Matt Winn Stakes

Pennsylvania Derby: Red-Hot Mr. Money ‘Certainly Ready To Run’

Allied Racing Stable’s multiple graded stakes winner Mr. Money continued his march toward next Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (GI) at Parx with a spirited two-minute lick early Friday morning at Churchill Downs. Trained by Bret Calhoun, Mr. Money will ride a four-race win streak into the Pennsylvania Derby – the marquee race at Parx […]

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Outside Post ‘Not A Big Concern’ For Indiana Derby Favorite Mr. Money

Trainer Bret Calhoun admits he would feel worse about his 6-to-5 favorite Mr. Money breaking from the extreme outside in Saturday night’s $500,000, Grade 3 Indiana Derby had it not been for the colt’s last start. It wasn’t that Mr. Money had a challenging post to overcome in Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes […]

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Mr. Money Delivers As Heavy Favorite In Matt Winn Stakes

Allied Racing Stable’s Mr. Money stretched his speed to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs, adding to a resume that already included a win in the G3 Pat Day Mile. The 3-year-old son of Goldencents, ridden by Gabriel Saez for trainer Bret Calhoun, stalked the early pace and drew clear in […]

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Drury Hoping To Upset Matt Winn With ‘Aggressive’ Armistice Day

Typically trainer Tommy Drury is seen at the Receiving Barn shipping in horses from his main base at the Skylight Training Center, located about 20 minutes from Churchill Downs in Goshen, Ky. However, for the first time this spring, Drury stabled four horses at Churchill Downs and among them is Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins’ […]

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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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Pat Day Mile Winner Mr. Money To Pass On Preakness

Trainer Bret Calhoun said Wednesday morning that Allied Racing Stable’s Mr. Money, the 5 ¼-length winner of Saturday’s Pat Day Mile (GIII), would “probably pass on the Preakness.” “I think we are going to stay here and point to the ($150,000) Matt Winn (GIII),” Calhoun said after Mr. Money jogged on his first day back to the track following his […]

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Multiple Graded Stakes Winner McCraken Retired To Airdrie Stud

McCraken, a multiple Graded Stakes-winning son of leading sire, Ghostzapper, has been retired from racing and will stand at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Kentucky in 2019. A homebred for Mrs. Janis R. Whitham’s Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC, and trained by Ian Wilkes, McCraken first rose to national prominence during an undefeated juvenile campaign in 2016 that […]

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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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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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Walsh Confident Honorable Duty In ‘Top Form’ Heading Into Stephen Foster

Honorable Duty joined a list of 55 horses that eventual Horse of the Year Gun Runner defeated in 2017 after finishing second in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap presented by GE Appliances (GI) but trainer Brendan Walsh hopes the 6-year-old can redeem himself in Saturday’s 37th running of the 1 1/8-mile race at Churchill Downs. […]

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