Lady and The Track | March 29, 2017

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Derby Culture

King and His Court, Kitten’s Cat Headline Spiral Stakes

March 24, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon While the Spiral Stakes (GIII) has only come up with two Kentucky Derby (GI) winners in its 41-year history, it has proven to be a useful starting point overall for many top horses such as Hard Spun, Broad Brush and the filly Serena’s Song. The 2017 edition of the race has drawn […]

Master Plan Takes on the World in UAE Derby

March 24, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon The path to the Kentucky Derby (GI) for Todd Pletcher’s Master Plan has led him straight to the desert, where he takes on 15 other 3-year-olds in the UAE Derby (GII) at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night. Among the notable runners lining up to face him are Epicharis, Thunder Snow and […]

LATT’S Top Kentucky Derby Contenders – 3/22/17

March 22, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter This year’s Kentucky Derby (GI) picture is as cloudy as it has ever been. On this list, there are four undefeated horses, but there are questions surrounding every single one. Is the eventual winner on this list? Possibly, but who? Gunnevera (Dialed In – Unbridled Rage, by Unbridled) – This colt from […]

Malagacy Officially a Derby Contender With Rebel Win

March 19, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Sumaya U.S. Stable’s Malagacy catapulted himself right into the center of the Kentucky Derby (GI) picture with an impressive two-length victory in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park. The son of 2011 Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Shackleford, who is trained by Todd Pletcher and was ridden to victory by Javier […]

Mastery Wins San Felipe, Derby Dreams Dashed With Condylar Fracture

March 11, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Cheyenne Stables LLC’s Mastery won Saturday’s $400,690 San Felipe Stakes (GII) in impressive wire-to-wire fashion, digging in for a gritty stretch drive after being challenged on the turn for home before drawing away to victory. But the colt’s 6 ¾-length victory was marred when jockey Mike Smith pulled the bay son of Candy […]

Mastery, Gormley Square off in San Felipe

March 10, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Seven sophomores, including a pair of Grade I winners, will race 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita Park. This year’s 81st running of San Felipe is a critical California prep for the Kentucky Derby in that it offers 50 coveted points and establishes the winner […]

Pletcher Pair Heads Tampa Bay Derby

March 10, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon In the absence of Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII) winner McCraken, a field of ten will line up to compete in Saturday’s $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (GII) at Tampa Bay Downs. Headlining the group are Sonic Mule and Tapwrit and both are trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won three of the […]

LATT’s Top Early Derby Contenders 3/8/17

March 8, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter This week, the Kentucky Derby (GI) picture is even more muddled. Holy Bull Stakes (GIII) winner Irish War Cry threw in a dud, Withers Stakes (GIII) winner El Areeb got outrun, Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII) hero McCraken is missing this weekend’s Tampa Bay Derby (GIII) and champion Classic Empire is still […]

J Boys Echo Wins First Stakes in Gotham

March 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom For the past few months, Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo had been knocking at the door belonging to the club of contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby (GI) and, on Saturday, he finally burst through by winning the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct by a widening 3 ½ lengths. The […]

The 2017 Fountain of Youth Stakes: One Race, Three Moves

March 5, 2017 |

By Jonathan Stettin It was a sunny, cool and windy day at Gulfstream Park for the 71st running of the Fountain of Youth Stakes. It was good racing weather and the cooler air and lack of humidity saw all 10 starters go to the gate without incident and without any of the hopefuls getting hit […]