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Improbable, Other Arkansas Derby Runners Arrive At Churchill Downs

Arkansas Derby (Grade I) runner-up Improbable, along with third-place finisher Country House and sixth-place finisher Long Range Toddy, arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday morning following a flight from Oaklawn Park. The colts, who finished behind Omaha Beach in their final tune-up for the 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) on May 4, stepped off the Brook Ledge […]

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Omaha Beach Holds Off Improbable In Arkansas Derby

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach got the jump on Improbable in the run down the backstretch under Mike Smith, then held off that rival to win Saturday’s $1-million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., by one length as the 8-5 favorite. Improbable, the second choice in the wagering in the […]

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Improbable Adds Jose Ortiz, Blinkers In Quest To Give Baffert Third Arkansas Derby Victory

Bob Baffert already has two projected Kentucky Derby starters in Roadster and champion Game Winner. The Hall of Fame trainer can add a third when Improbable faces 10 scheduled rivals in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Probable post time for the Arkansas Derby, which goes as the […]

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Equibase Analysis: Assessing The Arkansas Derby’s Top Contenders

On the Road to the Kentucky Derby, we are down to two prep races – this Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and the Grade 3 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Many more points are on the line in this race, with the winner earning 100 and therefore assured a starting spot in Louisville in three weeks. […]

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‘Ageless’ Jon Court Hopes For Continued Success With Horton’s Long Range Toddy

The Rebel was actually a rebel-lion last month at Oaklawn, with experience trumping youth in both divisions of the $750,000 Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds March 16. The winner of the first division was Long Range Toddy, owned by Willis Horton, 78, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, 53, and ridden by Jon Court, […]

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Who’s In, Who’s Out? Several Prominent Derby Contenders On The Bubble

This year represents the highest point total ever required to make the Kentucky Derby field, with the cutoff currently hovering at 37.5 points. The previous standard was set in 2016 at 32 points, accrued by eighth-place finisher Mo Tom. Last week it was announced that Japan-based Master Fencer’s connections will accept the invitation to the […]

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Both Rebel Winners, Improbable Expected For Arkansas Derby

The Oaklawn racing department is expecting between 10 and 12 runners for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), including winners of the split final major local prep, the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16. Post positions for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) will be drawn at noon Wednesday in a public event to be […]

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‘He Gives You Everything’: Gray Attempt Fires Bullet Toward Arkansas Derby

The Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Park is highlighted by the April 13 $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. Early Arkansas Derby probables include Galilean, Gray Attempt, Improbable, Last Judgement, Long Range Toddy, Omaha Beach, One Flew South and Six Shooter. Gray Attempt, under Stewart Elliott, recorded a […]

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Maximum Security Debuts At Fifth In NTRA’s Top 3-Year-Old Poll

A handy victory by Maximum Security in the Grade 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby and some stirring performances on the Dubai World Cup card provided some movement in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, respectively. Trained by Jason Servis, Maximum Security remained unbeaten in four career starts […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Ageless’ Jon Court Riding A Rebel High

A conversation with veteran jockey Jon Court is full of joy and laughter – he’s just that kind of guy. On Tuesday, the thrill-seeking 58-year-old answered the phone in the middle of a bicycle ride up and down the hills of Hot Springs, Ark., and never missed a breath while talking about his latest triumph […]

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