Kentucky Derby

Authentic to Train Up to Kentucky Derby

With the win secured in the July 18 Haskell Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, Authentic will train into the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs. Trainer Bob Baffert reported Sunday that Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables, and Starlight Racing’s Into Mischief  colt came out of the Haskell in terrific shape and was headed by van to Lexington, where he will remain for a week before catching a flight back to his Southern California base…

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Authentic Beats Ny Traffic by a Nose to Win Haskell

Bob Baffert doesn’t always win the $1 million Haskell Stakes. It just seems that way. After taking a five-year respite, including a runner-up finish behind 3-year-old champion Maximum Security in 2019, Baffert added another brick to the wall July 18 when Authentic captured the $1,005,000 Haskell at Monmouth Park to extend the Hall of Fame trainer’s record total to nine wins in the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 1 race for 3-year-olds…

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Road to the Kentucky Derby: Top 10 contenders with Belmont Stakes coming up next

There were no major Kentucky Derby prep races this past weekend, but the road to the first Saturday in September is about to get busy again, with the biggest points race on the scrambled calendar coming up next. The Belmont Stakes — traditionally the third and final leg of the Triple Crown — is scheduled for Saturday, and 150 points will go to the winner…

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Be It April or June, It’s Still the Santa Anita Derby

It’s the first week in June, a time when Thoroughbred racing usually finds out if there’s a Triple Crown champion to celebrate and anoint. Until COVID-19 became a part of everyday life. Yet even a pandemic could not derail the Triple Crown, though it surely led to some more stops along the way before the sport arrives at the first Saturday in September, when the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) will be contested at Churchill Downs…

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Chris Mara: ‘Weird’ watching Charlatan’s Arkansas Derby win virtually

There were several places Chris Mara would rather have been this past Saturday other than at his home in Florida riding out the COVID-19 crisis. Two places in particular. In order: Churchill Downs or Oaklawn Racing and Casino Resort in Arkansas. Outside of his family, Mara, the Giants senior vice president of player personnel, has three loves in life. In order: The Giants, horse racing and golf. In a perfect world, Mara — who has ownership interests in race horses…

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Baffert On His Terrific Trio: ‘I Cannot Separate Those Horses Right Now’

Once upon a time, Bob Baffert was a Quarter Horse jockey. It was his success (or lack thereof) in that profession that led to his current career path as a Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer. Figuring that the fires still may burn within the 67-year-old Arizona native to ride fast horses, we asked the question that many in racing would like to know: Which of his three undefeated 3-year-olds – Grade 2 San Felipe winner Authentic or Saturday’s winners of…

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