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‘Don’t Be Afraid To Dream Big’: Mandella Sends Letter To 7-Year-Old Omaha Beach Fan

On the morning of Omaha Beach’s final work before the Kentucky Derby, April 27, trainer Richard Mandella noticed a 7-year-old boy in the crowd of onlookers at the barn watching the colt cool out. Noah Singleton from nearby Charlestown, Ind. was looking on with interest, and Mandella asked the boy if he’d like to pet […]

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‘All The X-Rays Were Negative’: Servis Prepared To Move Forward With Maximum Security

Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security emerged from his controversial run in the Kentucky Derby with cuts on his hind legs, and trainer Jason Servis wasn’t happy with the colt’s movement when jogging last Thursday at Monmouth Park, according to the Asbury Park Press. He decided to have the son of New Year’s Day fully […]

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Derby DQ: West Calls New Video ‘Indisputable Evidence’ Stewards Made Wrong Call

Attorney Ann Oldfather, representing jockey Luis Saez, told USA Today that she provided a new video to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a Friday meeting regarding the Kentucky Derby. The video, she said, shows that Saez is not at fault for the incident which resulted in Maximum Security’s disqualification. “There is new and indisputable […]

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Country House Sent To Rood & Riddle, ‘Responding Well’ But Will Miss Belmont

The official Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been ruled out of the G1 Belmont Stakes, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Bill Mott confirmed that the 3-year-old had been sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after becoming slightly ill earlier this week. “We sent him to the clinic to get […]

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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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West Plans Lawsuit: War Of Will ‘Actually Caused The Infraction, Not Our Horse’

A frame-by-frame video of the Kentucky Derby is expected to be used as “evidence” for owner/breeder Gary West to challenge the stewards’ disqualification of his colt, Maximum Security, in a court of law. According to foxnews.com, West plans to “file a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction” after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission denied his appeal on […]

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Jon Court: Jockeys ‘Need To Have A Little More Integrity About The Equine Value We Ride’

At 58 years old, Jon Court became the oldest jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday. Aboard Long Range Toddy for trainer Steve Asmussen, Court’s trip was compromised when Maximum Security bore out in the far turn, bumping with War of Will and, in turn, Long Range Toddy. Maximum Security was disqualified and […]

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Right Or Wrong? Derby DQ Leaves Unanswered Questions

Kentucky stewards made a controversial decision after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby… Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In context of how the rules of racing are written in Kentucky, the stewards made the only possible call in their disqualification of Maximum Security from first to 17th. But was it the […]

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Denied: Commission Rejects West’s Appeal Over ‘Arbitrary And Capricious’ Derby DQ

Owner/breeder Gary West filed an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday, citing the “arbitrary and capricious” decision by Kentucky stewards to disqualify his horse after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, reports the Courier-Journal. The KHRC responded quickly to deny that appeal, based on its regulations stipulating that stewards’ findings on racing […]

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Mike Smith To Ride Improbable In 144th Preakness

Trainer Bob Baffert has confirmed that Kentucky Derby fifth-place finisher (promoted to fourth after the disqualification) Improbable will be pointed to the Preakness Stakes in two weeks’ time, according to drf.com. The 3-year-old son of City Zip was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., in the Derby, but will have the services of Hall of Fame veteran […]

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