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California Chrome, Arrogate Bookend Full Pegasus World Cup Field

January 24, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter Saturday’s inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup has been billed as the end of an era as two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome will square off against fellow champion Arrogate in a rematch of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) be heading to stud duty Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky. In […]

LeComte Draws Full Field at Fair Grounds

January 19, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter The LeComte Stakes (GIII) at Fair Grounds has had its fair share of top-notch winners and some not-so-great winners and is the first race held in Louisiana on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The race drew a full field, even in the shadow of an equine herpes (EVH1) outbreak on the […]

LATT’s Top Early Kentucky Derby Contenders 1/12/17

January 12, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter The Road to the Kentucky Derby (GI) has truly begun in places such as California, Florida and New York. Horses are emerging as potential superstars in the making, bringing to life the annual hopes and dreams of owners, trainers, and jockeys. Classic Empire, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner, remains a […]

Gormley Set for Sham Return

January 6, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter Saturday’s $100,000 Sham Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita is the first of the California Kentucky Derby (GI) prep races, which leads into the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII), the San Felipe Stakes (GII) and the Santa Anita Derby (GI) later in the spring. Some of the seven 3-year-olds will be making their […]

Jerome Winner El Areeb’s Got the Derby Goods

January 6, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter MMG Stable’s El Areeb made his graded stakes debut a smashing one, winning the Jerome Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct on Monday by 10 lengths. In the gray son of Exchange Rate’s two-turn debut he pressured favored Takaful (Bernardini) before taking the lead coming into the stretch at Aqueduct, thoroughly living up to […]

LATT’s Casey Laughter’s Top Moments of 2016

December 31, 2016 |

By Casey Laughter 1. Belmont Stakes  — The Belmont Stakes was the best Triple Crown race this year. The race was set up for the WinStar-owned Creator, who displayed a strong late charge through the stretch, just to catch Destin in the shadow of the wire. Lani, the Japanese-based colt rounded out the trifecta. Tapit […]

Jerome Draws Seven Newly Minted Sophomores

December 31, 2016 |

By Casey Laughter Since the Jerome Stakes (GIII) was moved to January to serve as a Kentucky Derby (GI) prep race, no winner has emerged to even place in the Triple Crown races. This year, however, a field of seven newly minted sophomores will try to turn that luck around win this event before continuing […]

Saints Fan Carving a Louisiana Route to Derby

December 26, 2016 |

By Casey Laughter Earlier this month a promising 2-year-old colt named Saints Fan kept his undefeated record in tact by winning his second start. The colt is both owned and trained by Dallas Stewart, who is notorious for a lot of good things as a conditioner, but longshots finishing in the runner-up slots in Triple […]

Casse Barn Loaded With Star Power

December 19, 2016 |

By Casey Laughter The Mark Casse barn has made its winter home at the Palm Meadows training facility in South Florida and has started initial preparations for a very exciting 2017 considering the star power under the veteran trainer’s tutelage; standout horses in the barn are grade 1 winners Classic Empire, Pretty City Dancer and […]

Who Are the Top Derby Hopefuls Heading Into 2017?

December 16, 2016 |

By Casey Laughter Over the past few weeks some horses have emerged to look like main contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby (GI) in May while others have either dropped off or are on the sidelines due to better looking youngsters emerging late in the year. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Classic Empire, however, stays […]