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West: Experience In Large Fields May Be Key For Derby Win

In a recent column for ESPN, writer Gary West points out that popular Kentucky Derby contender American Pharoah may have an Achilles heel when it comes to the first Saturday in May: he has never been part of a large field, defined by West as one with ten or more horses. With most Derby fields numbering […]

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Pletcher Works Derby Hopefuls In Kentucky, Florida

Four Kentucky Derby contenders for trainer Todd Pletcher recorded workouts in two different states Saturday morning: Carpe Diem at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky and Materiality, Stanford, and Itsaknockout at Palm Beach Downs in Florida. Pletcher observed the works at Palm Beach, then jetted to Keeneland to oversee Carpe Diem’s breeze. Under jockey John Velazquez, G1 […]

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Pletcher Trio Breezes At Palm Beach Downs

Trainer Todd Pletcher sent a trio of Triple Crown contenders to the training track at Palm Beach Downs early Saturday morning for breezes, including Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) winner Materiality, Fountain of Youth (G2) winner and Florida Derby fourth-place finisher Itsaknockout, and Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford. The three colts turned in their first […]

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Ask Ray: Beyer Explains Florida And Louisiana Derby Speed Figures

Following the victories by Materiality in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and International Star in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds – both nine-furlong races on dirt – we received an “Ask Ray” inquiry from a reader, who wrote: “Materiality ran the Florida Derby in 1:52 and change…international Star ran the same distance in […]

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Slumps, Speed, And Perfection: Challenges Loom For Derby Contenders

Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Florida Derby winner Materiality don’t know that only seven of 24 horses who came to the Kentucky Derby with perfect records left Churchill Downs still unbeaten. Likewise, Materiality and Blue Grass Stakes winner Carpe Diem have no idea that their seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer has an abysmal record of […]

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Pin Oak Stud Presents Bloodlines: Classics Material?

For the past several months, it had appeared that multiple classic winner Afleet Alex (by Northern Afleet) would be represented at the Kentucky Derby by a high-profile contender in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red. Hampered by foot problems this season, however, the colt was declared out of the Run for the Roses by his […]

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Weekend Performances Earn NTRA Poll Advancement For Materiality, International Star

Louisiana Derby (G2) winner International Star and Florida Derby (G1) winner Materiality moved into fourth and fifth, respectively, in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll, results of which were released today. The horses holding the top three spots did not race last weekend and remain unchanged with San Felipe Stakes (G2) winner Dortmund in first […]

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Materiality, Upstart Doing Well After Florida Derby Stretch Duel

Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) champion Materiality exited his wining effort in good order, according to trainer Todd Pletcher. The 3-year-old son of Afleet Alex remained at Gulfstream Park overnight following his 1 ½-length victory in Hallandale’s premier race and was set to return to Pletcher’s winter training base at Palm Beach Downs Sunday morning. […]

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Unbeaten Materiality Edges Upstart In Florida Derby

Alto Racing’s Materiality jumped into the Kentucky Derby picture with a mild, 1 1/2-length upset of favored Upstart in Saturday’s $1-million Besilu Stables Florida Derby. Ridden by John Velazquez, the son of Gainesway’s Afleet Alex pushed pacesetter Jack Tripp early, put him away on the turn, then outraced Upstart to the wire in a virtual […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Lifetime Of Devotion

Gil Moutray’s passion for Thoroughbreds dates back decades to his childhood, although if his father had his way, things might have stopped there. “My grandfather had ‘sulky horses,’ as we called them back in the old days, he loved horses,” said Moutray, a lifelong resident of Carlsbad, N.M.  “My dad didn’t really want me to […]

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