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Month: April 2017

Classic Empire Earns Derby Berth in Arkansas Derby

Classic Empire Earns Derby Berth in Arkansas Derby

Classic Empire was desperate for a win to get into the Kentucky Derby, and his move in the homestretch was just that: desperate. He overcame a rough ride and closed down the stretch to overtake Conquest Mo Money to win the Arkansas Derby Saturday. Bunched in between horses for most of the race, the two-year-old champion waited patiently for an opening before finding one in the homestretch as the field opened up; at one point there were seven horses within…

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Gormley Outraces Rivals in Santa Anita Derby

Gormley Outraces Rivals in Santa Anita Derby

Gormley overcame a tired group of pacesetters to win the $1 million Santa Anita Derby by 1/2 length. Much of the race was a contest between Battle of Midway, Royal Mo and American Anthem, who raced as one throughout the backstretch. Gormley this time preferred to rate himself back in fifth position, some six lengths off the lead. He began making up ground around the far turn and by the homestretch was in a position to strike. American Anthem, once…

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Irap Breaks Maiden in Blue Grass

Irap Breaks Maiden in Blue Grass

Irap, a bridesmaid in seven previous attempts, finally broke his maiden in the Blue Grass Stakes, holding off Practical Joke in the final furlong to win by 1/2 length. Irap stayed close to the leader, Wild Shot. When Practical Joke made his move into third place, Irap did the same, taking the lead at the end of the backstretch. Then it was a matter of whether he could hold off the pack. Practical Joke, McCraken and Tapwrit all tried to make a…

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Irish War Cry Rallies for Wood Memorial Win

Irish War Cry Rallies for Wood Memorial Win

Irish War Cry came back from a poor performance in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, staking claim to a berth in the Kentucky Derby with a win in the Wood Memorial. The colt stalked favorite Batallion Runner in third place before moving up toward the end of the backstretch to challenge the leader. They were neck and neck throughout the far turn, and battled it out in the homestretch before Batallion Runner tired and relinquished the lead. The time for…

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