honorable duty

Classic Conundrum: Final Round Of Preps Serves Up More Questions Than Answers

With five weeks to go, the picture of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is muddier than ever. There was a 45-1 upset in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in which the favored Diversify faded to finish fifth, and Accelerate ran his lowest Beyer figure of the year when he won the Awesome Again. Additionally, potential […]

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Walsh Confident Honorable Duty In ‘Top Form’ Heading Into Stephen Foster

Honorable Duty joined a list of 55 horses that eventual Horse of the Year Gun Runner defeated in 2017 after finishing second in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap presented by GE Appliances (GI) but trainer Brendan Walsh hopes the 6-year-old can redeem himself in Saturday’s 37th running of the 1 1/8-mile race at Churchill Downs. […]

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Walsh: Scuba ‘Really Put His Head Down,’ Honorable Duty Out For Two Months

While a trainer would always prefer all of his horses to be running well concurrently, it is never a bad thing for one to come to form just as another falls out of it. Such is exactly what has happened with DARRS, Inc.’s two Brendan Walsh-trained handicapping stars Honorable Duty and Scuba.  Within roughly 24 hours, Walsh went […]

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Hoppertunity, Diversify Take On Locals The Player, Honorable Duty In Clark Handicap

Churchill Downs-based rising stars The Player and Honorable Duty are set to bid for glory over their home track, but both face a roster of accomplished invaders headed by a pair of Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) winners in New York-based Diversify and the Bob Baffert-trained Hoppertunity in Friday’s 143rd running of the $500,000-guaranteed Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI), the premier race of the […]

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Baffert Sending Hoppertunity In Search Of A Second Clark Handicap Victory

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity hopes to duplicate his effort from 2014 and become only the fourth two-time winner of Friday’s 143rd running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) at Churchill Downs. “I’ll never forget when he won the 2014 Clark,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He’s back […]

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Weekend Lineup Presented By DRF Bets: The Final Countdown

There are a mere seven days before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships come to Del Mar in Southern California. The major preps have been run, the serious workouts logged, and the waiting game is in full swing. The bulk of contenders will undergo one final, easy work over the course of this weekend, saving their […]

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Lanerie Clinches 14th Churchill Riding Title In The Last 16 Meets

Leading into the final day of racing for the 11-day September Meet, perennial top rider Corey Lanerie has already clinched the meet-leading jockey title for the 14th time in the last 16 meets at Churchill Downs. “It’s always special to win races at Churchill Downs,” Lanerie said. “We’ve had a great meet and have to thank the owners […]

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Honorable Duty Dominates Lukas Classic; Awesome Slew Prevails In Ack Ack

Honorable Duty went straight to the front, repelled challenges with a quarter-mile to run and proved to be utterly superior in the stretch to win Saturday’s fifth running of the $200,000 Lukas Classic (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 4 ¾ lengths over Money Flows. The 5-year-old Distorted Humor gelding, owned by David A. Ross’ […]

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Gun Runner Fue La Gran Estrella En El Stephen Foster Handicap

La noche sabatina de Churchill Downs tuvo un gran protagonista: Gun Runner. El alazán hijo del argentino Candy Ride dio una demostración de superioridad al ganar de tiro a tiro y por siete cuerpos el Stephen Foster Handicap (G1, $500,000), ante más de 20,000 aficionados que disfrutaron de su despliegue de calidad en el centenario […]

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