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Classic Empire Retains Top Spot In NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

With only twelve days left the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and the designated Derby prep races leading up to the run for the roses are over. That being the case, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes which results were released today. John and Debby […]

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Classic Empire Regains First In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The “Road to the Kentucky Derby” ran its last two final champion Derby prep races for three-year-olds and with it came along some changes but not a clear runaway choice in week 12 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released today. John and Debby Oxley’s reigning two-year-old champion […]

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Kentucky Derby: Who’s In, Who’s Out Of The Top 20

Okay, racing fans: it’s that time of the year. With all the prep races run and three weeks before the big dance, all that’s left is watching each of the contenders in the Top 20 on the Derby Leaderboard as they work up to the Run for the Roses. Two of those are late nominees […]

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Classic Empire A ‘Happy Horse’ Heading Into the Arkansas Derby

It’s been a tough year so far for trainer Mark Casse, struggling to understand the ups and downs with juvenile champion Classic Empire as the colt suffered from a hoof abscess, a back problem, and twice refused to breeze. “After 37 years of doing this, I’ve learned to roll with the punches a little better,” […]

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Always Dreaming Vaults To The Front Of The Field In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

A lot of great racing action took place this past week resulting with some major shuffling in the top-ten for three-year-olds as the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” nears its final run with two more prep races remaining in week 11 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released […]

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Maragh’s Wood Memorial Comeback Earns Jockey Of The Week Title

Wood Memorial winner Rajiv Maragh won his best race since returning to ride last winter and was named Jockey of the Week for April 3-9, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North […]

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Irish War Cry’s Success Providing Much-Needed Boost To New Jersey Racing Industry

After a lackluster effort in the G2 Fountain of Youth last month, Irish War Cry roared squarely back into the Kentucky Derby picture with a powerful performance in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial. Irish War Cry was bred in New Jersey by his owner, Isabelle de Tomaso. Ms. de Tomaso is the daughter of Avery Haskell, one of […]

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Irish War Cry ‘A Little Tired’ After Wood, Likely To Remain At Fair Hill Before Derby

Isabelle de Tomaso’s Irish War Cry has settled back into his Fair Hill base in good condition following his victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial, according to trainer Graham Motion. “He seems good this morning,” he said by phone on Sunday. “He’s obviously a little tired. It was a long day, shipping back […]

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Irish War Cry Back On Top In Wood Memorial Under New Jockey Rajiv Maragh

Mrs. Isabelle de Tomaso’s Irish War Cry made up for his poor Fountain of Youth performance in this Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, rallying from just off the pace to run past Battalion Runner in the lane and draw away for about a three-length victory. Ridden by comeback jockey Rajiv Maragh for the first time, the […]

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Irish War Cry, Battalion Runner Square Off In G2 Wood Memorial

The road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby is strewn with horses that stood in the path of Todd Pletcher’s army. Since last year’s class turned 3, the powerful trainer has fanned out across the land and laid waste to the division, winning four important Triple Crown prep races, while finishing second in three others and […]

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