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Silver Dust Puts It All Together For Mineshaft Victory; Harlan Punch Vanned Off

The notoriously difficult-to-handle Silver Dust finally seems to have mostly figured out what to do in the afternoons; despite acting up in the gate, the gelded 5-year-old son of Tapit captured Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths at odds of 5-1. The victory was the first graded win for both the horse and […]

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Calhoun Playing Catch-Up With Mr. Money In Risen Star

Successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill. Unfortunately, time was not on trainer Bret Calhoun’s side last month when he targeted the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes  with Mr. Money, but the new member of the 3,000-win club is moving forward and hoping for a big run from the Allied […]

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Calhoun Celebrates ‘Mind Boggling’ 3,000th Training Victory

Trainer Bret Calhoun scored his 3,000th career victory on Sunday afternoon at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when Douglas Scharbauer’s Most Mischief got the best of a blanket photo finish in the eighth race. Calhoun, 54, became only the 30th Thoroughbred conditioner to win 3,000 races. “It’s mind boggling,” Calhoun said. “When you compare […]

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Liora, Cowgirls Like Us Top Kentucky Oaks Hopefuls In Silverbulletday

Recent Kentucky Oaks winners Monomoy Girl, Lovely Maria, Untapable, Believe You Can, Rachel Alexandra and Proud Spell all wintered at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Could this year’s Oaks winner also take their path to success through New Orleans? The $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes is the first of three local preps on the Road To […]

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Wide-Open Field Of 14 Enters Lecomte In Search Of Derby Points

A contentious, overflow field of 14 sophomores (plus one also eligible) hope to earn valuable points on the Road To The Kentucky Derby when they line up for the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes, the first of three local preps leading up to the Run for the Roses. The Lecomte is one of six stakes […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: Peaches And Benny The Barn Chihuahua

If you drop by trainer Bret Calhoun’s barn at Churchill Downs and find the long-time conditioner away from his shedrow, you’ll probably run into his assistant, Dennis Geier. Tall, burly and kindly-spoken, Geier is known by one and all at the track by his nickname “Peaches.” If he’s not in the barn checking on horses […]

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Kennedy Excited As ‘First Big Horse’ Jazzy Times Preps For Kentucky Downs

Jazzy Times is the kind of break-through horse that Ty Kennedy has worked for throughout his young riding career. The gelding, claimed for $25,000 four races earlier` by owner-trainer Wes Hawley, gave Kennedy his biggest victory to date in capturing Ellis Park’s $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint. Now the 24-year-old jockey is hoping that […]

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Finley’sluckycharm Hopes To Continue Pattern In Grade 1 Ballerina

Carl R. Moore’s multiple graded stakes winner Finley’sluckycharm will try to become the third filly in six years to sweep the Grade 2 Honorable Miss and the Grade 1, $600,000 Ketel One Ballerina as she heads a competitive field of nine on the Travers Day undercard Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The 40th running of […]

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Honorable Miss Winner Finley’sluckycharm ‘On Target’ For Win And You’re In Ballerina

Trainer Bret Calhoun said Carl R. Moore’s Finley’sluckycharm came out of her 2 1/4-length win over Vertical Oak in the Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss on Wednesday in good order and remains on target for the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina on Travers Day, August 25. “We’re very happy with how she bounced out […]

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Finley’sluckycharm Runs Down Vertical Oak To Capture G2 Honorable Miss

Carl R. Moore’s Finley’sluckycharm ran down Vertical Oak in midstretch and outkicked her rival by 2 ¼ lengths to capture the 27th running of the Grade 2, Honorable Miss Handicap for fillies and mares Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course. Jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. ensured the Twirling Candy mare earned a trip to the winner’s circle, […]

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