Lady and The Track | May 26, 2018

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Stakes Recaps

Two Down, One To Go For Justify

May 20, 2018 |

Baffert Colt Will Seek Triple Crown In Belmont Stakes After Derby, Preakness Victories By Margaret Ransom By the time the Kentucky Derby (GI) winner makes it to the second jewel of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes (GI) every year, it’s no secret he wears a giant bullseye on his back — the target […]

Justify Defies, Makes History In Kentucky Derby 144

May 6, 2018 |

Colt Breaks Curse Of Apollo Giving Trainer Bob Baffert A Fifth Derby WInner By Margaret Ransom For such a highly regarded Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s Justify sure had a lot of people asking a lot of questions about whether he was up to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Noble Indy Guarantees Kentucky Derby Slot With Louisiana Derby Win

March 26, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom WinStar Farm and Repole Stable’s Noble Indy punched his ticket into the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby with a neck victory in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds Race Course. The 3-year-old Todd Pletcher-trained son of Take Charge Indy earned 100 points for his initial stakes victory and added to […]

Magnum Moon Shines Brightly In Rebel

March 19, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon earned 50 points toward making the Kentucky Derby starting gate with a 3 ½-length romp in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park Saturday. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Malibu Moon was ridden to his first career stakes victory by regular jockey Luis Saez and […]

Blended Citizen Scores in Jeff Ruby Steaks

March 19, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Greg Hall and Sayjay Racing’s (Steve Young) Blended Citizen tested the Kentucky Derby waters further on Saturday and picked up an additional 20 points toward making the gate with his impressive come-from-behind neck victory in the $202, 400 Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) at Turfway Park. The son of Proud Citizen is trained […]