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Fahan Mura The One To Catch In Saturday’s Buena Vista

Two things are certain in Saturday’s one mile Buena Vista Stakes on Santa Anita’s turf: Vasilika will be favored and Fahan Mura will be the one to catch. A chestnut daughter of the Smart Strike sire English Channel, Fahan Mura has been in front from the opening of the gates for her last 10 races […]

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‘Imposing’ Country House An Intriguing Risen Star Entrant For Trainer Bill Mott

As a Thoroughbred owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, especially if you have a horse that’s entered in a Road To The Kentucky Derby qualifying race. Owner Guinness McFadden, however, is taking a more realistic approach and is determined not to catch any Derby fever symptoms with Grade II $400,000 Risen […]

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Desormeaux Guides Rye To Defend His Title In Unusual Heat Turf Classic

In his second start off a lengthy layoff, owner/trainer William Morey’s Rye saved every inch of ground under Kent Desormeax as he successfully defended his title in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic at Santa Anita Park. A 6-year-old full horse by English Channel, out of the Unusual Heat mare Phi Beta Heat, Rye got […]

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Joe Hirsch Winner Channel Maker Joins Cast For Pegasus World Cup Turf

Grade 1 winner Channel Maker has joined the field for the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26. The Bill Mott-trained 5-year-old gelding, who is owned by Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R.A. Hill and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, is on course to make his ninth Grade 1 start in his […]

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Fahan Mura Leads Gate-To-Wire In Robert J. Frankel

Back on a course she adores, Fahan Mura made every pole a winning one in taking Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes by three quarters of a length under Edwin Maldonado. A 4-year-year-old Pennsylvania-bred filly by English Channel, Fahan Mura is trained by Vladimir Cerin and got a mile and one eighth on […]

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Pumpkin Rumble Outduels Stablemate Melmich In Valedictory

The Kevin Attard-trained seven-year-olds Pumpkin Rumble and Melmich provided an exciting finish to the 2018 stakes season at Woodbine with the former fending off the latter in the Grade 3 Valedictory on Sunday. Owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling, Pumpkin Rumble defeated 2015 champion and two-time runner-up Melmich in the $125,000 co-feature contested over 1-3/4 […]

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Calumet Farm Releases 2019 Fees, With Newcomer Ransom The Moon

Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., has released the advertised fees for its 2019 stallion roster, including newcomer Ransom the Moon. Ransom the Moon, a son of leading sire Malibu Moon will stand for $7,500 LFSN. As the only Grade 1 winning sprinting son of Malibu Moon to go to stud, Ransom the Moon offers breeders […]

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Flying Scotsman Proves Deserving Favorite In Cecil B. DeMille

Flavien Prat and Jerry Hollendorfer made it a sweep of Sunday’s features as Calumet Farm’s talented Flying Scotsman scored impressively as the even-money favorite in the Grade III $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. After pressing the pace of 2-1 second choice Vantastic, Flying Scotsman took control entering the stretch and […]

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No ‘Illusion’: Former Claimer Could Provide Owners A Storybook Finish

An Ontario-bred claimer, four local owners, an astute conditioner and a Grade 1 dream – English Illusion and his connections are hoping for a storybook finish in the Pattison Canadian International. Owned by 4U Thoroughbred Racing Stable (Ron McRae, brothers Dave [Ron’s son-in-law] and Steve Robinson, along with Rob Loescher [Dave and Steve’s cousin]), English […]

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