road to the kentucky derby

Baffert-Trained Mourinho Cruises To Easy Smarty Jones Victory

Tap Daddy was sent after the heavy favorite Mourinho out of the starting gate, but the Bob Baffert trainee beat his four rivals to the first turn by a length. For owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the 3-year-old son of Super Saver led throughout Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park, cruising under the wire an easy […]

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Firenze Fire Likely To Skip Withers, Point To Gotham

Trainer Jason Servis was pleased with Firenze Fire’s half-length victory in Saturday’s Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, reports drf.com. The colt had to come from off the pace against a significant track bias, but was able to overcome those obstacles. “I thought he had a lot to do, but Manny (Franco, jockey) got the job done,” Servis […]

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Baffert-Trained Mourinho Favored For Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes

Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Mourinho is the 3-2 program favorite for Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn’s first of four major preps for the Kentucky Derby and beyond. The Smarty Jones will offer 17 points to the top four finishers (10-4-2-1) toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby. The 1-mile Smarty Jones not only attracted the California-based Mourinho, […]

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Instilled Regard Viaja De California A Fair Grounds Y Se Lleva Con Facilidad El LeComte Stakes

Instilled Regard, propiedad de OXO Equine, viajó desde el sur de California para enfrentar a un considerable grupo de 12 potros el sábado en el LeComte S. (G3, $200,000). El pupilo de Jerry Hollendorfer atrajo al Salón de la Fama Javier Castellano desde el lado opuesto del país, y requirió de 1:42.59 para demostrar su […]

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Firenze Fire Up In Time For Jerome Score

Originally scheduled for New Year’s Day, the Jerome proved to be worth the wait for Mr. Amore Stable’s Firenze Fire, as he got up in the final jumps to run down a front-running Seven Trumpets on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, getting his sophomore campaign off to a successful, albeit slightly delayed, start with a well-earned victory in […]

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Purse Could Increase To $1 Million If Grade 1 Winner Starts In Wood Memorial

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today a bonus program for potential starters in the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack that could increase the total purse to $1 million. If any horse in the field registers a Grade 1 or Group 1 victory prior to running […]

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Weekend Lineup: Derby Preps In New Orleans, Hot Springs, New York?

As severe winter weather once again batters the eastern half of the United States, it is up in the air as to whether Aqueduct will have to reschedule the Jerome Stakes for a second time. Originally set for Jan. 1, the listed Jerome Stakes was re-drawn for Saturday, Jan. 13. The track had to cancel […]

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Asmussen Sends Three On Derby Trail In Lecomte

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen will send a trio of 3-year-olds for the $200,000 Gr. III LeComte on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Fair Grounds, the first of three local preps on Churchill Downs’ Road To The Kentucky Derby which awards the Top 4 finishers on a 10-4-2-1 scale. Heading the Asmussen threesome is Three Chimneys […]

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San Felipe New Goal For Bolt D’Oro After Pulled Muscle

Mick Ruis holds more than a modicum of hope that Bolt d’Oro, one of three finalists for an Eclipse Award as outstanding 2-year-old male of 2017, will embark on the Triple Crown trail after missing valuable training time recently due to a pulled muscle. The $630,000 son of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Ruis and his […]

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Wonder Gadot, Heavenly Love ‘Breezed Beautifully’ Toward Jan. 13 Starts

The Mark Casse-trained pair of 3-year-old fillies, Wonder Gadot and Heavenly Love, breezed in company with one another over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots main track on Saturday morning in preparation for their starts on Saturday, Jan. 13. Both fillies went a half-mile in :49.40. Owned by Debby Oxley, Heavenly Love is slated […]

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