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Churchill Downs: Visitation, Memorial Service For Mike Hargrave Announced

Visitation and a memorial service for Mike Hargrave, the former director of stabling for Churchill Downs Racetrack for nearly 40 years, will be held Wednesday in Jeffersonville, Ind. Hargrave passed away Saturday in Louisville following a three-week battle with acute pancreatitis. He was 69. Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at Legacy Funeral […]

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‘One Of The Legends In Racing’: Churchill Stalwart Mike Hargrave Dies At 69

For 30 years, Mike Hargrave oversaw the backstretch beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. From 1980 through 2010, he assigned stalls to the horsemen stabled at the Louisville oval, and coordinated the locations of incoming equine stars for the Kentucky Derby and several Breeders’ Cups. On Saturday, drf.com reported that Hargrave passed away at Louisville’s Jewish […]

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Longshot Stronger Than Ever Out-Finishes Wonder Gadot In Silverbulletday

Fern Circle Stables’ Stronger Than Ever appeared to be just that after out gunning a stubborn Wonder Gadot in the Fair Grounds stretch to take the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at odds of 33-1 under Florent Geroux. The 3-year-old daughter of Congrats was the last of eight early on while 74-1 longshot Shes Our Fastest set the pace and led the Silverbulletday […]

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Churchill Downs: Winter Weather Concerns Prompt Cancellation Of Simulcast Wagering On Friday

Deteriorating travel conditions in advance of a forecasted winter storm have prompted Churchill Downs Racetrack to cancel simulcast wagering at the track on Friday, Jan. 12. The track plans to resume simulcast wagering as scheduled on Saturday, Jan. 13. Admission to simulcast wagering will open Saturday at 11:30 a.m. EST.

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Wonder Gadot, Heavenly Love ‘Breezed Beautifully’ Toward Jan. 13 Starts

The Mark Casse-trained pair of 3-year-old fillies, Wonder Gadot and Heavenly Love, breezed in company with one another over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots main track on Saturday morning in preparation for their starts on Saturday, Jan. 13. Both fillies went a half-mile in :49.40. Owned by Debby Oxley, Heavenly Love is slated […]

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Undefeated Dak Attack ‘At The Top Of His Game’ To Kick Off Triple Crown Campaign

 Albaugh Family Stable and Brereton Jones’ Dak Attack breezed a ‘bullet’ five furlongs in 59.03 seconds Saturday at Gulfstream Park in his final tune-up for next Saturday’s $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes, the first stakes for 3-year-olds on Gulfstream’s Road to the Triple Crown. Tammy Fox was aboard for the workout, which was the fastest of 37 recorded at […]

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Bullards Alley Lured To Gulfstream For Saturday’s Two-Mile H. Allen Jerkens Stakes

Always on the hunt for valuable real estate, trainer Tim Glyshaw has shipped Bullards Alley from Fair Grounds to Gulfstream Park for the rare opportunity to run two miles on turf in Saturday’s $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. “It’s like hunting. You have to hunt races for these type of horses. There are very few of them,” […]

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Pennington, Injured In Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, Back In The Winner’s Circle At Parx

Jockey Frankie Pennington found his way back to the winner’s circle on Saturday at Parx, less than one month after a scary spill in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Pennsylvania track’s leading rider won the fifth race on Saturday, piloting Champions Maternal to a 7 3/4-length triumph for trainer […]

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Juvenile Vino Rosso Impresses In Two-Turn Allowance At Tampa

No matter their level of involvement, horsemen and Thoroughbred racing fans are always dreaming of the first Saturday in May, hoping to arrive at Churchill Downs with a Kentucky Derby contender they can embrace. A Tampa Bay Downs crowd of 2,067, which could swell to 10 times that number by spring, might have seen such a horse […]

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Le Vent Se Leve Much The Best In Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun; Colt Remains Perfect In Three Starts

Exciting prospect Le Vent Se Leve kept the buzz going in Wednesday’s Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun at Kawasaki, readily justifying favoritism to stay perfect in three starts. The Kiyoshi Hagiwara trainee banked 10 points on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, and garnered plaudits for the decisiveness of his victory in his nation’s top race […]

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