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Determined Classic Empire Regains Championship Form

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview Classic Empire; All photos by Coady Photography Classic Empire returned to his 2-year-old form on April 15 when he won the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. He also guaranteed himself a spot in the starting gate for the...
Posted On 16 Apr 2017
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Bluegrass shocker Irap joins Derby list; Redemption for Irish War Cry, Gormley

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview—- We saw two colts sort of redeem themselves on April 8 in major Kentucky Derby prep races. Irish War Cry went up to New York to win the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and Gormley overcame a crowded field to win the Grade 1...
Posted On 10 Apr 2017
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Girvin Tops Points List; Always Dreaming Secures Derby Berth

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview — Girvin proved his win in the Risen Star at Fair Grounds in New Orleans was no fluke when he duplicated the feat on April 1 in the Louisiana Derby over the same track. The son of Tale of Ekati sits atop the Kentucky Derby points’...
Posted On 02 Apr 2017
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Thunder Snow Leads Kentucky Derby Points List

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview —- I saw a couple of colts in the UAE Derby on March 25 in Dubai that may grow on me by the time the first Saturday in May rolls along at Churchill Downs. There was a great stretch battle between Thunder Snow and Epicharis, which...
Posted On 27 Mar 2017
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Malagacy takes Rebel; Moves into Derby Picture

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview Malagacy; Oaklawn/Coady Photography Trainer Todd Pletcher pulled off a Bob Baffert trick by taking a relatively inexperienced colt to the Rebel Stakes in Hot Springs, Ark., and he won. Baffert also sent a colt to the Rebel, American...
Posted On 19 Mar 2017
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Tapwrit takes Tampa Derby; Mastery injured in San Felipe Victory

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview —- Mastery easily won the battle in the Grade 2 San Felipe on March 11 at Santa Anita Park in Southern California but he lost the Kentucky Derby war when he was pulled up with a condylar fracture in his left front leg. Trainer Bob...
Posted On 11 Mar 2017
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J Boys Echo joins Kentucky Derby hunt with Gotham score

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview The best 3-year-old in the country did run on March 4, but it wasn’t in the Gotham at Aqueduct or the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park and she’s not a colt. Unique Bella won the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita Park in Southern...
Posted On 05 Mar 2017
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Lightly raced Girvin moves to the top of Kentucky Derby Points List

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview —- An out-of-town shipper and a previous local winner didn’t stand a chance on Feb. 25 in the Risen Star at Fair Grounds in New Orleans when Girvin charged home to win the Grade 2 mile-and-a-sixteenth Kentucky Derby prep over a...
Posted On 26 Feb 2017
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One Liner joins list of Kentucky Derby Hopefuls

Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview One Line leads Southwest field home; All Photos provided by Oaklawn/Coady The Grade 3 Southwest Stakes on Feb. 20 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., threw a monkey wrench into one 3-year-old’s Kentucky Derby chances and gave a big...
Posted On 21 Feb 2017
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Track record in GIII Davis pushes McCraken up the Derby Points List

By Ron Correll Senior columnist Tracksideview McCraken shown winning the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club; All Photos Provided by Coady Photography Finally we saw a 3-year-old carry his form through from his Juvenile season when McCraken set a track record (1:42.45) in the Grade 3...
Posted On 12 Feb 2017
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