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Sonneteer ‘Earning His Way’ Into Oaklawn’s Razorback Handicap

Hours after Sonneteer’s breakthrough victory in the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes for older horses Friday at Oaklawn, trainer Keith Desormeaux was already plotting his next move. That move is a return trip to Arkansas. The Southern California-based Sonneteer won for the second time in 18 lifetime starts, overhauling Futile on the outside in deep stretch to win […]

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Sonneteer Earns Black Type In Opening Day Fifth Season Stakes

Calumet Farm’s Sonneteer, who almost stole the show in the 2017 Rebel Stakes at odds of 112-1, reaffirmed his affinity for Oaklawn by finally earning his first stakes win in the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes before an opening day crowd of 13,500. Breaking from post 10, Sonneteer raced near the back of the field early […]

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Mr. Misunderstood Leads Field Of Six In $200,000 Super Derby

The draw took place Tuesday for Super Derby Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, Sept. 9.  The program will get underway at 12:00 pm (Central) for the 13-race card which will feature seven turf stakes, highlighted by the running of the $200,000 Super Derby. The richest race of the 2017 Thoroughbred season is written for 3-year-olds going a mile and one-sixteenth on the […]

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Derby Notes, April 30: Battle Of Midway, Sonneteer, Irap Get First Tours Of Churchill

ALWAYS DREAMING/PATCH/TAPWRIT – A pair of Derby-bound colts were out early for exercise and another had a day off Sunday out of the Todd Pletcher barn on a cloudy but mild morning at Churchill Downs. The trio of 3-year-olds — Always Dreaming, Patch and Tapwrit – were the “chosen ones” who had made the cut […]

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Malagacy, Battalion Runner Out Of Derby; Lookin At Lee, Sonneteer Make Field

Grade 2 Rebel Stakes winner Malagacy and G2 Wood Memorial runner-up Battalion Runner will not contest the G1 Kentucky Derby on May 6, trainer Todd Pletcher told Daily Racing Form‘s Jay Privman early Saturday afternoon. Pletcher previously put Malagacy, a son of Shackleford coming off a fifth-place finish in the G1 Arkansas Derby April 15, in the […]

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J Boys Echo Breezes At Churchill Downs; Girvin Back On Track At Keeneland

J Boys Echo, fourth to Irap in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes for trainer Dale Romans and owner Albaugh Family Stables in his most recent start, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning. Under Tammy Fox, the Mineshaft colt – winner of the G3 Gotham at Aqueduct on March 4 for […]

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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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Arkansas Derby: Maiden Sonneteer’s ‘Muscles Are Growing Up To His Bones’

Calumet Farm’s Rebel runner-up Sonneteer galloped and schooled in the starting gate Friday morning and was scheduled to school between races in the indoor paddock at Oaklawn under the supervision of assistant trainer Julie Clark.  Sonneteer is winless in nine starts, with four seconds and two thirds, but has earned $234,445. After being ridden in […]

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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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Rebel-Placed Sophomores Sonneteer, Untrapped Have Connections Considering Arkansas Derby

Calumet Farm’s homebred Sonneteer made his 9th start in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes as a maiden and still didn’t graduate. But, he came awfully close, missing by only 2 lengths to Malagacy as the 112-1 longest shot in the field of 11. The almost black son of champion Sprinter Midnight Lute got shuffled back at the start and […]

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