Starlight Racing

Coolmore Purchases Breeding Rights To Leading Juvenile Contender Eight Rings

Coolmore has secured the breeding rights to Grade I winner Eight Rings (Empire Maker–Purely Hot, by Pure Prize) with plans to stand the colt at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud following his retirement from racing. Owned and raced by the co-ownership comprised of SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. […]

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Grade 1 Winner Audible Retired, To Stand At WinStar Farm In 2020

Audible, Into Mischief’s Grade 1 Florida Derby winner, has been retired and will enter stud at WinStar Farm for the 2020 breeding season. One of the most consistent 3-year-olds of his generation, Audible was never off the board in five stakes with three stakes wins in his sophomore season for owners WinStar Farm, China Horse […]

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Seven-Figure Union Rags Colt Tops Fourth Session Of Keeneland September Sale

After the glitzy prices and pedigrees of Book 1 and the auction’s traditional “Dark Day” to give everyone time to catch their breath and catch up on inspections, the heart of the trade in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale started beating on Friday with the start of Book 2. At the section’s halfway point, the […]

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‘His Class Carried Him’; Improbable Returns With Victory In Del Mar’s Shared Belief

Improbable, who went postward the 4-1 favorite in the Kentucky Derby last spring, returned to competition Sunday with an easy victory in the featured $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes for 3-year-olds.at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. Improbable, out of action since the May 18 Preakness Stakes in which he was sixth behind […]

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Improbable Returns To Track For ‘Light Gallop,’ Barnes Says Colt ‘Ready To Go’

Improbable, who is expected to be installed as the morning-line favorite following Wednesday’s post-position draw for Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, went back to the track for a mile gallop Tuesday at sunrise, the day after working a leisurely half-mile in 51.80 seconds at Churchill Downs. “He galloped a very light mile,” […]

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Mike Smith: Preakness Mount Improbable ‘Has Better Races In Him’

With an “Aw shucks” demeanor that belies an intensely competitive nature, superstar jockey Mike Smith is anxiously awaiting his opportunity to ride Bob Baffert’s talented Improbable in the 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 18. Following an extensive taped interview with NBC Sports that also included Baffert in Santa Anita’s Chandelier […]

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Lack Of Maximum Security Encouraged Baffert To Enter Improbable In Preakness

In the absence of Maximum Security, Country House and Code of Honor, beaten Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Improbable is expected to vie for favoritism in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 18. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try for his record-breaking eighth victory in the historic Preakness with Improbable, […]

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‘I Like My Chances’: Under-The-Radar Derby Suits Pletcher Just Fine

It is difficult to ever consider trainer Todd Pletcher a longshot in a Grade 1 affair, but that is the situation in Saturday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Derby – though it should not worry his faithful much. When Starlight Racing’s Cutting Humor and Wertheimer et Frere’s Spinoff – 15th and 19th on the Kentucky Derby points […]

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Mike Smith To Replace Corey Lanerie Aboard Cutting Humor In Kentucky Derby

In a late decision, Hall of Famer and Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith has been named to ride Cutting Humor in the Kentucky Derby in place of Corey Lanerie, who was announced to have the mount when entries were revealed on Tuesday. The change was first reported Friday morning by the Daily Racing Form’s Jay […]

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‘There Are Going To Be Ebbs And Flows’: Pletcher Hoping Derby Trail Slump Makes Him Better

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he has scrutinized every facet of an operation that produced a record seven Eclipse Awards in a remarkable stretch from 2004-’14 but recently showed evidence of decline. A dazzling spring last year in which Noble Indy won the Louisiana Derby, Audible the Florida Derby, Vino Rosso the Wood Memorial and Magnum […]

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