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Storm The Court, Mr. Monomoy Among Nominees To Blue Grass Stakes April 4

Champion Storm the Court and recent Risen Star Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) winner Mr. Monomoy, the leading point earner on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), are among the 136 3-year-olds nominated to the 96th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 4, opening Saturday of Keeneland’s Spring Meet. This marks the 25th season […]

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‘He Is A Keeper’: War Horse Gung Ho Preparing For Thoroughbred Makeover

Owner-trainer Tamara Maxey recognized Gung Ho as a prime show horse prospect when he was in the final stages of his 74-race career at Turfway Park in late 2018. A stakes winner in his prime, Gung Ho finished third in the 2012 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland in a career that includes a bankroll […]

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‘He’ll Run All Day’: Late-Running Sir Winston Possible For Belmont Stakes

Tracy Farmer’s Sir Winston will target the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont after a late-closing second in the Grade 3 Peter Pan behind Global Campaign, according to trainer Mark Casse. The homebred son of Awesome Again was well off the pace in the Peter Pan and displayed an effective turn of foot in the final […]

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Yes Yes Yes: Trombetta Confirms Win Win Win For Preakness

Yes. Yes. Yes. Trainer Michael Trombetta confirmed Friday that Live Oak Plantation’s homebred Win Win Win is headed to the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 18 at Pimlico. Win Win Win finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and was moved to ninth by the disqualification of Maximum Security. Trombetta said the Hat Trick colt […]

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Castellano: ‘Key’ To Derby Victory Is To ‘Go With The Flow’

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano expressed confidence in his Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby mount Vekoma, who he rode to victory in the Grade 2 Blue Grass at Keeneland earlier this month. Castellano guided the George Weaver-trained son of Candy Ride to victory in the Blue Grass, where he drifted out in mid-stretch, […]

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Keeneland Spring Meet Shows Slight Declines In Attendance, Wagering

Keeneland concluded its 2019 Spring Meet on Friday with robust attendance and wagering results driven by outstanding racing with full fields of top-quality horses. The Spring Meet also featured distinctive special events to benefit the local community and horse industry as well as enhanced food and hospitality offerings. For the first time in 60 years, […]

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Win Win Win Carrying ‘Momentum’ Into Churchill, Will Ship Wednesday

Riding the wave of momentum as leading trainer of Laurel Park’s ongoing spring meet, trainer Mike Trombetta will ship record-setting stakes winner Win Win Win to Kentucky on Wednesday to finish preparations for the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1). Trombetta’s plans also include giving Win Win Win, ranked 16th with 50 Derby qualifying points, one […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Family Support Strong Behind Vekoma

Brothers Mike and Ted Gatsas have owned Thoroughbred racehorses for 21 years, and race days are an excuse to get the entire family together. This year, their children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to join Gatsas Stables at the pinnacle of the sport when Blue Grass Stakes winner Vekoma enters the starting gate for […]

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Bloodlines: Vekoma’s Distinguished Family Roots

Standing stallions is a highly competitive business, and the farms that stand the premium sires rarely have as successful a day as Lane’s End Farm had on April 6, when the 3-year-old colt Roadster (by Lane’s End stallion Quality Road) won his first stakes in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby against odds-on favorite Game […]

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