Horse Racing

Rain Dampens First Exclusive Derby/Oaks Training Period At Churchill Downs

Thanks to inclement weather, Janis Whitham’s McCraken and the Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo were the only two 3-year-olds on the “sloppy” main track Saturday during the first of Churchill Downs’ exclusive Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks training periods from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times EDT). Both colts galloped in the mud in preparation for […]

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Weekend Lineup: Charles Town Classic

Kicking off this weekend’s graded stakes action is the G3 Doubledogdare on Friday afternoon at Keeneland, featuring the Todd Pletcher-trained Unbridled Mo. The 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo is heavily favored on the morning line for the 1 1/16-mile contest over the main track. On Saturday, the action begins with the G2 Elkhorn at Keeneland. […]

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Why The Long Face? Horsey McHorseface Set To Make Long-Awaited Racing Debut

Fan-favorite Horsey McHorseface will make his highly-anticipated career debut when he heads to the starting gate at Kembla Grange in New South Wales, Australia, April 22. The 3-year-old gelding by Nadeem is entered in the first race on the card – a five-furlong maiden contest. Named as a nod to the British research vessel, ‘Boaty […]

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ARCI Conference Honors Hopkins, RMTC; Jeff Colliton New Chairman

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and long-time Maryland Racing Commission executive director Michael J. Hopkins have received the highest awards given by the organization that represents racing regulators. The Association of Racing Commissioners International honored the RMTC with its William May Award and Hopkins with the Len Foote Award at its awards luncheon Thursday, […]

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Pletcher Pleased With Always Dreaming’s ‘Excellent’ Five-Furlong Work

Always Dreaming, an impressive winner of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, breezed five furlongs Friday morning at Palm Beach Downs in 1:01.56, a move that pleased trainer Todd Pletcher. “I thought it was excellent,” said Pletcher, who watched Always Dreaming work alone with jockey John Velazquez aboard. “We were looking […]

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Easy-Breezy: Gunnevera Impresses In Five-Furlong Work At Gulfstream Park West

Gunnevera walked the shedrow without taking as much as a single deep breath following his five-furlong workout Friday morning at Gulfstream Park West, continuing to amaze trainer Antonio Sano while snubbing his nose at a full bucket of water. “Never in my life have I had a horse that is like this after a race […]

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‘America’s Steeplechase’: 60 Minutes To Feature Segment On Timber Racing

Strategically placed cameras capture the exhilarating action, while Charlie Rose provides the wit and reportage, when 60 Minutes goes to the Timber Races — an American version of the Steeplechase. Rose’s story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. America’s Timber Races — so named for the wooden fences […]

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PariMAX Surpasses $4 Billion Mark In Total Handle Wagered On Historic Horse Racing

AmTote’s historical horse racing brand PariMAX, has surpassed the $4 billion-dollar mark in total dollars of handle wagered since the introduction of historical horse racing in January of 2000. Since this time over $330 Million has been returned to the horse racing industry, through commissions paid to local operators and horsemen and through host track […]

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Keeneland: Trio Of Derby Hopefuls Get In Workouts Friday Morning

A trio of Kentucky Derby hopefuls – Irap, Practical Joke, and Tapwrit – all of which ran in the G2 Toyota Blue Grass April 8, turned in their first workouts since the Blue Grass early Friday morning at Keeneland. The Daily Racing Form reports that Blue Grass winner Irap went seven furlongs in 1:30. Jockey Julien Leparoux, who […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: The Force Awakens

Juvenile champion Classic Empire put to rest any concerns about making the Kentucky Derby field when he charged to a half-length victory in the G1 Arkansas Derby April 15. Not only did the son of Pioneerof The Nile allay any fears about his physical or mental fitness, he also signaled that he will be a […]

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