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Month: March 2016

It’s Gun Runner Again

It’s Gun Runner Again

Gun Runner continued to impress Saturday, taking the Louisiana Derby by 4 1/2 lengths over Tom’s Ready. It was his second major win in a row, having taken the Risen Star Stakes last month. Gun Runner’s win puts him firmly in command of the Kentucky Derby points standings with 151. The other story, though, was the continued bad luck of Mo Tom, who got trapped on the inside rail again trying to make a move, and jockey Corey Lanerie had…

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Cupid Shoots Arrow in Whitmore’s Heart in Rebel

Cupid Shoots Arrow in Whitmore’s Heart in Rebel

Lightly-raced Cupid, who had just recently broken his maiden, scored an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes, winning by a 1 1/4 lengths over favored Whitmore. Despite racing in only his fourth start, Cupid still went off as the 5-2 second choice and quickly established the lead going into the clubhouse turn. He had no real challengers until he entered the stretch, when Whitmore had weaved his way through from back in the pack to mount a furious…

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Destin Takes Tampa Bay Derby; Brody’s Cause Seventh

Destin Takes Tampa Bay Derby; Brody’s Cause Seventh

It’s hard to say what is the more surprising headline: Destin wins the Tampa Bay Derby, or Brody’s Cause finishes seventh. Both were shockers. Destin overtook his stablemate Outwork in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the race by 1 length. Star Hill was seven lengths back leading the rest of the pack. Outwork took an early lead into the first turn, followed by Riker. Destin was a well-placed third and stalked the leaders until the middle of…

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Danzing Candy Goes Wire to Wire in San Felipe

Danzing Candy Goes Wire to Wire in San Felipe

Danzing Who? That’s what a lot of people were saying as Danzing Candy took the early lead in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes and never looked back, beating favorite Mor Spirit by 1 3/4 lengths. It’s not that the son of Twirling Candy was not known by people; he paid $13 to win. It’s just that until today, he was nowhere to be found on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. He went through fast fractions but still ┬áhad enough in the…

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