Today’s Edition

Saturday’s Kentucky Derby/Oaks Workers

• Unbeaten GI Santa Anita Derby winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Justify (Scat Daddy) had his pen-ultimate workout Saturday morning for the GI Kentucky Derby, going six furlongs under jockey Drayden Van Dyke in 1:13.20 (4/16). "I was happy with the work," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. "Everything went well. He'll work one more time here next weekend." Added private clocker Toby Turrell, "Justify was just as impressive as he's been up to this point. Nothing's changed." • Trainer Chad Brown called Saturday's breeze by champion 2-year-old colt...

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Exceed and Excel’s James Garfield Takes the Greenham

Like the Fred Darling earlier on Saturday's Newbury card, the G3 Al Basti Equiworld Supporting Greatwood Greenham S. featured a four-horse finish which was only decided in the final half furlong and it was the Gredley family's James Garfield (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) who prevailed. Successful over six furlongs here in the G2 Mill Reef S. in September, he was one of many who failed to shine at Del Mar when 10th in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in November but started off fresh and keen in the...

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The People’s Horse Now a Living, Breathing Reality

The "people's horse" is no longer just a concept. A filly by California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) out of Colerful Bride (Munnings) was born Wednesday evening at Taylor Made Farm, the biggest step to date in bringing journalist Geoffrey Gray's innovative concept to life. Gray is the founder of True.Ink, an interactive magazine devoted to adventure stories. True doesn't want its readers to simply read the story but to experience it. True's readers, or members, as Gray calls them, get to go well beyond the traditional printed page. When the on-line, interactive...

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TDN Q&A With Scott Calder

This Q&A is part of an ongoing series where current trainees of the Godolphin Flying Start sit down with graduates of the programme to discuss their career successes. Godolphin Flying Start graduate Scott Calder recently returned home to New Zealand to begin his role as sales and nominations manager at Cambridge Stud. Scott graduated from Godolphin Flying Start in 2011, he then worked in Ireland for Coolmore Stud in marketing for 18 months followed by a sales and marketing position at Ashford Stud for the past five years. Current Godolphin...

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Diversify Seeks Big Pay Day in CT Classic

Grade I winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Diversify (Bellamy Road) is among a field of seven set to square off in the $1.2-million GII Charles Town Classic Saturday. The New York-bred capped a three-race win streak with a front-running tally in the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont last October, but connections opted to skip the GI Breeders' Cup Classic and he instead shipped to Churchill Downs for the Nov. 24 GI Clark H., in which faded to fourth. That was his first start outside of the Empire State,...

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Bartons More Than Spectators at OBS

Longtime California owner Richard Barton, who consolidated his breeding operation at the former Magali Farms in Santa Ynez last summer, purchased over 30 mares at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with the intention of supporting his family's stallion Champ Pegasus. One of those mares was Diva's Tribute (Henny Hughes), who Barton purchased for $4,700. Then five, the unraced mare had a weanling filly by Jimmy Creed and she sold in foal to Strong Mandate. The filly went on to become graded stakes winner and multiple Grade I placed...

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Taking Stock: Justify, Magnum Moon, and Florida

Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April Sale of 2-Year-Olds begins next week and it's a reminder that the Florida Thoroughbred industry in Ocala--and greater Marion County in Central Florida--made its name in its early years, in the 1950s, as the place to buy early maturing stock. The unlimited supply of sunshine and limestone-rich soil helped produce tough horses. With 24-hour access to outdoors and no winters of note, Florida-breds started off with physiological advantages over their Northern counterparts. Florida-breds frequently outran their pedigrees because of the land and the weather, but...

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Charlton On A Quest To Find Next Star

It feels unnecessary for Roger Charlton to talk of building his profile. This, after all, is a man who won two Derbies in his first season some 28 years ago, and in the meantime has developed a reputation perhaps the equal of any other current British trainer in terms of pragmatism and maximising the potential of sprinters, stayers and anything in between. Yet racing is a numbers game and memories are short in this data-rich age. So Charlton, who jots down every winner in a small notebook on his desk...

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Scat Daddy Stars At Craven

NEWMARKET, UK--The sickle moon hanging over the Tattersalls complex last night provided an apt symbol of the market as the Craven Breeze Up Sale drew to a close. For while many consignors found themselves plunged in darkness, the fringe of the market was picked out in a golden glow—much of it reflecting the final rays cast by the late Scat Daddy. After providing the outstanding sale during Tuesday's opening session, his final crop again bestrode proceedings with the two highest prices on Wednesday. The common link, apart from the dimming...

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Kantharos Colt Swiftest at OBS Wednesday

A colt by Kantharos set the fastest quarter-mile time of the day, while four juveniles equaled the swiftest furlong time as the under-tack show of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds marched through its third of six sessions Wednesday in Central Florida. Hip 531, a son of Kantharos, earned Wednesday's quarter-mile bullet when covering the distance in :20 4/5. Consigned by de Meric Sales, the chestnut is out of the unraced Jungle Love (Friendly Lover), a half-sister to Grade I winner Set Play (Van Nistelrooy). De...

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