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10 Best Horse Racing Movies Ever: Ride Like a Girl – The Michelle Payne Story

In what’s promising the be one of the best horse racing, if not sports movies in general, ever made, judging off the two trailers that have been released to date, Ride Like A Girl, is set to hit the big screens this September, ride in the midst of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival / Melbourne Cup, in which jockey Michelle Payne, in 2015, wrote her name forever into Australian cultural folklore beccomming the first ever female jockey to win “The Race that Stops the Nation” the Melbourne Cup.

We take a look at the upcoming All-Aussie filmed & produced feature as well as some of the other all time best horse racing movies ever from across the globe.

Our tip for this movie is that’ll it’ll be a classic & a box-office smash!

Transmission Films has dropped a new trailer for Rachel Griffiths’ directed, Michelle Payne biopic Ride Like A Girl.

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As a little girl, Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race.

The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy (Sam Neill). She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream.

But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.

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Directed by Rachel Griffiths, Ride Like a Girl stars Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Stevie Payne, Sullivan Stapleton and Genevieve Morris.

Ride Like a Girl is in cinemas from September 26, 2019.

 

HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL ‘RIDE LIKE A GIRL’ MOVIE TRAILERS:

 

10 Best Horse Racing Movies Ever Made

NEW #1 Ride Like A Girl ???

 

1. Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is loosely based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression.

 

2. Secretariat

Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973. Diane Lane portrays Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich plays the trainer, Lucien Laurin. Filming took place on location in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and around Lafayette, Louisiana and Carencro, Louisiana. The film was released on October 8, 2010.

 

3. 50 to 1

50 to 1 is a 2014 American drama film based on the true story of Mine That Bird, an undersized thoroughbred racehorse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the race. The film received a limited release on March 21, 2014. It was directed by Jim Wilson, who also co-wrote the script with Faith Conroy, and it stars Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane and William Devane. Jockey Calvin Borel, who rode Mine that Bird to his upset Derby win, plays himself in the film.

 

4. Dreamer

Dreamer is a 2005 American family drama film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah’s Storm. The film was written and directed by John Gatins, marking his directorial debut.

 

5. Phar Lap

Phar Lap is a 1983 film about the racehorse Phar Lap. The film starred Tom Burlinson and was written by famous Australian playwright David Williamson.

 

6. The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion is a 1979 American film based on the 1941 classic children’s novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. It tells the story of Alec Ramsay, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island with a wild Arabian stallion whom he befriends. After being rescued, they are set on entering a race challenging two champion horses. The film is adapted by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff. It is directed by Carroll Ballard. The movie stars Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton, and the Arabian horse Cass Ole. The film features music by Carmine Coppola, the father of Hollywood producer Francis Ford Coppola, who was the executive producer of the film.

 

7. Ruffian

Ruffian is an American made-for-television movie that tells the story of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion thoroughbred filly Ruffian who went undefeated until her death after breaking down in a nationally televised match race at Belmont Park on July 6, 1975 against the Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure. Made by ESPN Original Entertainment, the film is directed by Yves Simoneau and stars Sam Shepard as Ruffian’s trainer, Frank Whiteley. The producers used four different geldings in the role of Ruffian. Locations for the 2007 film included Louisiana Downs in Shreveport, Louisiana and Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

 

8. Let It Ride

Let It Ride is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Pytka and starring Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly, Cynthia Nixon and Robbie Coltrane. It was written by Nancy Dowd and based on the novel Good Vibes by Jay Cronley. The story’s light comedy is centered on a normally unsuccessful habitual gambler who experiences a day in which he wins every bet he places, and focuses on the personality contrasts and the perpetually upbeat, hopeful attitudes of losers.

 

9. Racing Stripes

Racing Stripes is a 2005 American sports comedy-drama family film, directed by Frederik Du Chau, produced by Alcon Entertainment, distributed by Summit Entertainment and Warner Bros. and stars Hayden Panettiere, Bruce Greenwood, Wendie Malick, M. Emmet Walsh, Frankie Muniz, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Moore, Steve Harvey, David Spade, Jeff Foxworthy, Joe Pantoliano, Fred Dalton Thompson, Joshua Jackson, Michael Rosenbaum, Snoop Dogg, Jansen Panettiere, Frankie Ryan Manriquez, Kyle Alcazar with Gary Bullock and Michael Clarke Duncan.

