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Month: March 2017

Calumet’s Hence Takes Sunland Derby

Calumet’s Hence Takes Sunland Derby

Hence, a product of the once-gloried Calumet Farm, gave the farm some Derby hope Saturday by taking the Sunland Derby by 3 3/4 lengths over Conquest Mo Money. Lagging behind the field for most of the race, Hence began making up ground toward the end of the backstretch. Meanwhile, Conquest Mo Money was taking the lead from a tiring Hedge Fund. Hence took a brief lead at the head of the homestretch, then battled with Conquest Mo Money for 1/16…

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Rebel: It’s Malagacy

Rebel: It’s Malagacy

Malagacy¬†took advantage of a dismal showing by 8-5 favorite American Anthem, taking the lead in the homestretch to win the $900,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. Malagacy, who had won his previous two races by a combined 22 lengths, stalked the leader, Uncontested, and overcame some traffic around the far turn to take the lead. After Malagacy fought off Uncontested, here came Untrapped, as if shot out of a cannon, and he seemed to easily position himself for victory, challenging for…

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Mastery Wins San Felipe but out of Derby Picture

Mastery Wins San Felipe but out of Derby Picture

Jubilation turned to disappointment as 4-5 favorite Mastery continued his winning ways, easily taking the San Felipe Stakes over Iliad. But just past the finish line, jockey Mike Smith pulled the horse up with a potentially career-ending injury. Mastery led from wire to wire, being challenged down the backstretch by Iliad and Gormley. The two horses made their move on Mastery entering the far turn, with Gormley first weakening, then Iliad, as Smith hand rode Mastery to an easy win….

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Tapwrit Enters Derby Picture with Tampa Bay Derby Win

Tapwrit Enters Derby Picture with Tampa Bay Derby Win

Tapwrit, who finished second in last month’s Sam F. Davis Stakes, made a bold claim to the Kentucky Derby with an impressive 4 1/2 length victory over State of Honor. The gray son of successful sire Tapit stayed off the pace for much of the race until jockey Jose Ortiz threaded him between horses on the far turn. Once he was clear of traffic, Tapwrit moved quickly and strongly and took the lead from pace-setter State of Honor. He easily…

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