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The Friday Show: Pletcher’s Year, Derby Handicapping Philosophies?

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s high level of success in Thoroughbred racing is undeniable, but in recent years he’s also come under scrutiny for his lack of accomplishment when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick break down Pletcher’s record in racing’s most high profile event. […]

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The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby Match Game?

There could be some last-minute adjustments to the field, but in general we know which horses will line up to contest the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in a couple of weeks. Now that all of the prep races have been run, it’s time to look back and see what we’ve learned, and to […]

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Conquest Mo Money Headed To Preakness, Not Kentucky Derby

Tom and Sandra McKenna’s 3-year-old colt Conquest Mo Money will not be running in the Kentucky Derby, the couple announced in a press conference from Sunland Park on Tuesday. Though the son of Uncle Mo has 60 points on the leaderboard, he was not nominated to the Triple Crown, so to enter the Derby starting […]

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Unbridled Mo, Red Rifle Looking To Add To Pletcher’s Stakes Record At Keeneland

Todd Pletcher has taken the lead among trainers with stakes victories at Keeneland with 51. This weekend, he looks to open some daylight on any and all pursuers as he takes aim at Friday’s Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track and Saturday’s Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) at 1½ miles on […]

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Cloud Computing May Be More Likely For Preakness Than Kentucky Derby

Seth Klarman and William Lawrence’s Cloud Computing, most recently third in the G2 Wood Memorial, may possibly skip the Kentucky Derby according to drf.com. The 3-year-old son of Maclean’s Music possesses 40 points, placing him currently 20th on the leaderboard (pending a late nomination of Conquest Mo Money, which would knock Cloud Computing out of […]

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Kentucky Derby: Who’s In, Who’s Out Of The Top 20

Okay, racing fans: it’s that time of the year. With all the prep races run and three weeks before the big dance, all that’s left is watching each of the contenders in the Top 20 on the Derby Leaderboard as they work up to the Run for the Roses. Two of those are late nominees […]

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Classic Empire Finds His Best Stride For Arkansas Derby Triumph

John Oxley’s juvenile champion Classic Empire put in a performance that may well put him back atop this year’s 3-year-old class, traveling very wide around the far turn to win the G1 Arkansas Derby. The well-proportioned bay son of Pioneerof the Nile has had a troubled spring season, but a change in scenery seems to […]

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Senior Investment Surprises Lexington Contenders For McPeek

Trainer Kenny McPeek seems to be having a banner year so far in 2017, improving his statistics compared to the last couple of seasons. On Saturday, his trainee Senior Investment broke loose at odds of 11-1 in the G3 Lexington Stakes, swallowing up the ground with giant strides to just get his whiskers in front […]

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Weekend Lineup: A ‘Classic’ Arkansas Derby?

This weekend’s graded stakes action kicks off earlier than usual, starting with Friday afternoon’s running of the G1 Maker’s 46 Mile. The highlight of the weekend, for many racing fans, will be the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, the final major chance for Derby contenders to earn points toward the first Saturday in May. […]

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Favored Classic Empire Will ‘Send’ From The Gate In Arkansas Derby

John Oxley’s champion Classic Empire is the 8-5 program favorite for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/8-mile race that highlights the closing-day program. Probable post time for the Arkansas Derby, the 11th of 12 races, is 6:18 p.m. (Central). Gates open at 10:30 a.m., with racing to begin at […]

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