 

10. Dead Cert

Dead Cert is a 1974 crime film directed by Tony Richardson. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Dick Francis.

 

Belmont Stakes 151 – Field, Odds, Preview, Selections & Best Bets

POST POSITION HORSE ODDS
1 Joevia 30/1
2 Everfast 12/1
3 Master Fencer 8/1
4 Tax 15/1
5 Bourbon War 12/1
6 Spinoff 15/1
7 Sir Winston 12/1
8 Intrepid Heart 10/1
9 War of Will 2/1
10 Tacitus 9/5

RACE SUMMARY

  • Taprit in 2017 was the last horse to get beaten in the Kentucky Derby, skip the Preakness and come in and win the Triple Crown 3rd leg the Belmont Stakes. 4 of the 10 starters in 2019 are looking to win the Belmont off a similar form profile; TACITUS, MASTER FENCER, TAX & SPINOFF.
  • Tonalist in 2014 was the last horse to win the Belmont Stakes fresh after skipping both the Derby & Preakness. JOEVIA, SIR WINSTON & INTREPID HEART fit those same criteria having been specifically targeted at the Belmont.
  • Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby hard luck story, WAR OF WILL is looking to become the 1st horse since Afleet Alex in 2005 to run in all 3 legs of the Triple Crown & complete the Preakness Stakes / Belmont Stakes double after tasting defeat in the Derby.
  • That leaves EVERFAST & BOURBON WAR. They’ve got to defy the most significant history if they’re to win the 2019 Belmont Stakes. They skipped the Derby & were beaten in the Preakness. Not in over 2 decades, since Touch Gold in 1997, has a horse profiled in such a manner in the lead-up and gone on the win the Belmont.

No more needs to be said about the controversy that unfolded in the Kentucky Derby surrounding War of Will and Maximum Security. But it could certainly argued that if not for the severe check on the turn at Churchill Downs, War of Will could be going for the Triple Crown this weekend. He faces a stiffer test here up to the mile and a half trip (2400m) and having drawn out as opposed to the Derby and Preakness, wherein both races he drew post 1 and got a cosy run just in behind the speed on both occasions. Having said that it is only a small field of 10 runners and he does have good tactical gate speed so he should be able to find himself getting a similarly cushy run again here in the Belmont if speed maps play out according to plan. Judging by his Preakness win where he was very strong through the line, he shouldn’t have any trouble staying the mile and 1/2, he looks a dour type who doesn’t have an explosive turn of foot but rather just keeps on grinding away at a solid clip. I think the trip will suit. He’s my clear top pick to win the 151st Belmont Stakes. I think he’s much underrated, I know it’s a big IF, but again I’ll say it, if not for being Skittled by Maximum Security in the Derby, we could be talking another Triple Crown in 2019 and he’d be starting 1/2 ($1.50), not 2/1 ($3.00).

Tacitus the early favourite ran on well in the Derby. But I wasn’t enthralled with the effort. He does have the freshness War of Will win be lacking but does he have Waar of Will’s tenacity?

Next best Bourbon War coming fresh into the Belmont since an average Florida Derby run was he was a beaten favourite behind Maximum Security, but that form does stack right up so a win certainly wouldn’t shock.

TIPS

1. 9-War of Will @ 2/1

2. 10-Tacitus @ 9/5

3. 5-Bourbon War @ 12/1

Preakness 144 Selections and Race Preview

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1. War of Will Mark Casse Tyler Gaffalione 4-1
2. Bourbon War Mark Hennig Irad Ortiz Jr. 12-1
3. Warrior’s Charge Brad Cox Javier Castellano 12-1
4. Improbable Bob Baffert Mike Smith 5-2
5. Owendale Brad Cox Florent Geroux 10-1
6. Market King D. Wayne Lukas Jon Court 30-1
7. Alwaysmining Kelly Rubley Daniel Centeno 8-1
8. Signalman Ken McPeek Brian Hernandez Jr. 30-1
9. Bodexpress Gustavo Delgado John Velazquez 20-1
10. Everfast Dale Romans Joel Rosario 50-1
11. Laughing Fox Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana Jr. 20-1
12. Anothertwistafate Blaine Wright Jose Ortiz 6-1
13. Win Win Win Michael Trombetta Julian Pimentel 15-1

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PREAKNESS 144 SELECTIONS:

1. (1) WAR OF WILL

2. (12) ANOTHERTWISTAFATE

3. (2) BOURBON WAR

4. (4) IMPROBABLE

5. (9) BODEXPRESS

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2019 “Grand Slams” International Horse Racing Dates, Champions & Replays

 

 

 

Pegasus World Cup

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When: January 26
Where: Gulfstream Park, Florida, US
What: Formerly the richest race in the world, with a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running in 2017, increased to $16M in 2018. ​It’s a 1 1⁄8-mile (9 furlongs) race on dirt and is open to horses four years old and up.
For the 2019 edition, the format was revamped, with a purse of $9M for the original race and $7M available for a turf equivalent.

