Sunday, May 15 2016


Wake Forest valiant in G1 Man o’ War


ELMONT, N.Y. - European import Wake Forest unleashed a tenacious rally from the back of the pack in his Belmont Park debut to grab his first North American win and top a Chad Brown-trained exacta with a one-length victory over stablemate Money Multiplier in the Grade 1, $400,000 Man o' War on Saturday.

Off a step slow at the break, German-bred Wake Forest saved ground at the back of the nine-horse field, trailing an early pace set by Go Around who led the group through an opening quarter-mile in 24.24 seconds. Tracked closely by Money Multiplier, the leader covered the half-mile in 49.24 and six furlongs in 1:13.83.





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Friday, May 13 2016


O’Neill Feels ‘Positive Energy’ from Nyquist


Derby Winner Jogs 2 Miles with ‘Great Energy’

Lani on Course to Make Preakness History

BALTIMORE
– Trainer Doug O’Neill rejoined Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist at Pimlico Thursday morning after spending the previous few days overseeing his Southern California-based stable. The veteran conditioner liked what he saw in the 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo, who is scheduled to continue his Triple Crown quest in the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico May 21.

“He looks fantastic. The guys are all happy. He’s a horse that gives off such positive vibes,” O’Neill said. “He still continues to talk to us in his own way, and he’s doing really well.”





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Familiar Faces Return to Pimlico with Team O’Neill


Nyquist Camp Looks to Duplicate 2012 Preakness Success

BALTIMORE
- Four years after his first Preakness victory, trainer Doug O’Neill and a very familiar crew are back at Pimlico Race Course with another Kentucky Derby winner. About the only noticeable change is the horse. In 2012, it was I’ll Have Another. This year’s star for the May 21 Preakness Stakes is Nyquist.





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Sophomores look to take flight in G2 Peter Pan


ELMONT, N.Y. - Eight up-and-coming 3-year-olds, each with an eye on the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, will line up Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan, Belmont Park's traditional prep for the final leg of the Triple Crown on June 11.

The 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan is one of four graded stakes at Belmont on Saturday's 11-race card, which also features the first Grade 1 of the year, the $400,000 Man o' War at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf, along with the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian for fillies and mares and the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay for turf fillies and mares.





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Cavorting, Carrumba face off in G2 Ruffian


ELMONT, N.Y. - An intriguing matchup between two top 4-year-old fillies is set to take place on Saturday at Belmont Park when Stonestreet Stables's Cavorting and Phipps Stable's Carrumba headline the 40th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian at one mile.





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Kaigun returns to Belmont in G1 Man o’ War


ELMONT, N.Y. - Multiple graded stakes winner Kaigun will look to establish himself as a dominating force in this year's turf male division, facing eight rivals in the first Grade 1 of Belmont Park's spring/summer meet, the $400,000 Man o' War at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf on Saturday.





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Sunday, May 08 2016


Kentucky Derby Update: Sun 5/8


DERBY WINNER NYQUIST HEADING TO PIMLICO MONDAY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 8, 2016)
– Trainer Doug O’Neill was at Barn 41 shortly after 5 a.m. to give a check on his Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist Sunday and the readout was a good one.

“He’s doing great,” O’Neill said. “He had his head out over the webbing, looking bright eyed. He ate it all up last night. Couldn’t be doing better. He’s just such a special horse.”

O’Neill had the horse jogged down the shedrow for a just-in-case look, but that turned out fine, too. By 6 o’clock the Uncle Mo colt had been walked, bathed and put back into his stall.





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2016 KENTUCKY DERBY TRAINER QUOTES


Doug O’Neill, trainer of Nyquist (first) – “He’s a special, special horse. You can see it in his eye on a daily basis. He knows how to bring his ‘A’ game. If he was a human athlete, we’d celebrate him as a super star.”

Keith Desormeaux, trainer of Exaggerator (second) – “I didn’t think Exaggerator hit the brakes as much as Kent alluded to. He burst out of the turn, I thought we had time to catch Nyquist. He had clear running room the entire one-quarter mile stretch. I thought for sure we would catch him. He did kind of level off the last sixteenth of a mile. Maybe he ran out of the training. I didn’t see where Nyquist was during the race until after it was over and he was there right there on the pace. What a horse. I can’t respect that horse enough.”





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2016 KENTUCKY DERBY JOCKEY QUOTES


Mario Gutierrez, rider of Nyquist (first) – “It’s unreal. No words can describe it.”

Kent Desormeaux, rider of Exaggerator (second) – “My horse slammed on the brakes at the 3 ½, ducked back to the inside and then took off. When you see the replay, it will be obvious. Before the race, my brother was really calm, calmer than any trainer I have ever ridden for. He just told me to have fun out there.”





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Kentucky Oaks Follow Up: Sat 5/7


‘THE QUEEN’ CATHRYN SOPHIA DOING WELL DAY AFTER OAKS TRIUMPH

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 7, 2016)
– Cathryn Sophia, the newest member of the Kentucky Oaks winner’s club, poked her head outside her stall at 6 a.m. Saturday and turned her gaze to the shedrow doings of Barn 43 at Churchill Downs. Harry Harcourt, her groom, looked at her with pride and said, “There is the queen.”

Twenty-four hours earlier, Harcourt, a 52-year-old native of Barbados, fretted that Cathryn Sophia, who has a propensity for getting on the muscle, particularly in her stall, would become worked-up on the walkover to the Oaks and in the paddock.





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Friday, May 06 2016


Cathryn Sophia wins Kentucky Oaks in Front of Record Crowd


Kentucky Oaks Sets Back to Back Attendance and Wagering Records

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 6, 2016)
– A record-breaking 124,589 fans watched Cathryn Sophia capture the 142nd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack. Perfect weather contributed to an outstanding day of racing and a crowd that broke the previous attendance record of 123,763 set just last year.






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Tuesday, May 03 2016


Stakes Advance: Tue 5/3/2016 12:32 PM


RACHEL’S VALENTINA 7-2 MORNING-LINE FAVORITE $1 MILLION LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS (GI)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 2, 2016)
– The 1-2 finishers from last month’s Ashland Stakes (GI) at Keeneland, Ashbrook Farm’s Weep No More and Stonestreet Stables’ Rachel’s Valentina, sporting family ties to the Kentucky Oaks (GI), headline a field of 14 3-year-old fillies entered today for Friday’s 142nd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks to be run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.





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