Michael Adolphson

Multi-Millionaire Thunder Snow Looks To Earn American Respect In Met Mile

In 23 lifetime starts and four seasons of racing, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Thunder Snow has managed to compile a most impressive resume. He has won a Group 1 every season, placed in seven others, won at the top level on both turf and dirt and competed in five countries, while winning Group 1s in […]

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Tacitus: Juddmonte ‘Doubling Down’ On Dirt Sires In Quest Of Elusive Derby Win

If Tacitus’ blood was any bluer, it would be cerulean. By America’s top dirt sire, 2004 Wood Memorial winner Tapit, out of five-time Grade 1-winning New York heroine and Eclipse champion Close Hatches, the flashy gray colt is owned by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud’s global powerhouse Juddmonte Farms, and trained by Hall of […]

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Guest Suite ‘Will Enjoy That Extra Distance’ In Possible Louisiana Derby Appearance

William S. Farish and Lora Jean Kilroy’s homebred gelding Guest Suite has exited his fourth-place finish in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes in excellent shape and will move forward on what his connections hope is a Kentucky Derby trail for the talented son of Quality Road. A little farther back than usual last […]

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Untapable, Just Wicked Work Back After Winter Vacations

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable, the Eclipse Award Champion 3-year-old filly of 2014 and a Grade 1 winner in her 4-year-old season for trainer Steve Asmussen, took the first steps toward what will likely be her final season of racing on Thursday morning. The leading female earner of champion sire Tapit worked an easy half-mile at […]

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Eighteen-Year-Old Apprentice Making Waves At Fair Grounds

Eighteen-year-old apprentice jockey Erica ‘E. M.’ Murray is making her mark early during her first Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, she has 20 victories to her career so far from 149 mounts – all in 2015 – and is riding in her second meet. “It feels pretty awesome,” […]

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Secret Gesture Aimed Toward Flower Bowl For Next Start

According to the International Racing Bureau and her connections, Secret Gesture will likely race next in the Grade I $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park on Oct. 3. First under the wire in the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D. last out at Arlington International Racecourse, the daughter of Galileo will possibly face the two […]

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Sarah Sis Targets G1 Ballerina For Next Start

Joe Ragsdale’s multiple Grade III stakes winner Sarah Sis has her sights set on bigger prizes next out, according to trainer Ingrid Mason. The daughter of Sharp Humor has won half her 10 starts, including her last two – the $75,000 Panthers Stakes and Grade III $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows. The Arlington International […]

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The Pizza Man ‘Perfect’ After Million Victory; Cox Plate Possibly Next For Highland Reel

The quartet of winners from the International Festival of Racing featuring the Arlington Million presented by LiftMaster have all come out of their respective victories in good shape, according to their connections. Midwest Thoroughbreds’ homebred The Pizza Man exited his popular victory in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million “perfect,” according to trainer Roger Brueggemann. […]

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Ramseys Seek Another Million Win With Big Blue Kitten

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Big Blue Kitten will continue his impressive 7-year-old season in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million, where the son of Kitten’s Joy is expected to vie for favoritism. Fresh off a victory in the Grade I $500,000 United Nations over 11 furlongs, the bay ridgling will cut back a furlong to […]

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Arlington Million Day Graded Stakes Attract 44 Pre-Entries

Arlington International Racecourse’s International Festival of Racing featuring the Arlington Million Presented by LiftMaster attracted 44 pre-entries from six countries in its four graded stakes. Topped by the 33rd running of the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million, which has a full field of 14 nominated, the Festival also features the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D. […]

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