Track Notes

Mo Town confirmed for Wood Memorial

Tony Dutrow thinks a homecoming of sorts can get Mo Town to the Kentucky Derby.

West Point Thoroughbreds breaks with Albertrani

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Twilight Eclipse, earner of more than $2.1 million, has been moved to trainer Graham Motion.

The West Point Thoroughbreds ownership group has moved 10 horses from trainer Tom Albertrani, ending a business relationship that began in 2009, the partnership’s president confirmed Wednesday.

Among the horses moved was Twilight Eclipse, a Grade 1-winning gelding and earner of more than $2.1 million. The 8-year-old is with Graham Motion, a trainer with whom West Point has at least a dozen runners. Also receiving horses from West Point in this move were George Weaver, Tony Dutrow, and Tom Morley.

Blueridge Traveler makes stakes debut in Spiral

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Blueridge Traveler (9) makes his stakes debut Saturday after breaking his maiden last time out.

Blueridge Traveler might be one of the most aptly named horses running Saturday at Turfway Park.

It’s already been a bit of a journey for the colt, who after a series of troubled trips finally won his maiden last time out at Oaklawn Park. Now, his travels are taking him to his stakes debut. He shipped this week from Arkansas to Keeneland and will take the short van ride up the highway to Florence, Ky., on Saturday morning for the Spiral Stakes.

His connections are racking up the frequent-flier miles, too.

Songbird cleared to resume training

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Songbird cleared to resume training

ARCADIA, Calif. – Songbird has been given the green light to resume serious training at Santa Anita, where the two-time champion filly is stabled with Jerry Hollendorfer.

Espinoza accepts mount on Arabian star Paddys Day

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Espinoza accepts mount on Arabian star Paddys Day

ARCADIA, Calif. – Victor Espinoza, the jockey for Horses of the Year American Pharoah and California Chrome in the last three years, will ride Paddys Day, the 2015 Arabian Horse of the Year, in the $100,000 Sheikha Fatima Darley Awards Stakes at Santa Anita on April 1.

Ann Arbor Eddie sidelined with splint-bone injury

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Ann Arbor Eddie exits San Felipe with splint bone injury
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Ann Arbor Eddie will be sent to a farm for several weeks to recuperate from a leg injury.

ARCADIA, Calif.– The two-time stakes winner Ann Arbor Eddie has been sidelined with a splint-bone injury.

Trainer Doug O’Neill said Ann Arbor Eddie was diagnosed with the injury after a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 11.

“I had a splint bone pop up on me,” O’Neill said. “He’ll go to the farm for a couple of weeks.”

O'Neill may run four in Santa Anita Derby

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O'Neill may run four in Santa Anita Derby

ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Doug O’Neill could have as many as four runners in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 8.

Denman's Call a possibility for Count Fleet

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Denman's Call a possibility for Count Fleet

Denman’s Call, who won the Grade 1 Triple Bend on March 11 at Santa Anita, is being considered for the Grade 3, $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn, trainer Doug O’Neill said Tuesday. The race will be run April 15.

Iron Fist likely headed to New Orleans Handicap

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Iron Fist likely headed to New Orleans Handicap

Iron Fist, who won the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup last month at Sam Houston, is under consideration for the Grade 2, $400,000 New Orleans Handicap on April 1 at Fair Grounds, said trainer Steve Asmussen. The horse worked at Fair Grounds on Monday, going six furlongs in 1:12.40.

Beasley has surgery to remove ankle chip

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Mark Hennig said that his promising 3-year-old Beasley underwent surgery Monday to remove an ankle chip diagnosed following his fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 11. Beasley, a son of Shackleford, was beaten eight lengths by Tapwrit after bobbling at the break and racing wide.

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