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Country House Moved Up To Win Kentucky Derby As Maximum Security Disqualified

Trainer Bill Mott has waited throughout his Hall of Fame career to win the Kentucky Derby, so the extra 20 minute delay by the Churchill Downs stewards after Saturday’s 145th edition wasn’t anything new. Finally, the stewards revealed their decision: with the second-longest winning odds in Kentucky Derby history, 65-1 chance Country House will be […]

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Tacitus: Juddmonte ‘Doubling Down’ On Dirt Sires In Quest Of Elusive Derby Win

If Tacitus’ blood was any bluer, it would be cerulean. By America’s top dirt sire, 2004 Wood Memorial winner Tapit, out of five-time Grade 1-winning New York heroine and Eclipse champion Close Hatches, the flashy gray colt is owned by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud’s global powerhouse Juddmonte Farms, and trained by Hall of […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Post Position Fortunes?

Not only is the field of 20 set for Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby but today we learned exactly how they’ll line up in the gates and what each horse’s starting odds will be. In today’s edition of the Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Chelsea Hackbarth discuss the results of the […]

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High-Traffic Derby Workout Pits Win Win Win Against Tacitus, Country House

Jockey Julian Pimentel likely will never forget his first trip to Churchill Downs. In town to work Live Oak Plantation’s Win Win Win for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, he would up having more company than he bargained for as he piloted the colt through a half-mile in :47.60, the fourth fastest of 76 works at the […]

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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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