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Kentucky Derby Update: Four Probables Breeze At Churchill Monday

On a Chamber of Commerce morning at Churchill Downs, four contenders for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) put in their works over a fast track. Working during the special 7:30-7:45 training window for Derby and Oaks horses, Improbable breezed a half-mile on his own in :48; By My Standards […]

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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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By My Standards Connections Will Be ‘On The Edge Of Our Chairs’ Until First Saturday In May

With just three weeks until the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner By My Standards, breezed a half-mile in :48.80 at 5:45 a.m. Thursday morning at Churchill Downs. Flanked by Allied Racing Stable’s Chester Thomas and trainer Bret Calhoun, By My Standards was led to the track by stable pony Frankie with […]

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‘It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This’: Thomas’ By My Standards Sparks Derby Fever

Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., is headed to the Kentucky Derby after his 3-year-old colt By My Standards captured Saturday’s $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby by three-quarters of a length over Spinoff, paying $47 to win under jockey Gabriel Saez. The Grade 2 stakes saw 4-5 favorite War of Will struggle home ninth after pulling […]

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By My Standards Upsets Spinoff At 22-1 In Louisiana Derby

Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards broke his maiden last out over the Fair Grounds strip and immediately jumped up to graduate in the G2 Louisiana Derby at odds of 22-1. The 3-year-old son of Goldencents, ridden by Gabriel Saez and trained by Bret Calhoun, came up the rail in the stretch to best Spinoff […]

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Mineshaft Winner Silver Dust Favored In New Orleans Handicap

Tom Durant’s Silver Dust has been made the lukewarm 7-2 morning favorite for the Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots against a competitive field of ten other older horses. Trained by Bret Calhoun, the 5-year-old gelded son of Tapit enters the mile-and-an-eighth event over the main track off […]

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Cowgirls Like Us, Mr Money Bags Deliver In Sam Houston Stakes

Sam Houston Race Park hosted two stakes on the Saturday, February 23rd card and the favorites did not disappoint as Cowgirls Like Us prevailed in the $65,000 Two Altazano and Triple Crown nominated Mr Money Bags dominated his rivals in the $65,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes. Douglas Scharbauer’s homebred Cowgirls Like Us showed her class in […]

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Silver Dust Puts It All Together For Mineshaft Victory; Harlan Punch Vanned Off

The notoriously difficult-to-handle Silver Dust finally seems to have mostly figured out what to do in the afternoons; despite acting up in the gate, the gelded 5-year-old son of Tapit captured Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths at odds of 5-1. The victory was the first graded win for both the horse and […]

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Calhoun Playing Catch-Up With Mr. Money In Risen Star

Successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill. Unfortunately, time was not on trainer Bret Calhoun’s side last month when he targeted the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes  with Mr. Money, but the new member of the 3,000-win club is moving forward and hoping for a big run from the Allied […]

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Calhoun Celebrates ‘Mind Boggling’ 3,000th Training Victory

Trainer Bret Calhoun scored his 3,000th career victory on Sunday afternoon at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when Douglas Scharbauer’s Most Mischief got the best of a blanket photo finish in the eighth race. Calhoun, 54, became only the 30th Thoroughbred conditioner to win 3,000 races. “It’s mind boggling,” Calhoun said. “When you compare […]

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