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Derby Notes: By My Standards ‘Just Moves So Effortlessly’

The special 7:30-7:45 (all times Eastern) morning training window for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses was put to major use Sunday morning with six Derby hopefuls and three Oaks likely starters turning in works during that time frame. The Derby workers were: • By My Standards, four furlongs in :48.40 (12th fastest of 76 […]

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Never Slowing Down: 58-Year-Old Court Going ‘The Extra Length’ At Oaklawn

His mind is on the last Saturday in April and the first Saturday in May. Jockey Jon Court is reunited with Gray Attempt in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes Saturday at Oaklawn and is scheduled to pilot Long Range Toddy in the Kentucky Derby May 4 at Churchill Downs. Court, 58, has already won stakes races […]

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Kentucky Derby Update: Four Probables Breeze At Churchill Monday

On a Chamber of Commerce morning at Churchill Downs, four contenders for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) put in their works over a fast track. Working during the special 7:30-7:45 training window for Derby and Oaks horses, Improbable breezed a half-mile on his own in :48; By My Standards […]

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Churchill-Based Derby Prospects Move Scheduled Workouts To Sunday

While Easter Sunday will be a quiet day for many people across the commonwealth of Kentucky, several owners and trainers will be on edge as numerous Kentucky Derby prospects are scheduled to complete their penultimate workouts for the 1 ¼-mile race on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Saturday began the exclusive 7:30-7:45 […]

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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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