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Owendale ‘Deserves A Chance’ In Breeders’ Cup Classic

It was a busy morning at Churchill Downs as five Breeders’ Cup contenders, led by Rupp Racing’s $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (GIII) winner Owendale (Classic) and Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s multiple Grade I-winning mare Elate (Classic or Distaff), logged their second-to-last workouts prior to the Nov. 1-2 World Championships at Santa Anita. Along with […]

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Mike Smith Picks Up Rosario’s Former Mount, Yoshida, For Breeders’ Cup Classic

As expected, the all-time winningest Breeders’ Cup jockey will not be without a ride in this year’s Classic. The Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman reported Friday that Mike Smith will ride Yoshida in the 1 1/4-mile race Nov. 2. The Hall of Fame jockey had been the regular rider for Classic favorite McKinzie, but trainer […]

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Middle Move Nets Red Knight A Second Stakes Win In Point Of Entry

Trinity Farm’s homebred Red Knight sat well off the front end, made an aggressive move halfway through the race and was able to get the job done in notching a second stakes win in Sunday’s $100,000 Point of Entry over the Widener turf course at Belmont Park. The New York-bred son of Pure Prize arrived […]

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Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award Winners Announced At Keeneland

The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, now in its fourth year in the United States, concluded this afternoon with Keeneland hosting the ceremony in Lexington. Jill Byrne, Vice President of Racing Operations at Colonial Downs, was once again the master of ceremonies, with Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott on hand to present the awards. Jimmy […]

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Mott On Classic: Tacitus Done For The Year, Elate To Be Cross-Entered

Bill Mott has ruled 3-year-old Tacitus out of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, according to drf.com, but the Hall of Fame trainer may still have two entrants for the $6 million contest. “We’re going to give him some time, let him grow,” Mott said of Tacitus, a Tapit son out of champion Close Hatches. Other […]

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Channel Maker Going For Unprecedented Second Straight Win In Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Wachtel Stables, R. A. Hill Stables, Gary Barber and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Channel Maker will attempt to repeat his 2018 victory when taking on a field of seven assembled for Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at 12 furlongs over the Widener turf course at Belmont Park. The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic is […]

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Mott: Belmont’s Sweeping Turns Should Suit Tacitus In G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup

The regally-bred Tacitus, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms, arrived at Belmont Park from his Saratoga Race Course base on Tuesday to finalize preparations for his start in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Saturday’s lucrative Jockey Club Gold Cup Day card features four graded stakes, including two Breeders’ […]

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Code of Honor, Tacitus Face Elders In Jockey Club Gold Cup

Grade 1 Runhappy Travers winner Code of Honor will look for a second Grade 1 score when he takes on older horses in Saturday’s 101st running of the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Owned and bred by W.S. Farish, who campaigned eventual Horse of the Year Mineshaft to a victory in the […]

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Elate Joins Top 10 Of Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s 5-year-old homebred mare Elate, winner of the Fleur de Lis (G2) and the Delaware Handicap (G2), has jumped into the Top 10 in the latest poll of the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, while Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie remains in first place. Elate (90 votes), a […]

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A Filly For The ‘Future,’ Vast Rolls To Hollywood Wildcat Stakes Victory

Saratoga shipper Vast returned to the dirt and regained her winning form, taking advantage of an early speed duel in front her before going on to a comfortable 2¾-length victory in the $75,000 Hollywood Wildcat Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Joe Bravo, Vast sat patiently off dueling […]

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