run for the roses

‘Oh Come On, Really’: Saez’ Deleted Tweet Takes Issue With Stewards’ Decision

A Tweet with an inflammatory comment from the Twitter account of Luis Saez, jockey aboard the disqualified Kentucky Derby first-place finisher Maximum Security, was briefly posted on Twitter after Saturday’s Run for the Roses. The Tweet pointed to the second race at Churchill Downs on May 1 as a similar incident to that which occurred […]

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Maximum Security’s Connections ‘Haven’t Even Talked About The Preakness’

Trainer Jason Servis reported via text message Sunday morning that Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security exited his eventful run in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby in good order. Maximum Security finished first by 1 ¾ lengths after leading throughout the 145th Run for the Roses, but was subsequently disqualified by the stewards and placed 17th for […]

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‘Push-Button’ Tax Has Alvarado Excited For Third Derby Mount

Count jockey Junior Alvarado among those impressed with Tax’s blistering half-mile work on Thursday in preparation for the Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby. Alvarado, who is set to make his third career Derby mount when he pilots Tax on May 4 at Churchill Downs, watched as Tax recorded a 47.80-second breeze, the fastest of […]

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Miller Pleased With Gray Magician; Colt On Target For Kentucky Derby Start

UAE Derby runner-up Gray Magician was originally listed as questionable for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but the sophomore son of Graydar has been working well since his return from Dubai. Peter Miller told drf.com that continued progress from the colt will give the trainer enough confidence to enter the Run for the Roses. On Saturday, […]

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Maiden Winner Intrepid Heart Could Boost Pletcher Squad For 2019 Kentucky Derby

At this point in the Kentucky Derby prep season, trainer Todd Pletcher has uncharacteristically not saddled the winner of a 2019 points race. However, the two-time winner of the Run for the Roses did debut an intriguing 3-year-old prospect on Monday at Oaklawn that could prove the key to reversing that trend. Intrepid Heart, a […]

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‘Dreaming In Technicolor’: Baffert Bullish On 2019 Derby Candidates

Chad Brown has won an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding trainer for the past three years, but if there was a category for most recognizable trainer, Bob Baffert would have retired the cup by now. He’s on TV more than Lucy reruns. Winning the Kentucky Derby five times and sweeping the Triple Crown twice […]

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Godolphin’s Coliseum Fires Bullet Toward Jan. 5 Sham Stakes

Coliseum, seemingly one in a plethora of Bob Baffert 2-year-olds about to embark on the Triple Crown trail, worked six furlongs under Joe Talamo Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park. The colt recorded a bullet 1:12.40 for the Grade III Sham Stakes on Jan. 5. The one mile race for 3-year-olds is the first stakes […]

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Smith Believes Justify Has The ‘Kind Of Talent’ To Take The Run For The Roses

Mike Smith appears to be in the enviable position of riding favored Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, in addition to second choice Midnight Bisou in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. But with chalk winning nationally at about 30 percent, that leaves a 70 percent chance for an upset. Either way, the cool and collected Smith, a member […]

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Across The Board With Andy Serling: Kentucky Derby Preview

A special edition of Across the Board with Andy Serling features a full-field analysis for this Saturday’s 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and is now available for download. Serling previews each of the 20 horses entered in the “Run for the Roses” and gives his selections for the first leg of the Triple Crown, contested […]

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The Way To Louisville: Pletcher, Motion Have Plenty Of Practice Pointing To Kentucky Derby

There are a variety of ways to get a 3-year-old to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle on the first Saturday in May. Just ask Kentucky Derby-winning trainers Todd Pletcher and H. Graham Motion, who hope their entries in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby can get them to the 2018 Run for the Roses on time. […]

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