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Ruis Transferring His Grade 1 Winners Bolt d’Oro, Union Strike To Asmussen Barn

Bolt d’Oro, who won his first three starts as a 2-year-old in 2017 but has lost four of his last five, will be trained by Steve Asmussen when he returns to the track from a brief freshening. Mick Ruis, who owns and trained the two-time Grade 1-winning son of Medaglia d’Oro, confirmed the switch with […]

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Free Drop Billy Could Switch To Turf For Secretariat Stakes

Trainer Dale Romans indicated that 2018 Triple Crown contender Free Drop Billy could make the switch over to grass for the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 11. The 1 1/8-miles turf event for 3-year-olds is just one of five stakes carded for the Arlington International Festival of Racing. The Bruce D. Memorial Stakes, Grade […]

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Union Strike Surfaces At Arlington For Chicago Handicap

A competitive baker’s dozen has been assembled for this Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. Headlining the seven-furlong test for fillies and mares over the all-weather surface is Grade 1 winner Union Strike, who breaks from post two under Corey Nakatani and enters the Chicago Handicap off of a five-month layoff. […]

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‘Another Perfect Day’ For Justify; Free Drop Billy Goes Five Furlongs In :59 2/5

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify readied for his final breeze before the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI) with a 1 ½-mile gallop under regular rider Humberto Gomez Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. “It was another perfect day of training,” trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “We’re very fortunate he […]

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Par For The Course: Free Drop Billy To Go In Belmont

Co-owner Jason Loutsch said Tuesday morning by phone that Free Drop Billy will run in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on June 9. Albaugh Family Stables’ colt by Union Rags had a walk day after working five-eighths of a mile in :59.60 on Monday at Churchill Downs with a strong gallop-out. Trainer Dale Romans, who has […]

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Romans: Belmont Distance Suits Pedigree Of Free Drop Billy

Albaugh Family Stables’ Breeders’ Futurity (Grade I) winner Free Drop Billy breezed five furlongs in :59.60 Monday morning at Churchill Downs as the colt prepares for a possible start in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI). During the exclusive training session from 7:30-7:40 a.m. EDT for horses preparing to start in the 1 ½-mile test, Free Drop Billy began his breeze at […]

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$1.2-Million Colt By Medaglia D’Oro Top Price At Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

For the fourth consecutive year, it was a seven-figure juvenile that topped Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Timonium, Md. The sale topper came towards the end of the second session on Tuesday. Hip 565, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro, lit up the board to the tune of $1,200,000. Dennis O’Neill purchased the top-priced […]

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Fan-Favorite Patch Finishes Strong To Start 2018 Season With A Victory

One of the best-loved colts on last year’s Triple Crown trail, the Calumet homebred Patch made his 2018 debut this Saturday at Belmont Park. The one-eyed son of Union Rags came flying down the center of the track to win the sixth race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance event on the main track. Ridden by John […]

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Free Drop Billy To Join Spendthrift Farm Stallion Roster At End Of Racing Career

Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm announced that it will stand Grade 1-winning juvenile and 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Free Drop Billy, a son of Union Rags, at the end of his racing career. Trained by Dale Romans and campaigned by Albaugh Family Stables (which also raced Spendthrift stallion Brody’s Cause), Free Drop Billy is Union […]

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Santa Monica: Distance Not An Issue For Paradise Woods, Sadler ‘Excited’ About Selcourt

Richard Mandella is quietly excited to have Paradise Woods race-ready for Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at seven furlongs. The daughter of Union Rags was a game second to champion Unique Bella in the Grade I La Brea at seven furlongs last Dec. 26, but a hiccup here and there […]

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