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Tom’s D’Etat Takes On Seeking The Soul, Owendale In Friday’s Clark

G M B Racing’s multiple graded stakes winner Tom’s d’Etat is set to bid for Grade I glory in Friday’s $600,000 Clark Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) against Charles Fipke’s 2017 Clark champion Seeking the Soul and 10 others in a competitive 145th renewal of the 1 1/8-mile premiere event at the Churchill Downs Fall […]

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Velazquez Flying Out To Santa Anita To Ride Pair Of Baffert Trainees In Grade 1 Contests

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez has been engaged by Bob Baffert to ride Eight Rings and Bast in the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes opening day this Friday as Santa Anita continues to enhance its historic resume that began on Christmas Day 1934 and will culminate […]

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Go Google Yourself Gets Her First Graded Win In Locust Grove

Samantha Siegel’s homebred Go Google Yourself earned her first graded stakes win in Saturday’s G3 Locust Grove at Churchill Downs, hanging on by a neck over Moonlit Garden. The 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, ridden by Brian Hernandez for trainer Paul McGee, covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44.13. Entering the […]

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Hard-Knocking Go Google Yourself, Gray Magician Earn Ellis Park Stakes Wins

A pair of hard-knocking horses earned their first stakes Sunday at Ellis Park, with Go Google Yourself capturing the $125,000 Groupie Doll, presented by Field & Main Bank, by three lengths over Divine Queen and Gray Magician a race later taking the $100,000 Ellis Park Derby, presented by Kruckemeyer & Cohn Jewelry, by a half-length […]

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Mexican Star Kukulkan ‘Has A Lot Of Confidence’ Ahead Of Indiana’s Schaefer Memorial

One of the most intriguing horses running on Saturday’s showcase card at Indiana Grand is the Mexican-bred Kukulkan in the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial for older horses on dirt. The 4-year-old colt went 13 for 13 in his native country and is 15 for 16 overall. Kukulkan won the $300,000 Caribbean Classic (or Clasico […]

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Brian Hernandez Rides 600th Winner Beneath Churchill’s Twin Spires

Brian Hernandez Jr. became only the 13th jockey in Churchill Downs history to ride 600 winners at the home of the Kentucky Derby when the 33-year-old won Friday’s featured 10th race aboard Twelfth Labour for trainer Dallas Stewart. “It certainly means a lot to get this accomplishment,” Hernandez said. “I started riding at Churchill the […]

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Geroux, Baze Join Quality Ellis Park Jockey Colony For 2019

Florent Geroux, rider of 2018 champion filly Monomoy Girl and 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, will stay in Kentucky this summer in another sign of the increasing quality of racing and enhanced purses offered at Ellis Park. Also new to the Ellis Park jockey colony: ✦ Tyler Baze, long a California mainstay and […]

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Mexico’s Kukulkan Considered For Stephen Foster After ‘Very Good’ Allowance Win

St. George Stable’s 15-time winner Kukulkan (MEX) could add his name to the list of entrants to the $600,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) on June 15 following a 1 ½-length victory in Friday’s $91,000 featured race at Churchill Downs, a 1 1/16-mile conditioned allowance event. “This was a very good race for him,” said trainer […]

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Mexican Triple Crown Winner Kukulkan Takes On Allowance Field At Churchill Friday

He won 14 straight races including the Mexican Triple Crown and the Caribbean Classic Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but Kukulkan finished 11th in his first start against North American horses in the G1 Pegasus World Cup in January. Now, the 4-year-old son of Point Determined is preparing for a start at Churchill Downs on Friday, […]

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Electric Forest Splashes Home On Top In Doubledogdare

Stonestreet Stables’ Electric Forest took the lead shortly after the start and repelled a couple of surges from Go Google Yourself to win the 25th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length before a Friday afternoon crowd of 13,957 at Keeneland. Trained by Chad Brown […]

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