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Catching Freedom Confirmed for Preakness by Cox

Albaugh Family Stables’ Catching Freedom , the Kentucky Derby (G1) fourth-place finisher, will run in the May 18 $2 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Brad Cox said May 12. Cox’s initial reaction was not to run Catching Freedom back in two weeks after the hard race the Louisiana Derby (G2) winner had in […]

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Catching Freedom Returns Albaugh Stable to Derby Trail

Albaugh Family Stables, a regular presence in the Kentucky Derby (G1) with six starters since 2016 and their best finish coming last year with third-place Angel of Empire , are on the Derby Trail again. The Iowa-headed stable—led by Dennis Albaugh and his son-in-law and racing manager Jason Loutsch—kicked off 2024 with a stakes victory from their […]

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Constitution’s Catching Freedom Stylish in Smarty Jones Win

Albaugh Family Stables’ Catching Freedom, the 8-5 favorite, kicked off his sophomore campaign in style with a late-running victory in the Smarty Jones S. at Oaklawn Park Monday. Favored for his third-straight start, the bay colt was unhurried early Monday and settled well off the pace behind fractions of :23.02 and :47.01. He inched closer […]

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Raise Cain Perfectly Timed at Wire in Keeneland’s Perryville

Snapping a six-race slide and returning to the winner’s enclosure for the first-time since his GII Gotham S. win in the spring, Raise Cain (c, 3, Violence–Lemon Belle, by Lemon Drop Kid) nipped Dr. Venkman (Ghostzapper) in the shadow of the wire to score in the Perryville S. The aforementioned GI Kentucky Derby prep race has been his only victory […]

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Bishops Bay Skips Over Heels and On To ‘Rising Star’-dom at the Fair Grounds

Bishops Bay (c, 3, Uncle Mo–Catch My Drift, {SW & GISP, $280,540}, by Pioneerof the Nile) posted a noteworthy 97 Beyer Speed Figure on debut Feb. 18 at the Fair Grounds, defeating next-out ‘Rising Star’ First Mission (Street Sense) in the process and showed his own ‘TDN Rising Star’-worthy determination Sunday at the venue in his first […]

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The Rock on Which Cain was Raised

They had raised him-and now they were raising the roof. “I think he’s number 12,” Codee Guffey was saying. “I think that’s him?!” If he wasn’t sure, if in fact he was nearly incredulous, it was not because he had got the number or the silks wrong. Of course he knew the horse perfectly well, […]

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Raise Cain Lights Up Toteboard in Gotham

When trainer Ben Colebrook said he would be at Aqueduct Racetrack to saddle Raise Cain in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3), he wasn’t kidding.
Colebrook did indeed saddle the son of Violence in the March 4 one-turn mile stakes for 3-y…

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Angel of Empire Wins Risen Star, Strengthens Cox’s Hand

The beat does indeed go on.
Another Kentucky Derby (G1) prep.

Another win and more points for one of trainer Brad Cox’s 3-year-olds.
Adding an exclamation point to a day that also featured his 2,000th victory, Cox notched his sixth pr…

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Warrendale Graduate Bishops Bay Gives Trainer Brad Cox Win #2,000

Bishops Bay | Hodges Photography

5th-Fair Grounds, $70,000, Msw, 2-18, 3yo, 6f, 1:10.07, ft, 3/4 length.

BISHOPS BAY (c, 3, Uncle Mo–Catch My Drift {SW & GISP, $280,540}, by Pioneerof the Nile) was a popular wagering choice for …

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Black Hits Home Run With $1.1M Justify Colt

Christian Black knew the Justify colt consigned as Hip 78 to The Saratoga Sale was a once in a lifetime horse.
The breeder who operates as Blackwood Stables saw his inklings recognized Aug. 8 at Fasig-Tipton’s selected yearlings sale …

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