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Six-Time Connally Winning Trainer Mike Maker Enters Four In 2020 Edition

The second graded stakes of the Houston Racing Festival is the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup, to be run at the distance of one and one-half miles. A field of 12, including four turf specialists from the barn of Mike Maker, will be run as the ninth race of next Sunday’s matinee […]

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Serengeti Empress Takes On Street Band In Houston Ladies Classic

One week from today, Sam Houston Race Park will host the most prestigious day of its annual live Thoroughbred racing season. The draw for the six Houston Racing Festival stakes took place this morning for each of the features, including the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic. Now in its eighth running, the Houston Ladies […]

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Thrice Would Be Nice: Larry Jones Hoping Street Band Hits Right Notes in Houston Ladies Classic

It’s hard to keep trainer Larry Jones out of the winner’s circle at Sam Houston Park in Houston, Texas. The affable Kentucky horseman has won two previous editions of the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic, first with Joyful Victory, who captured the inaugural running in 2013, and then with Cassatt in 2015. Both mares […]

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‘Competitive Spirit’ Continues To Drive Trainer Karl Broberg

It seems like much longer than ten years that Karl Broberg has been training racehorses. He embarked on his career in 2009 when he acquired the Texas-based stable of John Locke, who gave up his veterinary practice to train horses full time. Locke was well-respected at each of the Texas tracks, garnering stakes wins with […]

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Sam Houston’s 2020 Race Meet Kicks Off On January 10

Sam Houston Race Park will conduct its 26th live racing season with Thoroughbred racing commencing on Friday, January 10. The 39-day meet will continue through Saturday, March 28. The draw for opening night took place on Friday, January 3 and ten races will be run, including one on the highly regarded Connally Turf Course. The […]

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Texas-Bred Mr Money Bags Among Land Of Enchantment Day Stars At Zia Park

Roy Cobb’s Mr Money Bags won the biggest race of his career Wednesday at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., as he dug in and captured the $250,000 Zia Park Derby under Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez.  Trained by Mike Neatherlin, the son of Silver City was able to hold off a determined bid by Dueling to win the mile and […]

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Horologist, Mr. Money Bags Top Wednesday’s Zia Parks Oaks, Derby Cards

Zia Park will present the seventh annual Land of Enchantment Day program Wednesday, November 27. The card will feature seven stakes, including the $250,000 Zia Park Derby and the $250,000 Zia Park Oaks. Post time for the program, which will offer purses of $1 million dollars, is 12:00 P.M. (MT), 2:00 P.M (ET). The draw […]

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McKeever’s History As A Trainer Comes In Handy In Role As Track Super At Louisiana Downs

Billy McKeever, Jr. brings a unique skill set to his role as the highly-respected track superintendent at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. The 56-year-old was born in Shreveport and grew up in nearby Benton, La. His late father, Billy McKeever, Sr., was a very successful Louisiana-base trainer. McKeever followed that same path and trained for six years, […]

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Rotation, Full Brother To Tapiture, Scores In Super Derby

When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Saturday’s performance by Rotation in the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs was a perfect example of that age-old truth. The colt by Tapit out of the Olympio mare Free Spin, bred and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, was the favorite in last month’s Super […]

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Knicks Go Seeks Return To The Winner’s Circle In Super Derby

A quality field of 3-year-olds will run in Super Derby 40 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, on Saturday, September 7. The marquee day of the 2019 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet will get underway at a special post time of 12:00 pm (Central). Leading the field is Knicks Go owned by KRA Stud Farms, who has been […]

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