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American Pharoah, California Chrome Halters For Sale To Benefit Therapeutic Riding Program

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; his sire, Pioneerof the Nile; and grandsire, Empire Maker, are among the exciting Thoroughbred racing-related items in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 37-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all […]

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Justify’s Breeder John Gunther Relishes ‘Amazing’ Triple Crown Victory

Breeder John Gunther, owner of the central Kentucky Glennwood Farm, was present at Belmont Park on Saturday to watch the colt he sold for $500,000 as a yearling become the 13th winner of racing’s Triple Crown. “What an amazing experience, my heart was pounding and I had to sit down,” Gunther told “This means everything to […]

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‘It’s Up To Him Now’: Justify Adds Ear Plugs, Remains Solid In Friday Gallop

So far, so good. Belmont Stakes favorite Justify has done everything that has been asked of him thus far, including winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Will he be racing’s 13th Triple Crown victor? “This is the best he’s been,” trainer Bob Baffert told on Friday morning. “It’s up to him now. […]

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Triple Crown Attempt A Big Win For NYRA

Successful or not, Justify’s presence in the Belmont Stakes will be a win for the New York Racing Association, according to the New York Times. Not only will attendance be high, likely approaching NYRA’s cap of 90,000 patrons, but wagering will be seriously increased. When California Chrome pursued the Triple Crown, total handle was $83,054,106, and […]

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Mike Smith’s Bid For Racing History A Long Time In The Making

Mike Smith was a ninth-grade student when he decided to become a jockey. The son of a rider – with an uncle who trained and grandparents who owned racehorses – he appeared destined to fall in love with the sport. The rest would be up to him. Smith left his home in Roswell, New Mexico […]

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Longinotti Named Director Of Oaklawn Anywhere

David Longinotti, a member of Oaklawn’s management team since 2006, will move into the position of Director of Oaklawn Anywhere after serving as Director of Racing. Oaklawn Anywhere, the track’s in-state advanced deposit wagering service developed in partnership with Arkansas horsemen, is the fastest growing segment of Oaklawn’s racing business and has generated nearly $4 […]

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USA Today: Triple Crown Didn’t Save Racing But Maybe It Didn’t Need Saving

As Justify’s attempt for the second Triple Crown sweep in four years approaches, national media outlets are weighing in on the sport’s health. USA Today’s Dan Wolken writes that American Pharoah breaking the 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015 was essentially just a moment, not a transformative shift for horse racing, as some hoped for […]

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‘Rock Star’ Justify Posts Final Breeze For Belmont

Following the successful training pattern used three years ago for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify out for his final breeze on Monday morning in preparation for the June 9 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park Under Martin Garcia (who also worked American Pharoah […]

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In Their Own Words: ‘American Pharoah Was America’s Horse’

The New York Racing Association is presenting a weekly series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, 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.” […]

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NYRA Poll: All-Time Belmont Stakes Boils Down To Secretariat Vs American Pharoah

Much like track announcer’s Chic Anderson’s famous saying of “we’ll test these two to the wire” in the stretch of the 1978 Belmont Stakes, the race for the No. 1 spot in the New York Racing Association personalities’ poll of the Top 5 Belmont Stakes has come down to two finalists. They raced 42 years […]

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