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Smith Loses Appeal On Suspension, Fine For Whip Violations In Saudi Cup

Mike Smith has lost his appeal against the lengthy ban and huge prize-money penalty he received on a costly trip to the Saudi Cup meeting. The Hall of Fame jockey received nine days in bans for breaching Saudi whip rules after riding Midnight Bisou into second place behind Maximum Security in the $20 million Saudi […]

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Queen Of God Captures Oaks Points In Bourbonette

Winners Circle Racing Stable’s Queen of God was able to hold off the late charge of Pass the Plate to win Saturday’s $150,000 Maxim Crane Works Bourbonette Oaks (Listed) at Turfway Park. Trained by Mike Maker and ridden to victory by Irad Ortiz Jr., Queen of God earned 20 points on the Road to the […]

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Field Pass Gives Maker A Sixth Victory In Jeff Ruby Steaks

Three Diamonds Farm’s Field Pass transferred his turf form to the polytrack at Turfway Park on Saturday, running down the favorite Invader to win the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks. The 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., ran nine furlongs in 1:49.34 to earn his second straight stakes victory. It […]

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Prat, Agent Seeking Another Trip To Kentucky Derby’s ‘Promised Land’

Agent Derek Lawson understandably is keeping all options open when it comes to giving Flavien Prat his best chance to win the Kentucky Derby for the second straight year on May 4. Prat rides Dennis’ Moment in today’s Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, filling in for Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode today in […]

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Champion Jockey Irad Ortiz Adds Another Five Winners To His Tally On Friday At Gulfstream

Two-time defending Eclipse Award winner Irad Ortiz continued his domination at Gulfstream Park Friday, riding five more winners to run his Championship Meet total to 97 victories. Ortiz, the defending Championship Meet titlist, scored back-to-back victories aboard Red Sorrell ($6.80) in Race 1 and Frank First ($5.80) in Race 2 before winning back-to-back with Sabina […]

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‘Time Is My Friend’: Trainer Levy’s Patience Rewarded With Quenane

IAB Stables and Walter Fralick’s Quenane rewarded trainer Tamara Levy’s patience on Monday’s Presidents’ Day program at Gulfstream Park, rallying from last to eke out a victory in the $50,000 Rough and Ready The Rough and Ready, a mile race for horses that started for a claiming price of $12,500 or lower, was one of […]

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Firenze Fire Blows Them Away In General George

Mr Amore Stable’s Firenze Fire made a victorious 2020 debut Saturday at Laurel Park, notching his ninth career stakes victory in the $250,000 General George (G3) at Laurel Park. The General George, a seven-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up, co-headlined Saturday’s Sprintfest Winter Carnival program with the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie, a seven-furlong sprint for older […]

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Dennis’ Moment To Be Ridden by Flavien Prat In Fountain Of Youth

Dennis’ Moment is scheduled to start in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 29, but his regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be out of the country riding the Saudi Cup card. According to, trainer Dale Romans has lined up jockey Flavien Prat to ride the Albaugh Family Stable’s 3-year-old […]

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Red-Hot Champion Jockey Irad Ortiz Wins Six Races Sunday At Gulfstream Park

Defending two-time Eclipse Award champion Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode three winners Friday and four winners Saturday, brought home six more winners on Sunday’s 11-race card at Gulfstream Park. “I’m having a great meet so far. I’m so happy right now. I’m enjoying the moment. My agent [Jay Rushing] is doing a great job. I’m […]

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