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Zulu Alpha Delivers Trainer’s First Graded Stake At Keeneland In G3 Sycamore

Zulu Alpha’s decisive stretch run in the Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes Thursday wasn’t only his first career graded win — it was also the first for trainer John Alexander Ortiz. The flashy 5-year-old gray gelding, piloted by Channing Hill, tracked the early pace and took a rail trip through the turn to take over the […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A ‘Passport’ To A Second Career

There’s no doubt about it, Brookline was bred for greatness. Out of the iconic broodmare Cara Rafaela, a Grade 1 winner herself who produced the likes of superstar sire Bernardini, Brookline had some big shoes to fill. It was at Margaux Farm, a Thoroughbred training center located in Midway, Ky., that farm trainer Dermot Littlefield […]

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Social Media, Contracts, And Impulse Buys: Navigating The Modern Landscape Of OTTB Adoption And Sale

As the off-track Thoroughbred grows in popularity, more people than ever are processing adoptions of OTTBs from non-profit groups or looking to sell privately-owned project horses. With that increase in volume come some challenges for profit and non-profit outlets to make sure horses are rehomed responsibly, and for nonprofits to decide what types of horses […]

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‘It’s Our Breeders’ Cup’: Rich History Behind Maryland Million Day

Two weeks before the best horses and horsemen in the world gather for a lucrative weekend of championship racing, Laurel Park will once again play host to Maryland’s version of the Breeders’ Cup. The Jim McKay Maryland Million will celebrate its 33rd year Saturday, Oct. 20 featuring a full program of races for horses by 110 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Chasing Yesterdays And Second Blessings

Chasing Yesterday, the 2-year-old half-sister to Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, is certainly special to her legion of fans. After watching the homebred Tapit filly earn her first stakes victory at Santa Anita on Sunday, owner Jane Lyon explained the Bob Baffert trainee has a special place in her own heart. “When we started this, […]

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Maryland Millions Veteran Flash McCaul Is Back In Maryland Million Classic

Country Life Farm’s 5-year-old Flash McCaul, stakes placed at 2 and 3, will look to recapture his solid early form as he takes aim at the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic for a third consecutive year Saturday at Laurel Park. Run at 1 1/8 miles over the main track, the Classic for 3-year-olds and up serves […]

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Racetrack Injuries: Which Ones Pose Problems In An OTTB’s Second Career?

For a long time now, the biggest selling point for a horse coming off the track (or just about any horse) looking for a new home is, “Retired sound!” Unfortunately, many off-track Thoroughbreds come away with some physical issues, whether or not they were serious enough to necessitate the end of their racing careers. A […]

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$75,000 Broodmare La Nez Tops Final Barretts Sale

The 29-year history of California-based Barretts Sales came to a close on Tuesday, with the $75,000 broodmare La Nez leading the way at the company’s Fall Sale of Yearlings and Horses of All Ages at Fairplex Park in Pomona. La Nez, a Grade 1-placed stakes-winning Storm Creek mare, ensured the auction house went out on […]

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Keeneland: Moonshine Memories Headlines Full Field In Raven Run Stakes

Michael Tabor, Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Moonshine Memories heads a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 20th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2). The 7-furlong main track test will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m. Trained by Simon Callaghan, […]

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State Veterinarians Examine High Number Of Fatal Breakdowns In Kentucky

There was a fair amount of concern following the short September race meeting at Churchill Downs, when four horses suffered fatal breakdowns in the space of four days, and two more suffered the same fate during morning training hours. According to drf.com, Churchill’s response was to bring in racing-surface specialist Mick Peterson; president Kevin Flanery said […]

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