Racing

Gilded Gem flies to victory in Las Flores

Trainer Bob Baffert had a pretty good chance to win the Las Flores Stakes Saturday since three of the five runners were trained by him.  He did indeed come away with the victory, as Gilded Gem glided through the stretch for a one-length win over stablemate Subsidized. Gilded Gem, with Joel Rosario on board, stalked […]

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Inherit The Gold powers home in Excelsior Stakes

Inherit The Gold made it five straight victories Saturday with a six-length win in the Grade 3, $100,000 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct. Under Eddie Castro, Inherit The Gold stalked pacesetter Understatement, then blew by him at the top of the stretch and opened up on his four rivals.  Modern Cowboy closed for a distant, with […]

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HRI – Pricci: Who’s the best three-year-old filly?

While the boys are prepping for the Kentucky Derby, the girls are getting ready for the Kentucky Oaks, run the day before the Derby.  Saturday’s Gulfstream Oaks is a major prep.  Horse Race Insider John Pricci takes a closer look at the three-year-old filly division: “At the moment, most people think that Kathmanblu, a filly […]

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Sepoy wins Golden Slipper, richest two-year-old race

With a furlong to go, Sepoy did what he was expected to do – dominated the Golden Slipper at Rosehill in Australia Saturday. The son of Elusive Quality sat just off the pace before pulling away at 9-5 for trainer Peter Snowden and Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation.  The Golden Slipper is the world’s richest race […]

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Keeneland unveils new Facebook racing game

Fans will have a new way to enjoy the races at Keeneland this spring.  The Keeneland Association will launched PlayKeeneland.com, an interactive racing game tied to a player’s Facebook account. The game was developed Cornett-IMS, a Lexington-based marketing firm. “When you look at what is popular [on Facebook] and why people play, it’s to have […]

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Seattle Slew jockey, 72, to ride at Keeneland

Jean Cruguet, who rode Seattle Slew to the 1977 Triple Crown, plans to get back in the saddle one more time and ride a race during the Keeneland spring meet. The 72-year-old will ride Ratoath Special in a starter allowance sprint for three-year-old fillies. “I’m only doing this for my late wife, Denyse,” said Cruguet, […]

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Woodbine opens Saturday with cut in takeout, purses

Woodbine Race Course launches its 167-day season Saturday, with a two percent reduction in trifecta takeout but a two percent cut in purses as well. Some were suprised by the purse cut, since Woodbine Entertainment Group reported nearly nine percent growth in handle for last year’s meet. “We were really the only jurisdiction in North […]

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Fly Down to stay in Middle East

Four-year-old Fly Down, who finished 13th in the Dubai World Cup March 26, is staying in the Middle East for the forseeable future. Trainer Nick Zito said Prince Mitab bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who purchased Fly Down last year during his 3-year-old campaign, was “very upset” after the World Cup. “For now, he’s just […]

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Kentucky tells Dutrow to appear for license

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has told trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. that must appear before a license review committee before the KHRC will consider his application for a 2011 Kentucky racing license.  Dutrow is currently not licensed in the state. New York officials have scheduled a hearing for May to review whether Dutrow’s license should […]

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Black Caviar rated world’s best Thoroughbred

Undefeated Australian sprinter Black Caviar has landed the top spot in the first edition of the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings. Black Caviar’s brilliant performance in the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington March 12 earned the four-year-old filly a rating of 130, a pound clear of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame. The rankings cover […]

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