Texas-Breds Take Center Stage Saturday Night At Sam Houston

Sam Houston Race Park will present four stakes on Saturday, February 22 saluting Texas-breds. The ten-race card, which gets underway at 6:45 pm (CT), will include the $75,000 Jim’s Orbit; $75,000 Two Altazano; $75,000 Houston Turf and $75,000 Miss Houston Turf. The inaugural event serves as a preview for next month’s Texas Champions Day, which […]

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Warrior’s Charge Digs Deep To Deny Bankit In Razorback

Ten Strike Racing and Madaket Stables’ Warrior’s Charge posted a front-running victory as the 3-1 favorite in Monday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Stakes, digging deep in the stretch run to fend off the challenge of Bankit by a head on the wire. Ridden by Florent Geroux for trainer Brad Cox, the 4-year-old son of Munnings […]

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Go Google Yourself Wears Down Whoa Nellie In Bayakoa

Jay Em Ess Stable’s Go Google Yourself wore down 6-5 favorite Whoa Nellie in the final strides to win Monday’s $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Making her first start since a runner-up effort in the Falls City Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs last November, Go Google Yourself broke on top, but allowed Lady […]

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Talented Sophomore Filly Taraz Suffers Fatal Training Accident At Oaklawn

Juddmonte Farm’s talented homebred filly Taraz severely fractured her left front pastern Monday morning in a workout at Oaklawn Park, according to a statement released by Juddmonte. “She was transported back to the barn where X-rays were taken and reviewed, with the attending veterinarian consulting Dr. Bob Hunt of Hagyard,” the statement continued. “Given the […]

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Winner Of His Last Three Starts, Pioneer Spirit Takes Aim On Monday’s Razorback

After chipping away at his hefty claim price, Pioneer Spirit can blast his connections into the black with a strong performance in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses at 1 1/16 miles Monday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the Razorback, the eighth of 10 races, is 4:09 p.m. (Central). The Razorback has […]

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Hard Not To Love Has ‘A Special Relationship’ With Her Team, Growing Legion Of Fans

Could it be . . . should it be . . . would it be . . . sanctimonious to mention Hard Not to Love in the same breath as . . . Zenyatta? John Shirreffs hasn’t quite developed that state of mind yet for his one-eyed wonder filly, but the dazzling daughter of Hard Spun […]

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Sir Winston Will Ship To Florida, Acclimate To Warmer Weather Before Dubai

Following a triumphant return to action in a January 31 allowance race at the Big A, Tracy Farmer’s reigning Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston returned to the work tab on Friday when recording a half-mile breeze in 48.74 seconds over the Belmont Park training track in preparation for the Group 1, $12 million […]

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Whoa Nellie Auditioning For Azeri In Monday’s Bayakoa

Whoa Nellie was 20-1 in the program for her stakes debut last month, but she’s the 5-2 program favorite for the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares Monday at Oaklawn. That’s the power of a sparkling 4 ½-length victory in the $100,000 Pippin Jan. 25, Oaklawn’s first of three preps for the […]

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Hard Not To Love ‘Getting Better And Better,’ Dominates Santa Monica

In what appeared to be her best race to date, heavily favored Hard Not to Love drew clear late to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes by 3 ½ lengths under Mike Smith. Trained by John Shirreffs, the sight-impaired 4-year-old daughter of Hard Spun got seven furlongs in 1:22.19 at Santa Anita. In […]

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