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Desormeaux Derby ‘Dreaming’ With Sueno In Southwest Stakes

Keith Desormeaux isn’t just dreaming about a second consecutive victory in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes, the Southern California-based trainer sent Sueno to Oaklawn in search of his second black-type triumph, and more Kentucky Derby qualifying points, in Monday’s Grade 3 race. Desormeaux won last year’s Southwest with My Boy Jack, who was exiting a third-place […]

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Derma Louvre, Master Fencer Seek Points On Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

Triple Crown-nominated Derma Louvre (JPN) and Master Fencer (JPN) are among the 12 horses that were entered for Sunday morning’s Hyacinth at Tokyo Racecourse. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds, which goes at 12:25 a.m. EDT, is the third of four Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races and awards points to the Top 4 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Well Defined Creates ‘Something To Talk About Again’

While his contemporaries were walking between classes on the university quad, Farm Manager Larry King continued his post-secondary education under his father at Florida’s Waldemar Farm. His studies included everything from the day-to-day operations of a top-flight breeding farm to a 1975 Kentucky Derby victory with Waldemar-bred Foolish Pleasure. Forty-six years later, King was thrilled […]

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Derby Contender Not That Brady To Run In Support Of Belmont Child Care Association

Not That Brady, co-owned by Michael Imperio, Lianna Stables [Vinny Vivolo] and his trainer Rudy Rodriguez, will also be racing for the benefit of the Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) when he bursts from the gate on March 9 in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack. The owners of the handsome chestnut, bred […]

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Coliseum Off Derby Trail; Baffert Plans ‘Reboot’ For Quirky Son Of Tapit

Godolphin homebred Coliseum finished third in Sunday’s G2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, defeated as the 0.70-1 favorite in the field of five. Trainer Bob Baffert told drf.com that the 3-year-old son of Tapit is “better than that,” and officially declared the colt off the Kentucky Derby trail. “I’m going to reboot him, kick him […]

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Gotham: Sacco Ready To Start ‘Tightening The Screws’ On Mind Control

Grade 1 winner Mind Control most recently won the Jerome Stakes on Jan. 1, and trainer Greg Sacco is pointing him for the G3 Gotham Stakes in March at Aqueduct. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old son of Stay Thirsty has breezed four times since the Jerome, most recently a half-mile in :49.25 on Monday at Belmont […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Curlin To Mischief, A Climax Stallion: Sparky Ville Set For Triple Crown ‘Ride’

At the finish of the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, Sparky Ville (by Candy Ride) was the upset winner, fourth choice in a field of five, but he wasn’t a wild longshot, starting in the race at odds of only 7.4-1. The chestnut’s form was respectable, with two victories from seven starts […]

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Two-Time Turf Stakes Winner Henley’s Joy To ‘Take The Shot’ In Risen Star

This time of the year, it’s natural for Thoroughbred owners with promising sophomores to begin having Kentucky Derby hopes and dreams and Jeff Bloom is no exception. Despite having raced exclusively on turf, he’s giving dual stakes winner Henley’s Joy the chance to prove himself on the main track in Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 Risen […]

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Game Winner Closes As 5-1 Top Individual Choice In Second Kentucky Derby Future Wager

With the Kentucky Derby still 12 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) and the unbeaten champion 2-year-old Game Winner was the 5-1 second choice. Flashy Gulfstream Park debut winner Hidden Scroll and Game Winner’s undefeated stablemate Improbable […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: No ‘Genie In A Bottle’ Needed For Derby Prospect Tax

If you’re going to do something, do it well. Danny Gargan has worked every day of his life on the racetrack, but he didn’t start out wanting to be a horse trainer. It’s a curious beginning for the conditioner and part-owner of G3 Withers winner Tax, a strong prospect on the Road to the Kentucky […]

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