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Brown ‘Leaning Toward’ Running Practical Joke In Small-Cup Blinkers

A two-time Grade 1-winning juvenile, Practical Joke has yet to win a race over a mile in distance. The Kentucky Derby hopeful has, however, never finished worse than third in six career starts, and will have jockey Joel Rosario aboard on the first Saturday in May. In his two starts of 2017, Practical Joke seemed […]

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‘An Extraordinary Horse’: Gunnevera Carrying The Hopes Of A Nation

Majority owner Salomón del Valle was on hand to watch Gunnevera’s final work before the Kentucky Derby on Friday morning at Churchill Downs, and the Venezuelan native could not help but glow after the 3-year-old son of Dialed In cruised through a easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5, hardly breaking a sweat. Gunnevera’s exercise rider […]

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Blue Grass Winner Irap Has ‘A Good Leg Stretch’ In Mile Work At Keeneland

Following the Friday morning renovation break at Keeneland, Reddam Racing’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Irap turned in his final work for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) by covering a mile in 1:44.20 on a fast track with Julien Leparoux aboard. Irap, the first maiden to win the Toyota Blue […]

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The Friday Show: Pletcher’s Year, Derby Handicapping Philosophies?

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s high level of success in Thoroughbred racing is undeniable, but in recent years he’s also come under scrutiny for his lack of accomplishment when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick break down Pletcher’s record in racing’s most high profile event. […]

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Kentucky Oaks Contender Farrell Nice And Smooth In Six-Furlong Breeze

Coffee Pot Stables’ Farrell sailed through a smooth six-furlong breeze Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs as she continued her preparation for next Friday’s G1 Kentucky Oaks. The daughter of Malibu Moon official time for six furlongs was 1:13, with Splits of: 12, 24, 36, 48 and 1:00.60. Out 7F 1:27.80. Trainer Todd Pletcher had several of his […]

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Pletcher Pleased With Always Dreaming’s ‘Excellent’ Five-Furlong Work

Always Dreaming, an impressive winner of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, breezed five furlongs Friday morning at Palm Beach Downs in 1:01.56, a move that pleased trainer Todd Pletcher. “I thought it was excellent,” said Pletcher, who watched Always Dreaming work alone with jockey John Velazquez aboard. “We were looking […]

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Easy-Breezy: Gunnevera Impresses In Five-Furlong Work At Gulfstream Park West

Gunnevera walked the shedrow without taking as much as a single deep breath following his five-furlong workout Friday morning at Gulfstream Park West, continuing to amaze trainer Antonio Sano while snubbing his nose at a full bucket of water. “Never in my life have I had a horse that is like this after a race […]

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The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby Match Game?

There could be some last-minute adjustments to the field, but in general we know which horses will line up to contest the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in a couple of weeks. Now that all of the prep races have been run, it’s time to look back and see what we’ve learned, and to […]

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TCI: Classic Empire’s Final Prep Puts Him At The Top Of The List

Jon & Joel review Classic Empire’s win in the Arkansas Derby and unveil a new TCI Top 10 now that all of the Derby preps are in the books. Who is No. 1 heading into Derby workouts and final preparations? And what are the guys’ early thoughts on the field and some key storylines to […]

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In The Stud Presented By KERx: Upstart, New For 2017

The spotlight stallion in this week’s edition of In the Stud is Upstart, a 5-year-old son of Flatter standing his first season at Airdrie Stud. Upstart began his career at Saratoga, taking a maiden special weight by 5 1/4 lengths at first asking. He easily made the leap from maiden winner to stakes winner as […]

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