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May 5, 2011 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. Mike Repole is the kind of guy who doesn't mind a little attention from the media, but he admitted Thursday he'd definitely prefer to be answering questions this week about how good it feels to have the Kentucky Derby favorite as opposed to questions about whether his horse, Uncle Mo, will even run. Repole took questions from reporters for nearly 15 minutes outside trainer Todd Pletcher's barn Thursday morning,...
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November 5, 2011 | Lance Pugmire
As strong and sure as the trainers of the horses in the Breeders' Cup Classic are about their entries for Saturday's $5-million race, the truth will rise not from the Southern comfort of biased analysis but from the demands of the 1 1/4-mile-long dirt track at Churchill Downs. "You need a seasoned, battle-hardened horse to win this -- tactically quick, but able to grind it out at the end," said trainer Aidan O'Brien, whose New Zealand-bred entry, So You Think, is making his U.S. debut on dirt.
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November 5, 2011 | Lance Pugmire
As strong and sure as the trainers of the horses in the Breeders' Cup Classic are about their entries for Saturday's $5-million race, the truth will rise not from the Southern comfort of biased analysis but from the demands of the 1 1/4-mile-long dirt track at Churchill Downs. "You need a seasoned, battle-hardened horse to win this -- tactically quick, but able to grind it out at the end," said trainer Aidan O'Brien, whose New Zealand-bred entry, So You Think, is making his U.S. debut on dirt.
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November 5, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
How about ghost of boyfriend past? Game On Dude was within yards of making Chantal Sutherland the first female jockey to win the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday when Sutherland's ex-boyfriend Mike Smith and his colt Drosselmeyer surged past on the outside to win the $5-million race before 65,143 at Churchill Downs. "I looked up, saw white and said, 'You've got to be kidding me, it's Mike Smith,' " Sutherland said. For Smith, who was aboard Zenyatta last year in a heartbreaking Classic loss to Blame at the wire, the redemptive victory tied him with now-retired Jerry Bailey for the most Breeders' Cup triumphs in the event's 28-year history with 15. "Last year, I sat here just devastated, thinking my life was over," Smith said.
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May 4, 2011 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. No one can say with any real certainty whether Uncle Mo will be in the starting gate Saturday when the Kentucky Derby is run for the 137th time at Churchill Downs. He's still battling a gastrointestinal infection that could result in a scratch right up until post time. But even if he does run, there is a good chance he won't be the favorite. For now, that honor goes to Dialed In, the horse Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia picked as the 4-1 morning line favorite Wednesday after the Nick Zito-trained colt drew the favorable eighth stall in the Derby post position draw.
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April 9, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The Kentucky Derby was once a horse race. Now, it has become a crapshoot. Saturday told it all. The two big preps for the May 7 classic, run under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, were the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in New York and the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita. They were supposed to make order out of the inevitable chaos of a Triple Crown season. Let's see. How did that turn out? In the Wood, the current three-year-old rock star, Uncle Mo, looked more like a lounge singer.
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May 7, 2011 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. Trainer Graham Motion and jockey Johnny Velazquez had miserable luck this week at Churchill Downs in the lead-up to the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. At the start of the week, Motion lost what everyone believed was his best horse, Toby's Corner, to a leg injury. By midweek, Robby Albarado, the jockey for Motion's second-best horse, Animal Kingdom, suffered a broken nose that put his status for the Derby in doubt. By the end of the week, Velazquez lost what looked like his best shot at an elusive Derby victory when Uncle Mo, a horse most were calling the most talented 3-year-old in the country, had to be scratched because of a mysterious intestinal illness.
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November 4, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. — Royal Delta might never race again. If that's the case, she created a lasting legacy Friday. The 3-year-old Kentucky horse won the most prestigious of the day's six Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs, claiming the $2-million Ladies' Classic by rallying from third place at the top of the stretch to pass favorites Plum Pretty and runner-up It's Tricky with 40,677 in attendance. Victory was bittersweet, with Royal Delta set to be part of next week's Keeneland's November breeding stock sale, which will include the dispersal of horses owned by Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud bin Khaled.
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November 5, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
How about ghost of boyfriend past? Game On Dude was within yards of making Chantal Sutherland the first female jockey to win the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday when Sutherland's ex-boyfriend Mike Smith and his colt Drosselmeyer surged past on the outside to win the $5-million race before 65,143 at Churchill Downs. "I looked up, saw white and said, 'You've got to be kidding me, it's Mike Smith,' " Sutherland said. For Smith, who was aboard Zenyatta last year in a heartbreaking Classic loss to Blame at the wire, the redemptive victory tied him with now-retired Jerry Bailey for the most Breeders' Cup triumphs in the event's 28-year history with 15. "Last year, I sat here just devastated, thinking my life was over," Smith said.