2019 winner: CITY OF LIGHT

Cheltenham Festival

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When: March 12-15
Where: Cheltenham, UK
What: The world’s most celebrated jump meeting is a four-day feast of racing and revelry attracting huge crowds of Irish and British punters to the attractive track in the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire. The festival’s showpiece is the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup, a three-mile marathon over 22 fences. Last year’s winner was Native River.

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner: AL BOUM PHOTO

When: March 30
Where: Meydan, Dubai
What: Billed as the world’s richest day of racing, the lucrative event holds a special place in the Dubai racing calendar and ends the United Arab Emirates racing season. The race is run on dirt over 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs). Godolphin’s Thunder Snow is the reigning champion.

2019 winner: THUNDER SNOW

When: April 6 & April 13
Where: Sydney, AUS
What: The Championships was inaugurated in 2014 as a “Grand Finals” concept to feature and showcase the very best of Australian racing as the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s Autumn Carnival. Held on the first and second Saturday of April each year, The Championships’ twelve races will be hotly contested to determine champion status over different age groups and distances. With a total of $21 million prize money on offer, the stage is set for two days of exciting and highly competitive racing. The feature race of the two days of racing, the “Grand Final” in the AUD$4,500,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner: WINX

When: April 6
Where: Aintree, UK
What: Perhaps the most famous horse race in the world and an icon of the British sporting calendar. First, run in 1839, the epic race is best known for its huge jumps such as Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s and The Chair and is a four-mile slog over two laps of the famous Liverpool course. It’s the race that transcends racing, with generations of people taking a once-a-year interest in the sport of kings. Last year’s winner was Tiger Roll.

2019 winner: TIGER ROLL

When: May 4
Where: Churchill Downs, USA
What: The Kentucky Derby is one of the world’s most iconic races. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt, dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” carries a first prize of $1.425 million. Last year’s champion was Triple Crown winner Justify.

2019 winner: COUNTRY HOUSE* (On Protest)

2000 Guineas

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When: May 4
Where: Newmarket, UK
What: First run in 1809, the Group 1 race — the first Classic of the UK Flat season — is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and is run over one mile on turf. In theory, it is the first leg of the British Triple Crown, along with the Derby and St Leger, but the feat of winning all three has rarely been attempted in recent years. Saxon Warrior, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won last year’s race.

2019 winner: MAGNA GRECIA

When: May 5
Where: Newmarket, UK
What: Also held in Newmarket, the mile Classic for three-year-old fillies over turf has been staged since 1814. Billesdon Brook ran out the winner last time.

2019 winner: HERMOSA

When: May 18
Where: Baltimore, USA
What: As the middle leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness is a true test of perseverance. It traditionally comes just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and all eyes are on the race to see whether a rare treble is still on the cards. Justify kept such hopes alive in 2018.

2019 winner: WAR OF WILL

Epsom Oaks

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When: May 31
Where: Epsom, UK
What: The third UK Classic of the season and the second open to three-year-old fillies only. It’s been run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards on the grass of Epsom Downs since 1779. Forever Together, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won the latest edition.

2019 winner: ANAPURNA

Epsom Derby

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When: June 1
Where: Epsom, UK
What: The Epsom Derby has long been regarded as the richest and most prestigious Flat race in the British racing calendar. Run over a mile-and-a-half, it carries a prize fund of at least $1.9 million, with the winner claiming just north of $1 million. The reigning champion is Masar.

2019 winner: ANTHONY VAN DYCK

Belmont Stakes

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When: June 8
Where: Belmont Park, USA
What: The lucrative horse race is open to three-year-olds and is the third and final leg of the famous Triple Crown. It has crowned a plethora of champions since its inauguration in 1853 — with Justify completing the treble in 2018.

