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‘Master Trainer’ Stoute Passes Cecil As Royal Ascot’s All-Time Leader

Multiple Group 1 winner Cracksman, most recently victorious in the Coronation Cup at Epsom, was expected to be the star of the day on Wednesday, the second of five days of racing at Royal Ascot in England. Instead, it was Sir Michael Stoute who took the honors, saddling Poet’s Word to a mild upset of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Peter Brant ‘Happy To Be Back’ In The Game

Peter M. Brant had quite a run in Thoroughbred racing in the 1970s and ‘80s. There were Eclipse Award winners like Waya in 1979 and Just a Game in 1980, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and G1 Belmont winner Swale – the champion 3-year-old he co-owned with Claiborne Farm – in 1984, and champion sprinter Gulch […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Whipping Up A Frenzy

It’s all good. On Saturday, NBC devoted a full hour to the unforgettable 1989 Triple Crown rivalry surrounding Sunday Silence and Easy Goer with the airing of a documentary film “Dark Horses” (encore presentations can be seen on NBCSN June 6 at 8 p.m., June 8 at 7 p.m., and June 9 at 8 a.m. […]

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‘Pretty Incredible’: Justify Zips Half-Mile In :46.80 In First Breeze Since Preakness

Unbeaten Triple Crown hopeful Justify cruised a half mile in :46.80 on Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs in his first breeze since recording a half-length victory over Bravazo in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at 1 3/16 miles on a sloppy track on May 19. Under jockey Martin Garcia, who along with trainer Bob Baffert […]

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A ‘BatCam’ Helped Save The Day For NBC’s Coverage Of Foggy Preakness

Rob Hyland has covered major events for NBC Sports, from college and professional football to Olympic track and field and figure skating, but the network’s lead producer for horse racing had never seen a challenge like last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at foggy Pimlico in Baltimore, Md. “For the first time in my career,” Hyland said, […]

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Ritvo: Economic Study To Determine Future Home Of Preakness

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, owner of Pimlico and Laurel Park in Maryland, said results from the second phase of a Maryland Stadium Authority market and economic study will determine the future of the Preakness Stakes. The first phase of the study, completed in February 2017, put a cost estimate of […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Baffert On Baffert

A Preakness Stakes win by Kentucky Derby winner Justify would be the seventh for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in a span of just 22 years – which would equal Robert Wyndham Walden’s all-time record of seven set in the 19th century. All of Baffert’s previous Preakness winners competed two weeks earlier in the […]

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Dutrow To Racing Community: If Given A Second Chance, I Won’t Let You Down

Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Rick Dutrow has written an open letter to members of the Thoroughbred community, communicating his hope that the New York State Gaming Commission will reconsider the 10-year suspension he received in 2011 for an accumulation of rules violations from the regulatory board’s predecessor, the New York State Racing and Wagering […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Who Wins From Sports Betting?

We woke up in a different world today. Yesterday, outside of the state of Nevada, the only legal “sports” betting in the United States was on horse racing. Today, or more realistically in the coming months and years, Americans will be able to bet on baseball, basketball, football and hockey, among other sports. They’ll be […]

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Foreman: ‘Spirit Of Cooperation’ In Mid-Atlantic Led To Revival Of MATCH Series

The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series, which had a five-year run from 1997-2001, returns to the racing landscape in 2018. The MATCH Series kicks off on Preakness weekend at Pimlico racecourse in Baltimore, with the Skipat Stakes (for filly and mare sprinters) and Jim McKay Turf Sprint (3 and up, turf sprinters) contested on next Friday’s […]

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