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Vinnie Viola Elected To The Jockey Club Board Of Stewards

Vinnie Viola has been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the expired position of William S. Farish Jr. Vinnie Viola and his wife, Teresa, started purchasing racehorses in the late 1990s and eventually formed St. Elias Stables, which, together with Teresa’s Viola Racing Stables, has won the Kentucky Derby with Always Dreaming […]

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Prominent Horseman James ‘J.J.’ Crupi Dies At 79

James “J.J.” Crupi, a longtime trainer and consignor through his Florida-based New Castle Farm, died Thursday in Maryland at age 79 after a long-running battle with various health issues. In the business until the end, Crupi was on the grounds at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale during the auction’s opening session on Monday, […]

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Positive Spirit ‘OK,’ ‘Sound’ After Clipping Heels In Kentucky Oaks

The Rodolphe Brisset-trained Positive Spirit has recovered from her spill at the beginning of Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GI), and was in good order in her barn early Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. The Michael J. Ryan and Gerry Dilger-owned half-sister to Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming and Spinaway (GI) winner Hot Dixie Chick clipped […]

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Needs Supervision Looks To Win More Kentucky Oaks Points In Rachel Alexandra

The Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds in New Orleans has produced the likes of recent Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winners Monomoy Girl, Untapable and Summerly. Ten 3-year-old fillies will contest this year’s event on Feb. 16 with aspirations of adding their name to that list. The Rachel Alexandra Stakes is the second […]

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Positive Spirit Has Brisset Thinking Big For 2019

When your older half-brother is a Kentucky Derby winner, it’s natural for high expectations to carry over. Positive Spirit ended her 2-year-old campaign on a very promising note, and the first chapter of her sophomore season is about to be written in the Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, to be run on Saturday, Feb. […]

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Derby Winner’s Half-Sister Positive Spirit Runs Away With Demoiselle

Mike Ryan’s homebred filly Positive Spirit defied her 11-1 odds on Saturday at Aqueduct, dominating the G2 Demoiselle by at 10 1/2 lengths in her fourth career start. The 2-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile and half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming was ridden by Manny Franco for young trainer Rodolphe Brisset, and covered […]

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WinStar Farm Sets 2019 Stud Fees, Led By Pioneerof The Nile At $110,000

WinStar Farm announced 2019 stud fees for its 22-stallion roster today, again headed by Pioneerof the Nile who will stand for a fee of $110,000 S&N this upcoming breeding season. WinStar also welcomes two new stallions to its roster in Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby (G1), and Jim Dandy […]

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Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming Retired To WinStar Farm

Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Grade 1 Florida Derby, has been retired from racing and will join the stallion ranks at WinStar Farm. Hailing from the Unbridled sire line, the most dominant classic sire line in recent years, Always Dreaming was campaigned by Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stables, MEB […]

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Bodemeister Shuttling To Argentina For Southern Hemisphere Season

Bodemeister, a Grade 1 winner and sire of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, will shuttle to Haras la Pasión in Argentina for the next two Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons, BloodHorse reports. The 10-year-old Empire Maker horse ships to Argentina for the first time after standing the 2018 Northern Hemisphere season at WinStar Farm in Versailles, […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Pride In A Family Business

Rarely has one family been so closely identified with one trade through several generations as the Amatos are to shoeing horses. The story begins with Salvatore, who learned the fundamentals of being a blacksmith as a teenager in a town near Naples and continued to hone his skills after immigrating from Italy to the United […]

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