Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: The Races To Fill Out The Podium

Following the rush of graded stakes races that occurred during and around the Breeders’ Cup in early November, the racing calendar eased off the gas pedal in the latter part of the month, and the very top of the American Graded Stakes Standings went practically unchanged. Without much activity at the very top of the […]

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Churchill-Loving Mr. Misunderstood Comes Through In River City

In the last 28 years, only three horses have won five career stakes races at Churchill Downs: 2012-13 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, crack sprinter Limousine Liberal and now Mr. Misunderstood, who added his name to the list after successfully defending his title in Saturday’s 42nd running of the $175,000 River City (Grade III). […]

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Mr. Misunderstood Ends Seven-Month Layoff Thursday At Churchill

Flurry Racing Stables’ multiple graded stakes winner Mr. Misunderstood is set to return from a seven-month layoff in a $104,000 conditioned allowance contest Thursday evening at Churchill Downs. Trained by Brad Cox, Mr. Misunderstood has not been seen since his gutsy half-length score in the Nov. 17 River City Handicap (GIII) at Churchill Downs. The […]

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‘Ageless’ Jon Court Hopes For Continued Success With Horton’s Long Range Toddy

The Rebel was actually a rebel-lion last month at Oaklawn, with experience trumping youth in both divisions of the $750,000 Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds March 16. The winner of the first division was Long Range Toddy, owned by Willis Horton, 78, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, 53, and ridden by Jon Court, […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Disabled Hotwalker’s Lament – ‘I Don’t Know Anything Else’

When Raymond Lyle approached William H. “Jinks” Fires about working for him as a hotwalker at Churchill Downs in 1988, the trainer hired him while assuming their business relationship would be short-lived the way so many backstretch associations are. He did not know Lyle. Lyle had just kept a pledge to his mother, Frances, by […]

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Mr. Misunderstood Out-Finishes Stablemate In River City Handicap

Sent off as the 3-5 favorite in the field of five, Staton Flurry’s Mr. Misunderstood proved best in Saturday’s G3 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs to give trainer Brad Cox his 999th career victory. Ridden by Florent Geroux, the 4-year-old son of Archarcharch tracked the pace along the rail and hit the wire a […]

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Next Shares Slips Up The Rail, Finally Gets His Grade 1 Win In Shadwell Turf Mile

Michael and Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Chris Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw and Mark Taylor’s 5-year-old gelding Next Shares showed up with another upset on Saturday’s Fall Stars card at Keeneland, surprising at 23-1 in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile. The son of ArchArchArch, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for Richard Baltas, covered a mile […]

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Mr. Misunderstood Back In The Winner’s Circle; Geroux Gives Perfectly-Timed Ride In Wise Dan

Though he missed in his last three outings, Flurry Racing Stable’s Mr. Misunderstood regained his winning groove to take Saturday evening’s Grade 2 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old son of ArchArchArch, ridden to perfection by Florent Geroux, covered 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf course in 1:41.83. Sent off at odds […]

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Favored Ivy Bell Clears In Inside Information

Mathis Stable and Madaket Stable’s Ivy Bell was the even-money favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and the 5-year-old daughter of Archarcharch made a strong late run down the center of the course to win by an increasing length at the wire. Ridden by Javier Castellano for his fourth win […]

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