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Derby Day Racing purchases exciting young daughter of Lookin At Lucky

Derby Day Racing is thrilled and excited to announce the purchase of Sooner Schooner as our very first horse for the 2018 two-year-old partnership. We feel extremely fortunate to have found this good looking daughter of Lookin At Lucky available for private purchase for our partners.

Private purchases have become an important and successful way for partnerships to find horses of quality, and we fully expect Sooner Schooner to develop into a very good runner under the silks of Derby Day Racing.

Sooner Schooner is a juvenile filly bred by Mulholland Springs Farm, and was found for the partnership by Lexington based bloodstock agent Robert Knolhoff, Jr. Immediately a perfect match for what Managing Partner, Brian Zipse, and team were looking for from a pedigree standpoint, the long-bodied filly show clear signs of taking after her sire from a physical standpoint.

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Mr Freeze winterizes his West Virginia Derby competition

Trainer Dale Romans has been blessed with a number of 3yo males who have made some noise for him in this crop. Horses like Free Drop Billy, Promises Fulfilled, and King Zachary each gave the confident conditioner graded stakes victories, but we now likely have a new best of the bunch. Mr Freeze is

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Saratoga Report: Hofburg and Tenfold head to the Travers

The Saratoga spotlight was on the 3-year-olds when Hofburg easily won the Curlin on a sloppy track and then Tenfold was the victor in the Jim Dandy after an unusual stretch run. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott opted to run Hofburg in the softer field of the Curlin over the Jim Dandy, probably looking to get

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Jim Dandy classic: Affirmed wins a thriller in 1978

Everyone remembers the march Affirmed made through the Triple Crown, and his incredible rivalry with Alydar. Surely it was the hardest fought series of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont ever run, and evaluating the Affirmed-Alydar rivalry as the best in the history of

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Saratoga Report: Monomoy Girl is the star of week one

Matt Shifman takes a look at the first week of racing from Saratoga, featuring Grade 1 winners and a couple of other interesting victories. There is only one horse in the country that owns a racing record that compares to that of Monomoy Girl and that belongs to a Triple Crown winner named Justify.

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Wonder Gadot set to fly in the Prince of Wales

The second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown is set for tomorrow evening at Fort Erie, and once again, the filly looks primed to beat the boys. Wonder Gadot, the conquering superhero of the Queen’s Plate will face only five 3-year-old males going 1 3/16 miles in the 83rd running of the Prince of Wales Stakes.

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Indiana Grand Royal Pick 4 Play

Indiana Grand is offering a “Royal Pick 4” which starts in race six and includes the $200,000 (G3) Indiana Oaks and the $500,00 (G3) Indiana Derby. I’ll be trying my luck In cashing both the mid-card and Royal pick 4. Race six is the $100,000 Indiana General Assembly Distaff going 1 1/16 miles on the turf for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.

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From the Indiana Derby to Derby Day Racing

The 24th running of the Indiana Derby (G3) is this Saturday at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. Indiana Derby Day is always the most exciting day of racing in the Hoosier State. For the general racing fan it may just be another Derby on the 3-year-old calendar. But for me, it’s so much more.

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Horse Racing Top 10: Zipse Rankings topped by Justify

I have a question for you … Who is the best horse we have seen run on American soil in 2018?
The majority may side with the undefeated Triple Crown winner, but my choice is Gun Runner. The 2017 Horse of the Year made his triumphant swan song in January’s Pegasus World Cup,

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Racing Partnerships hot on both sides of the Atlantic

When Shang Shang Shang crossed the finish line first in an absolute thriller today in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, I could only imagine the thrill it brought to her American connections. To bring your young filly overseas to perhaps the greatest venue in all of horse racing,

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Monomoy Girl has risen from modest beginnings to stardom

Outside of Triple Crown winner Justify, all of the other sophomore runners, both male and female, have been inconsistent at best, while Monomoy Girl has reeled off four straight stakes victories in 2018, with the three most recent being in Grade 1 races. Monomoy Girl has a modest pedigree and thus she

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Justify: Triple Crown Champion, but not without controversy

Justify, an unraced colt just four months ago became the 13th Triple Crown winner last Saturday. There are no words to sum up his magnificence both in talent and physique. He is the rarest of athletes – able to deliver on his promise and potential each time he’s competed. The only tarnish on his royal sheen

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Justify leads the way in Mid-Season Awards

We are not quite halfway through 2018 on the calendar, but with completion of the Belmont Stakes comes the unofficial break from the first half of the season to the next. With plenty of historic racing already in the books, let’s hand out the Mid-Season Awards to the horses that would win the hardware if the season

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Belmont Stakes day 2018: Late Pick 5 analysis

On the latest edition of Drink, Place, and Show, Tony Bada Bing provides analysis of the late Pick 5 on Belmont Stakes day 2018. The all-stakes wager begins with race 7, the Woody Stephens and concludes with Justify’s attempt to win the Triple Crown in race 11. As always Tony prepares the appropriate cocktail

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Sires of the 2018 Belmont Stakes

Pedigrees still matter, especially when you are talking about going a mile and a half at Belmont Park, and doing it in the first 12 months of your racing career. On Saturday, Justify and nine other young colts will try to excel at the trip in the Belmont Stakes. It will likely be the longest

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Derby Day Racing hosts meet and greet at Churchill Downs

The first Derby Day Racing gathering happened on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning at the barn of trainer Buff Bradley with the iconic twin spires of Churchill Downs in the background. Current and prospective partners from several states in the East and Midwest arrived early for coffee and donuts and

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Justify has the Bob Baffert advantage

As Editor’s Note powered to victory in the Belmont Stakes, giving his trainer D. Wayne Lukas yet another victory in the Triple Crown series, a young trainer wondered what kind of Triple Crown hell he was in. Just five weeks earlier,Bob Baffert had seen his first ever Kentucky Derby starter, Cavonnier

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In the Belmont Stakes expect the unexpected

When it comes to the Belmont Stakes, expect the unexpected. Surprising results at big odds happen in the final jewel of the Triple Crown more often than victories by the favorite. That is the nature of a race that often has so much on the line and that it is run at the rare dirt distance of a mile and a half.

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Belmont Stakes Card is Breeders’ Cup like

When the Breeders’ Cup was first contested back in 1984, I felt just like a kid on Christmas morning. Opening that day’s racing form was as great a feeling as tearing open the most carefully wrapped gift under the tree. While Christmas morning has long since become more about giving

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WinStar may be Tempting Fate

There is no doubt that the Herculean-built Justify and his rapid ascension from unraced three-year-old to double Classic winner is worthy of a Greek chorus singing of his feats and quite possibly cautioning him against the sandy tides of Belmont Stakes’ history. Yes, Justify is an imposing, athletic figure seemingly conceived through lightning bolts.

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Opportunity: 2yo Partnership of 2018

Derby Day Racing is forming a new 2018 two-year-old partnership. We will purchase three juveniles this summer, either at the upcoming sales, or by way of a private purchase.

Our goal with our first partnership is to hit a home run. We will target two-year-olds who we believe have the potential to win at two, but even more

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