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Classic Empire Retains Top Spot In NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

With only twelve days left the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and the designated Derby prep races leading up to the run for the roses are over. That being the case, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes which results were released today. John and Debby […]

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Churchill Downs: Busy Monday Morning As Host Of KY Derby Contenders Turn In Works

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ McCracken turned in his penultimate workout for Kentucky Derby 143 by working five furlongs in 1:00.60 in company on a sunny Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Also working toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6 was a quartet of hopefuls from trainer Steve Asmussen: Hence (five […]

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J Boys Echo Puts In ‘Really Solid Work’ At Churchill Sunday

Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6. J Boys Echo, with regular exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard, was clocked in splits of :12, :24.40 and :37 before galloping out […]

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Rain Dampens First Exclusive Derby/Oaks Training Period At Churchill Downs

Thanks to inclement weather, Janis Whitham’s McCraken and the Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo were the only two 3-year-olds on the “sloppy” main track Saturday during the first of Churchill Downs’ exclusive Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks training periods from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times EDT). Both colts galloped in the mud in preparation for […]

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State Of Honor ‘Developing Well’; Impending Weather Threatens Derby, Oaks Workout Plans

Trainer Mark Casse’s barn breezed 16 horses Friday morning at Churchill Downs including Florida Derby (GI) runner-up State of Honor, who worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 for the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6, and Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) winner Salty, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 […]

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McCraken Pleases Connections In Four-Furlong Breeze At Churchill

McCraken returned to the worktab Tuesday morning for the first time since the G2 Toyota Blue Grass when he breezed four furlongs in 47.80 at Churchill Downs. The Daily Racing Form reports that Churchill Downs’ clocker John Nichols had out times for the colt of 1:00 for five furlongs and 1:13.40 for six furlongs. Both trainer Ian […]

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Classic Empire Regains First In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The “Road to the Kentucky Derby” ran its last two final champion Derby prep races for three-year-olds and with it came along some changes but not a clear runaway choice in week 12 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released today. John and Debby Oxley’s reigning two-year-old champion […]

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Kentucky Derby: Who’s In, Who’s Out Of The Top 20

Okay, racing fans: it’s that time of the year. With all the prep races run and three weeks before the big dance, all that’s left is watching each of the contenders in the Top 20 on the Derby Leaderboard as they work up to the Run for the Roses. Two of those are late nominees […]

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KY Derby Notes: McCraken, State Of Honor Settle In At Churchill; Hence, Local Hero Breeze

Janis Whitham’s McCraken arrived at trainer Ian Wilkes’ Barn 26 at Churchill Downs Monday morning following a third-place finish in Saturday’s Blue Grass (Grade II) at Keeneland, and all systems are go for the 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper to move forward for the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May […]

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Always Dreaming Vaults To The Front Of The Field In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

A lot of great racing action took place this past week resulting with some major shuffling in the top-ten for three-year-olds as the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” nears its final run with two more prep races remaining in week 11 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released […]

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