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Seeking The Soul Makes The Grade With Clark Handicap Upset

Charles Fipke homebred Seeking the Soul made his first stakes victory a big one, coming from off the pace to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Friday under John Velazquez. The Hall of Fame jockey was celebrating his 46th victory. Good Samaritan finished second, with Hoppertunity third […]

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Actress Turns Comely Into A Laugher With Daylight Victory

Gary and Mary West’s homebred Actress donned blinkers for the first time and opened up by 8 1/4 lengths under the wire to win the Grade 3, $250,000 Comely for sophomore fillies on Aqueduct Racetrack’s Black Friday holiday card, notching her first stakes victory since the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan on May 19. Ridden by […]

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Tim Hills Gets 2,000th Career Victory With Horse Owned By Longtime Client Braverman

Trainer Tim Hills saddled the 2000th winner of his career Friday at Gulfstream Park West, visiting the winner’s circle with Dom the Bomb after a front-running triumph in the fifth race. “That means I’ve been around a long time,” said Hills with a chuckle after a winner’s circle ceremony in recognition of his achievement. “I’m now […]

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Cambodia Favored To Claim First Grade 1 In Del Mar’s Closing-Day Matriarch

Winter Quarter Farm’s Cambodia, whose affinity for the Jimmy Durante Turf Course has been shown three times in the past four months, was established as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Sunday’s Grade I $300,000 Matriarch, the highlight of three stakes races on the closing day of the Bing Crosby Fall meeting at Del Mar […]

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‘Beautiful’ And ‘Accommodating’: Hills Enjoying First Del Mar Season

The presence of owners Jim and Susan Hill at Del Mar, a place Jim Hill concedes – “We’d never been to, never seen until this year” — with more than a dozen horses for the Bing Crosby Fall meeting leads to one inescapable conclusion. Del Mar hosting the Breeders’ Cup for the first time was […]

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Stakes Are Well Done For Florida-Based Jockey Edgard Zayas

By any measure, Edgard Zayas has enjoyed a highly successful 2017 campaign while riding primarily at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West. The 24-year-old jockey has ridden the winners of more than 200 races and $6.3 million in purses, but his most impressive statistic is his 26 percent strike rate in stakes races. Zayas, who […]

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Walder Aiming Trio For Claiming Crown On Opening Day Of Gulfstream’s Championship Meet

Grade 1-placed Dream Saturday, claimed out of a victory earlier this fall in his previous start at Gulfstream Park, will make the first start for his new connections in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Dec. 2, opening day of the 2017-18 Championship Meet. Trainer Peter Walder is also planning to run Loooch Racing Stables’ Moonshine […]

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G1 Hollywood Derby Tops Saturday’s Graded Stakes Tripleheader At Del Mar

Del Mar continues its Fall Festival of graded stakes competition Saturday with a tripleheader highlighted by the Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby for three-year-olds at a mile and one-eighth over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. A strong nine-race program also will feature two Grade III contests, the $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes for two-year-old fillies […]

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NYRA Releases Aqueduct Stakes Schedule for Winter, Spring Meets

Aqueduct racetrack’s 2018 winter and spring meets will feature 51 stakes worth more than $7 million in purses, highlighted by the Big A’s traditional spring showcase, the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 7. The 2018 winter meet will feature four new stakes races: the $100,000 La Verdad for New York-bred fillies and mares […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Adds Spanish Language Section To Website

Tampa Bay Downs is set to embrace its vast Hispanic audience by offering Spanish-language program pages, handicapping information, interviews and a daily podcast, called Tampa en Español, through a link on its website, www.tampabaydowns.com The link will be managed by Luis Ocasio, a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Industrial and […]

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