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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Kimmel Overcomes The Odds With Bar Of Gold

Perhaps it is only fitting that John Kimmel trained Bar of Gold, the 66-1 longshot who pulled one of the most stunning upsets in Breeders’ Cup history when she won the Grade 1 Filly & Mare Sprint at Del Mar in the final stride. The odds have seemingly been stacked against him for years. Although […]

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‘Truly A Great Honor’: Dominguez Set To Enter Saratoga’s Walk Of Fame Friday

It would be understandable if Ramon Dominguez became bitter after head injuries suffered in a Jan. 18, 2013 spill forced him to stop riding five months later. Another person might have been angry that an extraordinary career that brought three Eclipse Awards, 4,985 victories and nearly $200 million in earnings ended in an instant. Dominguez […]

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Inspired By His Late Father, Castellano Enters Hall Of Fame With Dreams Yet To Fulfill

When Javier Castellano is inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Friday, it will culminate his illustrious career but hardly mark the end. In some respects, the 39-year-old jockey acts as if he is just getting started. “I will live the best moment of my life,” said Castellano of his […]

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Saratoga Start Unlikely For Songbird; Porter Says No Plans To Retire Two-Time Champ At Year’s End

Owner Rick Porter and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer have long indicated that a race at Saratoga Race Course was among the stops they intended to make as part of two-time champion Songbird’s 4-year-old campaign. After an upset scare at hot and humid Delaware Park in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on July 15, […]

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Could Belmont Run By Epicharis Be Start Of Something Big For NYRA?

The New York Racing Association hopes Epicharis’ participation in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday will help to usher in a new era of regular appearances by Japan-based horses in its major races. NYRA officials persuaded Epicharis’ connections to make the long journey from Japan by offering a $1-million bonus if their quest should […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: UPS Driver Grant Trains Millionaire, G1 Winner

Little-known trainer Gaston Grant describes his journey with millionaire New Jersey-bred Green Gratto as “once in a million.” Whatever the odds attached to their success, they are long. Grant remains in the early stages of building his credentials as a horseman as he scrambles to find time to oversee his small stable at Aqueduct Racetrack while maintaining […]

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Brown Looking For Triple Crown Success To Eclipse Reputation As Filly, Grass Trainer

One deep breath. That is all Chad Brown allowed himself to celebrate his first Eclipse Award as North America’s leading trainer, an honor he received in January to culminate his stunning rise in the last decade. “It was a tall mountain to climb. To finally get there, I did a big exhale like, ‘Okay, we […]

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McMullen A ‘Natural’ To Continue Gentle Approach As NYRA’s New Starter

Mike McMullen joined the racing scene in 1987 as a tall, lanky teenager who possessed a heavyweight’s hands and a puppy dog’s demeanor as he tagged along behind Jim, his older brother. He quickly became known as “Pup,” a moniker he cannot shake, even after recently being named head starter for the New York Racing […]

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Ramsey To Downsize Operation: ‘It’s Kind Of Gotten Out Of Control’

Ken Ramsey, the winningest owner in Kentucky history and an accomplished breeder, has begun the process of dramatically downsizing his Thoroughbred operation with the intention of reducing his stock by more than 50 percent. Ken and his wife, Sarah, have 630 horses as part of a massive racing and breeding operation centered at Ramsey Farm […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Dubb ‘Takes Chances,’ Pleasure In Helping Others

To understand Michael Dubb is to go far beyond his stature as the preeminent owner on the rugged New York circuit. His greatest satisfaction has nothing to do with the 78 wins last season that secured his third consecutive New York Racing Association owner’s title and fifth in seven years. It has everything to do […]

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