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Gouverneur Morris .02 Seconds Off Track Record In 3-Year-Old Debut

When Dudley Square stumbled at the start of Friday’s sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs, unseating jockey Daniel Centeno, jockey John Velazquez aboard race favorite and fellow Todd Pletcher-trainee Gouverneur Morris turned to “Plan B.” Few jockeys are more proficient in making successful strategy changes during a race than Velazquez. Gouverneur Morris did his part, […]

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Gouverneur Morris Will Make 2020 Debut In Tampa Allowance

Breeders’ Futurity runner-up Gouverneur Morris now has a target for his 2020 debut, reports The 3-year-old son of Constitution is entered in a one mile and 40 yard allowance race Friday at Tampa Bay Downs, but the colt won’t be rushed to make the first Saturday in May. “We want to have a nice, non-killer […]

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Commentary – Horse Racing: We Gonna Have A Sport Or Not?

Sport is characterized by a challenging dichotomy that threatens its very existence as a viable enterprise worthy of both participation and widespread appreciation. Athletes are drawn to sport in the main by those with a passion for contests and games of skill. It is this ardor shown on the courts, courses and battlefields that in […]

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Sunshine And Roses: Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Kicks Off Florida Road To Kentucky Derby

You don’t have to pass through Florida to get to Kentucky. But history — at least as it involves the best path to the Kentucky Derby (G1) — suggests it pays to experience a little sunshine and salt air before preening in the shadows of the Twin Spires come May. Once again, when Gulfstream Park […]

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Rodolphe Brisset Fined, Keeneland Winner Disqualified For Medication Violation

Trainer Rodolphe Brisset said a recent positive test in one of his horses for the prohibited adjunct bleeder medication aminocaproic acid was either a barn or veterinary mistake. The positive test and subsequent disqualification of Talk Veuve to Me from an April 11 allowance/optional claiming race victory at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., was reported in […]

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Team Valor Aims Polish Triple Crown Winner At Arlington Million

Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin is anxious to showcase the talent of Va Bank (IRE) in a meaningful race in the United States, which is one reason why he is opting to run the 2015 Polish Triple Crown winner in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million on August 11. The 6-year-old son of Archipenko began his career in […]

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Brazilian Group 1 Winner Love ‘N’ Happiness To Make U.S. Debut Sunday

When it comes to searching far and wide around the globe for Thoroughbred talent, few owners have made names for themselves the way Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin has. Irwin’s recent international acquisition Love ‘n’ Happiness – a Group 1 winner in her native Brazil – will make her first American start in a Sunday […]

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Former Jockey Chris McCarron Joins Team Valor International

Chris McCarron has joined Team Valor International and will be part of the executive team of the far-flung organization. He starts this week and will be involved at Churchill Downs, where the operation races three runners (two in stakes) this week in Louisville. “As a Hall of Fame inductee and as the rider of such […]

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Barry Irwin To Pull Out Of Scandal-Tainted South African Racing

Barry Irwin, the CEO of Team Valor International and longtime friend of horse racing in South Africa, has chosen to sell out of the sport there due to it being tainted by disgraced businessman and major horse owner/breeder Markus Jooste. Jooste resigned as CEO of the furniture and household company Steinhoff International last winter after […]

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