Old Friends Announces Passing Of Veteran New England Campaigners Swan’s Way And Duke Ora

Within just a few days of each other, we lost two tough old New England Campaigners: Duke Ora, 23, and Swan’s Way, 28. They each made 81 starts and died within a few days of each other–Dukie from a neurological disorder and Swannie from inoperable colic. And anyone who thinks Thoroughbreds are the equine version […]

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Asian Racing Federation Forms ‘Anti-Illegal Betting Task Force’ To Combat Black Market Gambling

In its effort to crackdown on illegal black market betting, the Asian Racing Federation has formed the ‘Anti-Illegal Betting Force’ and the group has already begun to share information with law enforcement agencies around the world. The South China Morning Post reports that the federation has signed an agreement with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), and […]

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Brown ‘Leaning Toward’ Running Practical Joke In Small-Cup Blinkers

A two-time Grade 1-winning juvenile, Practical Joke has yet to win a race over a mile in distance. The Kentucky Derby hopeful has, however, never finished worse than third in six career starts, and will have jockey Joel Rosario aboard on the first Saturday in May. In his two starts of 2017, Practical Joke seemed […]

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‘An Extraordinary Horse’: Gunnevera Carrying The Hopes Of A Nation

Majority owner Salomón del Valle was on hand to watch Gunnevera’s final work before the Kentucky Derby on Friday morning at Churchill Downs, and the Venezuelan native could not help but glow after the 3-year-old son of Dialed In cruised through a easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5, hardly breaking a sweat. Gunnevera’s exercise rider […]

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Always Dreaming ‘Exceptional,’ Classic Empire Gives Casse ‘Chills’ In Final Derby Preparations

Florida Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming turned in the work of the morning Friday with a five-furlong drill in :59.60 with jockey John Velazquez aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher. The first horse to work after the renovation break, Always Dreaming produced fractions of :13, :24.40, :35.80, :47.60 and :59.60 with gallop-outs of 1:12.60 for six […]

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Blue Grass Winner Irap Has ‘A Good Leg Stretch’ In Mile Work At Keeneland

Following the Friday morning renovation break at Keeneland, Reddam Racing’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Irap turned in his final work for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) by covering a mile in 1:44.20 on a fast track with Julien Leparoux aboard. Irap, the first maiden to win the Toyota Blue […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Building ‘Mo’-Mentum

Unbridled Mo held off the late charge of Power of Snunner to win the G3 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland April 21. The race marked the second graded stakes victory of the year for the 4-year-old filly, who captured the G3 Houston Ladies Classic earlier this year. Unbridled Mo’s Keeneland win helped move her sire, Uncle […]

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The Friday Show: Pletcher’s Year, Derby Handicapping Philosophies?

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s high level of success in Thoroughbred racing is undeniable, but in recent years he’s also come under scrutiny for his lack of accomplishment when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick break down Pletcher’s record in racing’s most high profile event. […]

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Classic Empire Leads Battalion Of Derby Workers At Churchill Friday Morning

With rain in the forecast for overnight in Louisville, a slew of Kentucky Derby contenders put in their final workouts for the first Saturday in May on Friday morning. Reigning 2-year-old champion Classic Empire was the first out on the track, shortly after 7 a.m. According to Churchill Downs’ clockers, the Mark Casse trainee breezed […]

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Animal Simulators Help Tufts Veterinary Students ‘Learn By Doing’

Hannah Donnelly, V17, was “super anxious” about a dog spay she was scheduled to do. All third-year students at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine are required to spay two dogs for their course in small-animal anesthesia and surgery. So when she got an email offering students a chance to practice on a simulator […]

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