Kentucky Derby update: Carpe Diem works at Keeneland

Video: Blue Grass Stakes winner Carpe Diem worked four furlongs in :48 flat Saturday at Keeneland. 5124 5/5 ( 100% )based on 1 rating Thanks! An error occurred!

Watch List: Jan. 4

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In the Money Watch List for January 4: 1. Exodus (colt) – After decent performances on off tracks in two starts, this son of Medaglia d’Oro finally caught a fast track at Fair Grounds and flew home an easy winner. A solid time of 1:10.08 for this Larry Jones trainee, a half-brother of Cross Traffic, [...]

Watch List: Jan. 3

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In the Money Watch List for January 3: 1. Shook Up (filly) – The daughter of Tapit, out of the successful mare Sugar Shake, dominated at Fair Grounds in her second start. Her win also flatters Skywarn, the half-sister of Close Hatches who defeated her at Churchill Downs. 2. Money Multiplier (colt) - With an eye-catching late rally [...]

Lookin at Lucky’s 2-year-olds are looking at success

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By J.J. Hysell Champion Lookin at Lucky was successful throughout his career with nine wins in 13 starts, including five Grade 1 races. He made an early statement of his class by winning his first four tests, and it appears his progeny have inherited that quick learning curve. His youngsters are proving successful on all surfaces [...]

Pletcher unveils Eskendereya-sired prospects this week

By J.J. Hysell We should get a good look at some of Eskendereya’s promising 2-year-olds as several are set to debut this week. It’s interesting to note that trainer Todd Pletcher has three 2-year-olds by Eskendereya entered through Friday; all are slated for turf. In Thursday’s first race at Belmont, a $75,000 maiden special weight at six furlongs [...]

Photo Album: Top 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs

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Some of the top 2-year-olds that competed at Churchill Downs during the Spring meet. Conquest Bigluck E (Lookin at Lucky) Mark Casse/ Alan Garcia/Conquest Stables One of the best-looking 2-year-olds on the grounds, this strapping chestnut could pass for a 3-year-old with his size and maturity. The half-brother of Smitten won his debut at 4.5 [...]

Photo Album: Spring meet closing weekend at Churchill Downs

Silver Max and Robby Albarado after a win in the Firecracker

    The Bashford Manor, Kelly’s Landing and Firecracker were just a few highlights from closing weekend of the 2014 spring meet at Churchill Downs.                               4989 Thanks! An error occurred!

Spotlight: For Goodness Sake emerges as 3-year-old to watch

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By J.J. Hysell You’ve heard the stories about astute claims in horse racing. In the claiming game, it’s all about finding a star that’s yet to be discovered. That’s just what happened with 3-year-old For Goodness Sake. The son of Big Brown didn’t draw much attention when he finished seventh in a turf route in his first start [...]

ITM 2-year-old report: June 23

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By J.J. HYSELL There’s no bigger story in 2-year-old racing right now than new sire Warrior’s Reward. The son of Medaglia d’Oro is off to a tremendous start with his first crop. He had three winners with his first three starters  – all debuting fillies – on May 30. ( The impressive romp by Bad [...]

Belmont Stakes Analysis: Can California Chrome be defeated?

California Chrome: Will he try to wire the field at 12 furlongs?

By J.J. HYSELL According to a statistical analysis by the New York Racing Association, no horse has won the Triple Crown when the Belmont Stakes field had eight or more contenders. Barring scratches, this year’s field will have 11. Jon White of HRTV noted that all 11 Triple Crown winners had a previous race over the Belmont [...]

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