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November 6, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
While the world waited for Zenyatta and the last dramatic race, two other horses grabbed their share of Saturday's Breeders' Cup limelight. The Irish mare, Goldikova, became the first to win three Breeders' Cup races. And the pride of trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Michael Repole , 2-year-old wonder Uncle Mo, emerged as next year's Kentucky Derby favorite. Goldikova rallied down the stretch, as she usually does, to win her third straight Breeders' Cup Mile. The Irish horse, a five-year-old handled by French trainer Freddie Head, played nicely off an early pace set by California horse Sidney's Candy, winner of last year's Santa Anita Derby.
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November 4, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. — Royal Delta might never race again. If that's the case, she created a lasting legacy Friday. The 3-year-old Kentucky horse won the most prestigious of the day's six Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs, claiming the $2-million Ladies' Classic by rallying from third place at the top of the stretch to pass favorites Plum Pretty and runner-up It's Tricky with 40,677 in attendance. Victory was bittersweet, with Royal Delta set to be part of next week's Keeneland's November breeding stock sale, which will include the dispersal of horses owned by Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud bin Khaled.
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May 7, 2011 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. Trainer Graham Motion and jockey Johnny Velazquez had miserable luck this week at Churchill Downs in the lead-up to the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. At the start of the week, Motion lost what everyone believed was his best horse, Toby's Corner, to a leg injury. By midweek, Robby Albarado, the jockey for Motion's second-best horse, Animal Kingdom, suffered a broken nose that put his status for the Derby in doubt. By the end of the week, Velazquez lost what looked like his best shot at an elusive Derby victory when Uncle Mo, a horse most were calling the most talented 3-year-old in the country, had to be scratched because of a mysterious intestinal illness.
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May 5, 2011 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. Mike Repole is the kind of guy who doesn't mind a little attention from the media, but he admitted Thursday he'd definitely prefer to be answering questions this week about how good it feels to have the Kentucky Derby favorite as opposed to questions about whether his horse, Uncle Mo, will even run. Repole took questions from reporters for nearly 15 minutes outside trainer Todd Pletcher's barn Thursday morning,...
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May 4, 2011 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. No one can say with any real certainty whether Uncle Mo will be in the starting gate Saturday when the Kentucky Derby is run for the 137th time at Churchill Downs. He's still battling a gastrointestinal infection that could result in a scratch right up until post time. But even if he does run, there is a good chance he won't be the favorite. For now, that honor goes to Dialed In, the horse Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia picked as the 4-1 morning line favorite Wednesday after the Nick Zito-trained colt drew the favorable eighth stall in the Derby post position draw.
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April 9, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The Kentucky Derby was once a horse race. Now, it has become a crapshoot. Saturday told it all. The two big preps for the May 7 classic, run under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, were the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in New York and the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita. They were supposed to make order out of the inevitable chaos of a Triple Crown season. Let's see. How did that turn out? In the Wood, the current three-year-old rock star, Uncle Mo, looked more like a lounge singer.
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November 6, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
While the world waited for Zenyatta and the last dramatic race, two other horses grabbed their share of Saturday's Breeders' Cup limelight. The Irish mare, Goldikova, became the first to win three Breeders' Cup races. And the pride of trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Michael Repole , 2-year-old wonder Uncle Mo, emerged as next year's Kentucky Derby favorite. Goldikova rallied down the stretch, as she usually does, to win her third straight Breeders' Cup Mile. The Irish horse, a five-year-old handled by French trainer Freddie Head, played nicely off an early pace set by California horse Sidney's Candy, winner of last year's Santa Anita Derby.
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December 17, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
Comma to the Top will come in with an impressive streak and Gourmet Dinner with an impressive wallet in Saturday's $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, a Grade I race over 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-olds. Last year's CashCall provided another springboard for Bob Baffert's 2-year-old star Lookin at Lucky, who went on to win the Preakness in May. Comma to the Top, trained by Peter Miller, will seek his fifth straight victory, which would put him high up in the Kentucky Derby conversation, along with Uncle Mo and Boys of Tosconova, the 1-2 finishers in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile this year.
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November 1, 2011 | From staff reports
Breeders' Cup favorites Horse; Jockey; Trainer; Morning-line odds; FRIDAY RACES Juvenile Sprint Secret Circle; Rafael Bejarano; Bob Baffert; 6/5; Juvenile Fillies Turf Elusive Kate; William Buick; John H.M. Gosden; 2/1; Filly and Mare Sprint Turbulent Descent; David Flores; Mike Puype; 6/5; Juvenile Fillies My Miss Aurelia; Corey Nakatani; Steven M. Asmussen; 5/2; ...
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