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Owner Richard Masson guides A.P. Indian after his 2nd straight G1 victory in the Forego, Joe Bravo aboard
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Masson Homebred A. P. Indian Does Things His ‘Own Way’

In May, A. P. Indian was a fairly competitive sprinter at the listed stakes level, with solid wins at Monmouth and Parx. The 6-year-old gelding was coming off a seven-month layoff to make his first start of the year in tough stakes company. Though he didn’t cross the wire first that day (Delta Bluesman beat […]

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Trainer Joe Sharp
Looking Sharp: Trainer Loaded For Upcoming KY Downs Meet

Joe Sharp, on his own as a trainer for less than two years, got his 200th victory in Canterbury’s Careless Navigator overnight stakes Saturday evening as the 2-year-old Line Judge romped by 6 1/2 lengths. Sharp would love to make significant progress toward No. 300 at Kentucky Downs. “We have about seven horses to enter […]

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Julien Leparoux
Leparoux Scheduled To Resume Riding Sept. 8

Julien Leparoux is scheduled to return from a fractured wrist to ride Kentucky Downs’ Sept. 8 card. Leparoux’s agent, Steve Bass, said Leparoux saw noted Louisville orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raymond Shea on Monday, who cleared the jockey to ride but wanted him to go one more week before getting on horses. Bass said Leparoux will […]

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Tom Chiota
Former OBS President Tom Chiota Dies

Tom Chiota, long time past president of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, passed away Sunday at the age of 70. Chiota guided the company from its infancy in the late 1970’s as an outlet for local breeders to a thriving sales company with an international presence. Under his leadership, OBS expanded from its original six barns […]

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Mike Smith celebrates after winning the Travers aboard Arrogate
‘Big Money Mike’ Earns Jockey Of The Week Title With Grade 1 Double

Jockey Mike Smith made the most of his trip to Saratoga as he won the Grade 1 King’s Bishop aboard Drefong and followed that win up with an upset in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes aboard Arrogate. That grade 1 double led to him to him being named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week […]

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Saeed bin Suroor & Sheikh Mohammed
Sheikh Mohammed Encounters Few Employees, Many Empty Desks On Surprise Visit To Government Offices

Several government officials and office supervisors in Dubai will have some explaining to do after the country’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum did a “surprise spot check” on Sunday, which revealed many empty offices and very few workers. Bloomberg reports that Sheikh Mohammed – who was accompanied by a camera crew – made unannounced visits to government offices […]

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Ty Kennedy
Jockey Ty Kennedy Wins With First Two Mounts In Kentucky

While all the attention was on three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel finishing third in his first race in five months in Ellis Park’s sixth race Saturday, Ty Kennedy quietly won for his second victory in his first two starts in the state. Kennedy won aboard Chargin Storm, his only mount on the card. The […]

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Why Two and jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr.
Norberto Arroyo Making The Most Of Opportunities At Del Mar

Jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., arrived in California about five days before the start of the Del Mar meeting. He made his presence known by working horses a couple of mornings at Santa Anita,  then headed south with his brother/agent Nelson. “I came here with no business whatsoever. None whatsoever,” Norberto said Sunday morning. “This has […]

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Artie Magnuson (Photo via Facebook)
Longtime McLaughlin Assistant Artie Magnuson Saddles Second Starter Monday At Saratoga

As the longtime assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Artie Magnuson has been around plenty of good horses for countless big races. Even so, the 50-year-old native of nearby Clifton Park, N.Y. admits he will be a bit nervous for Monday’s seventh race at Saratoga. Magnuson will saddle Kirsten Morehouse’s 2-year-old homebred gelding Callant for his […]

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Mirco Demuro
Mirco Demuro Defeats Yutaka Take In Japan’s World All-Star Jockey Competition

Mirco Demuro, after tying with Yutaka Take at the end of Day One with 40 points each, dominated the series with great riding skills, registering two wins and two fifth-place finishes in the four-race World All-Star Jockey Competition, held at Japan’s Sapporo Racecourse. “I am really happy to have won the overall title and contribute […]

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