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Month: February 2017

Derby Picture Becomes More Muddled with Girvin Win

Derby Picture Becomes More Muddled with Girvin Win

Mo Town, the 3-2 favorite, faded to fifth in the Risen Star Stakes, leaving¬†Girvin to pick up the 50 points in the Championship portion of the Kentucky Derby points standings. Local Hero jumped to a huge six-length lead over Mo Town,¬†who simply didn’t have the speed or stamina to go after the front runner. Meanwhile, Girvin stalked the leaders in the back of the pack before making his move in the middle of the field when the entrants turned for…

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One Liner Contests Uncontested, Wins Southwest Stakes

One Liner Contests Uncontested, Wins Southwest Stakes

Even-money favorite Uncontested led for most of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes, but didn’t have the stamina to outlast One Liner, who pulled away in the middle of the stretch to win by four lengths over Petrov. Uncontested drew away first by a length and a half over Petrov, while One Liner was content to stay in fourth position. They stayed that way until the end of the far turn, when Petrov made a bold move to the front. Uncontested…

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Zakaroff Pulls Huge Upset in El Camino Real

Zakaroff Pulls Huge Upset in El Camino Real

It’s rare to see a longshot win a Derby prep race; usually the favorite overcomes the weak competition, or at least a second or third favorite will win. That’s what makes Zakaroff’s win in the El Camino Real so remarkable. The gelding saved himself with a ride along the rail for most of the race, and then made his move in the homestretch, fighting off Ann Arbor Eddie to win by a half length. The longshot took advantage of a…

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McCracken Remains Unbeaten in Sam F. Davis

McCracken Remains Unbeaten in Sam F. Davis

Unbeaten McCracken came from off the pace and bested his rivals by 1 1/2 lengths in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The favorite stayed off the pace as State of Honor went to the front. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. bided his time, patiently waiting for his move, which finally came around the far turn. As they entered the homestretch, McCracken still had some ground to make up but easily passed all comers en route…

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