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BREAKING NEWS: Trainer Todd Pletcher announces that BOTH Malagacy and Battalion Runner are OUT OF the Kentucky Derby. He has been unhappy with the way they have been training lately and the decisions were made by their respected owners to not run. This means Lookin at Lee and Soneteer are now in the Derby. Royal MO is now the first one out.
Baby Shack. PLETCHER trainee...broke maiden at Keeneland in first try!
Worked 7F in 126.2 with workmate Ziconic. Poor Z. Gormley ships Monday. Sherrif still considering shipping Royal Mo as well.
His progeny continues to tear up the track. 2 yr old Salmanazar just wired Keeneland's 4th. Love Shack!
  • mdreynolds · Was really interested to see what Salmanazar would do. PLETCHER trainee. Owned by Starlight. He lived up to expectations. · 59 minutes ago
My Kentucky Derby winner
I'm seriously frustrated with all these other tracks getting top horses and Canterbury gettin practically nothing. That combined with almost all of my CBY stakes contenders losing and there being no racing in Minnesota only makes things worth. What is Canterbury doing wrong?
  • Mary Y. via Disqus · $$$$ · 89 days ago
  • Roses4U · The politicians padded their back pockets with too much Mdewankantonwan money. Opening this year on Derby day was stupid, they got a huge crowd last year when they opened on the 20th. Suppose they're hoping for simulcast dough. · 1 hour ago
Malagacy won't work today, might tomorrow, per Pletcher, who said he was "99.99999999-percent sure" he wouldn't run in Derby.
Just read the recent replies regarding C E and his workout runs this week. I might have been more concerned over it. I just keep going back to the last months before the Ark. Derby. I think Classic Empire is another really smart horse and has figured out these are just practices to stay conditioned. This is what he does. Somehow he knows and reserves his energy and talent for the current big race to get ready for. I am a little concerned about his weight loss. His speed we will see on the track the day of the Derby. Classic Empire gives messages if we pay close attention he will let us know if something is or isn't wrong..
The first two stakes at Canterbury have the nominations out. The top nominee for the $50,000 L'Etoile du Nord is Open Arms. Top nominees for the the $50,000 Paul Bunyan include Aces High, Bayerd, and Ishaq. Both will be run on Kentucky Derby Day and are both at 5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt.
Graham Motion announces that Irish War Cry will post his final Kentucky Derby work tomorrow at Fair Hill and will ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.
Godolphin have just announced minutes ago that Thunder Snow will bypass the G1 English 2000 Guineas on turf at Newmarket in favor of a run in the G1 Kentucky Derby on conventional dirt at Churchill Downs. It's official now. Thunder Snow's heading for Kentucky!
It's a real shame Mastery is missing the derby because honestly no one is looking too good right now. 90% of preps were dreadfully slow, inconsistent performances, winners with horrible lead changes or sucking wind just past the finish line. Now that preps are wrapped up, going with Always Dreaming, Gunnerva, and Irish War Cry although all three make me nervous- the Pletcher effect, needing a hot pace, and the short space between races- these three could flop as well but they're my best shot!
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · http://www.horseracingnation.com/news/Baffert_eagerly_awaits_return_of_Arrogate_and_Mastery_123# · 10 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @ruffianlover, Couldn't agree more. He was definitely gonna be my Kentucky Derby horse. Once it became clear he wouldn't be running in the Derby I completely lost interest. · 2 hours ago
Home Of The Brave wins the King Richard III Stakes at Leicester for a second year in a row on his 2017 seasonal debut. Trainer Hugo Palmer said prior to the race that this would be a stepping stone to the G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May for the son of Starspangledbanner.
Per trainer J. Sharp- "as long as Girvin stays like he is, then he is definitely on track to run in the Derby. He showed today he hasn't lost any fitness."
Trainer Todd Pletcher announces a decision on whether Malagacy will run in the Kentucky Derby or not will made be tomorrow after a workout. Though as of now, he's leaning against running him in the Derby.
  • kingoftheworld · "Malagacy" is a non starter in the Kentucky Derby, I already know this, heard it from reliable sources. It means "Lookin At Lee" gets into the race, and he's a very exciting runner. · 1 day ago
  • Steve Gibson via Disqus · Pletch will not run him. He's distance challenged and more importantly he would likely significantly contribute to the early Derby pace and it would be silly to do that with a non contender when you have tactical speedster Mr Always Dreaming as your big hoss in this one. · 3 hours ago
I kind of question the time on the Florida derby...I noticed they didn't have it showing on the screen as the race was run but they came back with Always Dreaming running so fast....I timed the Florida derby using my trusted stop watch and it was run closer to 1:50....I used my stop watch on the Wood and Santa Anita derby's and both those races were right on the mark...It's almost like the times for Florida Derby are being intentionally put out wrong!
Girvin worked this AM and looked good doing it. 5f in 59 3/5...splits of 12, 36, 48....out in 1:13 3/5 and 1:28 3/5.
Happy Birthday to amazing Barbaro.
Had the perfect prep, but not crazy about that slow work today. Love horses form the Florida Derby historically, and along with McCraken this is the one to beat. If he draws an near inside post and can save ground he will be coming home the fastest along with Practical Joke. Gunnevera is 1 for 1 at Saratoga by the way for optimistic Travers fans.
After winning the Champagne last year and going 3 for 3 he was my early Derby choice. I still liked him after his 3rd in the BC Juvenile, but after making an explosive move in the "Youth," I thought he should have won that one, I then became a bit skeptical. He's still my horse to use in all my vertical and horizontal wagers. He may be sitting on a big one, and there is no rider I'd want more on my horse charging home down that long Churchill stretch than Mr. Rosario. Watch Out!

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A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, Andrew Champagne fell in love with horse racing at a very early age on summer trips to Saratoga. His turf writing credits include time spent as a sportswriter, weekly columnist, and handicapper at The Saratogian, a summer working for The Saratoga Special, and "field research" at OTB facilities in Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Kingston. He also spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College, and interned with NBC Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.


Andrew moved to Pasadena, Calif., in October of 2013, and now serves as an Associate Producer in HRTV's Digital Media department and Horse Racing Nation's Southern California writer. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewChampagne, and email him at andrewdchampagne@gmail.com.

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