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MI DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF PREAKNESS $5.5 MILLION BONUS PROGRAM

PRESS RELEASE MI Developments Inc. in conjunction with MID’s premier racing properties, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Pimlico Race Course and XpressBet Inc., announced today the introduction of the all new PREAKNESS 5.5., a historic and unique bonus program which could award an additional $5.5 million in bonuses to the winner […]

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SCOTT ON Z, RACHEL, QR, BLAME AND LAL: IN A PERFECT WORLD, WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO WAIT 11 1/2 WEEKS TO SEE THESE HORSES RACE AGAINST EACH OTHER

With just under three months until the Breeders’ Cup, the five most sought after horses in training Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Quality Road, Blame and Lookin At Lucky all look pointed to the Classic at Churchill Downs in early November. But as Jeff Scott of The Saratogian points out in his column ‘In a Perfect World’, […]

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CLASH OF THE FILLIES

Much has been made of the rivalry between Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, fueled by Rachel winning Horse of the Year in 2009 despite not running in the Breeders’ Cup. As of yet, the two have not met although they seem to be headed towards a matchup in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. […]

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THE SARATOGIAN: POINT GIVEN TO ENTER HALL OF FAME

As Nicole Russo leads in her column in The Saratogian, the Big Red Train is rolling into the Hall of Fame. Point Given won the last two legs of the Triple Crown and was later named the 2001 Horse of the Year. His career cut short by a strained tendon found the week after […]

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COLUMNIST: WHILE ZENYATTA IS TERRIFIC, I’M NOT SO SURE SHE’S EVEN THE BEST FILLY OR MARE

In this morning’s San Diego Union-Tribune, Nick Canepa wants us to stop for a minute and think things through before proclaiming Zenyatta as the greatest of all time as jockey Mike Smith did after last weekend’s Hirsch. He’s not even convinced that Z is the best filly or mare in history. “I refuse to say […]

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RACHEL ALEXANDRA TO RUN IN PERSONAL ENSIGN AT SARATOGA

The following press release from Stonestsreet Farms was distributed early Friday afternoon, confirming that reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will be pointed to the Personal Ensign Stakes Aug. 29 at Saratoga. The question on the minds of racing fans is whether unbeaten, two-time champion Zenyatta will leave her California base to meet Rachel […]

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UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN SCRATCHED FROM HASKELL DUE TO FEVER

OCEANPORT, N.J. * Fantasy Lane Stable’s Uptowncharlybrown was scratched from the $1 million IZOD Haskell Invitational on Sunday morning after the colt spiked a fever just before getting on a van at Belmont Park.      “He was running a 103-104 fever this morning,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “The timing was terrible. It’s unfortunate for […]

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HASKELL HEATING UP

Trainer Bob Baffert is revved up about running Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky in the IZOD Haskell Invitational Sunday at Monmouth Park, writes bloodhorse.com’s Steve Haskin. “He’s such a gritty little horse and tries so hard,” Baffert said. “He’s always showed signs of greatness…he looks fantastic now and is really in the zone.” […]

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ONE CRAZY, GLORIOUS DAY

By Ray PaulickFor some (but obviously not very many), Del Mar’s opening day is the proverbial “place that’s so crowded nobody goes there anymore.” For the second consecutive year, the track where the turf meets the surf set an all-time attendance record, with 45,309 mostly beautiful people taking planes, trains and limousines to be seen, […]

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