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Churchill-Based Preakness Contenders Continue To Gear Up For Triple Crown’s Second Jewel

John Oxley’s Classic Empire, L and N Racing’s Lookin At Lee and Calumet Farm’s Hence all continued preparations for the Preakness on Friday morning at Churchill Downs. Classic Empire, off of his troubled fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, jogged one mile and galloped one mile under regular exercise rider Martin Rivera. Classic Empire, along […]

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Churchill: Hence, Classic Empire Among Derby Runners Returning To Track Wednesday Morning

Three horses that chased Always Dreaming to the finish line in last Saturday’s 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) returned to the track on a warm Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. John Oxley’s Classic Empire, the morning-line favorite for the Derby who finished fourth, jogged at 6 a.m. (all […]

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Preakness Notes: Always Dreaming ‘Laid Back’ In Baltimore, Gunnevera Resumes Training

While waiting at Pimlico Race Course for the arrival of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming Tuesday morning, assistant trainer Ginny DePasquale recalled the day her 20-year employment with trainer Todd Pletcher’s stable began. “We were in Hialeah. I was kind of in between jobs and walked up to him and asked if he was looking […]

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Pletcher ‘Really Pleased’ With Always Dreaming Monday; Hence Added To Preakness Mix

Two days after winning his second career Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher said he is impressed with how Always Dreaming came out of his 2 3/4-length victory over Lookin At Lee in Saturday’s Run for the Roses. “So far I’ve been amazed at how well he came out of the race,” said Pletcher at Churchill […]

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Derby Notes, April 30: Battle Of Midway, Sonneteer, Irap Get First Tours Of Churchill

ALWAYS DREAMING/PATCH/TAPWRIT – A pair of Derby-bound colts were out early for exercise and another had a day off Sunday out of the Todd Pletcher barn on a cloudy but mild morning at Churchill Downs. The trio of 3-year-olds — Always Dreaming, Patch and Tapwrit – were the “chosen ones” who had made the cut […]

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KY Oaks News & Notes, April 27: Miss Sky Warrior Beats The Storm, Turns In Half-Mile Breeze

Kentucky Oaks Barn Notes for Thursday, April 27: EVER SO CLEVER – Fantasy (GIII) winner Ever So Clever galloped in the first set of horses for trainer Steve Asmussen Thursday morning with Angel Garcia aboard. FARRELL – Coffeepot Stables’ Farrell walked the shedrow at trainer Wayne Catalano’s barn a day after working six furlongs in […]

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Geroux Named To Ride Sunland Derby Winner Hence In Run For The Roses

Trainer Steve Asmussen has named jockey Florent Geroux as the rider for Kentucky Derby candidate Hence on the first Saturday in May, according to drf.com. The Calumet Farm-owned and bred son of Street Boss was a two-length winner of the G3 Sunland Derby in his most recent outing. Monday morning, Hence worked in company with […]

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Churchill Downs: Busy Monday Morning As Host Of KY Derby Contenders Turn In Works

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ McCracken turned in his penultimate workout for Kentucky Derby 143 by working five furlongs in 1:00.60 in company on a sunny Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Also working toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6 was a quartet of hopefuls from trainer Steve Asmussen: Hence (five […]

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J Boys Echo Puts In ‘Really Solid Work’ At Churchill Sunday

Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6. J Boys Echo, with regular exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard, was clocked in splits of :12, :24.40 and :37 before galloping out […]

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Rain Dampens First Exclusive Derby/Oaks Training Period At Churchill Downs

Thanks to inclement weather, Janis Whitham’s McCraken and the Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo were the only two 3-year-olds on the “sloppy” main track Saturday during the first of Churchill Downs’ exclusive Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks training periods from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times EDT). Both colts galloped in the mud in preparation for […]

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