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Dana Barnes has been instrumental to Arrogate's ability to relax during his morning training, a key factor for the high-strung son of Unbridled's Song.
Dana Barnes And Her ‘Deal’ With Dubai World Cup Favorite Arrogate

There’s a reason that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has kept assistant and exercise rider Dana Barnes in his employ for so many years, according to, and it’s not just because her husband, Jimmy, is the trainer’s top traveling assistant. Barnes has a particular talent for convincing excitable young Thoroughbreds to relax in […]

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Vale Dori and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Finding Dori

Vale Dori earned her fifth straight victory – and fourth straight graded stakes win – when she put away champion Finest City in the stretch and captured the G1 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths. The Santa Margarita marked the 5-year-old mare’s first North American Grade 1 win and kept her undefeated in three […]

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Arrogate at Meydan the morning of March 23
Primed For Another Huge Effort, Arrogate ‘Has The World At His Feet’

It should be worth the wait for when Arrogate (USA), officially the best dirt racehorse and joint highest-rated of any horse on the planet, takes to the Meydan dirt surface in anger on Saturday evening. He will face 13 rivals in the UAE’s flagship race, the 2000m Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by […]

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Post positions for the 2017 Dubai World Cup (photo courtesy Ron Winchell's Twitter feed)
Arrogate Draws Post Nine, Gun Runner Post Five For Dubai World Cup

Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate will break from the number nine post in Saturday’s Group 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan Race Course. A full field of 14 was entered for the $10 million race, with the U.S. well-represented with five runners. In addition to Arrogate, other U.S. runners include Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Three Chimneys Farm’s […]

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Exercise rider Nick Bush smiles at the camera after galloping Dubai World Cup contender Neolithic at Meydan
Arrogate, Hoppertunity ‘Doing Perfectly’; Keen Ice, Neolithic ‘Like The Surface’ In Dubai

A day after he breezed about 800m (four furlongs) at Meydan, Arrogate spent a peaceful morning on Tuesday in the quarantine barn area. “They just walked and it was nice and cool for them, which was great,” said trainer Bob Baffert, referring to Arrogate and his stablemate and fellow Dubai World Cup contender Hoppertunity (USA). […]

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Cheyenne Stable's Mastery and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes
Mastery To Stand At Claiborne Farm Upon Retirement

Undefeated Grade 1 winner Mastery will stand at Claiborne Farm upon retirement, according to representative Bernie Sams. The three-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) is a perfect 4-for-4 in his racing career, including dominant victories in last year’s Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr.I) and Bob Hope Stakes (gr.III), and this year’s San Felipe (gr.II). […]

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Arrogate galloping in Dubai
Dubai World Cup: Arrogate Sharpens Up, Baffert Counts On Him ‘To Get It Done’

Powered down the Meydan stretch before dawn in what trainer Bob Baffert said was an approximate 800m (four furlong) breeze, Arrogate was going at an easy clip under exercise rider Dana Barnes before exiting the track in big, springing strides and with his ears pricked. Baffert said he did not have a stopwatch on the […]

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Vale Dori wins the Santa Margarita
Vale Dori Stretches Win Streak To Five, Bests Champion Finest City In Santa Margarita

Challenged from the opening bell, Argentine-bred Vale Dori repelled a serious challenge from Finest City to take Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Rafael Bejarano.Trained by Bob Baffert, Vale Dori made every pole a winning one as she got a mile and one eighth in 1:48.81. Breaking from post […]

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Mor Spirit and Mike Smith take the Essex
‘Big Money Mike’ Cashes With Mor Spirit In Essex Handicap

Michael Lund Peterson’s Mor Spirit was the more than two-length victor of Saturday’s $250,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park, piloted to the winner’s circle by none other than Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. Trained by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, the heavily favored 4-year-old son of Eskendereya covered 1 1/16 miles on the […]

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Scrambled breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the March OBS sale (Little Red Feather ad photo)
Scrambled: Little Red Feather Purchases G1 Winner Egg Drop’s First Foal

Billy Koch, founder and managing partner of the Little Red Feather Racing ownership group, purchased a feisty gray daughter of Alphabet Soup at the 2010 OBS Yearling Sale. Named Egg Drop, she would go on to become the partnership’s second ever Grade 1 winner (following Singletary, 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile). When Koch and the group […]

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