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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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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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Omaha Beach Will Van To Kentucky; Improbable Likely ‘Upset’ By Blinkers

Six Oaklawn-raced horses have enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, including Omaha Beach and Improbable, the top two finishers in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Omaha Beach exited his one-length victory in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday morning, adding the War Front colt, owned by Rick Porter’s […]

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Omaha Beach Holds Off Improbable In Arkansas Derby

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach got the jump on Improbable in the run down the backstretch under Mike Smith, then held off that rival to win Saturday’s $1-million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., by one length as the 8-5 favorite. Improbable, the second choice in the wagering in the […]

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Improbable Adds Jose Ortiz, Blinkers In Quest To Give Baffert Third Arkansas Derby Victory

Bob Baffert already has two projected Kentucky Derby starters in Roadster and champion Game Winner. The Hall of Fame trainer can add a third when Improbable faces 10 scheduled rivals in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Probable post time for the Arkansas Derby, which goes as the […]

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Omaha Beach ‘Stands Out’ Even In Mandella’s Shedrow Ahead Of Arkansas Derby

Less than 24 hours after being flown to Arkansas, Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach galloped approximately a mile Wednesday morning for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella in advance of Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at 1 1/8 miles. The Southern California-based Omaha Beach returns to Oaklawn after winning the second division of the […]

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Improbable Draws The Rail, Made Arkansas Derby Favorite

Another year, another Arkansas Derby program favorite for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Improbable, who races for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and Starlight Racing, was installed the 8-5 morning line choice for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn. Post positions for the 1 1/8-mile race were drawn Wednesday afternoon, […]

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