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Baffert Goes With ‘Flo’ For Santa Anita Derby Winner Roadster

Anyone who’s been in racing for any length of time understands that loyalty is not always the game’s highest priority. So when Mike Smith opted to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for Richard Mandella in the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 rather Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster trained by Bob Baffert, for whom […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Cambra Enjoying Ride With ‘The Coolest Dude’

Taylor Cambra may be just 21 years old, but he sounds significantly older when he speaks about his horses. It could be because he has spent nearly every day in a saddle since before he was able to walk, that he spent time on the rodeo circuit riding bucking horses, or because he grew up […]

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Smith Chooses Omaha Beach; Geroux Picks Up Roadster

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has chosen to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, trainer Richard Mandella confirmed to drf.com. “I just got the call,” Mandella said. “We’re good. Mike Smith. I’m very happy.” Smith was also the regular rider for Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, trained by Bob Baffert. […]

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Omaha Beach, Tacitus Arrive At Churchill To Prepare For Kentucky Derby

Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall of Famer Richard […]

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Bloodlines: War Front Sends A Pair Of Derby Contenders Into Battle Again

Six months ago, some Thoroughbred owners and buyers would have wavered on the question of buying a young prospect by the distinguished Claiborne Farm sire War Front (by Danzig) due to the misperception that he was a “turf sire.” The versatile sire had more recently had major successes with numerous racers in Europe, where the […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: The Final Countdown

The points are all in, and the top candidates are being prepared to make their voyages to Louisville. Jockey Mike Smith has a big decision to make over the next couple of weeks, as he rode both Roadster and Omaha Beach in their Grade 1 victories on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Omaha Beach […]

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Grade 1 Double Nets Mike Smith Jockey Of The Week Title

With two Grade 1 wins at Oaklawn last weekend, Mike Smith was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 8-14, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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Omaha Beach Cruises To Lead In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The reign of California-based horses atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll continues this week in a new set of hands with Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach taking over the No. 1 position from Roadster in the wake of the former’s triumph in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Omaha Beach earned […]

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After Arkansas Victory, Omaha Beach New Leader Atop Kentucky Derby Media Poll

If public opinion aligns with the 28 voters who submitted a ballot for this week’s edition of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll, well, meet your favorite. Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Omaha Beach collected 15 first-place votes and shot to No. 1 in the rankings assembled each Monday by HorseRacingNation.com, surpassing Roadster, the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner who […]

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Midnight Bisou Noses Out Very Game Escape Clause In Apple Blossom

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stable, and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou had to work hard as the 4-5 favorite in the stretch of Sunday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom, fending off a determined drive from 8-1 chance Escape Clause. Under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, Midnight Bisou hit the wire a nose ahead of her rival […]

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