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Pletcher-Trained Coal Front ‘Going According To Schedule’ For Met Mile

Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front continued his preparations for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap when he breezed four furlongs in 50.55 seconds on Friday morning at Belmont for trainer Todd Pletcher. The move was the son of Stay Thirsty’s second work since an overseas triumph in the Group […]

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Miller Pleased With Gray Magician; Colt On Target For Kentucky Derby Start

UAE Derby runner-up Gray Magician was originally listed as questionable for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but the sophomore son of Graydar has been working well since his return from Dubai. Peter Miller told drf.com that continued progress from the colt will give the trainer enough confidence to enter the Run for the Roses. On Saturday, […]

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Japanese Star Filly Almond Eye Proves Best In Dubai Turf

She arrived in Dubai with a huge reputation and Japan’s super filly Almond Eye proved herself on a world stage at Meydan when showing brilliant acceleration to win the US$6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World. The Lord Kanaloa filly, trained by Sakae Kunieda to win all three legs of the Filly Triple Crown […]

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Ortiz Doubles Up As Plus Que Parfait Digs In For UAE Derby Triumph

Trainer Brendan Walsh made a radical decision when Plus Que Parfait didn’t fire in the G2 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 16, moving the 3-year-old from the Fair Grounds to South Florida. He began planning a trip to Dubai for the son of Point of Entry, and on Saturday the Imperial Racing-owned ridgling delivered a […]

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Coal Front Gives Pletcher, Ortiz First Dubai Winners In Godolphin Mile

It was Jose Ortiz’ first-ever start on Dubai World Cup night, and he had a tough task with the 12th post position in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile. Riding Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front, Ortiz was pushed four-wide down the backstretch and was still wide around the turn, but the pair […]

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Weekend Lineup: Dubai Spotlight, Florida Derby Showdown

This weekend sees the Grade 1 Florida Derby take center stage on the Road to the Kentucky Derby while Meydan Racecourse hosts a blockbuster Dubai World Cup card. NBC Sports will showcase the Florida Derby in a one-hour broadcast on NBCSN from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. TVG will also broadcast the […]

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‘All Going Right’ This Year With Dubai World Cup Hopeful Gunnevera

Unlike in 2018, there is much more of a spring to the step to all those associated with Dubai World Cup hopeful Gunnevera this year – including the horse himself. The leading light of Antonio Sano’s stable set off for the race 12 months ago in the richest of form only for everything to unravel […]

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Pavel Fitted With Blinkers, To Be Piloted By Rosario In ‘Wide Open’ Dubai World Cup

California-based trainer Doug O’Neill is hoping that fitting Pavel with blinkers when he runs in the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline on Saturday is going to bring out the best in the 5-year-old son of Creative Cause. Already fourth in last year’s edition, Pavel is very likeable individual, easily recognizable thanks to his […]

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Audible Ready To Make Himself Heard In Dubai World Cup

When it comes to pulling off some sensational illusions, racehorses could put Houdini to shame with their collective sleight. They can act like the second coming during morning hours and then leave their conditioners fitful when the race day results fail to match. Conversely, they can give off airs of disinterest in their daily training […]

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Seeking The Soul ‘Right Where You Want Him To Be’ For Dubai World Cup

Doubt Dallas Stewart’s chances at your own risk. Too many times has the equal parts charismatic-and-capable conditioner brought a horse into a big race who seemed a cut below the best and proceeded to take home a considerable chunk of the purse. The names have been written about ad nauseam—Lemons Forever (47-1, 1st, Kentucky Oaks), […]

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