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Pletcher: Always Dreaming ‘Has Gotten Progressively Better’ Each Day At Pimlico

A week after he laid out a schedule to prepare Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming for the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday morning at Pimlico Race Course that he is very happy with the colt’s status heading into the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Always Dreaming went to the […]

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Preakness Notes: Sloppy Track, Rainy Forecast Alter Training Plans

A sloppy track forced trainer Todd Pletcher to cancel his plan to gallop Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming Friday morning at Pimlico Race Course. Instead of doing one circuit jogging over the sloppy track, the animated son of Bodemeister, ridden by Nick Bush, was allowed to make a second lap and covered two miles […]

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‘Bright, Alert’ Always Dreaming Takes To Pimlico Main Track For Light Exercise

Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming got acquainted with the racing surface at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday morning during a light jog in preparation for a scheduled start in the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) May 20. Owned by MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St. Elias Stable, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds, the Todd Pletcher-trained […]

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Always Dreaming ‘One Hundred Percent Better’ Second Day In Draw Reins

“Much better. One hundred percent better. He didn’t fight me at all. He was a lot more relaxed.” Exercise rider Nick Bush summed up Day Two of the “draw reins” experiment succinctly following his mile and a sixteenth gallop with Always Dreaming at 5:50 Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs. The Florida Derby (GI) winner, a […]

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Pletcher Hopes To Calm ‘Aggressive’ Always Dreaming With Rider, Equipment Change

After several days in a row watching his star Kentucky Derby candidate fight his exercise rider all the way around the Churchill Downs oval, trainer Todd Pletcher has decided he has to change things up if he wants Always Dreaming to relax enough to stand a chance on Saturday. According to, Pletcher will replace […]

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Arrogate, Hoppertunity ‘Doing Perfectly’; Keen Ice, Neolithic ‘Like The Surface’ In Dubai

A day after he breezed about 800m (four furlongs) at Meydan, Arrogate spent a peaceful morning on Tuesday in the quarantine barn area. “They just walked and it was nice and cool for them, which was great,” said trainer Bob Baffert, referring to Arrogate and his stablemate and fellow Dubai World Cup contender Hoppertunity (USA). […]

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US Contingent Out And About On Safari In Dubai

While their equine charges will be going head-and-head against some of the best in the world in Satuday’s Dubai World Cup Carnival, a group from the United States racing contingent got together Monday to enjoy an afternoon in the desert. Complete with all terrain vehicles, four-wheeling SUVs, camel rides, belly dancing and Bar-B-Que, the group […]

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Mshawish To Taylor Made In 2017; Has ‘Big Chance’ In Dubai After Final U.S. Workout

Taylor Made Stallions announced a deal on Friday for the Nicholasville, Kentucky-based stud farm to stand Al Shaqab Racing’s Mshawish in 2017. The multiple Grade 1-winning son of Medaglia d’Oro is set to retire at the end of the 2016 season. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to stand such an exciting horse as […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Never Thought I Could Actually Do It’

Serious doubts accompanied Mshawish as he entered the gate for the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes last Saturday; he went off as the third choice in the field of five. The Grade 1 winner on turf had only one prior start on the dirt — a fourth in the Cigar Mile. When Mshawish rallied from last […]

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