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Churchill-Based Derby Prospects Move Scheduled Workouts To Sunday

While Easter Sunday will be a quiet day for many people across the commonwealth of Kentucky, several owners and trainers will be on edge as numerous Kentucky Derby prospects are scheduled to complete their penultimate workouts for the 1 ¼-mile race on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Saturday began the exclusive 7:30-7:45 […]

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‘He Will Be Better Next Time’: Ortiz High On Derby Chances For Tacitus

Jose Ortiz has ridden in the Kentucky Derby (G1) four times and came close to grabbing the roses last year when he was aboard champion Good Magic, who finished second to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. This year, he is set to ride Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Tacitus, the leading point-earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with […]

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Omaha Beach, Tacitus Arrive At Churchill To Prepare For Kentucky Derby

Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall of Famer Richard […]

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Omaha Beach Will Van To Kentucky; Improbable Likely ‘Upset’ By Blinkers

Six Oaklawn-raced horses have enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, including Omaha Beach and Improbable, the top two finishers in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Omaha Beach exited his one-length victory in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday morning, adding the War Front colt, owned by Rick Porter’s […]

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Round 2: Midnight Bisou Vs. Elate In Apple Blossom At Oaklawn

A small, but select six-horse field is entered in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) Sunday at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. The 1 1/16-event for older fillies and mares highlights the first day of the track’s new “Stay Until May” racing calendar. Probable post time for the Apple Blossom, which goes as the eighth […]

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Fandom Of Cigar Leads Malter, Ironhorse Racing Stable To Work With Mott

The dream for any young sports fan is to be part of a team they admire. Countless NBA championships have been won off a buzzer-beater into a wastebasket, and just as many Super Bowls have been secured in the backyard as one last pass flies through the air before dinner. For a twenty-something Harlan Malter, […]

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Tacitus ‘Matured A Ton’; Wood Top Three Headed To Kentucky Derby

The Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets winner Tacitus was no worse for wear the morning after his triumphant run in the final Kentucky Derby qualifier at Aqueduct Racetrack. On the first Saturday in May, Tacitus will seek to give Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and owner Juddmonte Farms their first […]

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Tacitus Proves His Mettle In Wood Memorial

Juddmonte homebred Tacitus put in a big effort in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, out-finishing Withers winner Tax down the lane to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Favored at 5-2 in the field of 11 sophomores off his triumph in the Tampa Bay Derby, the Tapit colt completed nine furlongs over Aqueduct’s main track in 1:51.23. […]

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Juddmonte Family ‘Legacy’ Carries On With Homebred Tacitus

When speaking of prominent Juddmonte Farms homebreds, the first word that comes to mind for Juddmonte’s General Manager Garret O’Rourke is ‘legacy.’ On Saturday, Tacitus carries five generations of said legacy into the Grade 2 $750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets. The Wood Memorial, which offers 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top-four […]

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Former Claimer Tax, Blueblood Tacitus Square Off In Wood Memorial

The triumvirate of graded stakes winners Tax, Tacitus and Haikal top a wide-open 95th running of the Grade 2, $750,0000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, slated for Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. The Wood Memorial, which offers 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers, is slated for an approximate […]

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