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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Sports Junkie’ Dobson Enjoys Ride With Mastery, Thunder

When asked how he got into the Thoroughbred industry two decades ago, Everett Dobson gives the simplest of answers. “I bought a racehorse.” Things have gotten considerably more complex since then. The Oklahoma native purchased quite a few more racehorses, then a farm, then started a breeding operation. He also bought a top-class golf course […]

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Statistics Trump Common Sense In Committee’s Downgrade Of Blue Grass, Wood Memorial

Many of the best horses in the East Coast on the trail to the Kentucky Derby no longer use the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct as their final prep before the run for the roses on the first Saturday in May. That fact was reflected when the Thoroughbred Owners […]

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TOBA Releases Changes To 2017 American Graded Stakes Schedule

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2017, the results of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 30 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 790 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded […]

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Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded; Pennsylvania Derby To Be Grade 1 in 2017

Two historic races for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby – the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct – will be dropped from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status when the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee announces its 2017 list of American Graded Stakes on […]

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Quality Of PA Derby Has Parx Officials Hopeful For Move To G1 Status

Anticipation is building for Parx Racing’s second annual Fall Festival of Racing, which gets underway this Saturday. The festival will run through Oct. 25, and horsemen will find that purses have been increased. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form that purses for overnight races will jump 50 percent, and average between $450,000 and $470,000. […]

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‘There Just Aren’t The Horses To Fill Them’: Graded Stakes Committee To Reduce Number Of Graded Races

The American Graded Stakes Committee has formed a subcommittee to examine the number of graded races in the country, and which ones – in particular, which Grade 1’s – should be eliminated. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the subcommittee will report its findings to the full committee before it meets Nov. 30 to assign grades for 2017. […]

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New Pegasus World Cup Invitational Awarded Grade 1 Status

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today it has voted to assign Grade I status to the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, formerly the Grade I Donn Handicap, for its 2017 renewal. At its first meeting after the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, most likely in April 2017, the […]

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Saga Of Suddenbreakingnews Raises Troubling Questions About Steroid Testing Uniformity

The recent revelation that Belmont Stakes contender Suddenbreakingnews is not a gelding but a ridgling was a surprise to everyone, including his connections. Somewhere along his journey, the horse was recorded as having been castrated, when in fact neither of his testicles had descended into his scrotum. The mistake was discovered when Kentucky officials contacted […]

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Tampa Bay: Hillsborough Elevated To Grade 2; Purse Raised To $200K

The Festival Day celebration on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs will be even grander than anticipated. The Hillsborough Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf, which produced an Eclipse Award champion in 2012 winner Zagora and a top Eclipse Award contender in this year’s winner, Stephanie’s Kitten, has been upgraded to Grade II […]

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TOBA Releases 2016 Graded Stakes List; Saratoga’s Fourstardave Awarded G1 Status

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2016, the results of its annual grading session conducted December 2 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 788 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded […]

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