King Guillermo

True Timber Heads PWC Works

Calumet Farm's True Timber (Mineshaft) impressed trainer Jack Sisterson Saturday morning with a swift five-furlong breeze in preparation for a third start in the Jan. 23 GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. Working in company with multiple-stakes winner American Tattoo (Arg) (Not For Sale), True Timber covered five furlongs in 1:00.20 under exercise rider Mark O'Dwyer at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. "He worked great this morning," said Sisterson. "It was probably one of the better breezes he's done with us. He went...

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Performer Seeks Grade I Glory in Cigar Mile

Phipps Stable and Claiborne Farm's Performer (Speightstown) looks to continue his hot streak as he takes his first crack at the highest level Saturday in Aqueduct's GI Cigar Mile. Graduating at second asking at Belmont in June 2019, the chestnut captured a 6 1/2-panel allowance at Saratoga that August and a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer at Belmont last September. Closing out his sophomore season with a victory in this venue's GIII Discovery S. just over a year ago, Performer was subsequently shelved and resurfaced with an optional claimer score in...

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From the TDN Look: Keeping the Faith, Victor Martinez Believes in King Guillermo

Five-time MLB All-Star Victor Martinez is following a dream with King Guillermo-- already a graded stakes winner who, after a seven-month layoff, is set to return to Grade I company.  King Guillermo (Uncle Mo) will be in a tough spot when he starts in the GI Cigar Mile H.at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old colt hasn't raced since May 2 and has never faced older horses. That's fine by his owner, retired MLB All-Star Victor Martinez. "I'm not a big believer in favorites," he said. [tdn_vimeo_embed title="Victor Martinez Talks on King Guillermo"...

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King Guillermo to Miss Kentucky Derby

King Guillermo (Uncle Mo), winner of this season's GII Tampa Bay Derby, will miss an intended date in this Saturday's GI Kentucky Derby because of a fever, Victoria's Ranch principle and former MLB player Victor Martinez confirmed Thursday afternoon. The GII Tampa Bay Derby hero and runner-up in the faster division of the GI Arkansas Derby, King Guillermo was trying to defy a four-month absence in the 'Run for the Roses' Saturday, but he was found to have a fever Wednesday evening. The colt did not go to the track...

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King Guillermo Derby Status Up in Air

King Guillermo (Uncle Mo), who would be making his first start in over four months in Saturday's GI Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, did not go to the track Thursday morning, as reported by Greg Hall, an assigned pool reporter for the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. While refusing to reveal any specifics, trainer Juan Carlos Avila told Hall: "We have a little problem. We have to wait until afternoon." Avila told Hall there would be a meeting to speak with vets and that there "may be additional information" later...

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The TDN Derby Rankings for September 2

Here are the final TDN GI Kentucky Derby rankings after an entertaining, intriguing, and unusually long buildup to the first Saturday in September. The field is listed in "likeliest winner" order. The Top 10... 1) TIZ THE LAW (c, Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow) O-Sackatoga Stable. B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY). T-Barclay Tagg. Sales History: $110,000 yrl '18 FTNAUG. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 7-6-0-1, $2,015,300. Last Start: 1st GI Runhappy Travers S., SAR, Aug. 8 Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Belmont S., BEL, June 20, 1st GI Curlin Florida Derby, GP, Mar. 28, 1st GI...

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King Guillermo Fires Bullet Ahead of Kentucky Derby

Victoria Ranch's King Guillermo (Uncle Mo) tuned up for the $3-million GI Kentucky Derby with a five-furlong drill that was clocked in :58.20 (see below), the quickest of 40 works at the distance. It was the second consecutive Churchill bullet for the strapping bay, who went the same distance in :59.40 (1/46) Aug. 15. With Miguel Mena in the irons, the GII Tampa Bay Derby upsetter broke off in :11.40 for the opening eighth of a mile, then was timed in subsequent splits of :23 (flat) (:11.60 interval), :34.80 (:11.80)...

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TDN Derby Top 12 for August 18

All of the qualifying races for the GI Kentucky Derby have been run and we're approaching the two-week mark for the first Saturday in September. Please note the rankings below are independent from the "Road to the Derby" points leaderboard Churchill Downs uses to determine starting berths. That list can be accessed here. 1) TIZ THE LAW (c, Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow) O-Sackatoga Stable. B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY). T-Barclay Tagg. Sales History: $110,000 yrl '18 FTNAUG. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 7-6-0-1, $2,015,300. Last Start: 1st GI Runhappy Travers S., SAR, Aug. 8...

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Bullet for King Guillermo

Victoria Ranch's King Guillermo (Uncle Mo), off since a runner-up effort in the May 2 GI Arkansas Derby, worked a bullet five furlongs in :59.40  (1/46) Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby. With jockey Miguel Mena aboard, the bay colt worked through splits of :24.40, :36.80, and :48 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12. As he neared the wire, Mena had to navigate King Guillermo through a trio of slowing horses and directed the colt from the rail to the far...

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King Guillermo, Pneumatic, Swiss Skydiver Top Late TC Noms

King Guillermo (Uncle Mo), 'TDN Rising Star' Pneumatic (Uncle Mo) and two-time graded-stakes winning filly Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil) are the marquee names among 22 3-year-olds that have been made eligible for the 2020 Triple Crown series at the late closing stage. The late additions to the three-race series, which this year begins with the GI Belmont S. June 20, take the total number of Triple Crown nominees to 369, pending late mail. Victoria's Ranch's King Guillermo entered the 3-year-old discussion with his 49-1 upset of Sole Volante (Karakontie {Jpn}) in...

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The TDN Derby Top 12 for May 5

We're 124 days out from the rescheduled GI Kentucky Derby. Last weekend's split divisions of the GI Arkansas Derby solidified the status of several contenders, while several others have slid off the list. 1) TIZ THE LAW (c, Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow) O-Sackatoga Stable. B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY). T-Barclay Tagg. Sales History: $110,000 yrl '18 FTNAUG. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 5-4-0-1, $945,300. Last Start: 1st GI Curlin Florida Derby, GP, Mar. 28 Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Champagne S., 1st GIII Holy Bull S., GP, Feb. 1, 3rd GII Kentucky Jockey Club S.,...

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Brisnet.com Triple Crown Throwdown: Arkansas Derbies

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 - Curlin Florida Derby Results - Independence Hall finished fifth. Bankroll: $2275. GI Arkansas Derby (1st Div.) - For the purposes of a contest like this, it's hard to stomach taking $20 profit on our mythical wager,...

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