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Derby Notes, May 2: Thunder Snow, Irish War Cry And Gormley Make First Appearances

Godolphin Racing’s Thunder Snow (IRE) exited quarantine Tuesday morning and made his first visit to the main track at Churchill Downs. Going out during the special training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at 8:30, Thunder Snow jogged a mile and cantered a mile. Also making their initial appearances on the track were […]

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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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Godolphin’s UAE Derby Winner Thunder Snow Confirmed For Kentucky Derby

Leading 3-year-old colt Thunder Snow will run in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, America’s most famous race, at Churchill Downs  on Saturday, May 6. The son of Helmet, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, will remain on dirt following two victories on the surface at Meydan, UAE, earlier this year including a last-gasp success in the […]

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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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Derby Leaderboard: Classic Empire May Need An On-The-Board Finish In Arkansas

After Saturday’s three major 100-point prep races, the likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby might not be any more obvious than it was this morning. What is clear, however, is that Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Champion Classic Empire is no longer in the top 20 point-earners; he’s 21st on the leaderboard with 32 points. The Joe […]

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Godolphin Launches Round Two Of Fantasy Stable League

Godolphin have officially launched round two of the Godolphin Fantasy Stable League, a pioneering interactive online gaming competition designed specifically for fans of horseracing. Timed to coincide with the start of the flat season in America and Europe, the launch follows on from the successful Fantasy League, which ran during the Dubai World Cup Carnival. […]

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McCraken, Gunnevera Early Favorites For Final Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Two veterans of this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby – Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s unbeaten McCraken (#15, 6-1) and Peacock Racing Stables LLC’s Gunnevera (#10, 6-1) – are the morning line co-favorites for the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), which launches its three-day run on Friday, […]

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Epicharis Unlikely To Run In Kentucky Derby; Possible For Preakness, Belmont

Japan’s high-class sophomore colt Epicharis, a very good second to Thunder Snow in yesterday’s UAE Derby in Dubai, is unlikely to race in this year’s Kentucky Derby, according to several Japanese media outlets. The Kiyoshi Hagiwara-trained son of Gold Allure had earned a spot in the starting gate by virtue of his win in the […]

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Local Thunder Snow Noses Out Japan’s Epicharis In UAE Derby

Locally-trained Thunder Snow may have grown a bit unorganized in the stretch when Japan’s Epicharis repelled his first bid to take the lead, but jockey Christophe Soumillon was able to collect the son of Helmet to try one more time in Saturday’s $2 million UAE Derby. Thunder Snow lunged forward at the wire, just getting […]

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Godolphin’s Thunder Snow Among Six Late Nominations To Triple Crown

Godolphin’s Thunder Snow (Ire), winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas (Group 3) at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse on Feb. 11 and last fall’s Criterium International (G1) at France’s Saint-Cloud, heads a group of six 3-year-old Thoroughbreds made eligible to compete in the races of the 2017 Triple Crown during the series’ late nomination phase that closed […]

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