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Is This The Year Baffert Catches Up To Jones With An Unreachable Sixth Derby Victory?

Having been raised on a ranch in Nogales, Ariz., near the Mexican border, and having ridden during his teen years in a fair share of those I-bet-my-horse-can-outrun-yours races that were so common in the Southwest, he once thought that having a 20-horse stable at Rillito Park would be — well, that it would be proof […]

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Baffert Pair Of Nadal, Ra’ad Take On Champion Storm The Court In Sunday’s San Vicente

Two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert has two horses set to take on Eclipse Award champion Storm the Court in his three-year-old debut Sunday in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita. They are debut winner Nadal, who won a 6 ½ furlong maiden allowance race at Santa Anita by […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: All-Around Horsewoman Tarrant Celebrates With Thousand Words

Talented 3-year-old colt Thousand Words seems to have an uncanny knack for knowing exactly how fast he needs to run to hit the wire first. The son of Pioneerof the Nile is undefeated in three career starts, but his largest margin of victory is the three-quarters of a length by which he won last Saturday’s […]

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West: Development Is Essential For Kentucky Derby Prospects

Tiz the Law turned heads, dropped jaws and dazzled the peanut gallery in winning the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park last Saturday. “There’s your Derby winner,” more than one self-anointed expert was heard to say. And he might be right, like the broken watch. But here’s the rub, as the poet would say: As good […]

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Thousand Words Fights Hard In Robert B. Lewis To Give Baffert His 3,000th Victory

Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s Thousand Words had to dig deep for his win in Saturday’s Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, fending off the late run of 18-1 longshot Royal Act to win by three-quarters of a length on the wire. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Thousand Words ran 1 1/16 miles over Santa […]

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Loutsch: ‘Surreal’ To Have Two Colts On Kentucky Derby Trail

Whether an owner, trainer or bettor, horse racing is a roller-coaster, not for the faint-hearted and where stick-to-itivness is required. Albaugh Family Stables has the top-ranked horse in Gary West’s first Kentucky Derby rankings. But getting to that tenuous peak has involved a couple of tumbles off the precipice. Widely hyped, the Dale Romans-traine Dennis’ […]

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Jon White: Juvenile Champ Storm The Court Tops Kentucky Derby Top 10

Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White formulates a Kentucky Derby Top 10 each week, employing video review and monitoring the opinions of other respected racing observers nationwide. The following is Jon’s most recent Derby Top 10, courtesy of Xpressbet: Holding the No. 1 spot this week on my Top 10 is Storm the Court, […]

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Thousand Words Leads Baffert’s 1-2 Punch In Robert B. Lewis

A Grade 2 winner in his second start on Dec. 7, Bob Baffert-trained Thousand Words heads a field of six Derby hopefuls going 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s G3, $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Also prominent are Baffert’s High Velocity, who finished third behind Thousand Words in the G2 […]

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Dams Of Mo Forza, Thousand Words Among Supplements To Keeneland January Horses Of All Ages Sale

Keeneland has announced that the dams of two recent graded stakes winners – Inflamed, whose first foal, Mo Forza, won the Nov. 30 Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar, and multiple graded stakes winner Pomeroys Pistol, dam of Dec. 7 G2 Los Alamitos Futurity winner Thousand Words – have been supplemented to the 2020 […]

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Kentucky Derby Consignor Standings Presented By Keeneland: Brookdale Sales Doubles Down In Los Alamitos Futurity

The difference of a hard-fought neck between winner Thousand Words and runner-up Anneau d’Or in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 7 had big implications when it came to purse earnings, graded black type, and Kentucky Derby qualifying points. For consignor Brookdale Sales, the only thing left to decide in the deep stretch […]

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