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‘The Basics Are The Most Important Things’: Mandella Reflects On Hall Of Fame Career

Richard Mandella built his Hall of Fame career on consummate horsemanship, a no-frills, all-class approach to training Thoroughbreds that has produced enduring success spanning more than four decades. “It’s always amazed me,” and Mandella, who saddled his first horse in 1974 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. “Since I first started […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: No Horse Racing Commission, No Transparency In Florida

It didn’t take long for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. to find the winner’s circle after being reinstated at Gulfstream Park by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track’s owner, The Stronach Group, which reportedly handed the Venezuela native a six-month suspension in November for having unlabeled medication in his barn. Granpollo Stable’s Gran Greyfrost won a low-level […]

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Classic Winner, Sire Empire Maker Dies At Age 20

Empire Maker, the winner of the 2003 Belmont Stakes and a sire whose influence reached all the way to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, died Jan. 18 due to a rare disease that compromised his immune system, Thoroughbred Daily News reports. The 20-year-old son of Unbridled was about to stand his 16th season at stud […]

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Not Your Typical ‘War Story’: Guarnere Shares Connection To Famed ‘Band Of Brothers’

Long before he became a part owner in the Thoroughbred horse War Story, who is scheduled to run in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy on Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, John Guarnere had a deep and personal connection to World War II through his uncle William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, […]

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Tiz The Law ‘Developing Very Nicely,’ Works At Gulfstream Toward Holy Bull

New York-based jockey Manny Franco was in Florida on Sunday morning to guide Sackatoga Stable’s New York-bred Grade 1-winner Tiz the Law through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.55 on the Gulfstream Park main track. Franco returned to New York in time to guide Doll to victory in Sunday’s opening race at the Big A. Tiz […]

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‘Like A Porsche’: Omaha Beach Cruises Through Final Pegasus Breeze

Omaha Beach cruised through a five-furlong work in 1:00.72 Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park, his final breeze for Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1). Entries will be taken Wednesday for the $3 million Pegasus and Omaha Beach, owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, is expected to be the heavy morning-line favorite for the 1 […]

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Enforceable Puts It All Together For Lecomte Victory

A very well-bred but slow-developing son of Tapit, John Oxley’s Enforceable put all the pieces together for a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds. The 3-year-old colt, a full brother to Mohaymen and a half-brother millionaire New Year’s Day, was the third winner on the card for trainer […]

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Determined Finite Gives Asmussen 1,000th Stakes Win In Silverbulletday

Trainer Steve Asmussen celebrated the 1,000th stakes win of his Hall of Fame career on Saturday at the Fair Grounds, sending out Finite to win the $150,000 Silverbulletday by a head. He is only the third trainer in history to reach this milestone; the other two are D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher. A 3-year-old […]

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‘Upsetting And Surprising’ Call From Irad Ortiz Leaves Spun To Run Riderless For Pegasus World Cup

Trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero suddenly has to deal with an unforeseen issue a week before the $3 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. According to drf.com, the trainer got a call from Irad Ortiz, Jr. on Saturday morning that the jockey had decided to take a different mount in the race, leaving Guerrero’s trainee Spun […]

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‘It’s Crazy Energy’: Gaudet Makes History In Keeneland Auctioneer’s Stand

At any given renewal of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, the soundtrack of Hip 1021 being put on offer usually registers as background noise to most beyond the seller and potential buyers. This time around was quite different. The voice was familiar. Anyone who has watched televised horse racing over the past […]

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