Lady and The Track | April 21, 2018

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Together, OTTBs And Inmates Find A Better Road

April 20, 2018 |

“Horses make me a better man” — Tyrone, Second Chances participant By Mary Perdue On an unseasonably warm South Carolina spring morning, Dogwood and Redbud trees are already in bloom along a stretch of concrete driveway, where a fine yellow dust of tree pollen lingers on car hoods parked near the barn ahead. Turning off […]

Humility And Authenticity: Jockey Pablo Morales Turns A Dream Into Reality

April 17, 2018 |

Peruvian Immigrant Living The Racetrack Dream By Ben Baugh The footprint in the shedrow of a young boy literally following in the footsteps of his father provides insight into the life of someone who would pursue and realize his dreams. Those footsteps are leaving an indelible imprint in the world of thoroughbred racing — and […]

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 […]

Five Reasons Why Justify Won’t Win The Kentucky Derby

April 13, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Right now, among many horse racing fans, three things in life are certain: death, taxes and the fact that, come the first Saturday in May, Justify will win the Kentucky Derby. Currently, the chestnut cold is the 7-2 favorite to win the most famous race in America and his conditioner, Bob Baffert, is second only to Todd Pletcher (who, as […]

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 […]

Race Of The Week: Wood Memorial

April 6, 2018 |

By Derek Simon This Saturday is “Super Saturday,” as three Grade I races offering 170 Road-to-the-Kentucky-Derby points take place. Aqueduct features the Wood Memorial, where Enticed, winner of the Gotham (G3) has been made the 6-5 morning line favorite; Keeneland, which opens on Friday, is the site of the Blue Grass Stakes (weather permitting), where […]

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 […]