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Bloodlines: War Front Sends A Pair Of Derby Contenders Into Battle Again

Six months ago, some Thoroughbred owners and buyers would have wavered on the question of buying a young prospect by the distinguished Claiborne Farm sire War Front (by Danzig) due to the misperception that he was a “turf sire.” The versatile sire had more recently had major successes with numerous racers in Europe, where the […]

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Omaha Beach Will Van To Kentucky; Improbable Likely ‘Upset’ By Blinkers

Six Oaklawn-raced horses have enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, including Omaha Beach and Improbable, the top two finishers in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Omaha Beach exited his one-length victory in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday morning, adding the War Front colt, owned by Rick Porter’s […]

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Smith ‘Ecstatic’ With Omaha Beach In Final Work For Arkansas Derby

Rebel Stakes winner Omaha Beach breezed a bullet five furlongs on Saturday at Santa Anita, covering the distance in a bullet 1:00.60 under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. The 3-year-old son of War Front began well back of his workmate, but rolled up the inside to pull away with ease at the finish. Omaha […]

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After ‘Extensive Testing,’ War Of Will ‘Cleared To Start His Training Regimen’

G3 Lecomte and G2 Risen Star winner War of Will has officially been cleared to resume training, trainer Mark Casse reported on Twitter this Friday. “I’m happy to report that WOW went through extensive testing yesterday which included x-rays and ultrasound,” Casse wrote. “He was cleared to start his training regimen which began today at […]

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War Of Will ‘Feeling A Lot Better’ After Louisiana Derby Misstep

Less than 24 hours after enduring a scare when beaten Louisiana Derby favorite War of Will was reported to be significantly off following his ninth-place finish, trainer Mark Casse said the son of War Front was much improved Sunday morning, adding that his hopes of making the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve remain intact. […]

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War Of Will, Country House Rematch Set For Louisiana Derby

A field of 11 sophomores has been set for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ final prep on the Road To The Kentucky Derby – the 106th running of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on Saturday, March 23. Six weeks out from the Grade I $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford […]

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Omaha Beach Turns Back Champion Game Winner In Second Rebel

Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach took command at the head of the stretch and was all-out in the final 100 yards to fend off champion Game Winner, capturing Saturday’s second division of the G2 Rebel by a nose on the wire. The 3-year-old son of War Front, ridden by Mike Smith for trainer Richard Mandella, […]

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War Of Will Remains ‘Happy And Healthy’ Ahead Of Louisiana Derby

The wet track conditions were not what the connections were hoping for, but Grade III Lecomte and Grade II Risen Star Stakes winner War of Will marched on and continued to exhibit excellent work ethic in his final breeze for the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby to be run Saturday, March 23 at […]

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War Of Will Records ‘Beautiful Piece Of Work’ Toward Louisiana Derby

Not a thing has changed with the way two-time Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots graded stakes winner War of Will has trained and the connections wouldn’t have it any other way. In his most important work in preparation for the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on March 23, trainer Mark Casse’s assistant […]

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Rebel Shippers: Prat To Ride Galilean Over Maiden Winner Omaha Beach

Jockey agent Derek Lawson told drf.com that Flavien Prat has elected to ride stakes-winner Galilean in the March 16 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, rather than talented maiden winner Omaha Beach. Both sophomores plan to ship to Arkansas from their Southern California bases, hoping to return home with the winner’s share of 50 points on the Road […]

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