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Once On Whiskey Denies Draft Pick In Los Alamitos Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert saddled two horses in Saturday’s Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby, including the 1-2 post time favorite Ax Man. At the finish, however, it was his other trainee hitting the wire first at 7-1 odds. Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Once On Whiskey rolled down the stretch to put his nose […]

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Weekend Lineup: Indiana Derby, Delaware ‘Cap

The G2 Delaware Handicap and G3 Indiana Derby are the highlights of this Saturday’s graded stakes action in the United States. Dual Grade 1 winner Elate will make her 4-year-old debut in the $750,000 Delaware ‘Cap, taking on a well-matched field of eight other fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles. The biggest threats are […]

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Draft Pick Vs. Pair From Baffert, O’Neill Stables In Los Alamitos Derby

Draft Pick, who upset heavily-favored Solomini in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes June 10, will try for his third consecutive victory in the $150,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Derby Saturday. Restricted to 3-year-olds and scheduled for 1 1/8 miles, the Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby will go as the eighth of nine races. Post time Saturday is […]

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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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‘Talented’ Derby Runner Combatant Hopes To Rebound In Matt Winn

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton’s ultra-consistent Combatant will try for just his second-career victory as the 4-1 second choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $100,000 Matt Winn (GIII) for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs. “He needs to get over the hump,” Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said. “I think he needs a little more […]

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Weekend Lineup: 12 Weeks And Counting

It’s hard to believe there are only 12 weeks until the Kentucky Derby. Future wagering on the Run for the Roses will be held this weekend, but there are still plenty of opportunities for aspiring candidates to earn their spots in the starting gate. This weekend features the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa […]

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Impressive Maiden Winner Ax Man Faces Five Challengers In G2 San Vicente

A promising pair of homebreds, Hal and Patti Earnhardt’s Ax Man and Kaleem Shah’s All Out Blitz head a field of six sophomores going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita. To be run for the 78th time, the San Vicente serves as a traditional prep to the Grade […]

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Ax Man Heads Baffert Trainees Pointing To San Vicente

Ax Man is one of three possible starters for Bob Baffert in next Saturday’s San Vicente Stakes, a race the Hall of Fame trainer has won a record nine times, starting with Silver Charm in 1997 and culminating with Lord Nelson in 2015. Baffert also plans to run Nero, and possibly Zulfikhar, in the Grade II, $200,000 […]

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