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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Wild’ Bullards Alley Rewards Glyshaw’s Patience

He may be a bit blunt, often sarcastic, and disparagingly enough in Kentucky, an avid Indiana University fan, but Tim Glyshaw is a trainer that takes time to understand and appreciate each of the horses in his barn. Moments after achieving his long-time goal of winning a graded stakes race, Glyshaw took to Facebook to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Apprentice Castrenze Scores With First Four Mounts

“It’s supposed to take you a long time to win five races, so that you get experience before you start being a bug rider,” said Ashley Castrenze. The 19-year-old freshly-minted jockey is already almost there; she’s ridden five races thus far and was victorious in the first four, finishing third in her fifth start. Yet […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Venezuelan Trainer Hopes Derby History Repeats With Majesto

The last time a Venezuelan trainer, jockey, and owner teamed up in the Run for the Roses, they came away victorious. It was in 1971 that Pedro Baptista’s little colt with a crooked front leg arrived in Miami, only to faint after exiting the airplane. Trainer Juan Arias had only brought along $800, so the […]

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‘Best Friends’: College Students Team Up For First Win At Keeneland

Hemmed in behind horses at the top of the lane, Expected Ruler did not appear a likely winner of the fifth race last Friday at Keeneland. Carrying odds of 16-1, jockey Didiel Osorio managed to improvise, bulling through traffic to get the 3-year-old colt racing room. The pair surged forward to win by three-quarters of […]

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‘Rope-A-Dope’ Ride: Jockey Gets First Stakes Win In Unusual Fashion

It’s not every day a horse draws out to a 20-length lead in the early stages of a race. Even rarer is for that horse to go on and win once the pack catches up to him. But that’s exactly what happened April 2 at Turf Paradise, when jockey Natasha Coddington rode Blue Bomber to victory […]

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The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: The Time Is Now

An exciting lineup of racing greets fans this Saturday: a couple of Grade 1 races are on the card at Santa Anita and a pair of Kentucky Derby prep races each feature a strong lineup. With just eight weeks left to the big race, these sophomore hopefuls need to showcase their abilities soon or risk […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: New Home But Familiar Success For Jaramillo

When X Y Jet blasted through the first half-mile of the Gulfstream Park Sprint in under 44 seconds, new majority owner Gary Hartunian’s heart jumped into his throat. “What’s this horse doing?” he said out loud.    The fraction likely made the gelding’s backers nervous as well. After all, X Y Jet had four straight […]

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The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: Happy Returns

Another big weekend of racing is upon us as we roll into February. The year’s first two Grade 1 races are coming up at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, and some fan favorites will make their season debuts on opposite coasts. A tough field of seasoned runners have lined up to contest the G1 Donn Handicap, and […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The ‘Wild Ride’ Of An Outrider

As outrider John Garges helped slow down American Pharoah following the colt’s eight-length romp in the Arkansas Derby last year, the outrider asked jockey Victor Espinoza: “Well, do you think he could go a little farther?” “I hope so,” said Espinoza. The pair turned around, and Garges kept ahold of the colt for the journey […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Never Thought I Could Actually Do It’

Serious doubts accompanied Mshawish as he entered the gate for the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes last Saturday; he went off as the third choice in the field of five. The Grade 1 winner on turf had only one prior start on the dirt — a fourth in the Cigar Mile. When Mshawish rallied from last […]

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