West Virginia Derby

Barbados Native Will Saddle First Grade 1 Starter With Math Wizard In Pennsylvania Derby

Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. visited Parx once as a fan. The third generation horseman, a native from Barbados, returned for the second time this week and will saddle Math Wizard in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. The Kentucky-bred colt by Algorithms stretched his legs over the Parx main track Friday to get acclimated […]

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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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Mr. Money Continues To Roll In West Virginia Derby

Allied Racing Stable’s Mr. Money had to deal with a loose horse when winning the G3 Indiana Derby last out, but he had no such challenges in Saturday’s G3 West Virginia Derby. Looking loaded for bear the whole way around the course, the 3-year-old son of Goldencents made short work of the field to win […]

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Silver Dust Denies Game Kukulkan In West Virginia Governor’s Stakes

Tom Durant’s Silver Dust (7-2) was determined in Saturday’s Grade 3 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes at Mountaineer, turning back several challenges from 3-1 favorite and Mexican Triple Crown winner Kukulkan to win by about a half-length on the wire. The 5-year-old Tapit gelding, ridden by Jack Gilligan for trainer Bret Calhoun, covered 1 1/16 miles […]

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Record-Setting Owner Cole Returns For West Virginia Derby Day Stakes

Robert Cole Jr. is no stranger to the winner’s circle. From 2000 through Aug. 1, the Maryland-based owner had won 1,449 races, which is good for a 33.8% strike rate from 4,280 starts. His horses have earned $24.6 million over almost 20 years. So far in 2019, Cole has 28 wins—along with 15 seconds and […]

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Chilly In Charge ‘Improving Every Race,’ Earns Shot In West Virginia Derby

A couple of in-form 3-year-olds who have shown indications that longer distances may be to their liking could have a say in the outcome of the $500,000, Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 3 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The connections of Pennsylvania-bred Chilly in Charge believe the 3-year-old colt is coming into his […]

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Brendan Walsh Looking For ‘Best Ever’ Performance From Plus Que Parfait in WVa Derby

Imperial Racing’s Plus Que Parfait is best known for his victory in the Group II UAE Derby, which landed him a berth in a Grade I Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. But the 3-year-old Point of Entry ridgling also gets attention for his name — or at least the pronunciation of his name, which has […]

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Mr. Money Tops Field Of 10 In West Virginia Derby

Mr. Money, who has won three consecutive graded stakes with authority, looms the probable favorite for the $500,000, Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 3 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The 1 1/8-mile Derby for 3-year-olds attracted a field of 10. It is the eighth race on a nine-race Saturday program that has a […]

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Mountaineer Set For 50th Running Of West Virginia Derby

The 50th edition of the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort has attracted 54 nominations including several from trainers with a history of success in the Grade III event for 3-year-olds. The $500,000, Grade III West Virginia Derby at 1 1/8 miles is one of seven stakes planned for the Saturday, Aug. […]

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Mr Freeze Repels Challenge, Kicks Clear For West Virginia Derby Score

Jim Bakke and Gerald Ibister’s Mr Freeze was impressive in Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 West Virginia Derby, taking the lead at the start, repelling a challenge at the top of the stretch and kicking clear to win by eight lengths. The 3-year-old son of To Honor And Serve, sent to post at odds of 6-1, […]

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