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‘Purest Gentleman’ Jimmy Kilroe Among National Museum Of Racing’s Incoming Pillars Of The Turf

As was announced Monday by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the legendary Frank E. “Jimmy” Kilroe, who served as Santa Anita’s longtime racing secretary, handicapper and later as a senior vice president, will be honored with posthumous induction as a Pillar of the Turf to racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga […]

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‘We Need To Be A Leader In Clean Sport And Uniformity’: McPeek Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Trainer Kenny McPeek has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act, which would standardize medication rules in American racing by appointing an independent, non-governmental agency to oversee regulations, testing and enforcement and align the United States with international standards on race-day medication. After nearly 35 years of training Thoroughbreds, […]

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The Friday Show: Passing Or Failing Grades?

Each year, the American Graded Stakes Committee reevaluates the grading system for the highest level races in the U.S., downgrading some from Grade 1 or Grade 2 and upgrading others from Grade 2 or 3. It’s an annual decision that has wide-ranging implications for the racing and breeding industries. In this special edition of The […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: WinStar’s Anthem

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and SF Racing added another 2018 American Graded Stakes winner to their resume last weekend when American Anthem won the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Bob Baffert, American Anthem was a G2 and G3 winner in 2017. WinStar Farm – which […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Already A Career Year For Cox

Trainer Brad Cox had a big year in 2014. He saddled his first American Graded Stakes winner when Carve won the Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows. It was also the first year since taking out his trainer’s license in 2004 that his stable topped the million-dollar mark in earnings, finishing the year with […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Quality Road Triple

Lost in the hoopla of Justify’s Triple Crown triumph last weekend was another triple of sorts as the Lane’s End stallion Quality Road sired three American Graded Stakes winners on June 9 – two of them G1 on the Belmont Stakes program at Belmont Park. Quality Road also sired two non-graded winners last weekend, raising […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Kumin Riding High With Partnerships

Sol Kumin wasn’t a finalist in the outstanding owner Eclipse Award category in 2017 despite the fact that several partnerships he put together had truly outstanding years, led by Head of Plains Partners, which was ranked No. 1 on the Paulick Report’s American Graded Stakes standings through its co-ownership of 11 different AGS winners. Another […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: An Oklahoma Gold Rush

Oklahoma breeders have produced a Horse of the Year in Lady’s Secret, a Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner in Kip Deville, a handful of millionaires (including Clever Trevor, Mr. Ross, She’s All In and Shotgun Kowboy), and last year’s G1 Spinaway Stakes winner at Saratoga, Lady Ivanka. But last week may have been a […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Finding Grade 1 Bargains

As we race into the busy Memorial Day weekend – which features graded stakes at seven different tracks – let’s pause to look at where things stand in 2018 in terms of horses that have achieved at the highest level in the United States: Grade 1 races. There have been 19 individual winners of Grade […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Kentucky Derby Day’s Riding Star

He didn’t win the big one, finishing second to Justify while aboard champion Good Magic in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, but Jose Ortiz was the riding star of the day last Saturday at Churchill Downs. He took the other two G1 races on the afternoon, winning the Distaff aboard American Gal and the Turf […]

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