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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Drawing Up The Final Contenders

A few contenders got moved around this week after the draw, and others were adjusted because of their final workouts over the weekend. The biggest changes include moving up Win Win Win after his impressive workout on Sunday, and the addition of Spinoff to the top ten this week. Of the two Todd Pletcher trainees, […]

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Derby Notes: Long Range Toddy, Maximum Security Breeze Monday

Willis Horton Racing’s Long Range Toddy worked a half-mile in :47.80 over a fast track at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI). The work was the fifth fastest of 40 at the distance. Also working Monday morning at Churchill Downs was Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimneys Farm’s […]

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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Master Fencer, Spinoff, Gray Magician, Country House

Each day of Kentucky Derby week, I’ll take a look at the pedigrees of four Kentucky Derby contenders and how those pedigrees might factor into their ability to succeed at a mile and a quarter. We’ll work our way up the leaderboard, starting with the lowest point-earners currently in the Derby field and the Japanese […]

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Kentucky Derby Notes: Friday’s Workout Action In Florida, California

Trainer Richard Mandella opted to wait on working likely Grade 1 Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite Omaha Beach Friday morning, instead sending the Arkansas Derby (G1) winner out for a trip to the starting gate and a 1 ½-mile gallop over a track rated as good. Although no Derby hopefuls put in timed works at Churchill Downs, there was activity on […]

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Franco Will Be ‘More Relaxed’ In Second Derby Aboard Spinoff

At the very least, Kentucky Derby time will bolster jockey Manny Franco’s airline rewards account. The 24-year-old picked up the mount on the Todd Pletcher-trained Spinoff, who is pointing towards the “Run for the Roses” on May 4 at Churchill Downs. After riding a full card Thursday at Aqueduct, Franco traveled to the Sunshine State […]

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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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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Missteps And Upsetters

That was certainly a strange weekend of horse racing. Longshots hit in graded stakes all across the country, including 22-1 By My Standards in the Louisiana Derby. Neither of the weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep races saw a winning favorite; 4-5 War of Will finished ninth at the Fair Grounds, while Mucho Gusto faded to third […]

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‘It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This’: Thomas’ By My Standards Sparks Derby Fever

Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., is headed to the Kentucky Derby after his 3-year-old colt By My Standards captured Saturday’s $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby by three-quarters of a length over Spinoff, paying $47 to win under jockey Gabriel Saez. The Grade 2 stakes saw 4-5 favorite War of Will struggle home ninth after pulling […]

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By My Standards Upsets Spinoff At 22-1 In Louisiana Derby

Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards broke his maiden last out over the Fair Grounds strip and immediately jumped up to graduate in the G2 Louisiana Derby at odds of 22-1. The 3-year-old son of Goldencents, ridden by Gabriel Saez and trained by Bret Calhoun, came up the rail in the stretch to best Spinoff […]

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Louisiana Derby: War Of Will Looks To Remain Perfect On Dirt

No rival has yet made a dent in War of Will’s leadership of the 3-year-old division in New Orleans this winter, but 10 will make a belated attempt to do so Saturday in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade I) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile Louisiana Derby is the finale on a 13-race program […]

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