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Hofburg Breezes Five Furlongs At Payson Park, Ships To Churchill Monday

Juddmonte Farms’ Hofburg breezed five furlongs in company at Payson Park in Indiantown, FL Sunday morning in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1). The Bill Mott-trained colt was timed in 1:01.40 after breezing for the second time since finishing second in the $1 million XpressBet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park March 31. […]

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Hofburg ‘Short On Seasoning,’ But ‘Professional Acting’ Colt Has Mott Excited About Derby

Working for the first time since finishing second in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1), Juddmonte Farms’ Hofburg cruised a half-mile Sunday morning at Payson Park in 49.02. Mike Welsch, clocker and writer for the Daily Racing Form, had Hofburg galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.37 and six furlongs in 1:15.30 while working outside Jim Dandy […]

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Mott Aims For Third Maker’s 46 Mile With Pair Of Contenders

Four trainers have won the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) twice. On Friday, Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott will try to become the first to win the race three times when he sends out Ballgah Rocks and Forge. Mott, who won the race with Ganges in 1993 and Mr. Sidney in 2009, is scheduled to be here Thursday. “Hall of Fame decision […]

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Florida Derby: Mott ‘Taking A Chance’ With Recent Maiden Winner Hofburg

Juddmonte Farms homebred Hofburg, an impressive maiden winner March 3 at Gulfstream Park, will make just his third career start and first in a stakes in the 67th $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) March 31. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Hofburg is the 10th horse expected when entries are taken and post positions drawn late Wednesday morning […]

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‘When Was Common Sense Abandoned?’: Dr. Gary Lavin Joins WHOA

Dr. A. Gary Lavin, a legend in equine veterinary medicine and a respected leader in the horse industry, has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance.  Lavin, the son of well-known racing secretary Allan Lavin, grew up in the sport. He worked for many years on the racetrack as an esteemed equine practitioner and surgeon. As […]

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Good Samaritan Rolls Clear In New Orleans Handicap; The Player Pulled Up In The Stretch

Beaten just a half-length in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap in his most recent start, Good Samaritan returned to the races a winner in Saturday’s Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap. Off as second choice at 6-5, the 4-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday rallied from last in the five-horse field to win by about two lengths […]

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Good Samaritan Back In Action In Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap

Multiple graded stakes winner Good Samaritan is back in action and will make his 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s Grade 2 $400,000 New Orleans Handicap, which kicks off a $200,000 guaranteed all stakes Pick 4 as the eighth race on Saturday afternoon. Owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, SF Racing LLC and Head of Plains […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Life Lessons From A Hall of Fame ‘Father-Figure’

Watching Quip cross the wire first in last weekend’s Tampa Bay Derby, 34-year-old trainer Rodolphe Brisset allowed himself a few moments to revel in the feeling. Then, the soft-spoken Frenchman simply did what has become his habit over the past decade: he went back to work. Born in Tours, France, Brisset never had family members […]

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Elusive Quality, Record-Setting Racehorse And Sire Of Smarty Jones, Dies At 25

Pensioned from stud duties in June of 2017, champion sire and world record-breaker Elusive Quality has succumbed to the infirmities of old age and has been euthanized. Dan Pride, COO of Godolphin in America, said, “Elusive Quality represented so many things to so many people. He was one of Sheikh Mohammed’s early racing successes here […]

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Quip Springs 19-1 Upset In Tampa Bay Derby, Gives Former Mott Assistant First Graded Victory

Making his 3-year-old debut in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby, Quip told the world just how much he’d progressed since his juvenile campaign. Owned by breeder WinStar Farm, SF Racing and the China Horse Club, the son of Distorted Humor sat just behind the leader and took over in late stretch to score by about […]

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