2019 winner: Sir Winston

Royal Ascot

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When: June 18-22
Where: Ascot, UK
What: With eight Group 1 races and an audience with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Ascot is the highlight of the British racing calendar. Each day begins with the pageantry of the horse-drawn royal procession in front of grandstands packed with the top hats, tails and high fashion. The highlight of the festival is the prestigious Gold Cup, won by Stradivarius in 2018.

2019 Ascot Gold Cup winner: Stradivarius

Irish Derby

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When: June 29
Where: The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland
What: Ireland’s equivalent of The Derby, held three weeks later. Open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, it is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs on turf. Latrobe won the event in 2018.

2019 winner: SOVEREIGN

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

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When: July 27
Where: Ascot, UK
What: Britain’s most prestigious open-age Flat race, the “King George,” is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs. The iconic event has been won by some of racing’s biggest stars over the years. Sir Michael Stoute trained Poet’s Word won last year’s race, making Stoute the race’s most successful trainer with six wins.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: POET’S WORD

St. Leger

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When: September 14
Where: Doncaster, UK
What: The oldest of Britain’s five classics, dating back to 1776. The race for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies is run over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards. Jockey Ryan Moore won a consecutive title on board Kew Gardens in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: KEW GARDENS

When: October 6
Where: Longchamp, Paris, France
What: The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a mile-and-a-half test of speed and stamina for three-year-olds and above, with a prize purse of $5.6M. The “Arc” has been held at leafy Longchamp for more than 150 years — barring a recent sojourn at Chantilly while it underwent a major redevelopment. Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori holds the record for most race wins, securing his sixth on defending champion Enable in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: ENABLE

When: October 12
Where: Sydney, Australia
What: Run over six furlongs, The Everest brings the world’s top sprinters together for the richest turf race in the world. The race’s prize pot is set to rise to $14 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020. Redzel has clinched back-to-back titles since its inauguration in 2017.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: REDZEL

British Champions Day

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When: October 19
Where: Ascot, UK
What: The conclusion of the British Flat racing season and the richest purse on the calendar with more than $5.4 million in prize money across six races. The legendary Frankel ran his last race here in 2012 with a 14th straight win in the Champion Stakes.

2019 Champions Stakes winner:

2018 Champions Stakes winner: CRACKSMAN

When: November 1-2
Where: Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA
What: The Breeders’ Cup is a celebration of the very best thoroughbreds and pits US horses against the cream from the rest of the world. The highlight is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, considered the unofficial fourth leg of the Triple Crown, which is often a big factor in deciding Horse of the Year. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt has been in existence since 1984, and the latest edition was won by the aptly named Accelerate. The festival also involves the Breeders’ Cup Turf — a showpiece for turf horses, carrying a prize fund of $4 million with winning connections earning $2.2 million.

2019 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner:

2018 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner: ACCELERATE

Melbourne Cup

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When: November 5
Where: Flemington, Australia
What: Having been overtaken as the country’s richest race, the Melbourne Cup is still the “race that stops a nation.” It’s been a highlight of Australia’s social and sporting calendar since 1861. Cross Counter was the 2018 winner.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: CROSS COUNTER

Japan Cup

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When: November 24
Where: Tokyo, Japan
What: Japan’s richest race is held every year at Tokyo Racecourse, with the world’s best three-year-olds and above descending on the country’s capital. Home-grown talent has flourished at the event, with every winning trainer and owner coming from Japan since 2008. Almond Eye is the reigning champion.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: ALMOND EYE

Hong Kong International Races

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When: December 8
Where: Sha Tin, Hong Kong
What: It’s one of the highlights of the racing calendar, a fan favourite for decades with $12 million at stake. World class jockeys and thoroughbreds do battle over four Group 1 races on the turf of the Sha Tin Racecourse amid the skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong. The bumper prize money is spread across the Hong Kong Sprint, the Hong Kong Vase, the Hong Kong Mile and the showpiece Hong Kong Cup.

