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Justify Wins Battle of Titans in Santa Anita

Justify Wins Battle of Titans in Santa Anita

Justify, the colt who had done nothing but get people’s hopes up, finally proved his mettle Saturday in an easy win over Bolt d’Oro in the Santa Anita Derby. Justify led from wire to wire in easy fractions, with Bolt d’Oro and jockey Javier Castellano apparently letting him widen his lead to almost three lengths on the backstretch. When Bolt finally made his move entering the homestretch, it was too much ground to cover and too little effort, as he…

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Audible Turns It Up in Florida Derby

Audible Turns It Up in Florida Derby

Audible took advantage of a meteoric pace Saturday in the Florida Derby, coming from behind to take the Derby prep by 3 lengths over Hofburg. Promises Fulfilled and Strike Power battled it out at the start to an insane quarter-mile pace of 21.95 seconds. They drew away from the field by about five lengths down the backstretch as Strike Power eventually gave way to Promises Fulfilled. Mississippi stalked the leaders in third place, with Audible content in eighth. Audible began…

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Mendelssohn Demolishes Field in UAE Derby

Mendelssohn Demolishes Field in UAE Derby

It was Mendelssohn first, the rest nowhere in the UAE Derby, as the Irish colt blew away his rivals in the UAE Derby Saturday. Mendelssohn broke quickly and went to the front, leading by about a length for most of the race. He lengthened that lead to two rounding the far turn, and then put on a show as his jockey, William Buick, tried to rein him in.¬† The lead grew to 5, 10 and 15 lengths as Mendelssohn drew…

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It’s Noble Indy in a Louisiana Thriller

It’s Noble Indy in a Louisiana Thriller

Noble Indy’s valiant stretch run secured him a place in the Kentucky Derby Saturday, as he fought off Lone Sailor and My Boy Jack to take the $1 million Louisiana Derby by a neck. Noble Indy, starting from post position no. 2, stalked longshot Marmello throughout the clubhouse turn and most of the backstretch, then made his move and opened up a 2-length lead over Bravazo¬†and Givemeaminit. They were six wide heading into the homestretch, and jockey John Velazquez never…

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