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Owner Chester Thomas ‘Riding High’ With Three Shots In Risen Star

With five graded stakes wins and a Kentucky Derby horse, the past year seems like a dream to Allied Racing’s Chester Thomas. The calendar has flipped to 2020, but he still hasn’t been pinched. “It’s been an enormous wave and we’re still riding high,” Thomas said of his recent success. “It’s always fun to win, […]

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‘Jumping Out Of His Skin’: By My Standards Back On The Radar For Calhoun

Allied Racing Stable LLC’s 2019 Louisiana Derby (G2) upsetter By My Standards recently returned to the Fair Grounds work tab, as he eases his way into his 4-year-old campaign for trainer Bret Calhoun. The 22-1 winner of Fair Grounds’ signature event off just a maiden score in the race prior, the 3-year-old son of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Search For A ‘Lebron James’ Yearling

Like all good Louisvillians, Josh Stevens was taught how to celebrate the first Saturday in May. There are parties to be held, heaping piles of delicious food, light-hearted wagering pools between family and friends, and any number of smartly coordinated dresses and bow ties befitting the occasion. Every year Stevens would join his family around […]

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Derby Buzz Horse By My Standards, Stablemate Mr. Money To Target Summer Campaigns

Trainer Bret Calhoun quickly became the talk of the backstretch with how well his Louisiana Derby (GII) winner By My Standards was training towards the Kentucky Derby. Following an 11th-place finish in the Derby that included losing several lengths at the break, Calhoun stated he will “back off” By My Standards for a couple of […]

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The Haiku Handicapper Presented By Brisnet: 2019 Kentucky Derby

Time to analyze the 2019 Kentucky Derby field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. #1 – War of Will Honest horse undone By a wonky Fair Grounds trip And a lousy draw #2 – Tax Ex-claimer makes good […]

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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Game Winner, Maximum Security, By My Standards, Roadster

Each day of Kentucky Derby week, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills is taking a look at the pedigrees of four Kentucky Derby contenders and how those pedigrees might factor into their ability to succeed at a mile and a quarter. We’re now into the top eight contenders based on points earned on the Road to the […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Longshots Yea Or Nay?

Kentucky Derby week has finally arrived. We know the field of 20 but according to most observers, this year’s race is wide open. In today’s edition of the Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Chelsea Hackbarth discuss Chelsea’s upcoming final Derby 20, zeroing in on longshots to watch and others to perhaps stay away […]

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Derby Notes: By My Standards ‘Just Moves So Effortlessly’

The special 7:30-7:45 (all times Eastern) morning training window for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses was put to major use Sunday morning with six Derby hopefuls and three Oaks likely starters turning in works during that time frame. The Derby workers were: • By My Standards, four furlongs in :48.40 (12th fastest of 76 […]

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Omaha Beach Maintains Leading Position In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

With the prep races for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve in the books and little action in the handicap ranks, the status quo held in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Omaha Beach, who stamped himself as the likely Kentucky Derby favorite off his […]

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