Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn Moves Up In Latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Media voters appear to be coming around to UAE (G2) winner Mendelssohn, the only 3-year-old to move up in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll just 12 days out from the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). With the final prep races run two weekends ago, this week’s rankings were determined without any new race results and could foreshadow […]

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Moore ‘Fascinated’ By Kentucky Derby, Likely To Choose Mendelssohn Over A 2000 Guineas Mount

Aidan O’Brien expects Ryan Moore to partner Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby over riding in the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Moore has had a long-held ambition to win the Churchill Downs spectacular, and appears to have every chance after Mendelssohn put up a breathtaking performance in running away with the UAE Derby at Meydan last month. […]

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Adequan Presents Derby Capsule: A Case For The Pace?

In case you’re not keeping track, we’re only about 360 hours from the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Then, in two minutes, it’ll be over. The ratio of time spent mulling, hand-wringing and doing mental gymnastics about the Derby to the duration of the event is astronomically high, and I can’t think of anything […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA’s Loyalty Program: A Stall In The Hall?

Based on voting results announced this week, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will gain one new member this year. It’s hardly the result the Hall of Fame was looking for. In this episode of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what happened with Hall of Fame voting. Plus, […]

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Classic Choices: Will Moore Take Derby Mount On Mendelssohn, Or Ride 2000 Guineas?

Even by his remarkable standards, the first weekend in May could be huge for trainer Aidan O’Brien, with Mendelssohn firmly on target to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. There has been plenty of discussion about whether Ryan Moore will ride at Newmarket or in America, but O’Brien is in no rush to […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Goliath Grip On The Kentucky Derby?

I’ve always thought the Kentucky Derby was a prize you couldn’t buy, that there was something mystical and magical about this most unique of all American horse races, one that put the Everyman owner on equal footing with the most powerful stables in the world. The roll listing the Derby’s 143 previous winners includes many […]

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Justify Leads Audible, Good Magic In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Undefeated Justify has taken over the top spot in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll and will likely be favored in the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve after winning Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) by three lengths over Bolt d’Oro, who had topped the NTRA Top-3-Year-Old Poll for its first 10 weeks. The lightly raced Justify – trained by Bob […]

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Justify, Mendelssohn Take Top Two Spots In Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Four weeks in advance of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), lightly-raced and unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Justify closed as a resounding 3-1 favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s late-blooming Justify improved his record to a perfect 3-for-3 on Saturday with a three-length victory over […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA’s Loyalty Program: Derby Of Kings?

We are heading into a big weekend for Kentucky Derby qualification, with three 100-point races on the schedule. What are the takeaways so far on this year’s road to Louisville, which appears to be paved in gold even more so than usual? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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TCI: Mendelssohn’s Dubai Performance Doesn’t Make Derby A Slam Dunk

Special guest Todd Schrupp of TVG joins Joel to preview this pivotal week of final major Derby prep action from coast to coast, including big-time showdowns in the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes. They also discuss the performances of Mendelssohn and Audible from last weekend, and opine on each colt’s potential […]

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