Florida Derby (racehorse)

Two Md. horses coming down the home stretch as possible Derby contenders

Two Md. horses coming down the home stretch as possible Derby contenders

Cal Lynch opened the stall door at Laurel Park, and the big gray colt responded with a feisty turn around the space within. It belonged to him and no one else.

"Right now, he thinks he's King Kong," the Irish-born trainer said of his prize pupil, El Areeb. "And I'm not going to tell him any different."

About 1,000 miles away in Florida, another Maryland-based trainer, Graham Motion, nurtured a similar degree of confidence in an even-tempered chestnut colt named Irish War Cry. Motion is one of the most successful trainers in the country, with a Kentucky Derby win under his belt. But he doesn't mind saying this is the most advanced 3-year-old he's...

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