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Baffert Confident That McKinzie, Collected Will Fire Off The Bench

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will have two horses at Parx Racing Saturday that have much to prove. And he thinks both of them have a chance to do just that. Baffert has two high-profile horses making their first starts after long layoffs. McKinzie, once considered to be the favorite for the Kentucky Derby […]

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Weekend Lineup: Sophomores In The Spotlight In Cotillion, Penn. Derby

This weekend’s graded stakes action is highlighted by a pair of Grade 1 races for 3-year-olds at Parx, the Cotillion and the Pennsylvania Derby. Also on Parx’ Saturday card is the G3 Gallant Bob Stakes, featuring talented sprinter Firenze Fire. The Cotillion offers an exciting matchup between Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl, Queen’s Plate winner […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Crazy Notions?

In the last couple of years, Thoroughbred owner Larry Best (OXO Equine) has spent millions of dollars at auctions in search of top quality runners. Turns out, he’s got some contrarian ideas about how to campaign those horses. In an interview this week, Best explained why after only two races, he’s giving budding juvenile Instagrand […]

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Equibase Analysis: Will McKinzie Overcome Layoff In Pennsylvania Derby?

The field for the 42nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby is led by the streaking McKinzie, who was the early favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby before being injured in March and before eventual Triple Crown winner Justify burst on the scene in April. McKinzie has been training exceptionally well for […]

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Baffert-Trained McKinzie Tops Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby

Parx Racing will be the place to be this Saturday for the 39th Running of the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the final stop for the 3-year-old Division before they move on to the Breeders’ Cup on November 3 at Churchill Downs. The Pennsylvania Derby will highlight a spectacular day of racing as one […]

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McKinzie ‘Coming Around Quickly,’ Could Make Pennsylvania Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert has been high on sophomore McKinzie ever since last year, and it appears the colt is now on the comeback trail. The son of Street Sense has put in a trio of workouts at Del Mar over the past several weeks, his first since a leg injury shortly prior to the Santa […]

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Quip Shifted To Arkanses Derby To Chase Grade 1 Status

China Horse Club International and WinStar Farm LLC will be represented in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) after all. After unbeaten Justify was removed from consideration for the Arkansas Derby, trainer Rodolphe Brisset said Thursday that Grade 2 winner Quip was heading to Oaklawn to run in the April 14 race for his high-profile connections. Quip, […]

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Big Red? Baffert Hoping Unbeaten Colt Will Justify Barn Nickname In Santa Anita Derby

No McKinzie, no problema. Bob Baffert just goes with the flow and taps Justify on the shoulder to take on Bolt d’Oro in the most anticipated race of the year, Saturday’s $1 million, Grade I, Santa Anita Derby. “You hate to see a horse get hurt,” Baffert said, speaking of McKinzie, who will miss the […]

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‘Bring Him On’: Ruis Has Bolt D’Oro Ready To Meet Justify

The top two in this weekend’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Bolt d’Oro and Justify, are scheduled to meet in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. The two are quite different: Bolt d’Oro brings in a very strong record, including two Grade 1 wins, while Justify has only an allowance race and maiden victory […]

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Further Tests Required For McKinzie; Baffert Possibly Leaning Toward Preakness

Rather than rushing his very talented 3-year-old colt McKinzie, trainer Bob Baffert is definitely planning to skip Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby and possibly even the Kentucky Derby. The son of Street Sense was a little bit off in a hind leg after last week’s breeze, according to drf.com, but both x-rays and a nuclear scan were […]

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