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Wood, Blue Grass, Santa Anita – Post Mortem

Wood, Blue Grass, Santa Anita – Post Mortem

Going into this weekend I was really excited for two of the KYDerby Prep races and indifferent about the third. Let’s take a quick look at what happened, what we learned and what we still don’t know. Wood Memorial What happened? Entering the race, I thought this was the weakest of the three on paper as it turns out this may have been one of the better performances on the weekend. IRISH WAR CRY came into the race after finishing a distant 7th in the Fountain of Youth and was still sitting at 7/2 when the gates opened. He rated…

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Weekend Wrap-up – Withers & Robert B Lewis

Withers Stakes – Aqueduct – 1 1/16 Miles FAR FROM OVER stumbled hard out of the gate and started the race a good 5+ lengths off the leaders in the opening quarter mile. He started to pick off horses as they moved into the turn and hit the stretch about three lengths off the leaders. Moved down along the rail through some traffic and finally moved out into the third lane and pounced on the leaders to move ahead and win by more than a length. This was clearly the best single run I have seen thus far in the…

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HBD’s Weekend Round-up – Fountain of Youth & Risen Star

The two Kentucky Derby prep races sure didn’t disappoint us this weekend and offered up two of the best finishes of the weekend. But before we get to three year olds trying to get to Churchill let’s take a quick look around the rest of the races this weekend. Normandy Invasion returns – The last time we saw Normandy Invasions run in competition he was finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby. On Saturday he made his return in a one mile allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park. Granted he was running against a field far from stakes company, he…

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HBD Weekend Wrap-Up

With the horse season entering in full swing, HBD will review each weekend in a quick easy to read format that allows you to stay on top of the biggest races as we head into spring. Santa Anita hosted the G2 – Robert E Lewis Stakes on Saturday offering 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner. John Sadler’s colt Candy Boy looked very strong rating just off the lead and making a strong move coming off the turn winning by half a length. Jockey Gary Stevens has high praise for the horse saying “He’s been giving us all the right…

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