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Month: February 2018

It’s My Boy Jack in the Southwest Stakes

It’s My Boy Jack in the Southwest Stakes

My Boy Jack surprised almost everyone in the Southwest Stakes, sneaking in on the inside down the stretch to pull out a 4 1/2 length victory. The favorite, Mourinho, set a fast early pace, mainly because he was being challenged by Road to Damascus. Mourinho managed to pull away by a length at the far turn but was being chased by a crowd of horses, including Combatant, Sporting Chance and My Boy Jack. As Mourinho struggled to keep the lead,…

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Bravazo Takes Risen Star; Paved Wins El Camino Real

Bravazo Takes Risen Star; Paved Wins El Camino Real

The stakes for the Kentucky Derby rose this week, with the Risen Star awarding 50 points to the winner. And longshot Bravazo benefited, taking the race and surprisingly leading the field for the Derby. Bravazo broke well and settled into second place behind Snapper Sinclair, who pushed through a sluggish half-mile. Heading into the far turn, Bravazo came up to challenge, but didn’t kick it in high gear until the homestretch, when he was whipped several times by jockey Miguel Mena.  From then on it…

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Three Races: What Did They Tell Us?

Three Races: What Did They Tell Us?

Feb. 3 was supposed to be a big day for 3-year-old racing, with 3 Derby prep races scheduled. But it told us more about who’s not Derby material than who is. Firenze Fire, considered by many to be a Derby hopeful, couldn’t even beat a field of five as he lost by two lengths to Avery Island in the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Avery Island stalked the front-runner, Coltandmississippi, as Firenze Fire laid back in perfect position, third by a…

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