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Down Goes Apollo: Justify Runs Into The History Books In 144th Kentucky Derby

It became the wettest Kentucky Derby in history this Saturday, with more than 2.8 inches of rain recorded beneath the iconic Twin Spires. The combination of sloppy conditions and inexperience was still not enough to stop the latest Bob Baffert-trained superstar, WinStar, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ Justify. In just […]

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Derby Notes: Contenders Stick To The ‘Routine’ As Excitement Continues To Build

AUDIBLE/MAGNUM MOON/NOBLE INDY/VINO ROSSO – There were no missed beats at the Todd Pletcher barn Thursday morning. There rarely are for one of the nation’s best horsemen, even as things heat up two days in front of his four-pronged attack on the world’s foremost horse race – Kentucky Derby 144. Pletcher sent his quartet of stakes-winning colts to the track […]

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Ruis: Suitcase Stuffed With Cash To Bet On Bolt d’Oro In Kentucky Derby

Ruis Racing LLC’s Bolt d’Oro schooled in the starting gate before galloping 1 ¼ miles under exercise rider Jose Velazquez at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning. The son of Medaglia d’Oro is schooled in the paddock during Wednesday’s first race. Bolt d’Oro is rated at 8-1 in the Kentucky Derby morning line in which undefeated Santa […]

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Fans Can Now Purchase Official Kentucky Derby Contender Merchandise

Churchill Downs today announced the Kentucky Derby Contenders Collection, a new line of officially licensed merchandise that showcases a majority of the contenders running in the 144th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. Fans will be able to purchase the merchandise on site at Churchill Downs during Derby week and at www.kentuckyderby.com starting on April 30. The […]

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Derby Notes: Favorite Justify ‘Acted Like A Pro’ In First Churchill Downs Gallop

China Horse Club International, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm’s undefeated Justify, who was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Kentucky Derby 144 after 21 horses were entered Tuesday morning, made his first appearance on the main track at Churchill Downs during the 7:30-7:45 training window for Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses. Justify arrived from his Southern California base Monday afternoon on a flight that also included stablemate Solomini as well […]

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Justify, Californians Arrive At Churchill; Contenders Make Paddock Schooling Plans

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing’s Combatant completed his major preparation for Kentucky Derby 144 (Grade I) by working a half-mile in :49.60 on a brisk Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Fourth in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start, Combatant was partnered in the work by Angel Garcia for trainer Steve Asmussen. By day’s end, the entire cast for the Kentucky […]

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Derby Notes: Lone Sailor Works, More Moves Planned For Saturday Morning

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher put his 2018 Run for the Roses arsenal on full display Friday morning at Churchill Downs under a cloudless sky with four workers. More on them here. Also working toward next Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) was Lone Sailor for trainer Tom Amoss. With jockey James Graham aboard, Lone Sailor worked a half-mile in :48. […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Equine Equipment: Final Derby Works

A week out from the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs is heating up with final works from the top contenders. Today, Todd Pletcher’s four Derby entrants all breezed over the surface, and a couple of them switched things up. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Justify put in his final breeze over seven furlongs. In this edition […]

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Pletcher Quartet: Vino Rosso Visually Impressive, Geroux Aboard Noble Indy

Of trainer Todd Pletcher’s four contenders for next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Wood Memorial winner Vino Rosso was the most visually impressive on Friday morning at Churchill Downs. Working on the outside of Outplay from the half-mile pole, Vino Rosso had John Velazquez up through fractions of :23.40 and :47.20, and was pulling away while galloping out […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Gunther’s Classic Trio Ready For ‘Chance To Prove Themselves’

From the 22,936 Thoroughbreds born in North America in 2015, the racing world has whittled down to the top 20 candidates for the first Saturday in May. Remarkably, two of the top 3-year-old colts were bred on the same small farm in Central Kentucky; both Justify and Vino Rosso hail from a broodmare band with […]

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