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Month: April 2016

Creator Comes From Way Off Pace, Takes Arkansas Derby

Creator Comes From Way Off Pace, Takes Arkansas Derby

An already clouded Kentucky Derby Picture just turned into a thick fog as Creator, a lightly regarded 11-1 shot, came from last to outrun a very tired Arkansas Derby pack to win the $1 million Derby prep. As expected, Gettysburg and Cupid battled it out for most of the race, setting fast fractions at each pole. As the group turned for home, the two began to tire, leaving the horses running from off the pace to take advantage of the…

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Outwork Outworks Trojan Nation to Take Wood Memorial

Outwork Outworks Trojan Nation to Take Wood Memorial

He wasn’t even supposed to be in the race – a maiden who had already been beaten badly by several Derby wannabes and had just a Beyer Speed Figure of 74 – but Trojan Nation almost shocked the racing world, forcing Outwork to a photo finish in the $1 million Wood Memorial. Still, Outwork looked impressive, leading most of the way on a torrid pace, but still had enough to outlast Trojan Nation, who came from off the pace to…

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Brody’s Cause Bounces Back, Takes Blue Grass

Brody’s Cause Bounces Back, Takes Blue Grass

After his disappointing seventh-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby everyone had counted Brody’s Cause out of the Derby picture. Not so fast. Like Exaggerator, Brody’s Cause came from way off the pace to win the $1,000,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, overcoming a tired field down the homestretch. Like Exaggerator, he was some 10 lengths off the lead, set by pace-setter Laoban, and like Exaggerator, he didn’t make his move until the pack headed for home. The trip wasn’t…

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Exaggerator Dominates in Santa Anita

Exaggerator Dominates in Santa Anita

Coming from way off the pace, Exaggerator blew by the pace setters in the homestretch, romping to a 6-1/4 length victory over favored Mor Spirit in the muddy Santa Anita Derby. Exaggerator started slowly and was some 10 lengths behind the front runners on the backstretch. He quickly gained ground though, and went three wide on the turn and kicked it up a gear coming for home. After a fast pace set by Danzing Candy, the front runners were too…

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