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Secret Oath Tackles Boys in Arkansas Derby

April 1, 2022 |

By Margaret Ransom Each year the $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI) at Oaklawn Park normally represents the end of yet another grueling Road to the Kentucky Derby (GI) journey and as such it’s often the most anticipated of them all, as well as one of the most productive prep races in producing both Derby runners […]

Derby Winner Medina Spirit Favored For Preakness Stakes 146

May 15, 2021 |

  Despite Medication Controversy, All Systems Go For Rags-To-Riches Colt By Margaret Ransom Ten runners were entered for the 146th running of The Preakness Stakes (GI) at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland, including controversial Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Medina Spirit and his stablemate Concert Tour, both for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The pair underwent […]

Four From Derby, Nine Classic Rookies Set For Preakness 144

May 17, 2019 |

  Baffert Seeks Record Eighth Win With Favored Improbable By Margaret Ransom WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International and Starlight Racing’s Improbable, who crossed the finish line in fifth but was elevated to fourth after the disqualification of the winner in the Kentucky Derby (GI) at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, was installed the […]

Race Of The Week: Rebel Stakes

March 16, 2018 |

By Derek Simon I’m zip for my last nine picks and now have a negative overall ROI (-10 percent) on the Race of the Week, so I was kind of hoping for a slam-dunk selection this week. Apparently, the Racing Gods hate me. As it turns out, the Rebel Stakes (G2), a prep for the […]

Road To The Roses: Lukas Looking For Another Derby Score

March 2, 2018 |

By Michael Dempsey No trainer in the history of the Kentucky Derby (G1) has started more runners than D. Wayne Lukas, and it looks as if the 82-year-old trainer will pad that total this year with a pair of promising 3-year-olds in his barn. The Hall of Fame trainer saddled Risen Star (G2) upset winner […]

Bravazo Surges To Kentucky Derby Points Lead With Risen Star Victory

February 18, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Calumet Farm’s homebred Bravazo earned his first career graded stakes score and 50 points toward making the gate for the Kentucky Derby with a nose victory in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds on Saturday. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of Awesome Again was ridden by Miguel Mena, who […]

Young Stallion Will Take Charge Fulfilling Hopes

November 19, 2016 |

By Casey Laughter Champion Will Take Charge is on the path to take charge of the freshman sire class of 2018, when his first crop will be 2-year-olds. Currently, the stallion is the #1 freshman weanling sire at auction with his highest weanling bringing $350,000 at Keeneland last November. Will Take Charge stands at Three […]

Well Deserved Mr. Lukas by Michael Fenrich

September 24, 2015 |

Well Deserved Mr. Lukas by Michael Fenrich: Before this scribe began writing about horses and the sport of horse racing I was a hot walker for The Coach, Hall Of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. I got involved in horse racing in high school. I went to the track with a friend and I was mesmerized by […]

Lukas Trainee Mr. Z Certainly Belongs

May 19, 2015 |

Lukas Trainee Mr. Z Certainly Belongs: In the days leading up to the Preakness, the entry status of fan favorite Mr. Z was unclear. A hard running colt, Mr. Z has yet to collect a win since his maiden thirteen starts ago, but he has collected quite a bit of public attention, albeit much in […]

Bayou Beauties and Blazing Horses at 2015 Louisiana Derby

March 26, 2015 |

Bayou Beauties and Blazing Horses at 2015 Louisiana Derby: The 2015 Louisiana Derby will be run on Saturday, March 28, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The Louisiana Derby is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome for thoroughbred horses making their way down the Kentucky Derby Trail. Worth $750,000 and 100 points to the […]