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Wesley Ward celebrates with jockey Frankie Dettori after Undrafted's victory in the G1 Diamond Jubilee at Ascot (©cranhamphoto.com)
‘I Can’t Thank Everybody Enough’: Ward Breezes Royal Ascot Hopefuls At Arlington

Trainer Wesley Ward sent out a small group of 2-year-old fillies for their first turf works at Arlington International Racecourse on Friday. Headlining the group was Lady Aurelia, a $350,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase who won in her debut at Keeneland last month. Ridden by Julio Garcia in the 4½-furlong maiden special weight on […]

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Portland Meadows Introduces $100,000 Guaranteed New Wager Monday

Portland Meadows will introduce its unique new wager, the National Racing Club 6 Sweepstakes, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool featuring six, two-furlong races Monday, Jan 11. The wager was to be introduced Jan. 4 but inclement weather conditions forced the cancellation of the program. The wager has also been changed from a 10-cent minimum wager […]

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Runhappy To Rest After Malibu Stakes; 2016 Plans Undetermined

Runhappy, the winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the center of much controversy since, is on target for a start in the Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita. According to the Daily Racing Form‘s Steve Andersen, the 3-year-old colt will get a vacation for the months of January and February. Owner Jim […]

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Former Woodbine Announcer Dan Loiselle Garners Media Award, Hall Of Fame Induction

After 29 years calling races at Woodbine, and a grand total of 48 years announcing, Dan Loiselle received a well-deserved send-off with both an induction into the Etobicoke Hall of Fame and the Sports Media Canada President’s Award. Loiselle told InsideHalton that “it was great to see so many old friends and the outpouring of […]

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Protectionist and jockey Ryan Moore after winning last year's Melbourne Cup.
World-Class Stayers Line Up To Contest Melbourne Cup

A field of 24 international contenders are set to race in the 155th edition of the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s richest and most famous horse race, at Flemington Racecourse Tuesday afternoon. Run at a distance of 3,200 meters (two miles), the Melbourne Cup offers total prize money of AU$6.2 million, with AU$3.6 million going to the […]

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Final day sale topper, lot 1637 was Dalamar (GB).
Tattersalls Autumn Sale Closes; Buyers From Over Forty Countries Represented

The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale came to a close with Dalamar topping proceedings at 45,000 guineas. The final day saw a total of 246 lots sell for 1,343,600 guineas, at an average of 5,462 guineas and a median of 4,000 guineas. The four day sale saw turnover of 20,344,550 guineas for the 1,038 […]

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Big Blue Kitten, of the Chad Brown BC Turf trio, trains in the slop at Keeneland.
BC Turf Notes: ‘A Tall Order’ For Chad Brown Trio

Trainer Chad Brown watched from the frontside of Keeneland Tuesday morning as all 12 of his Breeders’ Cup runners galloped on the main track. Todd Pletcher’s 17 starters in 2006 is the Breeders’ Cup record. If all of his entered horses run, it could be the third consecutive year that Brown, 36, has the most […]

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Post-Gorajec: What’s Next For Indiana Racing?

Former Indiana Senator Thomas Weatherwax, chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, is looking to the future following the unanimous decision to fire executive director Joe Gorajec.  Weatherwax is focused on building the Indiana racing industry, from the breeders basing their operation in the state, to the trainers bringing their horses to its racetracks, to […]

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The Green Mask (right) works with Undrafted at Keeneland Oct. 25.
Ward Works BC Hopefuls Over Keeneland’s Turf Course

Trainer Wesley Ward was pleased with the moves of his six horses pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships that worked or galloped on the turf course labeled as good. “Everything went great,” Ward said. Two of Ward’s 2-year-olds, Sheikh of Sheikhs (Juvenile Turf-G1) and stakes winner Ruby Notion (Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1), worked in company, […]

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Palace takes the Hudson Handicap on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
Palace, La Verdad Provide Fireworks On Empire Showcase Day

There were no shortage of compelling storylines on Saturday at Belmont Park, with all eight New York-bred stakes races on Empire Showcase Day delivering memorable results, including wins by the classy Linda Rice-trained pair of Palace and La Verdad, as well as another climactic showdown between turf warriors Lubash and Kharafa. Rice’s decision to run […]

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