road to the kentucky derby

San Vicente The Target For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Winner Storm The Court

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court, a finalist for an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019, worked five furlongs at Santa Anita Sunday in 1:00.30. Ridden by regular rider Flavien Prat, the colt is preparing for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 9. […]

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Independence Hall ‘Did Just Enough’ In Sunday Work At Tampa

That was trainer Michael Trombetta’s message this morning to his assistant and exercise rider, Sarah Shaffer – as well as area racing fans who hope to see unbeaten 3-year-old colt Independence Hall in action at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 8 in the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. Trombetta was in touch with […]

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Enforceable, Finite To Be Pointed Toward Risen Star, Rachel Alexandra

On Saturday, February 15, Fair Grounds will play host to “Louisiana Derby Preview Day presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln”. Highlighted by a pair of key races for the three-year-olds on the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), the six stakes events will offer combined purses of $1.25 […]

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Tiz The Law ‘Developing Very Nicely,’ Works At Gulfstream Toward Holy Bull

New York-based jockey Manny Franco was in Florida on Sunday morning to guide Sackatoga Stable’s New York-bred Grade 1-winner Tiz the Law through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.55 on the Gulfstream Park main track. Franco returned to New York in time to guide Doll to victory in Sunday’s opening race at the Big A. Tiz […]

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Enforceable Puts It All Together For Lecomte Victory

A very well-bred but slow-developing son of Tapit, John Oxley’s Enforceable put all the pieces together for a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds. The 3-year-old colt, a full brother to Mohaymen and a half-brother millionaire New Year’s Day, was the third winner on the card for trainer […]

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Liam’s Lucky Charm Adds Blinkers To Win Tampa’s Pasco, Take Aim On Derby Trail

Liam’s Lucky Charm ran to the expectations of his connections in today’s $125,000, 7-furlong Pasco Stakes, opening the door to more lucrative assignments as the 3-year-old Thoroughbred picture in Florida and beyond begins to take shape. After the Florida-bred colt returned to the Tampa Bay Downs backside to cool off from his exertions, his jockey, […]

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Wide-Drawn Lynn’s Map Will Scratch From Lecomte, Ship To Oaklawn For Smarty Jones

Trainer Mark Casse confirmed to Horse Racing Radio Network’s Equine Forum that last-out allowance winner Lynn’s Map would be scratched from Saturday’s Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds, in which he had drawn the outside post in a field of 14. Instead, the 3-year-old son of Liam’s Map will be pointed to next weekend’s […]

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Weekend Lineup: Sunshine Millions, Derby Points On Offer In Lecomte

Gulfstream Park is hosting the Sunshine Millions Stakes card this Saturday, a series of four stakes races for Florida-breds highlighted by the $200,000 Classic as the second-to-last event on the card. The nine-furlong contest is topped by Sunshine Millions Classic Preview winner Red Crescent, who was fourth last out in the G3 Harlan’s Holiday. A […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Reid Looks Forward To His ‘Monday Morning’

As we enter the final weeks of the NFL playoff season, there’s little worse than walking into the office on Monday morning to hear coworkers lamenting the play of their favorite quarterback.  For trainer Robert “Butch” Reid, however, the phrase Monday Morning QB is one of the things that keeps him excited about waking up […]

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‘Mechanically Efficient’: Impressive Louisiana-Bred No Parole Has Amoss Considering Open Company

No Parole has twice dominated his competition by double-digit lengths at the Fair Grounds, and trainer Tom Amoss can’t help but to think that the 3-year-old son of Violence deserves a shot in a two-turn race against open company. He told Horse Racing Nation that while the colt’s pedigree doesn’t necessarily suggest that he’ll appreciate […]

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