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Maker Produces Zulu Alpha To Dominate Kentucky Turf Cup

Mike Maker, the winningest trainer in Kentucky Downs history, experienced a frustrating first two days of the current Kentucky Downs meet, going winless with his first 19 starters and feeling unlucky with seven of his horses running second. That frustration was put aside when Zulu Alpha rolled to an authoritative 3 1/4-length victory for the […]

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In Their Own Words: Alydar And Affirmed’s Bittersweet Travers Of 1978

The New York Racing Association is presenting a series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. “In Their Own Words” will feature prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Mid-Summer Derby.” Here is […]

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Tom’s D’Etat Gets Class Relief In Friday’s Alydar

G M B Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat leads a talented field of nine for Friday’s $100,000 Alydar, a nine-furlong test for 4-year-olds and up on the main track, to kick off the Fasig-Tipton Racing Festival at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Al Stall, Jr., the 6-year-old Smart Strike horse boasts a record of 6-2-1 from 12 […]

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‘Big Heart And A Lot Of Try’: Reliving Easy Goer’s Belmont Triumph

Less than an hour to post time in the 1989 Belmont Stakes, trainer Shug McGaughey walked over to the Belmont Park paddock area alongside Easy Goer with a sense of confidence. He said to his assistant Buzz Tenney, “If this race goes the way I think it will, it’s going to be a fun one […]

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Old Friends: A P Valentine Euthanized Due To Colic Complications

A P Valentine, a Gr. 1 winner, was euthanized due to complications from colic on September 1 at Park Equine Hospital in Woodford County. The 20-year-old son of A.P. Indy had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY. Campaigned by Rick Pitino’s Ol’ Memorial Stable (formerly Celtic Pride Stables) and […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Tackling Belmont Stakes History?

When it comes to debating Belmont Stakes history, there are varied and strong opinions in the racing world. But we can all agree, the Test of the Champion has produced many memorable stories and propelled humans and equine athletes to remarkable feats. In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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Top Five Belmont Stakes: Victory Gallop, Affirmed Thrill Huge Belmont Crowds

As the days draw closer to June 9 and Justify’s bid for a Triple Crown sweep in the 150th edition of the Belmont Stakes comes into a sharper focus, it inevitably resurrects memories of the great champions before him who competed in the famed race for the last century and a half. In honor of the milestone […]

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In Their Own Words: ‘Affirmed Willed Himself To The Wire’

The New York Racing Association is presenting a weekly series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9 at Belmont Park. “In Their Own Words” features prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Test of the Champion.” The […]

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In Their Own Words: Easy Goer ‘Saved His Best For Last’ In 1989 Belmont

The New York Racing Association is presenting a weekly series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9 at Belmont Park. “In Their Own Words” features prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Test of the Champion.” The […]

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Looking Back: Alydar Gave Lucille Markey A ‘Big Thrill’ In 1978 Blue Grass

The post parade of Keeneland’s 1978 Blue Grass left an indelible memory in Thoroughbred racing lore. As the field meandered to the starting gate, jockey Jorge Velasquez steered Calumet Farm’s homebred Alydar to the outside rail, where his owners Lucille and Admiral Gene Markey waited on the Clubhouse lawn. Lucille Markey was 81 and in failing health […]

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