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Gulfstream Park: Quip, Vino Rosso Among Nominees To Hal’s Hope Stakes

Quip and Vino Rosso, prominent names on the 2018 Road to the Triple Crown, are prominent among 25 nominees for the $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 23. Trainer Rodolphe Brisset is targeting the mile stakes for 4-year-olds for Quip’s return from a nine-month layoff after scratching the son of Distorted Humor from […]

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Japan’s February Stakes Kicks Off Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series For Classic

Led by former champions Gold Dream (JPN), Nonkono Yume (JPN), and Moanin, and the speedy Inti (JPN) 14 horses have been entered for Sunday’s 36th running of the one mile, $870,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse, the first automatic qualifier for this year’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to be awarded through […]

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Mopotism Returns To A Sprint With Better Weight, Better Attitude In G2 Santa Monica

Mopotism returns to a sprint after eight straight route races, two on turf, in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs. On paper, the five-year-old Uncle Mo mare conditioned by leading trainer Doug O’Neill for principal client J. Paul Reddam would appear to have only a longshot’s chance, […]

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Laurel Park: Jockey, Trainer Ride Wave With Late Night Pow Wow, Seek Ninth Straight

It took more than three decades for trainer Javier Contreras to become an overnight sensation. A regular on the Laurel Park backstretch in the early 2000s, the 60-year-old native of Mexico won more races and purse money in 2018 than in any single season of his career, now in its 35th year. Jockey Fredy Peltroche enjoyed […]

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Jockey Club Gold Cup Winner Discreet Lover Starts 6-Year-Old Campaign In John B. Campbell

Uriah St. Lewis owned-and-trained Discreet Lover, 45-1 upset winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) last fall, will open his 6-year-old campaign as the topweight and 3-1 program favorite for the $100,000 John B. Campbell presented by Fidelity First Saturday at Laurel Park. The 1 1/8-mile Campbell for 4-year-olds and up is among five […]

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Dream Tree, Escape Clause, Marley’s Freedom And Paradise Woods In Epic Santa Monica

In what shapes up as a truly star-studded affair, Dream Tree, Escape Clause, Marley’s Freedom and Paradise Woods headline a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs. Although she flopped as the 3-5 favorite in the opening day Grade 1 La Brea at the […]

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X Y Jet Eyes Third Run At Dubai Golden Shaheen Following Gulfstream Allowance Romp

Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet romped to a 7 3/4-length victory in Wednesday’s featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park, punching his ticket to Dubai for a third run in the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (Grade 1) March 30. Sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in a field of six in the […]

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Matzes Hope Tequilita Will Take G3 Royal Delta For The Home Team

Helen Alexander Matz’s Tequilita will enter Saturday’s $150,000 Royal Delta (G3) at Gulfstream Park in winning form, coming off a sharp 2 ½-length triumph in the Rampart (G3) last time out. The multiple graded stakes-winning homebred’s Dec. 15 success at Gulfstream, achieved at the one-turn mile distance of the Royal Delta, was long overdue in […]

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Aptly-Named Still Having Fun Has Logged 10,000 Miles, Still Game For G3 General George

Following a sophomore season that saw him travel around the country to compete on some of racing’s biggest days, Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Terp Racing’s Grade 2 winner Still Having Fun will face an accomplished field of 13 rivals for his return to Maryland in Saturday’s $250,000 General George (G3) at Laurel Park.   […]

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Kentucky Wildcat Undergoes Surgery After Being Vanned Off Following G3 Sam F. Davis

Kentucky Wildcat, who had finished an impressive second in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis last week, has undergone surgery to repair a condylar fracture according to the Daily Racing Form. The colt had surgery Monday in Ocala and will ship to the Kentucky base of owner Godolphin for further assessment. His racing future remains […]

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