2019 Hong Kong Cup winner:

2018 Hong Kong Cup winner: GLORIOUS FOREVER

 

 

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International Federation of HorseRacing

Authorities

Awards

 

2019 World’s Best Race Horse Award:

2018 Winner(s): Winx & Cracksman (Tie)

 

2019 World’s Best Jockey Award:

2018 Winner: Frankie Dettori

 

 

2019 World’s Best Horse Race Award:

2018 Winner: Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

 

2019 Kentucky Derby: Runner by Runner Preview, Horse Odds, Tips, Selections and Best Bets

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2019 KENTUCKY DERBY ODDS

Morning Line Odds + Current Odds 1:40PM (KENTUCKY TIME)

 

1 War of Will

Morning Line Odds:

20-1

Current Odds:

17-1

2 Tax

Morning Line Odds:

20-1

Current Odds:

35-1

3 By My Standards

Morning Line Odds:

20-1

Current Odds:

16-1

4 Gray Magician

Morning Line Odds:

50-1

Current Odds:

30-1

5 Improbable

Morning Line Odds:

6-1

Current Odds:

5-1

6 Vekoma

Morning Line Odds:

20-1

Current Odds:

21-1

7 Maximum Security

Morning Line Odds:

10-1

Current Odds:

9-2

8 Tacitus

Morning Line Odds:

10-1

Current Odds:

5-1

9 Plus Que Parfait

Morning Line Odds:

30-1

Current Odds:

55-1

10 Cutting Humor

Morning Line Odds:

30-1

Current Odds:

24-1

11 Haikal 30-1 SCR

12 Omaha Beach 4-1 SCR

13 Code of Honor

Morning Line Odds:

15-1

Current Odds:

13-1

14 Win Win Win

Morning Line Odds:

15-1

Current Odds:

14-1

15 Master Fencer (JPN)

Morning Line Odds:

50-1

Current Odds:

53-1

16 Game Winner

Morning Line Odds:

5-1

Current Odds:

6-1

17 Roadster

Morning Line Odds:

6-1

Current Odds:

10-1

18 Long Range Toddy

Morning Line Odds:

30-1

Current Odds:

50-1

19 Spinoff

Morning Line Odds:

30-1

Current Odds:

49-1

20 Country House

Morning Line Odds:

30-1

Current Odds:

61-1

21 Bodexpress

Morning Line Odds:

30-1

Current Odds:

90-1

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War Of Will (1)

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(trainer: Mark Casse owner: Gary Barber)
Not so many horses go well from gate 1 in this race so Mark Casse’s colt has it all to do, especially as one not fully proven at Grade 1 level.

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Tax (2)

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(trainer: Danny Gargan owner: RA Hill Stable & Reeves Racing)
Just behind Tacitus in the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, which was expected, and it’s unsure how much improvement we can expect but he is a son of Arch whose progeny tend to progress well.

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By My Standards (3)

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(trainer: Bret Calhoun owner: Allied Racing Stable)
The surprise winner of the Louisiana Derby back in March, Bret Calhoun’s runner is drawn in gate 3 and could run into trouble early in the race but as an inexperienced horse, he could improve significantly.

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Gray Magician (4)

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(trainer: Peter Miller owner: Wachtel Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred & Gary Barber)
Ran behind Plus Que Parfait over in Dubai, a race that doesn’t inspire too much, and before that, he had been beaten enough times in lower grade races to suggest this race is too hot.

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Improbable (5)

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(trainer: Bob Baffert owner: Win Star Farm, China Horse Club & Starlight Racing) 
Bob Baffert’s star has been beaten twice this season, but both in hot prep races and the son of City Zip is, of course, a Grade 1 winner already.

He got home nicely last season over a mile and battled to the line when beaten by Omaha Beach (now scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis) in the Arkansas Derby, but six furlongs to a mile run right through his pedigree so staying this mile-and-a-quarter distance after battling from gate 5 to get a good early position may not show him to very best effect.

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(trainer: George Weaver owner: RA Hill Stable & Gatsas Stables)
Although beaten in the Fountain of Youth by Code Of Honor, this horse has continued to progress throughout his early career and was striding home beautifully when winning the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

The progeny of Candy Ride has so far shown lots of speed but the sire himself was a very good Grade 1 winner over this distance and so there is plenty of hope that he can last home. Another improved showing would give Javier Castellano’s mount a great chance.

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Maximum Security (7)

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(trainer: Jason Servis owner: Gary & Mary West)
Having made all the running to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby and braking from gate 7, Jason Servis’ runner has an obvious chance in this race but some say he got the run of the race back at Gulfstream and he cannot have things his own way in this event.

Code Of Honor didn’t perform that day and neither did favourite Hidden Scroll, but this son of a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner could do no more and he remains a chief contender for the crown.

