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Talk Veuve To Me Proves Deserving Favorite In Indiana Oaks

Talk Veuve to Me was the toast of Indiana Grand, romping to a 4 3/4-length victory over Figarella’s Queen in Saturday night’s Grade 3, $200,000 Indiana Oaks. “She showed what I was expecting her to show,” said trainer Rodolphe Brisset, who began training only last year and earned his second graded stakes victory, following Quip […]

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‘Always A Longshot’: $1,500 Filly Takes On Indiana Oaks With Help From Above

Molecules will be the longest shot in Saturday night’s $200,000, Grade 3 Indiana Oaks at Indiana Grand, but a victory by the locally-based 3-year-old filly would be in keeping with her remarkable story. Edward “Bow” Boerjan already was fighting cancer when he purchased Molecules for $1,500 at Keeneland’s 2016 January sale. He had the daughter of Einstein […]

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Lanerie Back In The Winner’s Circle: ‘Get Life Moving Forward Again’

Corey Lanerie rode at Ellis Park Friday for the first time this summer as the four-time meet titlist resumed riding regularly following the June 22 death of his wife, Shantel. With his third mount of the day, Lanerie was back in the winner’s circle for the fourth race, with track announcer Jimmy McNerney saying, “Hide […]

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O’Neill Chases Back-To-Back Indiana Derby Victories With Blame The Rider

Doug O’Neill will try to keep up his lofty stats in graded stakes at Indiana Grand. The California-based trainer had never run a horse here when he finished a close second in last year’s Indiana Oaks with Mopotism and immediately afterward won the Indiana Derby with Irap. Now the two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer is back […]

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Conway, Romans Carry High Hopes For Indiana Derby Favorite King Zachary

Trainer Dale Romans long has said that King Zachary is as good as any 3-year-old in his large Churchill Downs-based stable. Owner Tom Conway has been talking up his homebred son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin long before King Zachary ever ran. Now King Zachary takes another step toward backing up their beliefs […]

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Ellis Park Turf: Bonnie Arch Proves Owner’s Faith In 0-For-4 Mare

In the wake of the 2008 stock market crash, Lindsay Bohannon found himself the sole owner in a filly named Archly, his partners wanting out. Because Archly was by Arch, whose son Blame had just handed the great racemare Zenyatta her only defeat in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, Bohannon decided to […]

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‘Blue-Collar’ Li’l Roc To Serve As Ellis Park’s Paddock Analyst

You probably won’t know Ellis Park’s new paddock analyst by his real name: Robert O’Connor III. On the racetrack, where the 24-year-old Louisvillian has been a fixture since he was a kid, the son of trainer Rob O’Connor II has been known as Li’l Rocco, Li’l Roc or Rocco. His Facebook name is Rocco O’Connor. […]

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Hard-Knock Apprentice Morales Off To A Fast Start At Ellis Park

Having begun his riding career only last October, apprentice jockey Edgar Morales is off to a fast start at Ellis Park, with three wins, a second and four thirds in 14 mounts so far this young meet. The three wins tie Morales for the lead heading into Friday’s card with Jack Gilligan, another young jockey […]

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Geroux ‘Excited’ About First Fourth Of July As A U.S. Citizen

When Kentucky Oaks-winning jockey Florent Geroux rides at Ellis Park on Wednesday’s special Independence Day program, he’ll be celebrating his country’s birthday along with everyone else. This is the first July 4 for the French-born Geroux as a United States citizen, having taken the Oath of Allegiance at the naturalization ceremony May 23 in Louisville. […]

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Jockey Camacho, Agent Torres Spring 43-1 Upset With First Ellis Park Winner

Jockey Sammy Camacho, trying to break into the Kentucky circuit after riding in New York, rode at Ellis Park for the first time in Sunday’s fourth race. He made it a most memorable debut, rallying from last on Del Loveland’s 43-1 shot Sage Master to nail the front-running favorite Shanghai Point by a head in […]

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