Racing

McKnight field stocked with three Grade I winners

Prince Will I Am, Presious Passion and Telling will face off in the 1 1/2 mile Grade II W.L. McKnight Handicap over the Calder turf. The ten-horse field will also feature Grade III winner Free Fighter shipping for trainer Chris Block.

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J P’s Gusto to get distance test in CashCall

Finishing 15 1/2 lengths behind champion Uncle Mo in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, J P’s Gusto will look to redeem himself in this weekend’s CashCall Futurity. The 1 1/16 mile race will test his stamina, having previously not won beyond 7 furlongs. “He has to show us he can run this far for us […]

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HRI – Zast: On the third day of Christmas, another Zenyatta

Continuing his series of 12 Christmas wishes over the 12 days leading up to Dec. 25, Vic Zast asks for another Zenyatta to give racing another potent shot in the arm. Why not another Smarty Jones, Big Brown or Funny Cide? “It’s that she stuck around when she could have easily passed out of sight, […]

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Sea The Stars half-brother leads field of Investec Derby entries

Born To Sea, who is the half-brother to standout Sea The Stars, leads the field of 478 entries into the Investec Derby. If Born To Sea wins the 2012 edition, it would be the third such winner for his dam Urban Sea following Galileo and the aforementioned Sea The Stars.

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John Clay: It’s not the Horse of a Career

With a title like that, it’s clear the Lexington Herald-Leader sports columnist John Clay isn’t exactly writing a love letter to Zenyatta. In fact, Clay calls for voters to “use their heads” when considering their Eclipse Awards ballots. “If that’s not the popular choice, then blame it on a year so good that Blame just […]

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Curry: Vote Gio over Winchester

Despite their head-to-head matchup in the Manhattan that Winchester won, Thoroughbred Times writer Mike Curry believes voters should pick Gio Ponti for champion turf male. “I feel strongly that the Manhattan was more an example of why, provided with the right circumstances, any horse can beat another on any given day in horse racing than […]

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Racing looks to be headed back to North Dakota

After sitting dormant this year due to financial troubles, the North Dakota Racing Commission approved 12 days of racing at Fargo’s North Dakota Horse Park.

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The Science of Horse Training: Why are European times improving more than American?

With an improvement in top times from 1930 through 2010 of 12.7 seconds, European racing and more specifically the Arc de Triomphe has outpaced their American counterparts by 500%. Why? More speed work plus fewer drugs according to The Science of Horse Training.

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Grade 3 winners featured in Santa Super Saturday

The Fair Grounds will offer its five-race stakes schedule known as the Santa Super Saturday this weekend. Among the contenders for the $60,000 ungraded stakes races include graded stakes winners Dubious Miss and Mad Flatter.

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Snow Fairy, Mastery to go from Hong Kong to Dubai

Two winners over the weekend during the Hong Kong International Raceday at Sha Tin are heading to Dubai. Snow Fairy, who won her fourth Group 1 race in the Hong Kong Cup, will run in the Dubai World Cup while Hong Kong Vase winner Mastery is poised for the Dubai Sheema Classic.

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