Lady and The Track | April 21, 2018

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Magnum Moon Rises To Arkansas Derby Victory

April 15, 2018 |

Pletcher-Trained Colt Garners Most Derby Points With Three Weeks Remaining By Margaret Ransom Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon remained perfect in four career starts and clinched a start in the May 5 Kentucky Derby (GI) on Saturday with an impressive wire-to-wire score by four lengths in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI) on the […]

Unique Bella Towers Over Six Rivals In Apple Blossom

April 13, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Champion Unique Bella — in her first start outside of her home state of California — has been installed the favorite for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (GI) for older fillies and mares today at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Owned by Don Alberto Stable and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Unique Bella […]

Justify Does Just That For Kentucky Derby With Santa Anita Derby Win

April 7, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm’s Justify may have been a bit late to this year’s Kentucky Derby (GI) party, but proved he certainly should be one of the guests of honor after winning the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (GI) by three easy lengths. Under regular […]

Good Magic Back In Top Form For Blue Grass Score

April 7, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom E Five Racing and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic on Saturday returned to top form and reminded everyone exactly why he earned the crown as last year’s top juvenile with his 1 ½-length victory in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GII) at Keeneland. Trained by Chad Brown, the son of […]

Vino Rosso Toasts To Kentucky Derby Qualifying With Wood Memorial Win

April 7, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Trainer Todd Pletcher added yet another powerful runner to this year’s Kentucky Derby picture on Saturday with Repole Stable and Elias Stable’s Vino Rosso, who captured the $1 million Wood Memorial Stakes (GI) at Aqueduct. Under jockey John Velazquez, the chestnut son of Curlin made a bold move from of the pace […]

Santa Anita Derby A West Coast Showdown Between Veteran, Neophyte

April 6, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of seven sophomores, including a well-regarded seasoned veteran in Bolt D’Oro and a highly touted new shooter in Justify — both considered to be legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contenders — will head postward in the 82nd running of the Santa Anita Derby (GI) on Saturday, the final Kentucky Derby prep […]

Blue Grass Draws Full Field Searching For Kentucky Derby Points

April 5, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of 15 was entered for Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (GII) at Keeneland, the last main prep in the state for the Kentucky Derby (GI) down the highway at Churchill Downs in four weeks. The Blue Grass, for the most part, has been a bit quiet recently as far […]

Audible Sounds Final Kentucky Derby Notice In Florida Derby

April 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and WinStar Farm’s Audible on Saturday silenced any doubters as to whether he was Florida’s leading candidate for the Kentucky Derby (GI) with his three-length victory in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1). In doing so, he provided trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez […]

Thunder Snow Blows Away Competition In Dubai World Cup

April 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom For the better part of the last year, Godolphin’s Thunder Snow was mostly known as the horse who did his best bucking bronco impression shortly after the start of the 2017 Kentucky Derby (GI), but all that changed on Saturday as the Saeed bin Suroor-trained son of Helmet left his bucking ways […]

Race Of The Week: Florida Derby

March 30, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Since 1997, five of the 38 Kentucky Derby entrants that competed in the Florida Derby won the Run for the Roses, making it the single most productive prep over the past 21 years. (The Santa Anita Derby has also produced five Kentucky Derby winners, but from 56 starters.) This year, a field […]