Pennsylvania Derby

‘One Step At A Time’: Maximus Mischief Diagnosed With Soft-Tissue Injury

Following a poor workout on Sunday at Gulfstream Park, Kentucky Derby candidate Maximus Mischief was officially diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury in his right foreleg, according to bloodhorse.com. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief was declared off the Derby trail prior to the diagnosis, but trainer Robert “Butch” Reid is optimistic that the colt will be […]

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McCarthy ‘More Than Pleased’ With Muddy Works From Axelrod, Vibrance

Trainer Michael McCarthy brought five Breeders’ Cup hopefuls to Churchill Downs Tuesday from his Southern California base and Saturday morning produced the first works. Working in company over a track labeled muddy, Axelrod (Classic-GI) and Vibrance (Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies-GI) covered a half-mile in :48.40. Fractions on the work were :12.20, 24.20, :36.20 and […]

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‘Remember McKinzie!’: Baffert Has Colt Ready For ‘Tall Order’ In Classic

Bob Baffert’s battle cry for the Breeders’ Cup Classic won’t be “Remember the Alamo!,” but it could be “Remember McKinzie!” Seemingly the odd horse out although he is among the three favorites for the Classic to be run Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, McKinzie is the third choice behind John Sadler trainee Accelerate and Baffert’s […]

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Breeders’ Cup Classic, Clark Handicap Possible Targets For Pennsylvania Derby Winner McKinzie

Following his victory in the Pennsylvania Derby Saturday, McKinzie is headed back to California, where trainer Bob Baffert will contemplate the colt’s next race. Baffert told the Daily Racing Form he’s looking at either the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3 or the Clark Handicap Nov. 23, both at Churchill Downs. In the Pennsylvania Derby, McKinzie was […]

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McKinzie, Smith Give Baffert A Third Pennsylvania Derby Win

Trainer Bob Baffert has liked McKinzie from the start, but a hind ankle injury forced the 3-year-old son of Street Sense to miss out on this year’s Triple Crown challenge. Baffert, of course, sent out Justify for his history-making run, but now that the Triple Crown winner has been retired McKinzie stepped up to fill […]

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Baffert Confident That McKinzie, Collected Will Fire Off The Bench

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will have two horses at Parx Racing Saturday that have much to prove. And he thinks both of them have a chance to do just that. Baffert has two high-profile horses making their first starts after long layoffs. McKinzie, once considered to be the favorite for the Kentucky Derby […]

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Weekend Lineup: Sophomores In The Spotlight In Cotillion, Penn. Derby

This weekend’s graded stakes action is highlighted by a pair of Grade 1 races for 3-year-olds at Parx, the Cotillion and the Pennsylvania Derby. Also on Parx’ Saturday card is the G3 Gallant Bob Stakes, featuring talented sprinter Firenze Fire. The Cotillion offers an exciting matchup between Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl, Queen’s Plate winner […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Crazy Notions?

In the last couple of years, Thoroughbred owner Larry Best (OXO Equine) has spent millions of dollars at auctions in search of top quality runners. Turns out, he’s got some contrarian ideas about how to campaign those horses. In an interview this week, Best explained why after only two races, he’s giving budding juvenile Instagrand […]

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Lukas: Bravazo ‘A Picture Of Consistency’ Going Into Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby

Calumet Farm’s  Bravazo galloped “about a mile and a half” according to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas who watched his colt circle the track from atop his pony early Thursday morning. The 3-year-old colt by Awesome Again will make his ninth start of the year in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, and will try to win his first […]

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Cotillion, Pennsylvania Derby Join Kelso Handicap In NYRA’s Cross Country Pick 4

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will team up with Parx Racing on Saturday, September 22, to offer a Cross Country Pick 4 highlighted by the Grade 1, $1-million Pennsylvania Derby. The latest in NYRA’s fall series of Cross Country Pick 4s, Saturday’s edition will include three graded stakes between Belmont Park and Parx, […]

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