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Casey Laughter

Belmont Stakes 2015

The Belmont Stakes is Rich in Racing History

May 17, 2021 |

The Belmont Stakes is Rich in Racing History: Two thirds of the Triple Crown is over, and the longest – and likely toughest – race any of these three-year-olds will ever run is upon them. The Belmont Stakes is called “The Test of the Champion,” one of the truest statements in horse racing. Only certain […]

Kentucky Derby 2013.

LATT’S Top Kentucky Derby Contenders – 3/22/17

March 22, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter This year’s Kentucky Derby (GI) picture is as cloudy as it has ever been. On this list, there are four undefeated horses, but there are questions surrounding every single one. Is the eventual winner on this list? Possibly, but who? Gunnevera (Dialed In – Unbridled Rage, by Unbridled) – This colt from […]

Kentucky Derby 2016

LATT’s Top Early Derby Contenders 3/8/17

March 8, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter This week, the Kentucky Derby (GI) picture is even more muddled. Holy Bull Stakes (GIII) winner Irish War Cry threw in a dud, Withers Stakes (GIII) winner El Areeb got outrun, Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII) hero McCraken is missing this weekend’s Tampa Bay Derby (GIII) and champion Classic Empire is still […]

Kentucky Derby Travel Tips

LATT’s Top Early Derby Contenders – 3/1/17

March 1, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter The Road to the Kentucky Derby (GI) has been full of twists and turns already, from having the winter book favorite, Classic Empire, be sidelined by a nagging foot issue to horses coming from nowhere to win after being completely ignored, the races thus far have not been boring. So far, there […]

Irish War Cry Bred for Derby Glory

February 10, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter The 2017 Holy Bull Stakes (GII) was supposed to be a successful bow for the 2016 Eclipse Award-winning juvenile champion Classic Empire to reaffirm his early favoritism for the Kentucky Derby (GI) and show just how good he really is, but instead another runner – Irish War Cry — came from virtually […]

Kentucky Oaks 2013.

LATT’s Top Early Kentucky Oaks Contenders – 2/9/17

February 9, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter The Kentucky Oaks (GI) — the sister race to the Kentucky Derby (GI) — is less than three months away and the real contenders are starting to emerge while some of the others are fading into the afterthoughts of 2016. While your 2016 juvenile filly champion is on the list, she is […]

Kentucky Derby Field 2016

LATT’s Top Early Kentucky Derby Contenders – 2/5/17

February 5, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (GI) is only three months away and more potential stars are starting to show just how promising they are while others are about to make their highly anticipated 3-year-old debuts. This year seems to be strong among the colts and geldings aiming for the Kentucky […]

El Areeb Seeking Graded Repeat in Withers

February 4, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter Jerome Stakes (GIII) hero El Areeb is back for more in Saturday’s Withers Stakes (GIII) and will be taking on nine other opponents, including Bonus Points, who finished second behind El Areeb last time out. Early favorite El Areeb is a son of Exchange Rate who is looking to extend his legs […]

Pretty City Dancer Takes First Oaks Step in Forward Gal

February 3, 2017 |

by Casey Laughter John C. Oxley’s early Forward Gal Stakes (GII) favorite Pretty City Dancer has not been seen since her dead-heat finish in the Spinaway Stakes (GI) at Saratoga last summer after being injured and missing some time, which caused her to also miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI). However, trainer Mark Casse […]

Champion Classic Empire Returns in Holy Bull

February 3, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes (GIII) is run as the first major Kentucky Derby (GI) prep race at Gulfstream. Since 1990, only two horses have completed the Holy Bull-Kentucky Derby double: Go for Gin (1994) and Barbara (2006). However, there have been quality horses who have won the race and have had nice […]