kentucky derby

King And His Court, State Of Honor Breeze Toward Queen’s Plate

Mark Casse was at the Royal Ascot meeting on Friday to saddle La Coronel to a fifth-place run in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. Next Sunday, Casse will be at Woodbine to watch King and His Court and State of Honor compete in the 158th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate, the 1 ¼ […]

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Pese A La Mala Partida, McCraken Gana El Matt Winn Stakes En Churchill Downs

McCraken, crianza y propiedad de Janis Whitham, y que sufriera una laceración en uno de sus posteriores durante el Kentucky Derby, donde arribó octavo, regresó a las carreras con estilo el sábado 17 en la noche en el mismo hipódromo. El tresañero hijo de Ghostzapper, conducido por Brian Hernández Jr., partió un poco mal y […]

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First Time’s The Charm: Remembering Mr. Hooper

When a 96-year-old Thoroughbred trainer turned heads recently by winning a fist-bumping race at Gulfstream Park, there was an immediate flashback to one name, Fred W. Hooper, who more than any other personified racing’s unique claim to being a cradle to grave sport. I first met Mr Hooper in the early spring of 1996 on […]

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Gun Runner Never Threatened In Stephen Foster Victory

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner proved his dominance over the local handicap division in Saturday evening’s G1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, taking the lead from the start and shaken up in the stretch to win by a record-setting seven lengths. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride, ridden by Florent Geroux, has […]

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Churchill Unveils Official Logo For Kentucky Derby 144

Churchill Downs Racetrack today unveiled the official logo for the Kentucky Derby 144. SME, a New York-based marketing agency that has developed the official Derby and Oaks marks since 2007, designed the new logo.  The running of the 144th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands and will take place on May 5, 2018. For the […]

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McCraken Back To The Winner’s Circle Despite Bad Start In Matt Winn

Janis Whitham’s homebred McCraken, who suffered a hing leg laceration during the running of the Kentucky Derby to finish eighth, returned to the races in style on Saturday night beneath the same Twin Spires. The 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper, ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr., hopped a bit at the start and was squeezed back by […]

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Always Dreaming Ranked Highest In Final NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The 2017 Triple Crown series is now in the books with the running of the final jewel, the 149th Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park this past Saturday. The “Test of the Champion” won by Tapwrit did not get voted the best NTRA three-year-old as the final votes were tabulated in week 20 of the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Race To The Breeding Shed

There was a time, not so long ago, that sporting men and women would breed Thoroughbreds to race them. Today, it seems, we have more business people who race to breed. With the 2017 Triple Crown in the books – and three different horses winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont for the ninth time […]

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Gormley Confirmed: Colt ‘Deserves The Opportunity’ To Contest Belmont Stakes

Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley has officially been confirmed for a start in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown. According to drf.com, owners Jerry and Ann Moss conferred with B. Wayne Hughes, whose Spendthrift Farm owns the son of Malibu Moon’s breeding rights, about the decision on Monday. Gormley, ninth in […]

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Gunnevera Ready To Resume Galloping At Gulfstream West; Sano Targeting Jim Dandy Stakes

Peacock Racing Stables’ Gunnevera, who will bypass the Belmont Stakes after competing in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1), is being given a breather at Gulfstream Park West. “He’s doing very good, very good. He’ll start galloping this week,” said trainer Antonio Sano, whose multiple graded stakes-winning trainee finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby […]

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