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Why Bob Baffert is again seeking Kentucky Derby success with a trip through Arkansas

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Trainer Bob Baffert and the Zayat family have been down this road before. For their Kentucky Derby-bound horses, a trip through Hot Springs, Ark., has become a favorite route from Los Angeles to Louisville.

It worked for Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, who used the Arkansas Derby as a steppingstone to greatness. Now, they're gambling ...Read more

Lack of experience may be justified at Santa Anita Derby

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The Kentucky Derby has as much tradition as any horse race in the world. So, when something comes along that is untraditional, this insular world feels as if it is spinning uncontrollably on its axis.

This year, two horses have things twisting and turning with everyone asking, "Could this be the year?"

The only horse unraced as 2-year-old who ...Read more

Javier Castellano will continue to ride Bolt D'Oro

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Javier Castellano will ride Bolt D'Oro in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, trainer-owner Mick Ruis told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. Ruis had given the three-time Eclipse Award winning jockey until Monday afternoon to declare his intention to ride the horse.

A top jockey such as Castellano will get many offers to ride the best horses and ...Read more

Kentucky derby hopeful Justify flies at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- Considering he had just been given a three-day suspension for a bumping incident in the San Felipe Stakes the day before, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was in a giddy mood on Sunday after riding the rising Kentucky Derby hopeful Justify to a 6 1/2-length victory in an allowance race at Santa Anita.

"Extremely impressive," ...Read more

Who will try for this year's Kentucky Derby? The early nominations are in

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Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Good Magic headlines a lineup of 360 3-year-old Thoroughbreds nominated early for this year's Triple Crown series, which begins with the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

A son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and trained by Chad Brown, Good Magic won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by 4 1/4 lengths ...Read more