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Champagne Problems Flies Late To Win Groupie Doll Stakes

Brad Stephens, Randy Bloch, John Seiler, Fred Merritr and David Hall’s Champagne Problems showed off a big late kick to win Sunday’s Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park by about four lengths. The 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly, ridden by Calvin Borel for trainer Ian Wilkes, covered a mile over the fast main track in […]

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First Churchill Riding Title ‘Bittersweet’ For Hernandez

Nine days ago the race was on between close friends Brian Hernandez Jr. and Corey Lanerie with only one win separating the duo for the leading jockey title at the 2018 Churchill Downs Spring Meet. But tragedy struck Friday, June 22 with the sudden loss of Lanerie’s wife, Shantel, which allowed Hernandez to clinch his first leading rider […]

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Bradley: ‘Great News So Far’ After Surgery For The Player

Owner/trainer Buff Bradley said surgery on The Player went well Monday in Louisiana following a breakdown in Saturday’s New Orleans Handicap. “They have put a plate and 16 screws in his leg,” Bradley wrote in a Facebook post. “This took well over seven hours and getting up took another few hours… “Dr. McCauley and his […]

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Good Samaritan Rolls Clear In New Orleans Handicap; The Player Pulled Up In The Stretch

Beaten just a half-length in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap in his most recent start, Good Samaritan returned to the races a winner in Saturday’s Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap. Off as second choice at 6-5, the 4-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday rallied from last in the five-horse field to win by about two lengths […]

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The Player Not Messing Around In Mineshaft Handicap

The Player, a colt known for his laid-back personality and silly stable antics in trainer Buff Bradley’s barn, was a total professional in Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Handicap at the Fair Grounds. Owned and bred by Bradley and Carl Hurst, the 5-year-old son of Street Hero led from gate-to-wire under Calvin Borel to win by about […]

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12-Year-Old Dance Caller Two-For-Two In 2018

Horses rarely race at the advanced age of 12, let alone win. Saturday at Fair Grounds, and for the second consecutive time this year, seasoned veteran Dance Caller did just that. “Pretty impressive, ain’t it?” trainer Joseph Foster said. Impressive indeed. Owned by 3A Bucking Bulls, Dance Caller made his first start nearly a decade ago (June of 2008), […]

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Groupie Doll’s First Foal To Debut On Jan. 13 At Fair Grounds

Much of the focus on Saturday, Jan. 13 will be placed on the field of 14 3-year-olds chasing Kentucky Derby dreams in the Gr. III LeComte at the Fair Grounds. Earlier on the card however, Tapability, the first foal out of two-time Champion Female Sprinter Groupie Doll, will be making his career debut for trainer William “Buff” Bradley. […]

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Clark Handicap: The Player ‘Put It All Together,’ McCraken Withdrawn From Consideration

Carl Hurst and William “Buff” Bradley’s The Player continued his preparation for the Grade I, $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare with a five-furlong move in :59.60 Friday morning at Churchill Downs. The Player, under jockey Calvin Borel, clipped through splits of :24.40 and :36.20, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.60 and seven […]

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The Player Registers First Career Stakes Victory In Fayette

Trainer Buff Bradley and Carl Hurst’s The Player wore down Neolithic in the stretch and pulled away to a three-length victory in the 60th running of $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) before 14,310 fans on closing day of Keeneland’s 17-day fall meet in Lexington, Ky. Ridden by Calvin Borel, The Player covered the 1 1/8 miles on […]

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Mr. Misunderstood Victory ‘Put The Love Back Into Racing’ For Jockey Rosier

Fans on the track apron last Saturday for Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs might have thought that rider Chris Rosier had won the Kentucky Derby when he galloped back aboard Mr. Misunderstood, the winner of the $60,000 Super Derby Prelude. Rosier was elated regarding the performance of the 3-year-old son of Archarcharch, who […]

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