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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Master Fencer, Spinoff, Gray Magician, Country House

Each day of Kentucky Derby week, I’ll take a look at the pedigrees of four Kentucky Derby contenders and how those pedigrees might factor into their ability to succeed at a mile and a quarter. We’ll work our way up the leaderboard, starting with the lowest point-earners currently in the Derby field and the Japanese […]

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Derby Notes: Pletcher Pair ‘All Systems Go,’ Master Fencer Takes A Tour Of Keeneland

On a clear, mild morning at Churchill Downs, three hopefuls for next Saturday’s 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) including probable morning-line favorite Omaha Beach put in their final works for the Run for the Roses. Omaha Beach worked five furlongs in company in :59 (second best of […]

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Japanese Contender Master Fencer Adjusting To American Vibe At Keeneland

Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa’s Master Fencer (JPN) – who in eight days could become the first horse bred in Japan to race in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) – arrived at Keeneland about 6 p.m. Thursday to continue preparations for the 145th running of the $3 million race at Churchill Downs. Master […]

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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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Japan-Based Master Fencer To Accept Kentucky Derby Invitation

Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa’s Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby competitor Master Fencer (Jpn) has accepted an invitation to participate in the 145th running of the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 5, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Trained by 48-year-old former jockey Koichi Tsunoda, Master Fencer […]

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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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