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NYRA Records Reveal Durkin was the ‘Man With the Golden Voice’

Longtime New York Racing Association track announcer Tom Durkin retired in August, bringing the curtain down on an outstanding 40-year career. As a recent article in the Times Union reveals, Durkin quite literally had a ‘golden’ voice. The Times Union, … Continue reading

Jury Trial Begins Over Disputed Sale of $2.1 Million Mare

Did Love Me Only have laminitis when Jane Lyon bought the unraced 3-year-old half-sister to leading sire Giant’s Causeway from Eaton Sales, agent, for $2.1 million at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale? Was Love Me Only given the … Continue reading

Just The Judge Rules E.P. Taylor

Qatar Racing and Sangster Family’s Just The Judge improved off a third place finish in the Beverly D. last time out to score in Sunday’s Grade 1, $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. Odeliz was a fast-closing second; Deceptive Vision … Continue reading

Native Bombshell Takes Ontario Fashion Stakes

Native Bombshell and jockey Patrick Husbands closed well on the outside and held off a late-closing Disco Barbie to their inside to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Disco Barbie was second; Cryptic Message … Continue reading

Caspar Netscher Closes to Win Nearctic

A race after British-based Hillstar took the Canadian International, another horse from across the pond, Charles Wentworth’s Caspar Netscher, came home the best in the Grade 2, $300,000 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Sitting well off a quick pace … Continue reading

Untapable, Tapiture Head Sunday BC Workers at Santa Anita

Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable (Distaff) and West Virginia Derby winner Tapiture (Dirt Mile) each worked five furlongs, in a bullet 58.60 and 59.60, respectively, while Lucky Player (Juvenile) also went five furlongs in 59.60. “They’re getting over the track really … Continue reading

Sprint: Trainer Baltas ‘Confident’ in Big Macher

Bargain claim Big Macher worked five furlongs on a picturesque Sunday morning at Santa Anita in a bullet :58.60 for the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint at six furlongs on Nov. 1. It was the fastest of 67 drills … Continue reading

Hillstar Takes Charge in Canadian International

European shipper Hillstar took the lead away from The Pizza Man in mid-stretch and went on to win the Grade 1, $1 million Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday. Big Blue Kitten was second, and Dynamic Sky won a … Continue reading

Distaff: Beholder Out of Breeders’ Cup

Two-time champion Beholder will not be able to defend her title in the Oct. 31 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) after spiking a fever Sunday morning at Santa Anita. Trainer Richard Mandella confirmed that the decision was made along with owner … Continue reading

Tight Races for Keeneland’s Leading Jockey, Trainer

After 12 days of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet, Rosie Napravnik begins the Sunday card with 11 victories and Todd Pletcher has six wins to be the leading rider and trainer, respectively. Both have a narrow advantage over their peers. Jockeys … Continue reading