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Charismatic, as shown in his most recent JBBA conformation photo
Dual Classic Winner Charismatic Dies Suddenly

Dual classic winner and 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic has died. The 20-year-old stallion, who returned to the United States from the JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan on December 4, 2016, was pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. The announcement of his sudden passing was made this afternoon […]

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Haul Anchor, seen winning the Gander Stakes at Aqueduct
Knee Chip Sidelines Promising 3-Year-Old Haul Anchor

Chester and Mary Broman’s promising 3-year-old Haul Anchor, has been forced to the sidelines due to a knee chip. The Daily Racing Form reports that the New York-bred son of Bernardini will be out of training two or three months. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told the DRF that the colt had surgery Thursday to remove the chip. Haul Anchor, who […]

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Declining numbers in Thoroughbred foal crops are tied to significant issues in U.S. racing
The Friday Show: Population Problems, Early Derby Standouts?

It’s no secret that foal crops have been diminishing for several years. Despite recent contraction in the U.S. racing industry, the shortage of Thoroughbreds appears to be on display in important races coast to coast. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue of field sizes, racehorse ownership, and the […]

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Huracan Americo, a Group 1 winner in Peru, is being pointed to the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Peruvian G1 Winner Huracan Americo Continues Preparations For Fountain Of Youth Start

Huracan Americo, a Group 1 winner in Peru, schooled in the Gulfstream Park paddock and walking ring during Wednesday’s fifth race in preparation for a planned start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) March 4. The Florida-bred 3-year-old colt, who debuted with a fourth-place finish in a maiden event at Hipodromo De Monterrico Sept. […]

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El Areeb (Exchange Rate) and jockey Trevor McCarthy win the Withers (Gr III) at Aqueduct Racetrack 2/4/17. Trainer: Cathal Lynch. Owner: M M G Racing Stable
Florida Derby Start Thrown ‘Into The Mix’ For Promising El Areeb

Add the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park to the list of Triple Crown preps being considered for M M G Stables’ impressive 3-year-old El Areeb, a winner of his last four races including back-to-back graded stakes. Laurel Park-based trainer Cal Lynch said the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby is among the […]

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Brian Hernandez, Jr. with the trophy after the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘One Of The Most Underrated Jockeys Out There’

It was with an air of absolute confidence that jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., rode top 3-year-old McCraken in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. While making his first start of 2017, the son of Ghostzapper was impressive, extending his undefeated record and announcing himself a major candidate for the Kentucky […]

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Churchill Downs: $8.84M Spring Stakes Schedule Includes Two Transferred From Arlington

The 143rd runnings of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) are the biggest events on a strong and varied roster of 34 stakes races that offer $8.84 million in total purses scheduled during Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 38-day Spring Meet in 2017. The […]

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McCraken (Ghostzapper) wins the Kentucky Jockey Club Gold Cup at Churchill Downs
TCI: McCraken Returns In Sam F. Davis

The TCI guys process a wild last week of Derby prep action, including performances by several key 3-year-olds. They also preview this Saturday’s loaded Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa, which features the return of McCraken. Can an up-and-comer like Fact Finding or No Dozing defeat McCraken? How does Classic Empire’s clunker effect the TCI […]

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Isabelle de Tomaso (2nd from right in green) with her sister Hope Haskell Jones and trainer Graham Motion after the Holy Bull
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Tradition Deep In Sports Cars And Racehorses

Horsepower has always fascinated Isabelle de Tomaso, whose New Jersey homebred colt, Irish War Cry, pulled off a wire-to-wire upset of 2-year-old champion Classic Empire in last Saturday’s Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. A daughter of Amory L. Haskell – founding president of Monmouth Park and the namesake for the Jersey Shore […]

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Town and Country Racing & Spendthrift Farm's Third Day earned a spot on the Triple Crown trail with his win in the Just One More Stakes
Third Day Earns Spot On Triple Crown Trail With Victory In Just One More Stakes

Town and Country Racing and Spendthrift Farm’s Third Day put himself on the Triple Crown trail with a neck victory over Barry Karafin Bets in Wednesday’s $60,000 Just One More overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park. Third Day, ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher, ran one mile in 1:36.96 over fast […]

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