Robert LaPenta

‘So Proud Of Him’: Whitmore Back On Top At Oaklawn

Oaklawn’s top older male sprinter – again – is Whitmore, who reclaimed the title with a sharp 2 ½-length victory as the favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes. Co-owned and trained by Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, Whitmore ($3.60) won the Hot Springs for a record fourth consecutive year by covering 6 furlongs over […]

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Spendthrift Farm Announces Five New Stallions For 2020

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has announced five new stallions for the 2020 breeding season, including Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Vino Rosso, last year’s undefeated 2-year-old Maximus Mischief and five-time graded stakes winner Coal Front. Spendthrift previously announced it will stand Horse of the Year contender Mitole and Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach. […]

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Grade 1 Winner Uni Returns To The Winner’s Circle In Perfect Sting Stakes

Uni, a multiple graded-stakes winner, rallied from last to capture the sixth running of the $100,000 Perfect Sting on Saturday at Belmont Park. Trained by Chad Brown for owners Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta, and Bethlehem Stables, Uni made her seasonal debut a winning one in the one-mile trip on a firm […]

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Pletcher: Coal Front Finally Getting The Credit He Deserves Ahead Of Metropolitan

It is a tribute to the strength of the field for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap that a horse who hasn’t lost since last winter and whose most recent effort toppled an international gathering of standouts is no better than fifth choice on the morning line for the historic eight-furlong test. Earning […]

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Catholic Boy Makes Triumphant Turf Return In Dixie

Sent off as the 7-5 favorite in his first start since finishing 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy made his 2019 debut a winning on in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes. The 4-year-old son of More Than Ready, ridden by Javier Castellano […]

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Pletcher-Trained Coal Front ‘Going According To Schedule’ For Met Mile

Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front continued his preparations for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap when he breezed four furlongs in 50.55 seconds on Friday morning at Belmont for trainer Todd Pletcher. The move was the son of Stay Thirsty’s second work since an overseas triumph in the Group […]

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Coal Front Gives Pletcher, Ortiz First Dubai Winners In Godolphin Mile

It was Jose Ortiz’ first-ever start on Dubai World Cup night, and he had a tough task with the 12th post position in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile. Riding Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front, Ortiz was pushed four-wide down the backstretch and was still wide around the turn, but the pair […]

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Coal Front Gets Back On Track With Mr. Prospector Victory

Making his second start off a 13-month layoff, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front captured his third graded-stakes victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park while registering a 3 ¾-length triumph in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 4-year-old son of Stay Thirsty was the beneficiary of a perfect trip under […]

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Uni Comes From The Clouds To Nab Matriarch Victory

Micheal Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables’ Uni came from near last of a strung-out field to hit the wire first in Sunday’s Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar, crossing the finish a half-length ahead of Daddy Is A Legend. Sent off at odds of 5-1, the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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