Justify ‘Enjoying What He’s Doing’ In Seven-Furlong Tune-Up

Potentially the favorite for next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert trainee Justify seemed to embody those expectations on Friday morning at Santa Anita Park. The Scat Daddy colt breezed with a work mate, according to drf.com, in what will be his final major exercise before the biggest test of his young career. Breaking off several lengths […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Gunther’s Classic Trio Ready For ‘Chance To Prove Themselves’

From the 22,936 Thoroughbreds born in North America in 2015, the racing world has whittled down to the top 20 candidates for the first Saturday in May. Remarkably, two of the top 3-year-old colts were bred on the same small farm in Central Kentucky; both Justify and Vino Rosso hail from a broodmare band with […]

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Mendelssohn Moves Up In Latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Media voters appear to be coming around to UAE (G2) winner Mendelssohn, the only 3-year-old to move up in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll just 12 days out from the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). With the final prep races run two weekends ago, this week’s rankings were determined without any new race results and could foreshadow […]

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West Point Admires ‘Versatility’ Of My Boy Jack, Purchases Interest

A member of last year’s Kentucky Derby-winning entourage of owners, West Point Thoroughbreds has just purchased an interest in 2018 contender My Boy Jack. According to bloodhorse.com, the 3-year-old son of Creative Cause will carry the silks of Monomoy Stable (Sol Kumin) on the first Saturday in May. “I’ve always liked this horse and admire his […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Gunther’s Dynamic Derby Duo

John D. Gunther owns about 20 mares but three of them already have produced American Graded Stakes winners of 2018. Remarkably, two of those mares have produced 3-year-old colts who won major races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and are among the leading contenders in this year’s Run for the Roses. Justify, the […]

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Adequan Presents Derby Capsule: A Case For The Pace?

In case you’re not keeping track, we’re only about 360 hours from the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Then, in two minutes, it’ll be over. The ratio of time spent mulling, hand-wringing and doing mental gymnastics about the Derby to the duration of the event is astronomically high, and I can’t think of anything […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA’s Loyalty Program: A Stall In The Hall?

Based on voting results announced this week, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will gain one new member this year. It’s hardly the result the Hall of Fame was looking for. In this episode of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what happened with Hall of Fame voting. Plus, […]

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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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Kentucky Derby Media Poll: Led By Justify, Seven Contenders Get First-Place Votes

With final Kentucky Derby preps completed over the weekend, a clear picture of who will run in the May 5 race at Churchill Downs formed. As for who will win it, however, there’s no consensus. Seven contenders received No. 1 votes in Monday’s edition of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll assembled by HorseRacingNation.com, with the rankings led by unbeaten Santa Anita […]

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