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Good Magic, Firenze Fire Headline 40 Nominees To Wood Memorial

Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and reigning 2-Year-Old Champion Good Magic tops a list of 40 sophomores nominated to the 94th running of the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Good Magic, who is also nominated for the Blue Grass on the same day at Keeneland, is one of three […]

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Quip May Start Once More Before Derby; Casse Pleased With Flameaway’s Effort

Rodolphe Brisset noticed a major difference in his Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Quip when he returned to the trainer’s Fair Grounds base in New Orleans in early January to resume training after a three-week “vacation” at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. “He matured a lot physically and carried more weight. […]

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Good Magic ‘A Little Tired’ After Third-Place Effort In Fountain Of Youth

Champion 2-year-old male last season, Good Magic was a disappointing third in Saturday’s Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by longshot Promises Fulfilled. According to, trainer Chad Brown is leaning toward sending the son of Curlin to Keeneland’s Blue Grass Stakes at the beginning of April for his next start. Good […]

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Flameaway ‘Definitely’ To Be Nominated To Triple Crown; Catholic Boy Put In A ‘Solid Effort’

The one-two finishers in Saturday’s Sam F. Davis, both Flameaway and Catholic Boy came out of the race well, according to The winner, Flameaway, lowered the Tampa Bay Downs’ stakes record by .01 second in the effort, but was not nominated to the Triple Crown. In order for the 10 points he earned with the […]

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O’Neill Rules Irap Out Of Belmont, Points To Ohio Derby

Blue Grass Stakes winner Irap will not run in the third leg of the triple crown, trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed to on Monday. Instead, the big-bodied 3-year-old son of Tiznow will point to Thistledown’s G3 $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 24. Eighteenth in the Kentucky Derby, Irap did not wheel back to contest the […]

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‘Do It For Louisville’: Kentucky Derby Is Romans’ Biggest Goal

Trainer Dale Romans grew up in his father’s barn on the backside of Churchill Downs, and has been dreaming of getting a win in the track’s premier race, the Kentucky Derby, ever since he was a young child. This year, he will take his eighth shot with Dennis Albaugh’s J Boys Echo. Romans told […]

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Brown ‘Leaning Toward’ Running Practical Joke In Small-Cup Blinkers

A two-time Grade 1-winning juvenile, Practical Joke has yet to win a race over a mile in distance. The Kentucky Derby hopeful has, however, never finished worse than third in six career starts, and will have jockey Joel Rosario aboard on the first Saturday in May. In his two starts of 2017, Practical Joke seemed […]

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Updated: Albarado’s Broken Ankle To Keep Him Out Of Kentucky Derby

Veteran jockey Robby Albarado, who was named to ride J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby on May 6, suffered a fractured ankle during an incident in Sunday’s eighth race at Keeneland. Albarado’s mount, Chiltern Street, threw him over his shoulders when the Wesley Ward trainee stumbled out of the starting gates, and the replay […]

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O’Neill, Reddam Look To ‘Give It A Roll’ With Rockin Rudy In Arkansas Derby

A week after shocking the racing world in a major Kentucky Derby prep race, trainer Doug O’Neill will try to do it again in the Arkansas Derby with lightly raced Rockin Rudy. O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam won the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (G2) Saturday at Keeneland with Irap, who broke his maiden […]

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