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Suffolk Downs Announces Live Racing Dates For 2016

Live Thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs this summer with three two-day racing festivals, the track Confirmed today. The first weekend of live racing will be held July 9-10 and will continue August 6-7 and September 3-4. The track has committed in an agreement with the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) […]

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Barry Abrams
Trainer Barry Abrams Taking Leave Of Absence

Like Ted Cruz, Barry Abrams has suspended his campaign. The 62-year-old trainer has turned in his license and is taking a leave of absence due to health problems. “I might go back to training, I might not. At this point, I’m officially not training any horses,” said Abrams, who has battled cancer for the past […]

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Laurel Park in Maryland
Maryland Gives Vitali Green Light After Trainer Reapplies For Florida License

The Maryland Jockey Club has begun accepting entries again from Marcus Vitali after the trainer began the process of reapplying for the Florida license he voluntarily relinquished last month, a move that allowed him to temporarily dodge administrative complaints filed against him for seven alleged medication violations at Gulfstream Park. Vitali has four horses entered […]

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Beholder breezes at Santa Anita March 18
Beholder Drills Three Furlongs At Santa Anita

Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder blew out three furlongs Wednesday morning in 37.60 as she prepares for her 2016 debut at age six in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles. “It was just to stretch her legs,” trainer Richard Mandella said by phone from […]

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Keith Desormeaux will saddle Exaggerator Saturday as his first Kentucky Derby starter
‘Son Of A Gun’ Desormeaux Reluctantly Enjoys Kentucky Derby Spotlight

While his younger brother Kent has won the Kentucky Derby three times, trainer Keith Desormeaux will saddle his first Derby starter Saturday. The elder sibling’s training career dates back to the late 1980s in Maryland, where he worked under the likes of Charles Hadry (conditioner of Private Terms) before embarking on his own in 1991. There […]

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Tony Leonard w twin lens camera
Racing Fans, Photographers Encouraged To Enter Photography Contest In Honor Of Tony Leonard

If you’re on social media in Kentucky this month, you’re sure to see photographs of spring at its finest: families in their Derby duds, jockeys in colorful silks, and horses. Lots and lots of horses. It’s the season that master photographer Tony Leonard loved best. The Tony Leonard Collection is celebrating the Derby and all […]

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You Be The Judge inquiry
Tough Call: For Stewards, Officiating The Derby A Tall Order

When the stewards take their places on the seventh floor at Churchill Downs this Saturday, their goal will be to treat the day’s races (including the one heading to the post just after 6 p.m.) just as they would an evening card at Turfway Park. “Going into the day, we strive to officiate it as […]

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Lucky Number? Derby Favorite Nyquist Draws Post Thirteen, Morning Line 3-1

Nyquist will break from post position 13 after Wednesday night’s draw. Unsurprisingly, the undefeated Doug O’Neill champion colt was made the morning line favorite by oddsmaker Mike Battaglia with odds of 3-1. O’Neill also trains Land Over Sea in the Kentucky Oaks, who also drew post 13. Exaggerator, who will break from post position 11, is […]

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Belmont Park
Special Events On Tap At Belmont For Kentucky Derby Viewers

New York racing fans can catch all the exciting action from Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend by venturing to Belmont Park to watch and wager on May 6 and 7 while enjoying world-class thoroughbred competition in New York. Belmont and Aqueduct Racetrack will offer wagering on the 13-race Kentucky Oaks Day card from Churchill […]

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Oscar Nominated (5) wins the Spiral Stakes
Big Gamble: Sans Investor, Ramseys Pay $200K To Nominate ‘Oscar’ To Triple Crown

Shortly after Oscar Nominated captured the G3 Spiral Stakes last month, owner Ken Ramsey made a bold offer – anyone brave enough to step up and split the $200,000 late fee needed to supplement the colt to the Triple Crown would not only get to go to the Kentucky Derby, but would also split any […]

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