Gouverneur Morris

This Side Up: Split Decision Won't Sunder Unanimous 'Derby Day' Thanks

A house divided against itself cannot stand. We have all sensed that, surely, in this time of more or less ungrudging solidarity with the wider world. For the rest of our lives, however, we'd be very grateful if the first Saturday in May can mean exactly what it has reliably meant before today. In recent weeks, we've all been buying into the idea of sacrifice for the greater good. In the process, we've been reminded how precious are those routines and rituals, such as Derby day, we previously took for...

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Brisnet.com Triple Crown Throwdown: Florida Derby

Ed DeRosa of Brisnet.com takes on TDN's Steve Sherack and Brian DiDonato as they handicap Triple Crown prep races plus the big three races themselves. The three will make $100 Win/Place bets in the preps and $200 Win/Place bets in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Highest bankroll at the end wins. DeRosa - Last Week's Results - Wells Bayou (+$710) kept on finding as the 3-1 favorite to wire the GII TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby. Bankroll: $2275. GI Curlin Florida Derby - The cliche goes "willing to forgive" a horse's...

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Suddenly a Destination, Florida Derby Draws Loaded Field

Since its inaugural running in 1952, the GI Curlin Florida Derby has always been a stop along the journey for GI Kentucky Derby hopefuls--a chance for fine-tuning and finishing touches before horses take their best shots to Louisville. But this year, due to the postponement of the Run for the Roses and general uncertainty about what the rest of the racing calendar will look like as the world grapples with the coronavirus crisis, the Florida Derby is now a point of disembarkation for 3-year-olds, and it fittingly drew a stacked...

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Iron 'Constitution' In Florida Derby

With racing already halted at several venues around the country, Gulfstream Park forges ahead with it's season anchoring marquee test for 3-year-olds, the GI Florida Derby. Highlighting the nine-furlong test is Grade I-winner Tiz the Law (Constitution), one of three runners by the young stallion in Saturday's race. The colt was last seen winning the Feb. 1 GIII Holy Bull S. at the Hallandale oval. "It really hasn't changed anything," said Sackatoga Operating Manager Jack Knowlton of the effect of the colt's training regime due to the Coronavirus pandemic. "We...

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Gouverneur Morris Confirmed For Florida Derby

'TDN Rising Star' Gouverneur Morris (Constitution) was confirmed to start next in the Mar. 28 GI Curlin Florida Derby after breezing five-eighths in 1:01.65 (3/12) Saturday at Palm Beach Downs. "He worked as well as he ever has this morning," trainer Todd Pletcher said in an email forwarded by owner Barry Irwin of Team Valor. "I think we should take what's in front of us [the Florida Derby], assuming they keep running at Gulfstream." Citing revenue losses from casino closings and the lack of on-track handle in the wake of...

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Next Start for Gouverneur Morris Hinges on Saturday Work

The next start for 'TDN Rising Star' Gouverneur Morris (Constitution) will hinge on a five-furlong breeze Saturday at Palm Beach Downs. "If he works well, [trainer] Todd Pletcher will decide whether to stay local and run in the [GI] Florida Derby or wait a week and fly him in for the [GII] Wood Memorial," Team Valor's Barry Irwin wrote in an email. "With opportunities and travel options expected to be limited, we have changed our outlook on racing him. We want to run him while there are still races available....

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Friday's Racing Insights: Gouverneur Morris Returns Friday

Sponsored by Alex Nichols 6th-TAM, $27K, Alw/Opt Clm (75k), 3yo, 1m 40yds, 3:16 p.m. Team Valor International and WinStar Farm's GOUVERNEUR MORRIS (Constitution), tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' following a nine-length debut win at Saratoga Sept. 2, makes his first start since finishing second behind Maxfield (Street Sense) in the Oct. 5 GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity. Trainer Mark Casse sends out Untitled (Khozan), a sharp debut winner at Gulfstream in December who returned to finish a troubled fourth in the Feb. 1 GIII Swale S. in his first start for...

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