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Mott: Hidden Scroll ‘Seems Bright’ After Loss, Country House Headed For Louisiana Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has not lost faith in his early candidates for the Kentucky Derby, despite Fountain of Youth favorite Hidden Scroll’s somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish after setting a rapid early pace. “He came out of it well,” Mott told drf.com. “He doesn’t seem to be knocked out. Acts pretty darn good. […]

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A Thread Of Blue Turns Back Casa Creed In Palm Beach

Leonard C. Green’s Dania Beach winner A Thread of Blue gamely held off Kitten’s Joy winner Casa Creed down the stretch to win the $150,000 Palm Beach (G3) Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The Palm Beach was one of nine graded-stakes contested on Gulfstream’s program highlighted by the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2). A 3-year-old […]

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Maiden Winner Hidden Scroll Installed Morning Line Favorite In Fountain Of Youth

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Hidden Scroll, an impressive winner of his lone career start Jan. 26, drew Post 7 and was installed as the 9-5 program favorite for Saturday’s $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The 73rd running of the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth for 3-year-olds, the final step […]

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‘Two-Turn Experience’: Spinoff Launches More Derby Hopes For Pletcher At Tampa

Believe it or not, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez had a few anxious moments during Triple Crown nominee Spinoff’s 11 ¾-length victory in today’s second race at Tampa Bay Downs. “He passed the other horses and got to the ¼-mile pole, and then he started waiting. Then he saw the gate (at the top […]

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Fountain Of Youth: Bourbon War, Hidden Scroll Record Final Breezes

Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable’s Bourbon War breezed an easy half-mile Friday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a start in the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) March 2. The 3-year-old son of Tapit covered the four furlongs in 48.68 seconds under regular exercise rider Juan Oyola in his final tune-up […]

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Hard Not To Love: One-Eyed Half-Sister To Wonder Gadot Breaks Maiden On Debut

A 3-year-old half-sister to 2018 Queen’s Plate winner Wonder Gadot, Hard Not To Love made her career debut in Saturday’s first race at Santa Anita Park. The Hard Spun filly has a distinguishing characteristic: she only has one eye. That didn’t stop her from winning the maiden special weight event by three lengths under Tiago […]

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Mott ‘Very Excited’ About Debut Winner Hidden Scroll

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott sent out a talented first-time starter named Hidden Scroll on the Pegasus World Cup undercard, and the Juddmonte Farms homebred blew away the competition to win by 14 lengths while jockey Joel Rosario geared him down at the wire. The sophomore son of Hard Spun ran a mile over […]

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$320,000 Broodmare Prospect Saucy Dame Leads Thursday At Keeneland November Sale

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings paid $320,000 for Saucy Dame, a 3-year-old Distorted Humor filly cataloged as a broodmare prospect, during Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which recorded brisk trade throughout the day. Keeneland sold 259 horses for a total $17,381,000, an average of $67,108 and a median of $52,000. […]

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Aptly-Named Gray Phantom Takes All-Grey Handicap At Woodbine

After finishing just a head shy of victory in last year’s inaugural running of the $50,000 Grey Handicap at Woodbine, the aptly-named Gray Phantom defeated a field of fellow gray and roan colored horses to make his second appearance in the captivating Grey Day event a winning one. Aside from the unique color conditions, the […]

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Darley America Announces 2019 Fees, Topped By Medaglia d’Oro At $200,000

Darley America, based at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., has announced the advertised fees for its 2019 stallion roster. This year has seen Medaglia d’Oro enjoy fantastic returns in the sales ring. He has sired an astounding eight seven-figure yearlings, including three of the top four at Saratoga and an additional five at Keeneland September. Only Northern Dancer and Storm […]

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