Honor Marie

Forever Young Takes First Churchill Gallop, Honor Marie Breezes

While several Kentucky Derby 150 contenders had regular training sessions Sunday morning, Japan's undefeated hope MGSW Forever Young (Jpn) (Real Steel {Jpn}) made his first appearance on the Churchill Downs main track since arriving early Saturday morning. Conditioned by Yoshito Yahagi and under rider Yusaku Oka, the colt jogged in the one-mile chute for about 20 minutes before taking a 1 1/8-mile gallop in the early hours. Shortly after at 7:30am, GSW Honor Marie (Honor Code) worked in company with stablemate Anthem King (Bolt d'Oro), the pair breezing a half-mile...

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Honor Marie, Track Phantom Back On Work Tab in First Post-LA Derby Breeze

The GII Louisiana Derby runner-up GSW Honor Marie (Honor Code) and fourth-place finisher GSW Track Phantom (Quality Road) returned to the work tab Sunday morning at Churchill Downs as they continue to train towards Kentucky Derby 150. In the early hours, Track Phantom breezed five furlongs in 1:02.00, the ninth fastest of 19 on the morning while sporting new equipment--a small set of blinkers. With Joel Rosario in the irons, the pair went in company with another Asmussen trainee and Track Phantom galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.20. "I thought...

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Catching Freedom, Tarifa Work At Churchill Downs For Cox

Albaugh Family Stable's GII TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby winner Catching Freedom (Constitution) began his preparations for the GI Kentucky Derby with a half-mile move in :48.40 early Friday morning at Churchill Downs, the track said in a release. Trained by Brad Cox, the 3-year-old worked at 5:30 a.m. ET with exercise rider Edvin Vargas in the saddle. The duo cruised through an opening quarter-mile in :24 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20. "He's settled in nicely since we shipped him back to Churchill from Fair Grounds," Cox said. "He was...

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“Like the best vacation you've ever been on,” Ribbles soaking in the Derby Trail

Find us a Saturday kind of horse. That's what Kerry and Alan Ribble told Kyle Zorn over a two-hour lunch one afternoon in Lexington. The Hot Springs, Arkansas natives had traveled up to Kentucky to meet with Zorn, who was then in the midst of co-founding Legion Bloodstock, and learn what it might take for them to make a step up from the claiming game. Now two years later they have a running joke with Zorn: Well, you didn't have to find us a first Saturday in May kind of...

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Trainer Whit Beckman Talks Honor Marie on the TDN Writers' Room

Whit Beckman has been the assistant to two of the top trainers in the country, but this past week, he landed the first graded stakes win of his own career when Honor Marie (Honor Code) won the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill. Beckman was the Green Group Guest of the Week on this week's TDN Writers' Room Podcast presented by Keeneland. "Going into it, I was fairly confident we were going to see that new dimension of him being able to really close, and kind of find...

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Trainer Whit Beckman Joins TDN Writers' Room

Trainer Whit Beckman recaps his first graded stakes victory with Honor Marie in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S.

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Honor Code's Honor Marie Pounces to Victory in Kentucky Jockey Club

Alan Ribble's Honor Marie (Honor Code) became the first graded stakes winner for trainer Whit Beckman after pulling off an 8-1 upset in Saturday evening's GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill Downs. Honor Marie earned 10 points as part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, which offered points on a scale of 10-5-3-2-1 to the top five finishers. "He's a very nice horse and we were confident with his pedigree, and the way he trained, he'd enjoy longer distances," said Beckman, a former assistant to trainers Todd...

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