Tom Proctor

Cambodia Breaks Through In Gallorette

Winter Quarter Farm’s Cambodia, narrowly beaten in three straight stakes to open the year, became a stakes winner for the first time Saturday at historic Pimlico Race Course in the 66th running of the $150,000 Stella Artois Gallorette (G3) for fillies and mares 3 and older. Jockey Florent Geroux guided Cambodia ($11.20) from the far […]

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Castanon: Tampa Bay Downs ‘A Good Place To Be’

Further proof this probably is the highest-quality jockey colony in Tampa Bay Downs history arrived Friday in the form of two victories by jockey Jesus L. Castanon. The 43-year-old Mexico City native, who won back-to-back titles at Tampa in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, vaulted to national prominence in 2011 when he rode Shackleford to a Preakness […]

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Include Betty, Go Maggie Go Square Off In Falls City Handicap On Thanksgiving Day

Brereton C. Jones and Timothy C. Thornton’s Include Betty, winner of the Grade I Mother Goose to highlight her 3-year-old season, and Mike Tarp’s Go Maggie Go, winner of Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan (GII) and fourth to Cathryn Sophia in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), loom as major contenders in a competitive group of 11 fillies […]

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Is Everybody Happy Gives MacLean’s Music First Winner

Glen Hill Farm homebred 2-year-old colt Is Everybody Happy gave Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms stallion MacLean’s Music his first winner from his first crop on May 25, winning a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race at Delaware Park by 3 1/2 lengths. Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Brian Pedroza, Is Everybody Happy went […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Apprentice Castrenze Scores With First Four Mounts

“It’s supposed to take you a long time to win five races, so that you get experience before you start being a bug rider,” said Ashley Castrenze. The 19-year-old freshly-minted jockey is already almost there; she’s ridden five races thus far and was victorious in the first four, finishing third in her fifth start. Yet […]

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Ahh Chocolate To Make 2016 Debut In Friday’s Esplanade

Friday’s $50,000 Esplanade Stakes produced an eight-horse field of impressive proportions, including last out Grade II winner Ahh Chocolate and recently Grade I-placed Savings Account. At a mile and 70 yards over Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ main track, the Esplanade also attracted stakes winners Steel Cut and Brooklynsway, as well as last-out allowance […]

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Birdatthewire Takes On Six Rivals In G2 La Canada Stakes

Formerly trained by Dale Romans, Birdatthewire, fresh off an upset win going seven furlongs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26, heads a field of seven older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mike Smith, Birdatthewire, who is […]

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NHC Berth Goes To P.E. Teacher In TwinSpires Online Championship

A physical education teacher outlasted 416 players to win $10,000 and a trip to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas as the 5th annual TwinSpires.com Online Handicapping Series Championship winner. Leigh Vanwinkle, 55, picked four winners and a pair of runners-up from 15 races to land on top of the 544-entry leaderboard. The TSOHS […]

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Chiropractor Upsets Hollywood Derby In Stakes Debut

Chiropractor made his stakes debut a winning one at Del Mar on Saturday, getting a perfectly timed ride by Corey Nakatani to win the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby over East Coast invader March at odds of 14-1. Om, the 4-5 favorite, finished third in the 1 1/8-mile grass race clocked in 1:48.87 on firm turf. Purse […]

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Longshot Family Meeting Gets Up For Jimmy Durante Victory

A 37-1 outsider, the Florida-bred Family Meeting got up late to win Saturday’s Grade III Jimmy Durante. Contested at one mile over the firm turf course at Del Mar, the $100,000 race for 2-year-old fillies was completed in 1:37.14. A solid early pace was set by Corps de Ballet, with fractions of :23.21 and :48.03. […]

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