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Passion For Racing, Friend’s Memory Motivate New York Owner Stritsman

Lucas Stritsman of Troy, N.Y., could hardly be described as a grizzled racing veteran. He is no corporate magnate, either. He and his brother, Evan, own Fire Hearth and Patio, a family business in Colonie, N.Y., that their father, Wayne, started in his garage more than four decades ago. Stritsman, 42, offers a refreshingly fresh […]

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Ralph Strangis, Minnesota Racing Commission Chairman, Dead At 82

Ralph Strangis, chairman of the Minnesota Racing Commission and principal partner in the law firm Kaplan, Strangis & Kaplan, passed away on August 15, 2018, at age 82. Mr. Strangis was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as chair of the commission in 2013. He had served on the commission previously in the early days […]

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Golden Gate Pushes For Bigger Field Sizes As Meet Opens

Golden Gate Fields will open its 24-day Summer Meet this Thursday and in an effort to offer fans increased field sizes, purses have been increased $2,000 for all claiming races run for a tag of $16,000 or less. Both Golden Gate’s main track and turf course have undergone routine renovations and are in pristine condition heading into […]

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Super Ninety Nine Sires First Winner At Laurel Park

Little Miss Raelyn took to the front and never looked back to win a waiver maiden claiming race on Sunday at Laurel Park and become the first winner for her sire, Super Ninety Nine. The debuting filly completed the five-furlong race in 59.10 seconds over a fast main track under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. Bred […]

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Catapult Splits Rivals For Del Mar Mile Win

Providing red-hot jockey Drayden Van Dyke with his fifth of seven victories during the afternoon, Catapult, longshot winner of the Eddie Read Stakes a month ago, proved that triumph was no fluke with a come-from-behind triumph in the featured Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile Sunday. Van Dyke, who had eight mounts, tied Hall of […]

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Del Mar Handle Up Eight Percent Over First Five Weeks

Overall handle has increased more than 8% after five weeks of racing at Del Mar, with two solid weeks of action still to come. Track officials welcomed the Friday announcement of the return of Breeders’ Cup to Del Mar in 2021, then saw a single-day handle mark topple when $25,969,128 was bet on Saturday’s TVG Pacific […]

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Seven Of Ten: Van Dyke Equals Del Mar Win Record With New Personal Best

In 2006, Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza won seven of ten races in a single day at Del Mar. On Sunday, Drayden Van Dyke – Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2014 – equaled that record, winning with seven of his eight mounts on a 10-race card, including the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile aboard the […]

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Lanerie Sweeps Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes With Tobacco Road, Serengeti Empress

Corey Lanerie swept Ellis Park’s pair of 2-year-old stakes but in completely different fashion Sunday: Serengeti Empress led all the way to an electrifying 13 1/2-length blowout over the late-running Include Edition in the $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante. A race later, Tobacco Road wore down stablemate Whiskey Echo to take the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile […]

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Navarro Ties Monmouth Record Again With Five-Win Sunday

For the third time this meet – and the fourth time in two years – leading trainer Jorge Navarro tied the Monmouth Park record for wins on a single program with five, accomplishing the feat on Sunday’s 10-race program. Navarro first tied Todd Pletcher’s record on July 23, 2017. He then matched that total on […]

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Utmost Denies Tiz A Slam In Sunday’s Sky Classic

Augustin Stable’s Utmost denied Tiz a Slam another graded stakes win as he out-finished the favourite in the $175,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Grade 2) on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. With the victory, trainer Graham Motion ran his Sky Classic win streak to three and overall total to four. His prior wins in the Grade 2 […]

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