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Vekoma Steps Up To Dominate Blue Grass Under Red-Hot Castellano

R. A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stable’s Vekoma took off for a three-length win in Saturday’s G2 Blue Grass Stakes, firmly stamping his ticket to the Kentucky Derby in four weeks’ time. The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride finished third in the Fountain of Youth last out, but jockey Javier Castellano kept him closer to […]

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Tacitus Proves His Mettle In Wood Memorial

Juddmonte homebred Tacitus put in a big effort in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, out-finishing Withers winner Tax down the lane to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Favored at 5-2 in the field of 11 sophomores off his triumph in the Tampa Bay Derby, the Tapit colt completed nine furlongs over Aqueduct’s main track in 1:51.23. […]

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Smith ‘Ecstatic’ With Omaha Beach In Final Work For Arkansas Derby

Rebel Stakes winner Omaha Beach breezed a bullet five furlongs on Saturday at Santa Anita, covering the distance in a bullet 1:00.60 under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. The 3-year-old son of War Front began well back of his workmate, but rolled up the inside to pull away with ease at the finish. Omaha […]

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‘He Gives You Everything’: Gray Attempt Fires Bullet Toward Arkansas Derby

The Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Park is highlighted by the April 13 $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. Early Arkansas Derby probables include Galilean, Gray Attempt, Improbable, Last Judgement, Long Range Toddy, Omaha Beach, One Flew South and Six Shooter. Gray Attempt, under Stewart Elliott, recorded a […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: California Power

While two of this weekend’s three 100-point Kentucky Derby preps, the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes, drew large fields, the Santa Anita Derby will go off with half a dozen runners. Still, the Santa Anita Derby has been extremely influential for decades on the Kentucky Derby results, and despite the small field, there’s some […]

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‘Classy’ Maiden Winner Hoffa’s Union Debuts For Casse In Wood Memorial

It’s been an exciting run on the Derby trail for trainer Mark Casse this season with solid runners War of Will, Sir Winston and Our Braintrust making their presence known on the path leading up to the “Run for the Roses.” But in Saturday’s Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, he’ll be unleashing […]

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Weekend Lineup: Derby Prep Trio

This weekend features a massive slate of graded stakes racing across the nation including a trio of major Kentucky Derby preps in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and Grade 2 Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes. NBC Sports continues its extensive coverage of Derby prep races this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET with live […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Wood Could Be A Factor

Like the Blue Grass Stakes, the Wood Memorial hasn’t been the most relevant of Kentucky Derby preps in horse racing’s recent years. But could that turn around in 2019? In this edition of the Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what might be the deepest and most competitive Derby prep of […]

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Wood, Blue Grass And Santa Anita Derby Coverage On NBCSN

After Maximum Security’s impressive wire-to-wire win last Saturday in the Florida Derby and with exactly one month to the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby, NBC Sports continues its extensive coverage of Derby prep races this Saturday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa […]

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Former Claimer Tax, Blueblood Tacitus Square Off In Wood Memorial

The triumvirate of graded stakes winners Tax, Tacitus and Haikal top a wide-open 95th running of the Grade 2, $750,0000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, slated for Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. The Wood Memorial, which offers 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers, is slated for an approximate […]

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