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Risen Star Winner Epicenter Favored in Louisiana Derby

March 25, 2022 |

By Margaret Ransom So far, just two horses in history have completed the Louisiana Derby (GII)/Kentucky Derby (GI) double yet the Pelican State’s premier prep for the Run for the Roses still is one of the most important stops on the Triple Crown trail. Even before points determined who would make the gate or before […]

Field Set For 147th Kentucky Derby, Essential Quality Favored

April 30, 2021 |

  2021 Kentucky Derby Marks Return to May, Some Spectators Back For Live Race By Margaret Ransom Champion Essential Quality will break from position 14 for Saturday’s 147th edition of the Kentucky Derby (GI) and the undefeated son of Tapit was labeled the early 2-1 morning line favorite in the full field of 20 set […]

Oaklawn Set for 2021 Opening on Friday

January 21, 2021 |

2021 Season Opens With Similar Look, Some Important And Significant Changes By Margaret Ransom Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, will open for its 117th season of live racing on Friday with a nine-race card featuring the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds, the first stop on the state’s lucrative path to the Kentucky Derby (GI), […]

Classic Contender Improbable Leads Sunday Breeders’ Cup Works

November 1, 2020 |

    By LATT Staff/Press Release Breeders’ Cup Classic hopeful Improbable, riding a three-race win streak heading into next Saturday’s $6 million main event at Keeneland, bullet worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 at Saturday morning at Santa Anita and will ship to Kentucky on Tuesday. The Bob Baffert trainee is riding a three-race win streak […]

Churchill Downs Set For 2020 Return, 11-Race Card Packed With Talent

May 12, 2020 |

  Fan-Favored Monomoy Girl Makes First Start in 18 Months By Margaret Ransom Champion Monomoy Girl will make her long-awaited return to action as one of the 162 horses expected to run on Saturday’s opening day card for the 2020 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs. Eleven races were drawn, which boasts an average field size […]

Twelve For 150th Travers At Saratoga

August 23, 2019 |

Saratoga’s Feature Attracts Competitive Field By Margaret Ransom Juddmonte Farms’ grade 2 winner Tacitus was labeled the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1.25 million Travers Stakes (GI) at Saratoga and the gray colt will face off against 11 rivals for the 150th running of the Saratoga summer racing season feature. The Bill Mott-trained son […]

Arkansas Derby Is Last Opportunity For Sophomores To Make Kentucky Derby Gate

April 12, 2019 |

Winner Guaranteed to Run Under Churchill’s Twin Spires In Three Weeks By Margaret Ransom WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and Starlight Racing’s Improbable was installed the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park. The Bob Baffert-trained son of City Zip, who bears a striking physical resemblance to last […]

Louisiana Derby Offers Enough Points To Guarantee Winner Kentucky Derby Berth

March 22, 2019 |

  War of Will Seeks To Clinch Leaderbord with 40 Days Left Until Kentucky Derby By Margaret Ransom This year’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds marks the first of seven Road to the Kentucky Derby races offering 100-40-20-10 points to the top-four finishers, which for all intents and purposes guarantees the winner […]

Rebel Rebel On Tap At Oaklawn Saturday

March 15, 2019 |

  Baffert Sends Out Favorite For Both Divisions By Margaret Ransom This year’s Rebel Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park drew an overflow field of 19 when entries were taken on Wednesday, allowing the Hot Springs oval to split the 1 1/16-mile feature into two divisions. The split wasn’t unexpected, however, as track officials a week […]

Kentucky Derby Road: Eleven Set For Southwest On Presidents Day Holiday

February 17, 2019 |

  Favored Smarty Jones Winner Gray Attempt Draws Rail By LATT Staff (edited press releases) Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt drew the rail Friday morning for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds, part of a stakes tripleheader Monday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/16-mile Southwest is Oaklawn’s second of four major preps for the Kentucky Derby and offers 17 points […]