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Grade 1 Winner Spiced Perfection, Now In Casse Barn, Eyes May 31 Winning Colors

Multiple Grade I-winning sprinter Spiced Perfection has been privately purchased and transferred from trainer Peter Miller to Mark Casse. The 5-year-old mare will now target the $100,000 Winning Colors (Grade 3) at Churchill Downs on May 31, according to Casse. “She was privately purchased by Haruya Yoshida over the winter and she’s been a great […]

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Japanese Star Almond Eye Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth With Victoria Mile Win

Almond Eye, Japanese Horse of the Year in 2018, returned to the races in fine style as a 5-year-old on Sunday at Tokyo Race Course, winning the Grade 1 Victoria Mile by four lengths under Christophe Lemaire and securing a spot in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland in November. Making […]

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Smiling Shirlee Up In Time To Win Evening Jewel At Santa Anita

Unhurried early from her rail post position, Smiling Shirlee, under confident handling from Mike Smith, came running late to overhaul a well meant Bella Vita in taking Saturday’s $150,000 Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.  Trained by Jeff Bonde, the 3-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger got six furlongs in 1:10.49, which was […]

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Favored Big Sweep Beats Males In Echo Eddie Stakes For Cal-Breds

In just her second career start and the lone filly in the lineup, Big Sweep came rolling from off the pace to take Saturday’s $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes by a head under Flavien Prat at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.  Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal and trained by Mark Glatt, […]

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Champion Monomoy Girl Makes Triumphant Return On Churchill Downs Opening Day

Monomoy Girl, North America’s 3-year-old champion filly in 2018, made her triumphant return Saturday at Churchill Downs, winning a one-mile allowance event in Saturday’s fourth race on the delayed opening day of the 26-day Spring Meet in Louisville, Ky. Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, Monomoy Girl sat just off the early pace of dueling leaders Fashion Faux Pas and Talk Veuve to Me. She easily […]

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Tonalist’s Shape Dominates Filly Rivals In Hollywood Wildcat

Tonalist’s Shape scored a dominating victory in Friday’s $75,000 Hollywood Wildcat at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., bolstering her credentials for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) while successfully negotiating two turns for the first time.. The Hollywood Wildcat, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies, was the first of five stakes to be run over […]

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Five Stakes On Tap For May 23 Stephen Foster Preview Day At Churchill Downs

Stephen Foster Preview Day on Saturday, May 23 at Churchill Downs is highlighted by five stakes including the $150,000 Matt Winn (Grade 3) worth 50-20-10-5 points to the Top 4 finishers on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Other stakes on the card are the $100,000 Blame (4-year-olds and up at one-mile); $100,000 War Chant […]

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‘Back In Business’: Santa Anita Resumes Live Racing After 50-Day Hiatus

Idled since March 27 due to concerns relating to the Covid-19 virus, Santa Anita Park returned to action on a spectacular sunny afternoon today, and the lone filly in the race, She’s So Special, marched to a 1 ½ length victory in the day’s first race, a 5 ½ furlong turf allowance. Ridden by Flavien […]

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‘Matured And Ready To Run Again’: Monomoy Girl Has Cox Feeling Cautiously Optimistic

The star of Saturday’s spectacular Opening Day program at Churchill Downs is 2018 champion Monomoy Girl. And, while trainer Brad Cox remains optimistic on the return of his superstar, he expressed gratitude for even being able to have a champion mare return to the barn following an 18-month layoff. “It’s so special to have a […]

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