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Ax Man, shown winning his maiden Jan. 1, was fourth in the San Vicente Stakes.
Nero, second in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 10, and Ax Man, fourth as the favorite in that race, both had easy half-mile drills on Thursday as they ready for their next starts, which could come out of town, trainer Bob Baffert said.Full Story >>
March 17, 2014
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Hot Springs, Ark., a veritable rodeo took place during the stretch run of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. After the wet dust settled, the lightly raced Hoppertunity gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his fourth ...
March 05, 2014
California Chrome, the impressive winner of two straight races for California-breds, will represent not only his state’s breeding industry but the track where he trains, Los Alamitos, when he runs in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes.
February 26, 2014
Every time I watch another of the prep races and watch another horse win that I doubt can win the Kentucky Derby, I miss Shared Belief even more.
February 25, 2014
Some of the nation’s promising 3-year-olds raced at Gulfstream Park Saturday and put on an exciting show. Wildcat Red won a dramatic head-and-head stretch duel to beat General a Rod in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Constitution, who may be trainer Todd ...
February 20, 2014
Horseplayers are focused on finding a Kentucky Derby horse, whether it’s to bet him in the fixed-odds futures in Las Vegas or in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager parimutuel pool.
February 14, 2014
Things are starting to get a little dizzy around the Lee and Susan Searing household, what with Candy Boy winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes last weekend and Kobe’s Back primed for the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday. Good 3-year-olds in ...
May 05, 2013
Orb’s stretch-running victory in the 139th Kentucky Derby was not only trainer Shug McGaughey’s first success in the race, but also a vindication of a philosophy that today seems almost quaint.
May 03, 2013
For as many fairy tales that could have come true during this year's Kentucky Derby saga, just as many ended way too soon for the people closest tot he 3-year-olds who fell by the wayside on the long haul to Churchill Downs.
May 02, 2013
The 139th Kentucky Derby seems like a race where you should take a flyer rather than pound a favorite. I’m taking my shot with Overanalyze, who comes off a runaway victory in the Arkansas Derby that looked impressive but could have been timed with a ...
From the mid-1990s right through to the first blush of the new century, it was beginning to look like California horses had a lock on the Kentucky Derby, but the Derbies of the last decade have smiled rarely on horses from the Left Coast. On the 2013 ...