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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: High Stakes In Hot Springs

The Road to the Kentucky Derby comes to an end this weekend with a pair of last chances to make the field of 20 on the first Saturday in May. In today’s edition of the Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the lineup for Saturday’s 100-point Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park […]

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Equibase Analysis: Assessing The Arkansas Derby’s Top Contenders

On the Road to the Kentucky Derby, we are down to two prep races – this Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and the Grade 3 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Many more points are on the line in this race, with the winner earning 100 and therefore assured a starting spot in Louisville in three weeks. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Family Support Strong Behind Vekoma

Brothers Mike and Ted Gatsas have owned Thoroughbred racehorses for 21 years, and race days are an excuse to get the entire family together. This year, their children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to join Gatsas Stables at the pinnacle of the sport when Blue Grass Stakes winner Vekoma enters the starting gate for […]

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Anothertwistafate, Sueno Seek ‘Last Chance’ Points In Lexington Stakes

Peter Redekop’s Anothertwistafate and Silverton Hill’s Sueno, both looking to acquire qualifying points toward the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), head a field of 10 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 38th running of the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3). Run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, the Stonestreet Lexington will be run as the […]

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Pletcher Takes Wait-And-See Approach On Kentucky Derby Shippers

Trainer Todd Pletcher, in town for today’s Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale, has not finalized plans for shipping his Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls from Florida to Churchill Downs. The two-time Derby winner has Sunland Park Derby (G3) winner Cutting Humor and Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Spinoff among the top 20 points leaders to […]

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Bloodlines: Vekoma’s Distinguished Family Roots

Standing stallions is a highly competitive business, and the farms that stand the premium sires rarely have as successful a day as Lane’s End Farm had on April 6, when the 3-year-old colt Roadster (by Lane’s End stallion Quality Road) won his first stakes in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby against odds-on favorite Game […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Making Sense Of Major Preps

The weekend’s blockbuster graded stakes action and trio of Triple Crown prep races have begun to clear up a muddy picture of the Kentucky Derby, with favorites winning two races and Baffert trainees topping the Santa Anita Derby. I loved Tacitus’ run in the Wood, as well as Roadster’s at Santa Anita. These two join […]

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Baffert Contenders 1-2-3 In Latest Kentucky Derby Media Poll

The Thoroughbred Daily News’ Bill Finley simply summed up the latest 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll results. “Baffert. Baffert. Baffert.” As in, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert conditions the Top 3 contenders in the rankings assembled each Monday by HorseRacingNation.com leading up to the first Saturday in May. The Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Roadster claimed the No. 1 […]

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Tacitus ‘Matured A Ton’; Wood Top Three Headed To Kentucky Derby

The Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets winner Tacitus was no worse for wear the morning after his triumphant run in the final Kentucky Derby qualifier at Aqueduct Racetrack. On the first Saturday in May, Tacitus will seek to give Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and owner Juddmonte Farms their first […]

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Roadster Runs Down Stablemate Game Winner In The Santa Anita Derby

Bob Baffert called it last summer: the trainer told TMZ that his next Kentucky Derby winner just might be a gray colt named Roadster. On Saturday, Speedway Stable’s Roadster evolved into a Grade 1 winner with a 3/4-length triumph over his stablemate and last year’s juvenile champion Game Winner in the Santa Anita Derby. The […]

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