Breeding

The Pressbox Show Talks With Ed DeRosa

Ed DeRosa talks with Gene McLean about this weekend’s racing. Ed is the marketing director for Brisnet.com. Brisnet is the greatest collection of handicapping information and statistics in the thoroughbred industry. Check out free past performances at brisnet.com.

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Handicapping

McLean’s Picks for Keeneland on Sunday, April 22

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Opinion

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Want to know the real reason to own a racehorse? You get to create memories just like these that we were able to capture at Keeneland this morning, on one of the best days of my life. I used to take my kids, Brad and Alex, to the racetrack in the mornings and to...

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The Pressbox Saturday April 21 Last Weekend At Keeneland

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I didn’t think the fractions were real, real fast. I think it was a good race and was what we needed. Hopefully we come out of here really good and get that mile and a quarter. We knew we were up against it a little at a mile and an eighth and that we would have an advantage when he goes a little longer. This is a good steppingstone – we were within two lengths of the winner, so this is one we can build off and go to Churchill Downs.“I wanted to go in here really positive, so I think this is a nice race coming off that really hard race (the San Felipe Stakes). Hopefully we get to come back really good.”

Mick Ruis, Owner/trainer of runner-up Bolt d’Oro who ran the Santa Anita Derby

There was concern down the backside when he took off like that. I was worried about him. Mike (Smith) let him run a little bit but he said he (Justify) saw something in the infield and he sort of spooked. He said I might want to put a little more bit on him to control him, and I told Mike he better start working out between now and then (Kentucky Derby May 5) to hold him down.“It was very exciting. Those are two really tough horses. I figure that race for Bolt d’Oro probably took a little bit out of him with McKinzie (in the San  Felipe on March 10), but they’re two really good horses. I think the whole field is really tough.“But Justify is just a natural and he’s just learning how to run. He has that big, beautiful stride . . . he reminds you a lot of Point Given, just a big, red train type of horse. He’s quick and he’s light on his feet. It’s just good that he showed up, he did what we thought and were hoping he was going to do. I just feel fortunate to have him. It takes a lot of the sting out of what happened to McKinzie. It’s a tough business but we’ve just got to keep going.”

Bob Baffert, Who conditions Justify - Justtify ran the Santa Anita Derby

We were second best today. I wouldn’t change anything. I have no complaints and unfortunately, we were second best today. He felt great, perfect. He felt good, and did everything the right way. He broke well out of the gate and unfortunately we were running against the best horse in the country. I told Mick that it was a very good race. The best horses in the country showed up today and gave a great performance. This was Justify’s game plan and it suited him, his ability to be able to go to the lead. I had to try and catch him today. I think it will be interesting in the Derby because I think there will be more speed, it will be interesting. It will suit my horse, he’ll be able to sit off that faster pace but I’m still very satisfied with today and my horse’s performance. It was emotional turning for home because I’m trying to catch the best horse in the country and I’m thinking, ‘I’m happy. I’m very pleased.’ Justify has the ability to go to the lead, has a lot of speed and he took it easily today.”

Javier Castellano, Rider of the runner-up Bolt d’Oro in the Santa Anita Derby

He rides with room to grow. He’s learning and it’s the first time he rides with the infield open, I don’t know if he saw the umbrellas and everyone screaming that he got to looking at them so much that I had to get the bit out of his mouth to really make him pay attention and that’s when he kind of skirted away and focused. What you’re seeing right now is really just raw talent. He’s got so much room to grow and to even get better, believe it or not. I think this race is going to put a lot more bottom into him. He handled a 1 1/8 really well and like I said what you’re seeing right now is just raw talent. If he moves forward off of this race, which he should, then it’s even kind of scary to talk about.”

Mike Smith, Rider of the winner Justify in the Santa Anita Derby

We ran very well to finish second, but I thought [the stewards] could have put us up. It was an excellent race, we finished second, and he deserved to win. I’m sure there will be no change [in our plans to continue to the Kentucky Derby]. He ran a great race.”

Kiaran McLaughlin, Who conditioned the runner-up, Enticed, in Wood Memorial
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Perspective

Good Magic Breezes at Keeneland on Saturday / We Were There to Video & Watch

  (Good Magic exits the track at Keeneland this morning, following his work for trainer Chad Brown / Photo by Alex McLean) From the Media Team at Keeneland: CHAMPION, TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WINNER GOOD MAGIC WORKS; LEAVES SUNDAY FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS AND KENTUCKY DERBY Trainer Chad Brown called the Saturday breeze by champion and...

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