Suspensory injury takes Honor Code off Derby trail

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By test

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Remsen Stakes (G2) winner Honor Code will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) after a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory was detected Sunday morning (March 23).

Honor Code had breezed a half-mile in :48.12 a day earlier at Gulfstream Park. He was being prepared for the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

We Miss Arties wins Spiral by a nose at Turfway Park

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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FLORENCE, Ky. – With John Velazquez aboard, We Miss Artie found more and then a little more still in the stretch to take the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3) by a nose over the all-heart Harry’s Holiday at Turfway Park Saturday. A head behind in third was Coastline.

Offering 50 points to the winner toward Kentucky Derby (G1) qualification, the Spiral Stakes victory pushed We Miss Artie to the top of the Derby list with…

More Than a Cruise wins Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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LAUREL, Md. – Julian Pimentel never had to move a muscle as Howard Bender’s More Than a Cruise carried him from last to first to win the $100,000 Conniver Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired fillies and mares, the co-feature on Saturday’s program at Laurel Park.

Sent to post as the 8-5 second choice, the daughter of More Than Ready covered the 7-furlong distance in 1:25.55, drawing away to win 3-3/4 lengths over Celtic Katie with Brenda’s…

Midnight Hawk tops field of nine in Sunland Derby

Mar 21st, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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SUNLAND PARK, N.M. – The 12th running of the $800,000 Sunland Derby Sunday with a field of nine promises to be the best and deepest in the history of the race. With 85 qualifying points to the 2014 Kentucky Derby on the line, the Sunland Derby (G3) has attracted two of the top stables in the sport and a burgeoning local sensation.

Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher are sending two pairs of the three-year-olds in hopes of…

Hoppertunity outgames Tapiture to win Rebel

Mar 16th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert once again showed why he should never be overlooked when shipping into Oaklawn when he sent out 6-1 fourth choice Hoppertunity to win the roughly run $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) Saturday before an on track crowd of 30,873. It was a record fourth Rebel victory for Baffert and the second for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, who also won the 2010 edition with eventual…

Top Florida Derby contenders put in workouts

Mar 15th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Cairo Prince, the likely favorite for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29, worked five furlongs this morning in 1:00 4/5 at the Palm Meadows Training Center. Off since his authoritative display in the Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (G2) on Jan. 25, the 3-year-old went in company with elder stablemate Elnaawi and forged ahead in the final stages of the exercise.

Owner has several offers to buy Social Inclusion

Mar 13th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Following Social Inclusion’s record-setting allowance victory at Gulfstream Park on Thursday, owner Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable is considering several offers to purchase the 3-year-old Pioneerof the Nile colt.

Under a hand ride from jockey Luis Contreras, Social Inclusion romped by 10 lengths over the well-regarded Remsen (G2) winner Honor Code in

Social Inclusion sets track record in allowance win

Mar 12th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

SocialInclusion275webDominates Honor Code at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park report

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A serious Derby prospect was expected to emerge from Wednesday’s eighth race at Gulfstream Park, and that indeed turned out to be the case.

While the bettors fully expected Honor Code, their 1-2 favorite, to prevail victorious from the 1 1/16-mile $75,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds, Social

Sherman says California Chrome is in Kentucky Derby

Mar 9th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. – The pressure is off Art Sherman. By earning 50 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby with California Chrome’s dazzling victory in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes, the door to Louisville and the Run for the Roses on May 3 was opened wide.

All the 77-year-old trainer has to do now is keep the colt healthy and pick and choose the best way to get

‘Dude’ wins third Big ‘Cap in stakes record time

Mar 8th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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ARCADIA, Calif. – On the same track where Breeders’ Cup glory has eluded him, Game On Dude won the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 1¾ lengths Saturday, becoming the first three-time champion in the race’s 77-year history.

Game On Dude snapped a three-race skid with his victory against seven rivals, including Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge, who beat him last year in the BC Classic at Santa Anita. In that race, Game On Dude…