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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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Tacitus ‘Matured A Ton’; Wood Top Three Headed To Kentucky Derby

The Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets winner Tacitus was no worse for wear the morning after his triumphant run in the final Kentucky Derby qualifier at Aqueduct Racetrack. On the first Saturday in May, Tacitus will seek to give Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and owner Juddmonte Farms their first […]

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Tacitus Proves His Mettle In Wood Memorial

Juddmonte homebred Tacitus put in a big effort in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, out-finishing Withers winner Tax down the lane to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Favored at 5-2 in the field of 11 sophomores off his triumph in the Tampa Bay Derby, the Tapit colt completed nine furlongs over Aqueduct’s main track in 1:51.23. […]

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‘Classy’ Maiden Winner Hoffa’s Union Debuts For Casse In Wood Memorial

It’s been an exciting run on the Derby trail for trainer Mark Casse this season with solid runners War of Will, Sir Winston and Our Braintrust making their presence known on the path leading up to the “Run for the Roses.” But in Saturday’s Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, he’ll be unleashing […]

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Bad Bedding? Straw Hard On Equine Lungs

Straw bedding and dry hay can be risk factors for inflammatory airway disease (IAD) in performance horses, a new study shows. Julie Dauvillier, Fe ter Woort and Emmanuelle van Erck‐Westergren, who represent the Equine Sports Medicine Practice in Waterloo, Belgium, studied the role of fungi in IAD. Horses affected with IAD generally have poor performance, […]

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Vino Rosso Could Return To Palm Beach In Preparation For Kentucky Derby

After only hinting at his potential early in his career, Vino Rosso will carry momentum into the Kentucky Derby following his breakthrough victory Saturday in the Grade 2, $1 million Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct Racetrack. Vino Rosso easily won his first two starts but came up short in two stakes tries at Tampa Bay Downs, […]

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Vino Rosso Survives Inquiry, Objection In Wood To Give Pletcher Another Derby Contender

A lengthy stewards’ inquiry and jockey’s objection involving the stretch run of Saturday’s Grade 2 Wood Memorial resulted in no change, meaning that trainer Todd Pletcher has yet another weapon in his Kentucky Derby arsenal. Vino Rosso (4-1) and jockey John Velazquez crossed the wire 2 1/2 lengths ahead of 6-5 favorite Enticed, though the […]

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Wood Memorial Card Features Two-Day Pick 6 Carryover Of $165,375

Wood Memorial Day, the centerpiece of the Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet, will get even richer with a two-day, $165,375 Pick 6 carryover into Saturday’s card. Favorites failed to find the winners’ circle in Friday’s Pick 6 sequence, with longshot winners taking Race 4 (Touch of Bling, No. 4, $61), Race 6 (Mahvelous Marie, No. 6, $48), and […]

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NYRA Bets Offering 10 Percent Bonus In Wood Memorial Handicapping Challenge

The New York Racing Association, Inc. is offering a NYRA Bets 10 Percent Challenge Bonus as part of the Wood Memorial Handicapping Challenge on Saturday, April 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack. The live-money tournament at the Big A will feature a $500 entry fee, of which $250 will go to the prize pool and $250 will […]

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Purse Could Increase To $1 Million If Grade 1 Winner Starts In Wood Memorial

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today a bonus program for potential starters in the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack that could increase the total purse to $1 million. If any horse in the field registers a Grade 1 or Group 1 victory prior to running […]

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