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‘All Systems Are Go’ For Derby Contender War Of Will After ‘Exceptionally Good’ Breeze

Gary Barber’s War of Will breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 over a sealed muddy surface at Keeneland Friday when the track opened at 5:30 a.m. In company with maiden winner Battle of Memphis, War of Will clocked splits of :24.40 and :48.60 and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13.60. “He trained beautifully all week, and he definitely has […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Cambra Enjoying Ride With ‘The Coolest Dude’

Taylor Cambra may be just 21 years old, but he sounds significantly older when he speaks about his horses. It could be because he has spent nearly every day in a saddle since before he was able to walk, that he spent time on the rodeo circuit riding bucking horses, or because he grew up […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: On To Louisville

The Road to the Kentucky Derby has wound its way through the country and now there’s only one stop left: Louisville Ky., in just over two weeks. In today’s Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the their takeaways from the prep season and the latest developments for Kentucky Derby 145, including […]

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‘He Will Be Better Next Time’: Ortiz High On Derby Chances For Tacitus

Jose Ortiz has ridden in the Kentucky Derby (G1) four times and came close to grabbing the roses last year when he was aboard champion Good Magic, who finished second to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. This year, he is set to ride Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Tacitus, the leading point-earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with […]

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Smith Chooses Omaha Beach; Geroux Picks Up Roadster

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has chosen to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, trainer Richard Mandella confirmed to drf.com. “I just got the call,” Mandella said. “We’re good. Mike Smith. I’m very happy.” Smith was also the regular rider for Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, trained by Bob Baffert. […]

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Omaha Beach, Tacitus Arrive At Churchill To Prepare For Kentucky Derby

Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall of Famer Richard […]

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Churchill Downs Brings Back Champions Day To Celebrate Triple Crown’s 100th Anniversary

Churchill Downs’ second annual Champions Day presented by Twinspires.com will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Triple Crown and honor its winners on Tuesday of Derby week. In addition to a full day of racing, Triple Crown-winning jockeys, trainers and owners will sign autographs; fans can have their photos taken with rarely seen Triple Crown memorabilia […]

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Bloodlines: War Front Sends A Pair Of Derby Contenders Into Battle Again

Six months ago, some Thoroughbred owners and buyers would have wavered on the question of buying a young prospect by the distinguished Claiborne Farm sire War Front (by Danzig) due to the misperception that he was a “turf sire.” The versatile sire had more recently had major successes with numerous racers in Europe, where the […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: The Final Countdown

The points are all in, and the top candidates are being prepared to make their voyages to Louisville. Jockey Mike Smith has a big decision to make over the next couple of weeks, as he rode both Roadster and Omaha Beach in their Grade 1 victories on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Omaha Beach […]

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Early Jockey Changes: Santana On Plus Que Parfait, Irad Ortiz Picks Up Improbable

Several jockey changes for this year’s Kentucky Derby were announced by drf.com on Tuesday. First, Ricardo Santana Jr. will pick up the mount on UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait. In Dubai, the colt was ridden by Jose Ortiz, but Ortiz will retain the ride on Wood Memorial winner Tacitus. Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable, ridden […]

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