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Bloodlines: War Of Will’s ‘Depth Of Family’ Bodes Well

War Front could be pardoned for a bit of pride because the big bay horse from Claiborne Farm had a pretty good weekend. War of Will won the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes on Saturday; Etoile won the G3 Fillies Sprint at Naas in Ireland on Sunday, with Peace Charter second (both by War Front); and […]

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Stringhalt: War Of Will’s Post-Preakness Motion Isn’t Lameness

Savvy racing fans may have noticed a strange “hitch” in War of Will’s stride after his triumphant Preakness Stakes victory on Saturday, and several took to social media to express their concern about the colt’s well-being. There’s no need to worry about the 3-year-old son of War Front, trainer Mark Casse confirmed to the media […]

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War Of Will Vindicated; Casse Emotional After First Classic Victory

First, there was fear. Then disappointment. Later, it was indignation. Two weeks after the history-making 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby, War of Will finally got the one thing his trainer and jockey had been asking for. “We were this close to never seeing him again,” said Mark Casse, referencing the Derby incident with Maximum […]

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Omaha Beach’s Return To California Delayed, Colt’s Throat ‘Not Healed Enough Yet’ After Surgery

Omaha Beach’s landing at Santa Anita has been delayed. Originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the pre-race favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby was declared out of the race on May 1 due to an entrapped epiglottis, necessitating throat surgery that was performed May 3 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. The son of […]

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Castellano Wins Four In A Row: Dogtag Hangs Tough In Hilltop

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has now won four races in a row on the Black-Eyed Susan card this Friday at Pimlico, piloting LNJ Foxwoods’ homebred Dogtag to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes. The 3-year-old daughter of War Front, trained by Chad Brown, completed a mile over the “good” turf […]

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Casse: ‘Horse Racing World Should Be Happy War Of Will Is Such An Athlete’

Less than 24 hours after being in the eye of one of the most surreal editions of the Kentucky Derby in its 145-year history, trainer Mark Casse found himself marveling at another remarkable feat Sunday morning. He pulled out Gary Barber’s multiple graded stakes winner War of Will to see what the day after might […]

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‘Emotional’ Mandella Returns To Santa Anita; Omaha Beach To Follow

This morning, Richard Mandella was back at the last place he expected to be four days ago—his home base of Santa Anita. It was late Wednesday afternoon in Kentucky when it was announced that the three-year-old he trains, Omaha Beach, who happened to be the favorite to win today’s 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, would […]

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Blitzkrieg Marks Fourth Consecutive Win In San Francisco Mile

R3 Racing, Calara Farms and Steve Rothblum’s Blitzkrieg kept his win streak alive in Saturday’s Grade 3 San Franciso Mile, earning his first graded stakes victory at odds of 3-1. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the gelding completed one mile over Golden Gate Fields’ firm turf in 1:35.56. Trainer Doug O’Neill claimed the 4-year-old son of […]

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Mandella: Omaha Beach ‘Acts Like A Professional Racehorse’

It was work day for Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach Saturday at Churchill Downs and that was just fine with him. The big War Front colt, the apparent favorite for next Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby, was ready to do his thing when the special 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. Derby/Oaks training period came up and trainer […]

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Bloodlines: War Front, Tapit Colts Chase First Kentucky Derby Victory For Sires

The two leading point earners for the 2019 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4 are Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus (by Tapit) and G1 Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach (War Front). The unbeaten Tacitus leads with 150 points, and Omaha Beach is a strong second with 137.5. The current points system to […]

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