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Kentucky Commission Gives Okay For Winchell, Falcone Purchase Of Kentucky Downs

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission today approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs. The sale of the track and year-round entertainment center to Winchell and Falcone is expected to close around March 1. Ted Nicholson will continue as Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president […]

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Both Improbable, Game Winner Take Aim On San Felipe

The March 9 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita could draw the top two Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby prospects, drf.com reported on Tuesday. Both the undefeated Improbable and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner may make their 2019 debuts in the San Felipe, in an effort to avoid shipping to Oaklawn and running back on short […]

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Parker, Close Associate Of Louisiana ‘Rescue,’ Arrested For Animal Cruelty

The saga of a kill pen rescue in Louisiana continued this week with the arrest of one of its associates on multiple animal cruelty charges. Hal Parker, 60, of Haile, La., was taken into custody by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office on the morning of Feb. 19 and has been charged with one felony count […]

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‘I Appreciate Everything’: Espinoza Second In Comeback Race

A storybook ending it wasn’t, but the racing world welcomed Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza with open arms following a seven-month absence on a picturesque Monday afternoon at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., as the 46-year-old native of Mexico City finished second, beaten 2 3/4 lengths aboard heavily favored Gallantlystreaming in the day’s first […]

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Super Steed Launches 62-1 Southwest Stakes Shocker

Making a bold five-wide move on the far turn under jockey Terry Thompson, Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed – a 62-1 longshot trained by Larry Jones – upset Monday’s $500,000, Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Super Steed defeated West Coast invader Sueno by three-quarters of a length, […]

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Coal Front Holds Off Copper Bullet in Razorback Handicap

Two horses that had never been around two turns finished 1-2 in Monday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with front-running Coal Front, under John Velazquez, just holding off a fast-closing Copper Bullet at the wire of the 1 1/16-mile contest. Rated R Superstar finished third, with an unlucky […]

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Champion Monomoy Girl Records First 2019 Breeze; April 14 Apple Blossom A ‘Soft Target’

Champion 3-year-old filly Monomoy Girl recorded a stellar campaign during her sophomore season in 2018 and on Sunday morning she started to pick back up where she left off when recording her first breeze as a 4-year-old at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. Owned  by Monomoy Stables, Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem […]

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Asmussen Tries To Derail Gray Attempt With Southwest Stakes Quintet

Gray Attempt has nothing but 1s in his last three running lines, and Monday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., he will try to finish No. 1 again in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. Probable post time for the Southwest, the ninth of 10 races on a special […]

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Came Home’s Son Inti Grabs Breeders’ Cup Classic Berth With February Stakes Triumph

Shigeo Takeda’s 5-year-old homebred Inti (JPN), the 2.6-1 favorite under jockey Yutaka Take, controlled the pace throughout Sunday’s 36th running of the one-mile, $1,879,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, winning by a neck over second choice Gold Dream (JPN), and secured the first automatic berth into this year’s $6-million Breeders’ Cup […]

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Hard Not To Love: One-Eyed Half-Sister To Wonder Gadot Breaks Maiden On Debut

A 3-year-old half-sister to 2018 Queen’s Plate winner Wonder Gadot, Hard Not To Love made her career debut in Saturday’s first race at Santa Anita Park. The Hard Spun filly has a distinguishing characteristic: she only has one eye. That didn’t stop her from winning the maiden special weight event by three lengths under Tiago […]

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