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‘Real Wow’: Serengeti Empress Confirmed ‘A Go’ For Kentucky Oaks

CHAMPAGNE ANYONE – Six Column Stables and Randy Bloch’s Champagne Anyone visited the starting gate and jogged once around the main track under exercise rider Kara Lee for trainer Ian Wilkes. Winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, Champagne Anyone had worked five furlongs in :59.80 on Monday. LADY APPLE […]

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Medallion, MyRacehorse Acquire Interest In Fair Grounds Oaks Winner Street Band

Medallion Racing and MyRacehorse have acquired an interest in leading Kentucky Oaks (G1) candidate Street Band. The daughter of Istan is the recent winner of the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks, and currently ranks third on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard. She is trained by Larry Jones, who campaigns the Kentucky homebred filly with his wife, Cindy […]

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Oaks Works: Champagne Anyone ‘Did Everything Perfect,’ Street Band ‘Does It So Easily’

CHAMPANGE ANYONE – Six Column Stables and Randy Bloch’s Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) winner Champagne Anyone turned in her third local work since her Florida victory by breezing five furlongs in company in :59.80 under jockey Chris Landeros at Churchill Downs. Working with 4-year-old allowance winner Kearny County, Champagne Anyone produced fractions of :12.60, :24.20, […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Finding Value

With two weeks to go before the Run for the Roses, all eyes will be on the contenders final workouts. There are still several jockey assignments left to be decided, though Hall of Famer Mike Smith’s decision to ride Omaha Beach over Roadster confirms the Richard Mandella trainee’s place atop my rankings. Horses in the […]

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‘Works Are Key’ To Final Rankings For Kentucky Derby Media Poll

Omaha Beach collected 16 of 24 first-place votes in this week’s edition of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll, but he’s no lock to keep them all in next week’s final Top 20 assembled by HorseRacingNation.com. Representatives of racing industry trade publications and general news outlets have turned their attention from final prep races to […]

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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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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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Maximum Security ‘Just Maintaining’ In One-Mile Work At Palm Meadows

Florida Derby winner Maximum Security breezed toward the Kentucky Derby on Sunday, steadily cruising through a mile at trainer Jason Servis’ Palm Meadows base in Southern Florida. The colt was given an official time of :42.00 for three furlongs. “It was a spectacular morning here, 59 degrees and crystal clear,” Servis told drf.com. “He went […]

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Mike Smith Optimistic With ‘Now Horse’ Omaha Beach

Mike Smith stunned the racing world in 2005 when he piloted Giacamo to a 50-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby, although it was no great surprise to him. If he wins the Kentucky Derby on Omaha Beach in less than two weeks, May 4 to be exact, it will have minimal shock value both in the […]

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Fog Obscures Official Breeze Time For Plus Que Parfait At Churchill

While the rain moved out of the Louisville area around 6 p.m. Saturday evening, a dense fog rose on Churchill Downs early Easter Sunday morning and made many trainers, once again, alter their work pattern for the Derby and Oaks contenders. The fog did not change the work pattern for UAE Derby (GII) hero Plus […]

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