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Exaggerator Authoritative In Sloppy Santa Anita Derby Victory

Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, and Rocker O Ranch’s Exaggerator drew off to an authoritative 6 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, making a huge move on the turn to explode down the lane. The sophomore son of Curlin covered the 1 1/8 miles over a sloppy main track in […]

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Weekend Lineup: Triple Feast For Derby Hopefuls

A great treat awaits racing fans this weekend as Kentucky Derby hopefuls line up across the country to contend for a total of 510 points toward the first Saturday in May. Three Grade 1 races offer 100 points each to the winner, and Kentucky Oaks contenders will be on display as well with four 100-point […]

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Stevens ‘Not Thinking About’ Santa Anita Derby Record Ahead Of Mor Spirit’s Run

Gary Stevens hopes to add to his record of nine Santa Anita Derby victories when he rides Mor Spirit for Bob Baffert in the 79th edition of the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 7. While signs may point to another triumph in the Grade I, $1 million race for three-year-olds at […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: West Coast Bliss

Make no mistake, we are in a golden age of horse racing. And by that I mean the Golden State. California is home to the country’s top horse (California Chrome), the best older mare (Beholder), the leading 3-year-old filly (Songbird), and the top-rated 3-year-old colt (Nyquist). In the realm of revisionist history, we’re a scratch […]

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Danzing Candy, Mor Spirit Square Off In G1 Santa Anita Derby

Danzing Candy, Mor Spirit and Exaggerator, one, two, three finishers in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, head an impressive field of 10 sophomores in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby—a race that has produced 17 Kentucky Derby winners. With 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points at stake, the winner of the 79th Santa […]

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Mor Spirit, Songbird Receive ‘Breezing’ Designation Monday At Santa Anita

Only two horses of the 122 working over Santa Anita’s main track on Monday received the designation of “breezing” from the clocker; the rest had their moves listed as “handily.” Mor Spirit covered a half-mile in :47 flat with a gallop-out time of :59 4/5, and Songbird was recorded for a half-mile in :46 4/5 […]

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Nyquist Closes At 3-1 In Final Derby Future Wager Pool

Following his dominating victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby, Nyquist’s odds dropped down to 3-1 in the fourth and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool. Mohaymen, who finished behind him in fourth in the same race, closed at odds of 8-1, with the mutuel field comprised of “all other” 3-year-olds closing at 10-1. Both […]

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Nyquist Vaults To The Top Of Derby Media Poll

The Courier-Journal’s DerbyHQ Top 20 poll is a collaboration of the top 20 Kentucky Derby selections of 15 high-profile members of the racing media, including the Paulick Report’s own Scott Jagow. Nyquist’s dominating victory over Mohaymen in Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby boosted him to the top of this week’s poll, while Mohaymen’s first career […]

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Iron Rob, Denman’s Call Pointed To Santa Anita Derby

Iron Rob and Denman’s Call, the one-two finishers in the San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs on March 20, are being pointed to the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby on April 9, their trainers said Friday morning. Iron Rob, a bay Twirling Candy colt who upset 2-5 favorite Denman’s Call by a length and a […]

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Mor Spirit ‘Willing’ In Work For Santa Anita Derby

Mor Spirit, No. One on Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Hit Parade, worked four furlongs on a sun-kissed Thursday morning in 47.80, breezing, for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. Working after the 8:45 a.m. renovation break in company with Hoffenheim, who was clocked in 48 seconds flat, the at-times recalcitrant […]

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