Triple Crown

Baffert Ships Thousand Words East For Oaklawn Stakes

Trainer Bob Baffert will send 3-year-old colt Thousand Words to Hot Springs this week for Saturday’s listed Oaklawn Stakes, reports drf.com. The son of Pioneerof the Nile will be vying for one of three slots on the line for the G1 Arkansas Derby, rescheduled for May 2 in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic; […]

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Sonneman ‘A Horse That Could Really Benefit’ From Kentucky Derby Delay

Trainer Mark Hennig and long-time owners Courtlandt Farms are loaded with sophomore stakes-caliber stock with Sonneman, Or’effice, Americanus, Kingmeister and Maedean currently in training at Gulfstream Park. Hennig, who has 16 horses stabled at Belmont Park as well as the above-noted talent among his Gulfstream-based contingent, saw Sonneman return with a sparkling score on Saturday […]

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After Florida Derby Loss, Connections To Focus On One-Turn Races With Independence Hall

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables and RKV Racing’s Grade 3 winner Independence Hall, fifth last out in the Curlin Florida Derby (G1) March 28 at Gulfstream Park, has likely been taken off the Triple Crown trail and returned to his Maryland home. Eclipse managing partner Aron Wellman said Independence Hall rejoined trainer Mike […]

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Preakness 2020: Officials Continuing To ‘Explore All Options’ For New Date, InfieldFest Cancelled

The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club are continuing to work with our key stakeholders to explore all options to set a new date for the running of Preakness 145. Our first priority in these difficult times is the health and well-being of our customers, our vendors, our employees and the horses we all […]

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Max Player In A Holding Pattern; Rice ‘Anxious To Hear Of Adjustments’ To 3-Year-Old Races

Trainer Linda Rice said she is continuing to play the waiting game with promising sophomores Max Player and Montauk Traffic amid the uncertainty around the upcoming national stakes schedule due to circumstances regarding the coronavirus. Owned by George E. Hall, Rice said the Grade 3 Withers winner Max Player was pointing to the Grade 2, […]

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Impressive Florida Derby Win Helps Tiz The Law Retake The Lead In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Of all the impressive statements made by the sophomore male class thus far in 2020, the emphatic victory by Tiz the Law in the March 28 Grade 1 Florida Derby may resonate the loudest during a most uncertain time as the bay colt again established a clear lead in the latest National Thoroughbred Racing Association […]

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Barclay Tagg’s Druthers: A Preakness, Belmont, Travers, Kentucky Derby Sequence For Tiz The Law

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, bred in New York by Twin Creeks Farm, surged to the top of the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard with an emphatic score in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Trained by Barclay Tagg, who trained New York-bred Funny Cide to victories in the 2003 […]

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Rescheduled Arkansas Derby Could Be An Option For Wells Bayou

Louisiana Derby winner Wells Bayou exited Saturday’s race in good condition, the Fair Grounds’ leading trainer Brad Cox told drf.com on Sunday. The 3-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky earned 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with his victory, the Run for the Roses has been delayed until Sept. 5. One option […]

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Rice Pleased That Max Player Will Have ‘More Time To Mature’ Before September Derby

Trainer Linda Rice maintains a bustling barn of 55 horses on the Belmont backstretch and has had a number of stable stars on the work tab over the past week, including Grade 3 Withers champ Max Player. Owned by George E. Hall, Max Player had been targeting the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by […]

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