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Ramseys Send Out Trio Of Queen’s Plate Contenders

Owner-breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who won the 2016 Queen’s Plate with Sir Dudley Digges, will send out three starters in Sunday’s Gallop for the Guineas. The familiar red and white Ramsey silks are back at Woodbine for the 159th running of the Plate, this time in the form of Boyhood Dream, Marriage Counselor and […]

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American Anthem Overpowers St. Joe Bay In San Carlos

In a thrilling finish that highlighted a spectacular day, Bob Baffert’s American Anthem prevailed by what appeared to be a scant nose, but was actually labeled a head, in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes.  Ridden by Mike Smith, American Anthem, who dueled with St. Joe Bay and Tyler Baze from the quarter pole to the […]

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Hotshot Anna Sets New Track Record In Chicago Handicap

Hotshot Anna brought the heat in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Chicago Handicap when the 4-year-old daughter of Trappe Shot broke the seven-furlong track record over the all-weather surface Arlington International Racecourse. Owned and trained by Hugh Robertson, Hotshot Anna was guided by jockey Harry Hernandez and sat just off of Rags Racing Stable’s Ingrid Mason-trained […]

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Shahroze Takes Stakes Debut In Woodbine’s Singspiel

Shahroze, invading from Maryland and making his stakes debut for trainer Graham Motion, rallied from last place in the field of eight for a powerful two-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 $125,000 Singspiel Stakes, at Woodbine. Locally-based Alan Garcia rode Shahroze for the first time in the Singspiel, a 1 ½ mile race for 3-year-olds […]

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Astrollinthepark Draws Clear In Roxelana Overnight Stakes

Dreamchaser Thorobreds’ 4-year-old homebred filly Astrollinthepark contested the pace from the outside, put away 9-5 favorite Vertical Oak in deep stretch and held off a late run by Winning Colors (Grade III) winner Miss Kentucky to win Saturday’s ninth running of the $75,033 Roxelana Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs by two lengths. Trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Florent Geroux, Astrollinthepark ran six furlongs over […]

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Core Beliefs Noses Out Lone Sailor In Ohio Derby

West Coast-based Core Beliefs held on in a very tight photo finish to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Ohio Derby over 7-5 favorite Lone Sailor. Gary Broad’s 3-year-old son of Quality Road was co-second choice in the wagering at 5-2 in the Thistledown highlight, completing nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:51.08. Trained by […]

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Aheadbyacentury Seeks Ending To 40-Year Curse In Queen’s Plate

The so-called curse of Apollo, under which no horse had won the Kentucky Derby when unraced as a 2-year-old since 1882, was lifted this year by Triple Crown winner Justify. Canada has its own version of that now extinct jinx, as no horse since Norcliffe in 1976 has parlayed victory in Woodbine’s Coronation Futurity into […]

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‘Phoenix Through The Flames’: Royal Ascot Win A Poignant Success For Arthur Kitt

It was a poignant success for connections after winning the seven-furlong Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot with Arthur Kitt – the colt’s dam Ceiling Kitty had died giving birth to him. Ceiling Kitty had won the G2 Queen Mary in 2012 for owner Andrew Black of Chasemore Farm and trainer Tom Dascombe. “This means […]

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Future Bright For Popular Twins Mr. Ping And Mr. Pong

Twin Thoroughbreds Mr. Ping and Mr. Pong made an international splash earlier this year when they made their first starts in a claiming race at Charles Town April 6. They finished last and second last (Mr. Pong finishing just ahead of Mr. Ping). It’s so rare to have a pair of twins survive to adulthood, […]

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Motion Trying For First Queen’s Plate With Sam-Son Contenders

Trainer Graham Motion, who has won some of Thoroughbred racing’s most high-profile events, including the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, will have two chances to reign victorious in the upcoming Queen’s Plate, a race he’s long dreamed of winning. “It’s definitely a race that’s been on my radar, a race that I’d love to […]

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