Gray Magician

Spun To Run Battles Back To Beat Gray Magician In Smarty Jones Stakes

Robert P. Donaldson’s Spun To Run proved a valiant competitor in Monday’s Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx, battling back along the rail to defeat Gray Magician by a nose on the wire. Sent off as the 7-5 favorite, the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun ran 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track […]

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Hard-Knocking Go Google Yourself, Gray Magician Earn Ellis Park Stakes Wins

A pair of hard-knocking horses earned their first stakes Sunday at Ellis Park, with Go Google Yourself capturing the $125,000 Groupie Doll, presented by Field & Main Bank, by three lengths over Divine Queen and Gray Magician a race later taking the $100,000 Ellis Park Derby, presented by Kruckemeyer & Cohn Jewelry, by a half-length […]

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Jones’ Super Steed Back To The Races For Ellis Park Derby

Super Steed, who briefly emerged as a Kentucky Derby contender when he won Oaklawn Park’s Grade 3 Southwest Stakes, makes his first start in six months in Sunday’s $100,000 Ellis Park Derby, presented by Kruckemeyer & Cohn Jewelry. After winning the Southwest at 62-1 odds on Feb. 18, Supersteed was sidelined by bone bruising that […]

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Wellman: ‘It’s Important To Support Del Mar And California Racing’

It will be 227 days from the December 2 end of the 2018 Fall racing season at Del Mar to Wednesday’s start of the 80th Summer season. And 227 days of absence, coupled with a winter/spring of misfortune and discontent at Santa Anita, appears to have made horsemen’s hearts even fonder than usual for the […]

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Favored Mr. Money Has To Overcome Outside Post In Indiana Derby

The field is set for the 25th running of the Grade 3 $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind., Saturday, July 13. Mr. Money, the talented 3-year-old son of Goldencents, has been tagged as the morning line favorite at odds of 6-5 despite the outside post 11 in the race. Mr. Money, owned […]

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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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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Master Fencer, Spinoff, Gray Magician, Country House

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, starting with the lowest point-earners currently in the Derby field and the Japanese […]

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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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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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Trio Of US-Based Runners Take On Godolphin Filly In UAE Derby

The only filly to win the UAE Derby (GII) so far, Khawlah (2011), sported the Godolphin colors, and Divine Image will be well backed to emulate her in Saturday’s $2.5 million renewal on the Dubai World Cup card. Much has changed in the interim – Meydan’s transition from Tapeta to dirt, the advent of Charlie Appleby as a Godolphin trainer, and the Kentucky Derby (GI) points system […]

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