Pegasus World Cup Runner-Up Mr Freeze Takes Aim At Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Mile

Jim Bakke and Gerry Isbister’s Mr Freeze, runner-up to Mucho Gusto in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy Jan. 25, will try to stop his rivals in their tracks and roll to victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Mile (G2). The Gulfstream Park Mile will be one of 10 stakes, […]

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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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Kentucky Derby 145 Notes: Trainers ‘Ready To Roll’ But Won’t Get ‘Much Sleep Tonight’

At 6:35 (all times Eastern) Friday morning, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed that Shadwell Farm homebred Haikal is scratched from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (GI). The son of Daaher developed an abscess in his left front hoof. “We put shoes back on him this morning and jogged him and he was still not 100 percent,” McLaughlin said. BODEXPRESS – Top Racing LLC, Global Thoroughbred and GDS Racing Stable’s Bodexpress galloped a mile […]

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Haikal Withdrawn From Kentucky Derby Due To Hoof Abscess

Haikal, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, has been withdrawn from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby due to an abscess in his left front hoof. The Daily Racing Form’s Dave Grening reported the news about an hour and a half before the Derby’s 9 a.m. scratch deadline Friday morning. It was an expected outcome after trainer […]

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Haikal Being Treated For Hoof Abscess, Could Scratch From Derby

Grade 3 Gotham winner Haikal may be a scratch for the Kentucky Derby after his connections told reporters Thursday morning the colt was being treated for a hoof abscess. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said his team would soak the hoof in Epsom salts Thursday and make a final decision about the horse’s status Friday morning. Hoof […]

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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: War of Will, Improbable, Haikal, Code of Honor

Each day of Kentucky Derby week, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills is taking 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’re working our way up the leaderboard and now cracking the top ten. War of Will […]

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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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McLaughlin On Gotham Winner Haikal: ‘I Loved What I Saw This Morning”

Shadwell Stable’s homebred Haikal, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack on March 9 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.21 on Thursday morning on the main track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Haikal, who was a closing third in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets on April […]

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Haikal Has ‘Answered All The Questions’ For Jockey Rajiv Maragh

With weather calling for a good chance of rain in the Elmont area this Easter weekend, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin altered the work pattern for Shadwell Farm’s Kentucky Derby hopeful Haikal, breezing the graded stakes winning son of Daaher on Friday morning. Haikal took to the Belmont Park main track at 9:30 a.m. to record his […]

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