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Month: February 2016

Mo Horses in the Running for the Derby

Mo Horses in the Running for the Derby

Remember Uncle Mo? He was considered a Derby front-runner in 2011 after an undefeated 2-year-old season, but a gastrointestinal infection and subsequent liver disease caused him to be scratched from the Derby, and he didn’t return to racing until August. He was retired that year. Now it seems that Uncle Mo’s progeny are wanting to exact revenge for his missing the Derby. His latest crop of 3-year-olds are dominating the Race for the Derby so far, with Nyquist, Mo Tom…

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Gun Runner Wins First Big Race of 2016

Gun Runner Wins First Big Race of 2016

Gun Runner outran his rivals down the stretch, holding off a hard-charging Mo Tom and Forevamo to win the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes Saturday. The win, worth 50 points in the Kentucky Derby Points Standings, vaults Gun Runner into front-runner status in the race to the Derby. As is the case for most winning rides this year, Gun Runner stalked the leaders into the backstretch, then made his move on the far turn, followed closely by Forevamo. Gun Runner opened…

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Ho Hum, It’s Nyquist Again

Ho Hum, It’s Nyquist Again

In what is beginning to be a familiar pattern, Nyquist, held off Exaggerator down the stretch to win his sixth straight race in the San Vicente Stakes. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and champion 2-year-old didn’t win any points for this race, since it’s not on the Kentucky Derby race schedule, but he still looked impressive, covering the seven furlongs in 1:20.71, the third fastest in stakes history. Nyquist started well, sharing the lead with Sheikh of Sheikhs, while Exaggerator stalked the…

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