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Smith Believes Justify Has The ‘Kind Of Talent’ To Take The Run For The Roses

Mike Smith appears to be in the enviable position of riding favored Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, in addition to second choice Midnight Bisou in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. But with chalk winning nationally at about 30 percent, that leaves a 70 percent chance for an upset. Either way, the cool and collected Smith, a member […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Instilled Regard Owner Carves His Own Path

“I’m living through a ‘pinch-me’ moment,” said Larry Best, owner of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby starter Instilled Regard, winner of the G3 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds in January after placing second via disqualification in the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity in December. Best knows the son of Arch is a longshot after being the last […]

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Pedigree Stats Suggest Hofburg, Instilled Regard, Solomini Most Likely To Go Derby Distance

An annual analysis by the Daily Racing Form‘s breeding department seeks to answer the age-old question: which Kentucky Derby hopefuls are most likely to stick the 1 1/4-mile distance? The Form‘s Joe Nevills calculates the average winning distance for the progeny of both sire and dam for each Derby horse — that is, the average distance of […]

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Instilled Regard First Derby Mount For Louisville Native Van Dyke

At the tender age of 23 and already sparkling with an aura of stardom at Santa Anita, Drayden Van Dyke returns to his home town of Louisville Saturday to ride in his first Kentucky Derby. Van Dyke will pilot longshot Instilled Regard in the 144th running of the mile and a quarter classic, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Sunday […]

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Hofburg ‘Smooth As Silk’ In Sunday Breeze; ‘Quirky’ Solomini Behaves Well On West Coast

Juddmonte Farms’ Hofburg tuned up for Kentucky Derby 144 by working a half-mile in company in :48.20 at Churchill Downs on a cool Sunday morning. With exercise rider Penny Gardiner up for trainer Bill Mott, Hofburg produced fractions of :13.20, :24.60, :36.20, :48.20 and out five furlongs in 1:01.20 and three-quarters in 1:14.80 in the work over a fast track. Meanwhile, […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Shopping For A Kentucky Derby Winner

Fifteen of the top 20 horses on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard prior to entry time were purchased at sales of yearlings or 2-year-olds in training. It’s an expensive group, their aggregate purchase price totaling $8,837,000, an average of $589,133 and a median of $300,000. The Keeneland September Yearling Sale led the way, with 13 graduates […]

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Fever Officially Rules Gronkowski Out Of Kentucky Derby; Instilled Regard In

Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Kentucky Derby hopeful Gronkowski has incurred a slight infection and will not be able make the international journey to America and participate as scheduled in the Run for the Roses. The three-year-old son of Lonhro spiked a fever over the weekend and was immediately treated with antibiotics. While the sudden illness seems minor […]

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Quip Out Of Derby Consideration; Combatant Makes The Field

The connections of Arkansas Derby runner-up Quip have withdrawn the colt from the Derby field, according to Darren Rogers, senior director of communications and media services for Churchill Downs. That means Combatant makes the field. Quip, trained by Rodolphe Brisset and owned by WinStar Farm, China Hose Club international and S.F. Racing, had 90 qualifying […]

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Outside Looking In: Instilled Regard ‘Good And Fit’ If He Can Make Derby Field

The connections of Instilled Regard are keeping their options open for a next start, and that still includes the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told the Daily Racing Form he and owner Larry Best (OXO Equine) are hopeful a Derby spot might open up. Instilled Regard, a colt by Arch who sold for $1.05 million […]

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‘Heart And Courage’: Bolt D’Oro Won’t Be Too Far Off The Pace In Santa Anita Derby

It wasn’t exactly Joe Namath “guaranteeing” victory, but Mick Ruis did say this about Bolt d’Oro’s attempt to vanquish favored Justify in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Derby: “We’re not going let him get away from us. We’re going to be within a length and a half behind him. Bolt runs on heart and courage.” And so the gauntlet […]

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