Gabriel Saez. The Grade 2 stakes saw 4-5 favorite War of Will struggle home ninth after pulling […]

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War Of Will ‘Feeling A Lot Better’ After Louisiana Derby Misstep

Less than 24 hours after enduring a scare when beaten Louisiana Derby favorite War of Will was reported to be significantly off following his ninth-place finish, trainer Mark Casse said the son of War Front was much improved Sunday morning, adding that his hopes of making the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve remain intact. […]

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By My Standards Upsets Spinoff At 22-1 In Louisiana Derby

Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards broke his maiden last out over the Fair Grounds strip and immediately jumped up to graduate in the G2 Louisiana Derby at odds of 22-1. The 3-year-old son of Goldencents, ridden by Gabriel Saez and trained by Bret Calhoun, came up the rail in the stretch to best Spinoff […]

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Weekend Lineup: Louisiana, Sunland Derbies

This weekend’s theme is “laissez les bons temps rouler” as Fair Grounds hosts the Grade 2 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby, the first race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby to offer 100 qualifying points to the winner. The Louisiana Derby is one of four graded stakes on the Fair Grounds card including the Grade 2 […]

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