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New York Central Rides The Rail To Maryland Sprint Win

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s New York Central made short work of Saturday’s Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Stakes, racing up the rail in the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Proforma as the 2-1 co-favorite. The 4-year-old son of Tapit, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. for trainer Steve Asmussen, covered […]

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Mike Smith: Preakness Mount Improbable ‘Has Better Races In Him’

With an “Aw shucks” demeanor that belies an intensely competitive nature, superstar jockey Mike Smith is anxiously awaiting his opportunity to ride Bob Baffert’s talented Improbable in the 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 18. Following an extensive taped interview with NBC Sports that also included Baffert in Santa Anita’s Chandelier […]

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Lack Of Maximum Security Encouraged Baffert To Enter Improbable In Preakness

In the absence of Maximum Security, Country House and Code of Honor, beaten Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Improbable is expected to vie for favoritism in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 18. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try for his record-breaking eighth victory in the historic Preakness with Improbable, […]

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Oaklawn Handicap: Quip Emerges Victorious In Five-Horse Blanket Finish

Quip, making just his second start since finishing far behind Justify in the 2018 Preakness, held off a fast-closing Lone Sailor to win Saturday’s $750,000, Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap by a neck. Pioneer Spirit finished another neck back in third, a neck in front of Remembering Rita, who was a neck in front of Giant […]

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Improbable Draws The Rail, Made Arkansas Derby Favorite

Another year, another Arkansas Derby program favorite for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Improbable, who races for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and Starlight Racing, was installed the 8-5 morning line choice for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn. Post positions for the 1 1/8-mile race were drawn Wednesday afternoon, […]

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‘A Highlight For Me’: Exercise Rider Green Traveling The World With Audible

Exercise rider Amelia Green and New York-bred Dubai World Cup contender Audible have turned heads during morning track work at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Audible, trained by Todd Pletcher for China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm, has won five of nine career starts, and last year’s Grade 1 Florida […]

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Audible Ready To Make Himself Heard In Dubai World Cup

When it comes to pulling off some sensational illusions, racehorses could put Houdini to shame with their collective sleight. They can act like the second coming during morning hours and then leave their conditioners fitful when the race day results fail to match. Conversely, they can give off airs of disinterest in their daily training […]

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Dubai World Cup ‘On The Table’ For Pegasus Fifth-Place Finisher Audible

Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Sunday morning that 2018 Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible was in good shape following his fifth-place finish from Post 10 in the Pegasus World Cup under Flavien Prat, aboard for the first time. “He came out of the race well. I thought he ran a courageous race and kept trying to […]

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Starlight Racing Following Family Line To Acquire Part-Interest In Yoshida

Starlight Racing has acquired a part-interest in Yoshida, 5-2 favorite for Saturday’s $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), from WinStar Farm, which campaigns the 5-year-old horse with China Horse Club International and Head of Plains Racing. The addition of Starlight gives Yoshida the same ownership as 2018 Florida Derby winner Audible, who is […]

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Grass Not Necessarily Greener For Pegasus Turf Favorite Yoshida

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ Yoshida, 5-2 program favorite for Saturday’s $7-million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), may find himself back on dirt after competing in North America’s richest grass race. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott hinted a second international trip may be in store for […]

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