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‘Need To Give Him A Rest’: Country House Won’t Race Again In 2019

Trainer Bill Mott told drf.com that the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not race again this season, because he has been unhappy with the colt’s progress since being moved up via the historic disqualification of Maximum Security on the first Saturday in May. Country House was originally ruled out of the Preakness and the […]

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‘I Liked The Rhythm Of It’: Tacitus Puts In Another Solid Breeze Toward Belmont

Grade 2 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus breezed over the main track at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday at Belmont Park, working in company with Multiplier. Both horses covered five furlongs in 1:00.16 with Tacitus, piloted by Jose Ortiz, galloping out strong in front of his graded stakes winning stablemate in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 […]

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Bloodlines: Derby, Oaks Winners Create Proud Moments For Believing Breeders

Classic successes are an unqualified boon to stallion owners and managers, and this weekend’s winners of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby have shined the spotlight on their sires, Alternation (by Distorted Humor and sire of Serengeti Empress) and Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike; Country House). The latter is much more of a household name […]

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Country House Moved Up To Win Kentucky Derby As Maximum Security Disqualified

Trainer Bill Mott has waited throughout his Hall of Fame career to win the Kentucky Derby, so the extra 20 minute delay by the Churchill Downs stewards after Saturday’s 145th edition wasn’t anything new. Finally, the stewards revealed their decision: with the second-longest winning odds in Kentucky Derby history, 65-1 chance Country House will be […]

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Dr. Edgar Noses Out Hawkish In Appleton

Eloise and Peter Canzone Sr.’s Dr. Edgar, making his 19th career start but first in a stakes, opened a comfortable lead in the early stages and dug in to hold off a late charge from Grade 2 winner Hawkish for a half-length victory in Friday’s $100,000 Appleton (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The 67th running of […]

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Mott: Hidden Scroll ‘Seems Bright’ After Loss, Country House Headed For Louisiana Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has not lost faith in his early candidates for the Kentucky Derby, despite Fountain of Youth favorite Hidden Scroll’s somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish after setting a rapid early pace. “He came out of it well,” Mott told drf.com. “He doesn’t seem to be knocked out. Acts pretty darn good. […]

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‘Imposing’ Country House An Intriguing Risen Star Entrant For Trainer Bill Mott

As a Thoroughbred owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, especially if you have a horse that’s entered in a Road To The Kentucky Derby qualifying race. Owner Guinness McFadden, however, is taking a more realistic approach and is determined not to catch any Derby fever symptoms with Grade II $400,000 Risen […]

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‘Like Sending Your Kid Off To College’: Sadler Says Goodbye To Accelerate

John Sadler made a short stop at Gulfstream about 6 a.m. to see his champion Accelerate before the trainer had to head to the airport, also heading back to California. Sadler had Accelerate jog on the pavement, pronounced the 6-year-old horse in good shape and gave him a final pat on the neck. “It’s like […]

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Accelerate Fires Bullet In Final Work Before Shipping To Florida

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate had his final local workout at 6:30 this morning before shipping to Florida for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park a week from today, on Jan. 26. With assistant trainer Juan Leyva aboard, Accelerate whisked five furlongs over a fast track […]

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Pegasus: Accelerate Puts In ‘Good Long-Distance Work’ Over Seven Furlongs

Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate had his penultimate workout at Santa Anita Friday morning for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26, going seven furlongs under a blue/gray sky in a bullet 1:27.20 with assistant trainer Juan Leyva astride. “I got him in 1:27 and (galloping) out a mile […]

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