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Ellis Park: Four NHC Berths Up For Grabs In ‘Bluegrass Tournament’ Aug. 20

Ellis Park, in conjunction with AmWager, is staging a live-money handicapping tournament that will send its top four finishers to the National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas, Feb. 9-11, 2018. The Bluegrass Tournament Presented by AmWager will be Sunday, Aug. 20, the same day that Ellis Park stages its pair of stakes for 2-year-olds. Entry […]

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Eagle Sets New Stakes Record With Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Win

Eagle and Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. edged out the competition in the 18th running of the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Saturday, July 15. The duo covered the one mile and 70 yard distance in a time of 1:40.24, which was a new stakes record. Eagle didn’t even attempt early speed in the field; that’s not […]

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Tiger Moth Gets First Stakes Win In Indiana’s Mari Hulman George

John Gunther’s Tiger Moth earned her first stakes victory, rallying late to take Indiana Grand’s $100,000 Mari Hulman George by 2 1/2 lengths over Mo d’Amour. Big World, a Grade 1 winner two races earlier who was the even-money favorite, finished another neck back third, with pacesetting Improv another two lengths back while nosing out […]

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Overture In Front Gate-To-Wire For Indiana Oaks Upset

On his 34th birthday, jockey Julien Leparoux took what he was given. And that was a wire-to-wire victory as WinStar Farm’s Overture held off favored Mopotism for a length victory in the $200,000, Grade 3 Indiana Oaks at Indiana Grand. Overture, in her first stakes race, was in the clear through a tepid first quarter-mile […]

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Beauly Up The Hedge For Indiana General Assembly Distaff Win

James Graham shot up the hedge with 13-1 shot Beauly, holding off favored Linda for a victory in the $100,000 Indiana General Assembly Distaff at Indiana Grand. It was the first stakes victory for Rebecca and Stephen Hillen’s 4-year-old filly, who was making her third start in the United States after racing last year in […]

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Indiana Derby: Wild Shot Stretches Back Out, Brockton George May Be Ready To Step Up

Wild Shot is no wild shot in Saturday’s $500,000 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand. Never mind his seventh-place finish in his last start, when he lost Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens by 16 lengths. Trainer Rusty Arnold is not predicting that Calumet Farm’s son of Trappe Shot will win the 23rd running of Indiana’s richest Thoroughbred […]

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Indiana-Bred Bucchero Has A Shot On ‘His Track’ In Schaefer Memorial

Bucchero might not win Saturday night’s $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial at Indiana Grand, but the winner probably will have to pass him at some point. So believes Tim Glyshaw, who trains Bucchero for Harlan Malter’s Ironhorse Racing Stable. Bucchero is the leading older male horse in the Indiana-bred ranks, seeking to repeat in this fall’s Brickyard […]

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Fan Favorite Brass Hat Headlines Thoroughbred Aftercare Day At Ellis Park

Brass Hat, one of the region’s most popular racehorses of the past decade, is making a return visit to Ellis Park for Sunday’s Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Day. As part of the July 16 festivities, commemorative Brass Hat posters will be given out, with fans able to have them signed by trainer Buff Bradley, who owned […]

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Kentucky Downs: Reserved Seating Now On Sale For 2017 Meet

Reserved seats are now on sale online for Kentucky Downs’ elite all-grass race meet in September, including in the track’s new second-floor Directors’ Room. Racing fans, horseplayers, sports enthusiasts and those looking to have a good time at a unique venue can purchase tickets for the five-date meet at www.kentuckydowns.com/racing/live-racing/buy-tickets. Kentucky Downs conducts live racing […]

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Calhoun, Hernandez Hoping For ‘Awesome Saturday’ In Indiana Derby

Trainer Bret Calhoun and jockey Brian Hernandez are hoping Awesome Saturday produces just that in Saturday night’s $500,000 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand. Chuck Hovitz’s 3-year-old son of Any Given Saturday makes his stakes debut in the 1 1/16-mile, Grade 3 race. But he’s always run well while making steady improvement in each of his five starts despite self-inflected miscues. In […]

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