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Tacitus (8)

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(trainer: Bill Mott owner: Juddmonte Farms)
The top points scorer in the Road to the Kentucky Derby has been the only horse to have won two major preps, Bill Mott’s son of record-breaking sire Tapit has been given a good gate position and is one of few colts who seems sure to improve on the day.

Jose Ortiz should be able to get a good toe in behind the leaders and will have enough in hand for the stretch run too to give himself a major chance of the win.

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Plus Que Parfait (9)

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(trainer: Brendan Walsh owner: Imperial Racing)
Winner of the UAE Derby over in Dubai, he is here on merit but his overall profile is one of a colt who is somewhat behind many of the other contenders in the race.

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Cutting Humor (10)

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(trainer: Todd Pletcher owner: Starlight Racing)
Despite winning the Sunland Park Derby back in March, it’s hard to see Todd Pletcher’s colt getting involved in the finish here.

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Haikal (11)

(trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin owner: Shadwell Stable)

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Code Of Honor (13)

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(trainer: Claude McGaughey owner: WS Farish)
Having won an unsatisfactory renewal of the Fountain of Youth and finished third in the Florida Derby, it’s fair to say he is not the main contender from that part of the country and will need to improve a lot to hit the board here.

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Win Win Win (14)

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(trainer: Michael Trombetta owner: Live Oak Plantation)
Having run behind Tacitus and Vekoma in prep races this year, it’s hard to believe he can get around this field from gate 14 fast enough to take the honours.

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Master Fencer (15)

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(trainer: Koichi Tsunoda owner: Katsumi Yoshizawa)
Japan would love to win this race, especially for breeding purposes, but this horse simply doesn’t look good enough and his gate position doesn’t help matters.

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Game Winner (16)

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(trainer: Bob Baffert owner: Gary & Mary West)
With 4 wins (including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile) and two seconds to his name, Bob Baffert’s money-spinning colt remains a leading contender but it’s unsure whether he can hit the Grade 1 heights he hit last year and from gate 16 he has his work cut out for him under Joel Rosario.

He did have to race wide last time also though and perhaps should have beaten Roadster in the Santa Anita Derby so he is not without a chance, especially after Omaha Beach’s withdrawal.

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Roadster (17)

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(trainer: Bob Baffert owner: Speedway Stable)
Just when Game Winner and Improbable looked like disappointing him, Bob Baffert unearths another star and this son of Quality Road won the Santa Anita Derby last time in the style of a horse who will appreciate this extra eighth of a mile.

Let’s not forget that he was favourite to beat Game Winner in the Del Mar Futurity last year and certainly has more to offer, his wide gate being the only negative about him as we go into the weekend.

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Long Range Toddy (18)

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(trainer: Steve Asmussen owner: Willis Horton Racing)
This is the colt who beat Improbable in a division of the Rebel Stakes of course, but he disappointed in the Arkansas Derby and has to break from gate 18.

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Spinoff (19)

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(trainer: Todd Pletcher owner: Wertheimer & Frere)
He was a good second in the Louisiana Derby but he would be uncertain to turn around the form with By My Standards and he is drawn very wide.

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Country House (20)

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(trainer: Bill Mott owner: Mrs JV Shields Jnr, EJM McFadden Jr & LNJ Foxwoods)
Bill Mott’s runner has some solid form, but having run consistently behind many Derby contenders this year there is no real reason he should improve past them now from gate 20.

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Bodexpress (21)

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(trainer: Gustavo Delgado owner: Top Racing, Global Thoroughbreds & GDS Racing)
Drafted in at the 11th hour after the defection of favourite Omaha Beach, the Florida Derby runner-up needs to improve somewhat and has to make do with gate 20.

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THE KING’S 

2019

KENTUCKY DERBY SELECTIONS

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1. (15) GAME WINNER 6-1

2. (7) MAXIMUM SECURITY 9-2

3. (8) TACITUS 5-1

4. (17) ROADSTER 10-1

5. (10) CUTTING HUMOUR 24-1

6. (6) VEKOMA 21-1

 

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SUGGESTED BETS:

1. (15) GAME WINNER 6-1 — 8 units win

2. (7) MAXIMUM SECURITY 9-2 — 6 units win

3. (8) TACITUS 5-1 — 4 units each way

4. (17) ROADSTER 10-1 — 3 units each way

 

 

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