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Pennsylvania Derby Features Long-Awaited Maximum Security, War Of Will Rematch

The long awaited rematch between Maximum Security and War of Will serves as the backdrop for Saturday’s running of the $1 million G1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. The two principle players in the notorious bumping incident that resulted in the first winner of the Kentucky Derby to ever be disqualified will face each other […]

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Godolphin Outbids Coolmore On $4.1-Million Curlin Colt At Keeneland September Sale

It was just like the old days. In the blue corner was Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the Godolphin operation, which had been flexing its financial muscles with impunity during the first two days of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. In the slightly darker blue corner were the Irish lads of the Coolmore […]

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War Of Will Posts Another ‘Stiff Breeze’ In Preparation For Pennsylvania Derby

Gary Barber’s War of Will, under exercise rider Amy Mullen, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59 flat on the Belmont main track on Saturday in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on September 21. “He ended up going a little faster than we anticipated on paper, but the track […]

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Turf War Circles Field To Win Christiecat Stakes

Turf War rallied from last of eight to run down Brooke Marie in deep stretch and prevailed by a neck to win her first race in North America, capturing the six-furlong $100,000 Christiecat for sophomore fillies on Friday, Opening Day of the Belmont Park Fall meet. Owned by Martin Schwartz, Turf War entered her Belmont […]

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War Of Will ‘Really Thriving’ In Preparation For Pennsylvania Derby

Trainer Mark Casse breezed Grade 1 winners War of Will and Got Stormy over Woodward weekend at Saratoga in preparation for upcoming Grade 1 starts out of town. Gary Barber’s War of Will, a four-time winner with more than $1.5 million in purse earnings, captured the Grade 1 Preakness in May ahead of an off-the-board […]

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Omaha Beach Targeting One-Turn Ack Ack Handicap

Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach was being targeted for a comeback in Sunday’s Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar before a slight illness took him out of training. Now, the 3-year-old son of War Front has returned to galloping and will instead target the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs on Sept. 28, […]

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War Of Will ‘Like A Monster’ In Bullet Work At Saratoga

Looking more like the horse that gave Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse his first American Classic victory in the Grade 1 Preakness this spring, Gary Barber’s War of Will sizzled through a half-mile breeze in 47.04 seconds over Saratoga’s main track Sunday morning. With regular rider Tyler Gaffalione aboard, it was the second […]

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Omaha Beach ‘A Go’ For Aug. 25 Shared Belief Stakes

The early favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby before he was scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis, Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach is nearing his return to racing. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old War Front colt breezed six furlongs at Del Mar on Monday in 1:13.60, putting him on track for the Aug. 25 Shared Belief […]

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‘Trying To Get Him Back Up To Where He Was’: War Of Will Aiming For Pennsylvania Derby

Mark Casse assistant Jamie Begg said the Barber-owned Preakness-victor War of Will is doing well, and will continue to train up to the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on September 21 at Parx. War of Will is getting some extra time between races after running fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July […]

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War Front Colt Leader Of Men Tops Super Derby Prelude

An excellent edition of Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs took place on Saturday, August 3. The card featured seven stakes and purses of $420,000, highlighted by a very competitive running of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude. The stakes for 3-year-olds at the distance of a mile and one-sixteenth attracted seven with the top […]

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