Rebel Stakes could be filled with Derby intrigue

The Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 17 is shaping up to be an interesting Derby prep with most likely a full field of 14.  Undefeated Todd Pletcher trainee, Gemologist, is expected to make his 2012 debut, having not run since winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs Nov. 26. “It’s mainly about […]

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TCI: Gotham recap, who’s in the top ten?

In the latest edition of Triple Crown Insider, Jon & Joel reveal the TCI Top 10 brought to you by  They also discuss the champ’s return to the winner’s circle in the Gotham Stakes. But does Hansen make the Top 10, and who is #1? Watch it. Comment.

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Hansen and six other Gotham probables put in workouts Sunday morning

Seven horses pointing to next Saturday’s Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct put in workouts Sunday morning at four different facilities, reports the Daily Racing Form. Hansen worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.98 at Gulfstream Park, after which trainer Mike Maker said he “went about his business in a professional way.” At Palm Meadows in south […]

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Triple Crown Insider: Fast-paced Derby Snapshot

The TCI boys quickly catch you up on the progress of major Triple Crown contenders yet to make their 3-year-old debuts, and tell you where they will likely surface. They also discuss a couple of races this weekend that could have an impact on the Triple Crown Trail. Watch it. Comment.

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Pletcher cautiously optimistic about Derby contingent

It appears trainer Todd Pletcher is heading into the thick of the Derby prep season with a strong group of Derby hopefuls.  Algorithms and El Padrino provided impressive scores over the weekend.  Gemologist and Discreet Dancer also have the look of contenders.  But Pletcher is taking a wait-and-see approach. “We’re holding a strong hand, but […]

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Churchill: Impressive juvenile winners in good order for three-year-old campaigns

WinStar Farm LLC’s Gemologist exited his 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s 85th running of the Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) in good order, according to Michael McCarthy, assistant trainer to Todd Pletcher.          “He came out of the race well,” McCarthy said. “He’ll go to WinStar Farm on Monday for a brief freshening and […]

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Gemologist sparkles in KY Jockey Club

Gemologist powered home to win the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs by a length and three-quarters over Ever So Lucky. Timely Tally finished third. Gemologist, a 2-year-old son of Tiznow, is trained by Todd Pletcher for WinStar Farm LLC. He was ridden to victory by Javer Castellano. Running time for the […]

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Unbeatens Ever So Lucky, Gemologist look to top the Kentucky Jockey Club field

Augustin Stable’s Ever So Lucky, a dazzling winner in his Churchill Downs debut, and WinStar Farm LLC’sGemologist, perfect in two outings at Turfway Park and Churchill Downs, put their spotless racing records on the line Saturday as the promising colts head a field of 11 2-year-olds entered for Saturday’s 85th running of the $150,000-added Kentucky […]

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