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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Mudders And Poets

We’re finally just a day away from the 145th Run for the Roses, and there are late developments to report. In this edition of the Triple Crown News Minute, Paulick Report editor-in-chief Scott Jagow and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills discuss Friday’s scratch of Haikal and how it may impact the race, plus the last-minute rider […]

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‘I Like My Chances’: Under-The-Radar Derby Suits Pletcher Just Fine

It is difficult to ever consider trainer Todd Pletcher a longshot in a Grade 1 affair, but that is the situation in Saturday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Derby – though it should not worry his faithful much. When Starlight Racing’s Cutting Humor and Wertheimer et Frere’s Spinoff – 15th and 19th on the Kentucky Derby points […]

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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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Mike Smith To Replace Corey Lanerie Aboard Cutting Humor In Kentucky Derby

In a late decision, Hall of Famer and Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith has been named to ride Cutting Humor in the Kentucky Derby in place of Corey Lanerie, who was announced to have the mount when entries were revealed on Tuesday. The change was first reported Friday morning by the Daily Racing Form’s Jay […]

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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Win Win Win, Cutting Humor, Tax, and Long Range Toddy

Each day of Kentucky Derby week, I’ll take 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’ll work our way up the leaderboard, with any late additions being added as they’re announced. Win Win Win Hat […]

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Derby Notes: Long Range Toddy, Maximum Security Breeze Monday

Willis Horton Racing’s Long Range Toddy worked a half-mile in :47.80 over a fast track at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI). The work was the fifth fastest of 40 at the distance. Also working Monday morning at Churchill Downs was Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimneys Farm’s […]

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Kentucky Derby Notes: Friday’s Workout Action In Florida, California

Trainer Richard Mandella opted to wait on working likely Grade 1 Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite Omaha Beach Friday morning, instead sending the Arkansas Derby (G1) winner out for a trip to the starting gate and a 1 ½-mile gallop over a track rated as good. Although no Derby hopefuls put in timed works at Churchill Downs, there was activity on […]

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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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Pletcher Takes Wait-And-See Approach On Kentucky Derby Shippers

Trainer Todd Pletcher, in town for today’s Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale, has not finalized plans for shipping his Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls from Florida to Churchill Downs. The two-time Derby winner has Sunland Park Derby (G3) winner Cutting Humor and Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Spinoff among the top 20 points leaders to […]

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Sunland Derby Card Breaks New Mexico Handle Record

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino’s 60th anniversary season reached another plateau on Sunday, March 24, 2019 with a new all-time high New Mexico state record handle. The 12-race all-Thoroughbred card anchored by the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) generated a track and state record all-sources handle of over $4.8 million, breaking the previous record of nearly $4.3 million […]

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