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Close Hatches Wires Field in Apple Blossom

It was déjà vu for Juddmonte Farms Inc.’s Close Hatches as she used the same front-running style as she had four weeks ago in the Azeri Stakes (G2) to win Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) on the penultimate race … Continue reading

Latest Equine Herpesvirus Scare Ends at Parx

After several months of implementing and lifting quarantines due to EHV-1 scares, Parx Racing has lifted restrictions on two barns, according to a Daily Racing Form report. Tests on 74 horses for equine herpesvirus came back negative three weeks after being … Continue reading

All in the Family: Jockey Courtney Hernandez Dead Heats for First Win

On Friday night, jockey Courtney Hernandez scored her first career win in the saddle as her mount Mission to Collect finished in a dead heat with Xstream Heart in the fourth race, a $5,000 claimer for older fillies and mares. … Continue reading

Pletcher Eyes Davona Dale, Rachel Alexandra for Oaks Hopefuls

Trainer Todd Pletcher is weighing his options between two graded stakes for a trio of 3-year-old fillies in his charge. According to Brisnet, Pletcher could nominate Onlyforyou, Stopchargingmaria and Got Lucky to next Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes … Continue reading

Of Taxis and Sun Dials: Ward Doesn’t Share Baffert’s Belief in Sham Winner

Team Hollendorfer is nothing if not confident. When a trainer has 6,568 victories and counting in a Hall of Fame career that ranks him third all-time behind Dale Baird and Steve Asmussen, a touch of braggadocio is certainly within reason. … Continue reading

Bond Holder Among CashCall Futurity Candidates

A stellar field of as many as 12 2-year-olds have their sights set on the Grade I, $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity, which will be run for the 33rd time Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. A supplementary … Continue reading

French Protestors Say New Tax Will Send 80,000 Horses to Slaughter

Thousands of protestors (and their horses) gathered in Paris last weekend to speak out against a new sales tax that they say will likely put stables in the country out of business. The hike from the 7 percent sales tax … Continue reading

Hancock: It’s Time for Congress to Wake Up

I was reading an article the other day about how football star Michael Vick served 21 months in prison followed by two months of home confinement for fighting dogs. While dog fighting is outlawed in every state, it was not … Continue reading

Penn National: Ben’s Cat Eyes 19th Career Stakes Win

Ben’s Cat, one of the most accomplished horses in the country, will look to collect his 19th career stakes victory in the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27, at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. … Continue reading

Asserting Bear Roars to Coronation Futurity Victory

Asserting Bear earned his first stakes score with a powerful stretch run to win the $250,000 Coronation Futurity. Trained by Reade Baker for Bear Stables Ltd., the bay son of Bear’s Kid-Star Guest tracked the early pace of Heart to … Continue reading