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Baffert Watching Over Parx Contenders As Barnes Recuperates In California

Trainer Bob Baffert put the finishing touches on West Coast and Abel Tasman early this morning, sending both out for a mile-long gallop. Baffert and Mary and Gary West, owners of West Coast will receive a bonus of $50,000 each for having won the Grade I Travers as part of the Pennsylvania Derby bonus program. […]

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Old Friends To Auction Racing Memorabilia Items Prior To Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase

On Sunday September 10, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, will host an exclusive live auction of fine art and choice racing memorabilia as a prelude to the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack. The Old Friends auction will be held for one hour, beginning begins at 3:00 p.m. (EST), at the Fasig-Tipton paddocks, located at 2400 […]

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American Pharoah’s Baby Brother ‘Pretty Impressive’ In Maiden-Breaking Effort At Del Mar

American Pharoah fans have a new face to root for: the Triple Crown champion’s full brother is now a winner at Del Mar. Owned by Mrs. John Magnier, the 2-year-old St Patrick’s Day contested the pace on the inside, then dug in late to hold off Instilled Regard, a $1.05 million OBS purchase, by a […]

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Travers Day Handle Second Highest All-Time

Saturday’s all-star Travers card at Saratoga saw a near-record figure in terms of all-sources handle, second only to 2015 when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah appeared. This year’s handle rang in at $47,870,984, a five-percent increase over 2016 but less than the $49,668,754 wagered in 2015. On-track attendance was announced at 47,725, a 1.9 percent decrease from […]

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Ahmed Zayat’s ‘Stallion-Making Stable’ Has Produced 24 Sires Over 12 Years

Ahmed Zayat’s impact on the Thoroughbred industry goes beyond his ownership of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. His racing stable has produced 24 stallions over the last 12 years, a number Coolmore’s Dermot Ryan called “incredible,” according to thoroughbredracing.com. The top names on Zayat’s stallion roster, in addition to the homebred American Pharoah, include homebred Pioneerof […]

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Coolmore’s $3 Million Sale-Topper ‘Still Very Green’ In Maiden-Breaking Run At The Curragh

The sale-topping yearling at the 2016 Keeneland September sale, Mendelssohn commanded a final bid of $3 million from M.V. Magnier. In his second start on Sunday, the 2-year-old broke his maiden in the Coolmore colors at the Curragh under jockey Ryan Moore. Mendelssohn went off as the favorite in the field of seven, and despite noticeably drifting out […]

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Brothers Recalls Hennessy, Weighs In On Jockey Weights At Thorofan Event

Donna Barton Brothers looked back on her career as a jockey and her time spent as a commentator for NBC during a keynote address at Thorofan’s annual awards brunch on Saturday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Despite having learned to read with the Daily Racing Form when she was six, Brothers said she initially did not […]

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The Six-Dollar Earplugs That Brought Us A Triple Crown

When American Pharoah crossed the Belmont Park finish line in 2015, NBC camera crew members said the roar of the crowd was louder than any other sports event they had filmed to that point. To the plain bay colt at the wire, though, the sound was probably a muffled buzz. Trainer Bob Baffert believes a […]

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Perseverance The Theme Of 2017 Hall Of Fame Induction For Castellano, Espinoza, Gomez

Friday’s induction ceremony to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame was dominated by stories of determined jockeys asVictor Espinoza, Javier Castellano, and the late Garrett Gomez were all given plaques for their career achievements. The event, held at Fasig-Tipton’s pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., also included honors for three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Is Parity Good For Racing?

In many sports, the rules clearly make parity an objective. The worst teams get to draft first, for example, in the hope of making those teams more competitive. On the other hand, dominance still exists and fans seem to relish it. Two years ago, American Pharoah swept through most of the 3-year-old races, then took […]

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