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Bourbon War Breezes; Will Add Blinkers For Preakness

On a crisp Thursday morning under mostly cloudy skies at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Bourbon War put together his final preparations for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Preakness on May 18 at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md. Owned by Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable, the 3-year-old son of Tapit breezed over a fast main track […]

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‘Fresh’ Signalman Prepares To Take On ‘Wide-Open’ Group In Preakness

Signalman, winner of last fall’s Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), looked sharp Saturday at Churchill Downs – not in the Kentucky Derby (G1), but while breezing five furlongs in a lively 59.60 seconds in preparation for a start in the 144th Preakness Stakes May 18 at Pimlico Race Course. Signalman, third in Keeneland’s Blue Grass Stakes […]

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‘Excellent’ Bourbon War, ‘Bright-Eyed’ War Of Will Eyeing Preakness Starts

Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable’s Bourbon War, fourth in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park in his most recent start, has joined the probable list for the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 18. “He’s doing excellent. Right now, he’s probable for the Preakness,” trainer Mark […]

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Country House Heads List Of 11 Early Probables For 144th Preakness

Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Country House tops the list of candidates for the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) – the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course – on May 18. While Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was not ready to commit Country House, the Derby champ through the historic disqualification of […]

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Bourbon War Pointing For Peter Pan; Strike Power To True North

Trainer Mark Hennig could not have been more excited to get Strike Power back to the winner’s circle following an eight-month layoff. Owned by Courtlandt Farm, the 4-year-old son of Speightstown was victorious in a six-furlong allowance event on April 25 at Gulfstream Park – his first start since a distant ninth in the Better […]

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Former Derby Contender Strike Power Back To Racing After Eight-Month Layoff

Courtlandt Farms’ Strike Power, a promising Triple Crown Prospect during the 2017-2018 Championship Meet, is set to make his first start in eight months in Thursday’s featured race at Gulfstream Park. The 4-year-old son of Speightstown is scheduled to face eight rivals in Race 9, a 6 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance. The Mark Hennig-trained colt […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: The Final Countdown

The points are all in, and the top candidates are being prepared to make their voyages to Louisville. Jockey Mike Smith has a big decision to make over the next couple of weeks, as he rode both Roadster and Omaha Beach in their Grade 1 victories on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Omaha Beach […]

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Hennig Watching Weekend Prep Races To Determine Plans For His Bubble Horse

With 31 points, ranking 21st on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, trainer Mark Hennig is on the outside looking in with graded stakes placed Bourbon War for a potential start in the Grade 1 $3 million Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs. Owned by Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable, the regally-bred son of Tapit […]

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Who’s In, Who’s Out? Several Prominent Derby Contenders On The Bubble

This year represents the highest point total ever required to make the Kentucky Derby field, with the cutoff currently hovering at 37.5 points. The previous standard was set in 2016 at 32 points, accrued by eighth-place finisher Mo Tom. Last week it was announced that Japan-based Master Fencer’s connections will accept the invitation to the […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Making Sense Of Major Preps

The weekend’s blockbuster graded stakes action and trio of Triple Crown prep races have begun to clear up a muddy picture of the Kentucky Derby, with favorites winning two races and Baffert trainees topping the Santa Anita Derby. I loved Tacitus’ run in the Wood, as well as Roadster’s at Santa Anita. These two join […]

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