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Zito Plans To ‘Give It A Shot’ At Oaklawn Park In 2019

Nick Zito has started only a handful of horses at Oaklawn, but that figures to change in 2019 after the Hall of Fame trainer said Friday afternoon that he will “probably” have 20 horses on the grounds when the scheduled 57-day meet begins Jan. 25. “We thought about this for a while,” said Zito, 70, […]

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Magnum Moon ‘Doing His Part’ In Recovery At Cornell Ruffian

Robert and Lawana Low’s Arkansas Derby winner Magnum Moon is still progressing in his recovery from a “structural injury” suffered to one of his forelegs in June, reports bloodhorse.com. He has been at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, across the street from Belmont Park, for the duration of the process. “He’s just stable at this point in […]

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Rebel Boosted to $1 Million, New Stakes Created For Expanded 2019 Oaklawn Park Meet

One of the richest Thoroughbred race meets in North America will now offer two $1,000,000 Kentucky Derby prep races and two additional signature races. Oaklawn, which earlier this year announced a significant change to its race dates, turned it up another notch Wednesday when it announced that both the Arkansas Derby (G1) and the Rebel […]

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Updated: Magnum Moon Undergoes Successful Surgery For Career-Ending Injury

Sophomore colt Magnum Moon sustained a “career-ending” injury after a workout at Belmont Park on Saturday morning, according to bloodhorse.com. The 3-year-old son of Malibu Moon, winner of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher, was galloping out when he suffered a “structural injury” to his forelimb. The racing manager for owners Robert and […]

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Good Magic Arrives At Pimlico; ‘Icabad Crane-Looking’ Tenfold Eases Through Final Breeze

Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up, became the first horse of the prospective Preakness field to arrive at Pimlico Race Course Monday morning. Traveling in a Sallee Horse van, which left New York at 6 a.m., the Chad Brown-trained Good Magic was unloaded at the Pimlico stakes barn at approximately 10:50 a.m. Several photographers and a local NBC affiliate […]

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Geroux Hoping For First Classic Win Aboard Quip In Preakness

Florent Geroux rode Gun Runner to Horse of the Year honors last year, earning his fourth career Breeders’ Cup victory with that horse in the Classic (G1). The jockey teamed with Gun Runner for a victory in this year’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup (G1), the world’s richest race. He followed his third-straight Fair Grounds […]

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Asmussen Considering Tenfold For Preakness; Brisset ‘Wouldn’t Trade’ Classic Chance With Quip

Steve Asmussen, trainer of Preakness winners Curlin (2007) and Rachel Alexandra (2009), said Monday that Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tenfold is “probable” for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Tenfold, a son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, was fifth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in his third career start after winning his first two races at Oaklawn. Tenfold […]

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‘The One Race That Fits Him The Best’: Quip On Schedule For Preakness

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing’s Grade 2 winner Quip returned to the work tab with a half-mile breeze Thursday morning at Keeneland ahead of his anticipated start in the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1). A bay son of Distorted Humor bred by WinStar, Quip went four furlongs in 48 seconds over Keeneland’s main track in […]

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TCI: First Look At Probable Kentucky Derby Field

With all of the Derby preps in the books, the TCI guys take a first look at the likely field for this year’s Run for the Roses. They also summarize the final prep results, including last weekend’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, won in wire-to-wire fashion by the undefeated Magnum Moon, and G3 Lexington Stakes, taken […]

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Bloodlines: Magnum Moon Heads To Derby An Undefeated Millionaire

Victory in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby brought the winner, Magnum Moon, to the top of the tree among Kentucky Derby prospects by classic points with 150. The handsome bay is bred to be a classic colt, with the 1992 Kentucky Derby early favorite A.P. Indy being his male-line grandsire. In addition to winning the […]

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