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Bloodlines: Unlikely Story Of How Unique Bella Nearly Slipped Through The Cracks

Sometimes, breeding top-class horses looks so easy. Just take three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and breed him to a mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and there you have it, champion Unique Bella, who won the Eclipse Award as the best sprint filly of 2017. Doesn’t that look simple? Unique Bella makes it […]

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Longtime Taylor Made Stallion Northern Afleet Dies At 25

Taylor Made Stallions reported today that Northern Afleet, a longtime stallion at the Nicholasville, Ky., farm, was euthanized Friday, June 1. The accomplished son of Afleet—Nuryette, by Nureyev, known for his versatility and consistency as a sire, was 25 years old. Dr. Charles Scoggin issued the following statement: Northern Afleet had experienced an episode of […]

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Central Banker Gets First Winner With Subsidiary

Gabe Grossberg’s Subsidiary aced her Woodbine debut Saturday, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race, to become New York freshman sire Central Banker’s first winner. Trained by Mark Casse, the chestnut filly was sent out at odds of 10-1 in a robust field of 10. Out of the gate well from post eight, Subsidiary was […]

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B. B. Dude First Winner For Spendthrift’s Shakin It Up

Spendthrift Farm’s Grade 1 winner Shakin It Up sired his first winner on June 1 when B. B. Dude captured a $51,000 maiden special weight at Churchill Downs in his career debut. In the colors of owner Jerry Durant, B. B. Dude broke alertly and raced in third position early, just off the dueling leaders. […]

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First Winner For Goldencents As Pickett Charges To Victory At Evangeline Downs

Spendthrift Farm’s two-time Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents sired his first winner on May 30 at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana when first-time starter Pickett rolled to a 6 1/2-length win in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race for accredited Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds. Running in the colors of Charles Carlton and trained by […]

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Foal Patrol: Grade 1 Winner Arravale Delivers American Pharoah Colt

Arravale, a multiple Grade 1-winning mare owned by Merriebelle Stable, delivered the eighth and final foal in the inaugural season of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol project at 10:47 p.m. on Monday at Chanteclair Farm in Kentucky. The foal, a colt by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, was a […]

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Bloodlines: Accelerate Adds Notch For Lookin at Lucky, Smart Strike’s Unexpected Journey

Accelerate (by Lookin at Lucky) won the Gold Cup Handicap to pair with his Santa Anita Handicap, both Grade 1, and those victories make him look like the best older horse on the West Coast at 10 furlongs, at least unless West Coast (Flatter) comes out of hibernation and asserts some of his best form. […]

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Louisiana Legends: Social Misfit Upsets Classic, Mr. Al’s Gal All The Way In Distaff

Evangeline Downs hosted its richest night of the Thoroughbred season on Saturday with Louisiana Legends Night. There were eight stakes races held with total purses of $600,000 and the evening was a showcase of the finest Louisiana-bred horses currently in training. It isn’t very often that a horse trained by Karl Broberg and ridden by Tim Thornton […]

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Black Caviar: Daughter Retired, Colt Prince Of Caviar Makes Debut

The offspring of the great Australian racemare Black Caviar are headed in different directions: Oscietra, her daughter, has officially been retired, while juvenile son Prince of Caviar finished fourth on debut at Sandown. According to racing.com, Oscietra (Exceed and Excel) has been retired sound with two wins from five starts. Prince of Caviar settled at the […]

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Multiple Sources Report Coolmore Will Stand Justify; WinStar Says No Deal

ESPN and the New York Times reported late Thursday that Coolmore has reached an agreement to purchase the breeding rights to Triple Crown hopeful Justify. Both outlets, which cite multiple sources not authorized to speak about the deal, report Coolmore will pay roughly $60 million for those rights. The New York Times report indicates the […]

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