Noble’s Promise

G1 Winner Noble’s Promise Euthanized Due To Kidney Failure

Noble’s Promise, a Grade 1 winner and young sire, was euthanized Monday due to complications from kidney failure. He was 11. The son of Cuvee resided at Breakway Farm in Dillsboro, Ind., where he’d stood since retiring to stud for the 2013 breeding season. “We just found out on Friday and they made the decision […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Rigney Goes ‘All In’ With Racing Venture

Some people have a knack for making life look easy. Louisville-based owner and breeder Richard Rigney might be one of them. His early partnerships in racing found quick success, with a filly winning a Grade 1 and taking second at the Breeders’ Cup and a colt coming home fifth in the Kentucky Derby. The beverage […]

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Noble’s Promise to defend Aristides title on Saturday

JCM Racing Stable’s Noble’s Promise, a Grade I stakes winner with more than $1 million in career earnings, will face seven rivals on Saturday at Churchill Downs as he defends his 2011 victory in the $100,000-added Aristides (GIII), one of three stakes races to be run under the lights during the evening’s Downs After Dark […]

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Purse prospects lure McPeek to New York full-time

Trainer Kenny McPeek has decided to stable full-time at Belmont Park starting this fall, marking a departure from his usual routine.  McPeek tells the Blood-Horse the draw is the promise of higher purses due to expected casino revenues: “Thanks to the VLTs going into Aqueduct and the uncertain state of racing in Kentucky beyond Keeneland […]

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Eight set to roll in Vanderbilt Handicap

Press Release Trappe Shot will look to remain unbeaten in 2011 and pick up his first career Grade 1 victory when he competes in Sunday’s $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga Race Course. The six-furlong Vanderbilt will be broadcast live on VERSUS as part of the NBC Sports Group’s “Summer at Saratoga ” series. […]

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Calder’s Summit of Speed offers intriguing matchups

Calder Race Course hosts its annual Summit of Speed card Saturday, and it appears there are some good head-to-head battles in store. In the Princess Rooney Handicap, Champagne d’Oro will try to regain her form against Sassy Image, a winner in her last two starts.  Noble’s Promise and This Ones for Phil will knock heads […]

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Noble’s Promise wins Aristides, gives McPeek two G3 stakes wins Saturday

Jockey Alan Garcia and Noble’s Promise pulled clear of runner-up Atta Boy Roy in the Grade III Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs as trainer Ken McPeek completed a sweep of a pair of Grade III stakes races at the historic track.  McPeek had earier won the Grade III Dogwood Stakes with Salty Strike. Atta Boy […]

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Aristides contenders look tough to separate

The Grade 3, $100,000 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs Saturday not only features the top three finishers from last year’s running, but all eight contenders have a one-turn win over the Churchill surface. Riley Tucker, Atta Boy Roy and Cash Refund lead the way in the six-furlong sprint, but the field also includes Capt. Candyman […]

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Aikenite wins longshot blanket photo in Churchill Downs Stakes

Three longshots hit the wire together in the Grade 2, $300,000 Churchill Downs Stakes, but it was Aikenite, at 12-1, who got his nose down at the right time.  Several horses came with late runs in the seven furlong race, which saw 22.56 and 45.00 fractions early on, but Aikenite, under John Velazquez, won the […]

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