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Patch aiming for the Belmont Stakes?

Win or lose in the Kentucky Derby, Patch’s day could still come in the 2017 Triple Crown series. Here trainer Todd Pletcher mentions how his breeding would suit the Belmont Stakes distance even better. Farsighted? Patch is by Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags, and his dam’s sire is no less than A.P. Indy himself, a Belmont winner whose progeny also loved the distance. The Derby will be only Patch’s fourth race, but even with a promising effort it could prove the perfect prep for the Test of Champions.

Here are replays of his maiden win and the Louisiana Derby where he finished 2nd, but galloped out ahead of the winner. He was 2nd in his first race.

Maiden win (1 mile) Gulfstream Park, February 18 (#3 blue saddle cloth)

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ALWAYS DREAMING dominates the Gr.I Florida Derby!

Always Dreaming (Bodemeister- Above Perfection, by In Excess) gave his sire his first Gr.I winner when he flew away by five lengths in the Gr.I Florida Derby. The colt has stamped his spot in the 2017 Kentucky Derby starting gade, as well as earned his first graded/ungraded stakes win. State of Honor got up for second, favorite Gunnevera ran out of time for third, and Impressive Edge got up for fourth. Three Rules, the pacesetter, rounded out the top five. 

The Todd Pletcher trainee’s record now stands at 5:3-1-1 with earnings of  $648,900.

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$12 million Pegasus World Cup announced

This. Is. Huge. The inaugural running of the world’s newest, richest race now has an official date in the history books. On January 28, 2017, the Pegasus World Cup will be run at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The 9 furlong event is a stakes where each of a possible 12 entrants must put up $1 million for a place in the starting gate! Entrants are also entitled to share in net income from handle, media rights, and sponsorship. Several owners and connections have already been talked to about entering a horse in the Pegasus, and it may be the finale for that horse who won the former “world’s richest race” this year, the Dubai World Cup, California Chrome. Pegasus Park at Gulfstream is home to the world’s biggest statue of a… pegasus fighting a dragon.