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Bloodlines: Vekoma’s Distinguished Family Roots

Standing stallions is a highly competitive business, and the farms that stand the premium sires rarely have as successful a day as Lane’s End Farm had on April 6, when the 3-year-old colt Roadster (by Lane’s End stallion Quality Road) won his first stakes in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby against odds-on favorite Game […]

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Castellano’s Four Stakes Wins Net Jockey Of The Week Title

With four Keeneland stakes victories last week, Javier Castellano was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week title for April 1-7, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey […]

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Roadster, Bricks And Mortar Take Over Top Spots In NTRA Polls

After knocking off reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby this past Saturday, Speedway Stable’s Roadster has bested his stablemate once more, this time taking over the top position in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Game Winner had held the lead position among voters […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Making Sense Of Major Preps

The weekend’s blockbuster graded stakes action and trio of Triple Crown prep races have begun to clear up a muddy picture of the Kentucky Derby, with favorites winning two races and Baffert trainees topping the Santa Anita Derby. I loved Tacitus’ run in the Wood, as well as Roadster’s at Santa Anita. These two join […]

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Keeneland, Aqueduct Cross Country Pick 5 Pays $8,228

Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5, featuring all graded stakes from Aqueduct and Keeneland, attracted a pool of $250,763 and produced a massive $8,228.75 payout for 50 cents despite favorites winning three of five legs. The sequence kicked off with the Grade 1, $300,000 Madison from Keeneland where Spiced Perfection ($11) collared Amy’s Challenge for a […]

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Vekoma ‘Has A Lot Of Gears’; Distance ‘Not A Question’ For Win Win Win

Before the rain began Sunday morning, trainer George Weaver had Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Vekoma out of the stall to munch on some grass outside Barn 11 at Keeneland. So, how is the Toyota Blue Grass winner this morning? “He is well and happy,” Weaver said of the son of Candy Ride (ARG), who […]

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Vekoma Steps Up To Dominate Blue Grass Under Red-Hot Castellano

R. A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stable’s Vekoma took off for a three-length win in Saturday’s G2 Blue Grass Stakes, firmly stamping his ticket to the Kentucky Derby in four weeks’ time. The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride finished third in the Fountain of Youth last out, but jockey Javier Castellano kept him closer to […]

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Vekoma Will Be Racing Against History, Making Fourth Career Start In Blue Grass

R.A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables’ Vekoma, the morning-line favorite for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2), will be chasing a bit of history Saturday when he makes his fourth career start. No horse since Coaltown in 1948 has won the Blue Grass coming into the event with just three lifetime starts, but that is what Vekoma […]

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Full Starting Gate For Keeneland’s Blue Grass Stakes

Gatsas Stable and R.A. Hill Stable’s Vekoma has been installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 14 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 95th running of the $1-million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The 1 1/8-mile main track test serves as a major steppingstone for the $3-million Kentucky Derby Presented […]

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Kentucky Derby Media Poll: Code Of Honor Takes #4 Spot; Roadster Leaps Into Top 20

After what she considers the deepest Kentucky Derby prep contested so far this season, TVG’s Caton Bredar says the Fountain of Youth Stakes’ first three finishers each offer “more pros than cons” — and that reflected Monday in a new edition of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll assembled by HorseRacingNation.com. Game Winner, Improbable and War of Will […]

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