Desormeaux shaking things up in Kentucky

Louisville Courier-Journal turf writer Jennie Rees profiles jockey Kent Desormeaux, who is riding the Churchill Downs spring meet for the first time this year.  In addition to his continuing association with trainer Bill Mott, Desormeaux has also picked up regular mounts from Steve Asmussen – a first as well.  The 41-year-old says he’s hoping to […]

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Giant Oak, Crown of Thorns head potential field for Stephen Foster

Press Release The Virginia H. Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, winner of Churchill Downs’ $500,000 Clark Handicap (GI) in 2010 and this year’s Donn Handicap (GI) at Gulfstream Park, and Spendthrift Farm LLC’s Crown of Thorns, winner of the recent Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (GIII) at Hollywood Park, head a roster of 31 older horses nominated to […]

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NTRA Thoroughbred Poll: Havre de Grace, Tizway on top

In the latest NTRA Thoroughbred Poll, Havre de Grace remains on top but Tizway’s performance in the Met Mile puts him in the second spot, despite not receiving any votes in the previous week’s poll.  The top pair is followed by Animal Kingdom, Game On Dude and Goldikova.

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Havre de Grace puts in scorching work at Delaware

Apple Blossom winner Havre de Grace sizzled through a five-furlong workout Monday at Delaware Park, drilling 57.80 for trainer Larry Jones.  Jones is planning the run the four-year-old in Saturday’s Obeah Stakes, a prep for the Delaware Handicap next month. Joyful Victory also worked five furlongs for Jones in 1:01.60 in preparation for a possible […]

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Dominguez rides six winners to equal NYRA record

Ramon Dominguez rode six winners in eight races run at Belmont on Sunday to equal the New York Racing Association record for wins on a single card. The last jockey to win six races on a NYRA card was John Velazquez on Sept. 3, 2001 at Saratoga. Dominguez, 34, won Sunday’s opener with Saginaw. After not riding […]

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Rail Trip second in comeback to Friend Or Foe

Grade I winner Rail Trip made a favorable impression in his first start since an unplaced effort in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) last fall, returning to Belmont Park June 5 with a strong runner-up finish behind Friend Or Foe in the Easy Goer Stakes.

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Real Impact surprises in Japan’s Yasuda Kinen

Real Impact became the first 3-year-old to win the Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-1) the final leg of the Asian Mile Challenge, upsetting the brilliant filly Apapane in the $2.4 million race at Tokyo Racecourse June 5. Real Impact, ridden by Keita Tosaki, is trained by Noriyuki Hori and owned by U. Carrot Farm.

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Reliable Man wins French Derby

Reliable Man, the unbeaten Dalakhani colt trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, captured the Prix de Jockey Club (French Derby) on Sunday at Chantilly. Ridden by veteran Gerald Mosse, Reliable Man outfinished Bubble Chic by three-quarters of a length to win the Group 1, 1-5/16 mile race. Favorite Baraan finished third.

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Lost shoe costs Queen her first Derby victory

A French invader and a lost shoe combined to spoil the Queen’s wonderful year, as her horse was beaten in a thrilling finale in yesterday’s Epsom Derby. The Queen was denied her first victory in the race when her horse Carlton House, the pre-race favourite, finished third. It was later discovered the horse lost a […]

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