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Frank’s Rockette Leads ‘Very Competitive’ Purple Martin Stakes Saturday At Oaklawn

A field of 10, including 5-2 program favorite Frank’s Rockette and four previously undefeated horses, is entered in the $100,000 Purple Martin Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 6-furlong Purple Martin, which goes as the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central). Racing begins Saturday, the 42nd […]

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‘It’s All About The Horses’: Mott Nearing 5,000 Win Milestone

Trainer Bill Mott is nearing another milestone in his Hall of Fame career. According to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization, Mott entered Thursday with 4,987 career victories. Only six trainers in North American history have reached 5,000 career victories, one being perennial Oaklawn champion Steve Asmussen. Mott, based in south Florida in the winter […]

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Mott Barn Full Of Promising Contenders For Postponed American Classics

Riley Mott is not one for stall rest. The world-traveling assistant trainer is currently riding out the remainder of a travel-imposed quarantine in Florida after returning from Dubai with last year’s Grade 2 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus. “For now, I’m home with my fiancé and the dog,” said Mott, who had been overseas since saddling […]

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Enforceable Tabbed As Lukewarm Favorite In 14-Strong Louisiana Derby

John Oxley’s Enforceable, who won the Lecomte (G3) in advance of a second place run behind the recently sidelined Mr. Monomoy in the first division of the Risen Star (G2) presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln, has been tabbed as Mike Diliberto’s 7-2 lukewarm morning line favorite over 13 fellow 3-year-olds for Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana […]

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‘Nothing But The Highest Of Praise’: Hall Of Famer Mott Approaches 5,000 North American Wins

If the measure of success in horse racing is judged solely on statistics, then trainer Bill Mott, an icon on the New York Racing Association circuit for more than three decades, has earned legendary status. Mott, 66, is on the cusp of saddling 5,000 career winners in North America; a milestone only matched in North American […]

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Sadler Seeks Three-Peat With Gift Box In Santa Anita Handicap

One of eight trainers dating back to 1940 to have saddled consecutive winners of the storied Santa Anita Handicap, John Sadler will seek an unprecedented three-peat this Saturday at The Great Race Place as his high weighted Gift Box defends his title in the 83rd running of the Grade 1, $600,000 classic for older horses […]

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Hidden Scroll ‘Got To Relax In The Gate,’ Returns To Dominate Gulfstream Allowance

Juddmonte Farms homebred Hidden Scroll, on the Triple Crown trail last spring, returned a dominant 12 ½-length front-running winner Sunday at Gulfstream Park in his first race in nearly 10 months. With John Velazquez aboard for trainer and fellow Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Hidden Scroll ($2.40) hadn’t been out since finishing third in an […]

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Shotski Tunes Up For Big Challenge In Fountain Of Youth

Ridden by trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer, Shotski tuned up for Saturday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park with a four-furlong breeze Saturday morning at Laurel Park. Shotski, who captured the Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct in December, worked from the gate in company, covering the half-mile distance in 48.40 seconds, the fourth fastest clocking […]

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Fourth Time’s The Charm? Alvarado Derby Dreaming With Modernist

Pam and Martin Wygod’s Modernist, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott and expertly piloted by Junior Alvarado, earned 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and an 84 Beyer Speed Figure with a prominent score in Saturday’s second division of the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds. The dark bay son of Uncle Mo graduated […]

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