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Consistent Pure Sensation Ruled Out Of Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Trainer Christophe Clement has officially taken Pure Sensation out of consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, according to drf.com. The 7-year-old gelding most recently finished third in the Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational, and Clement is not happy with his condition after the race. “If I want him to last, I need to look after him,” […]

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All Signs ‘Positive’ For Juvenile Contender Code Of Honor

W.S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor returned to the worktab Friday, breezing four furlongs in 48.90 seconds on Belmont Park’s main track as he prepares for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 2 at Churchill Downs. Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said he was impressed with the work, which featured fellow Hall […]

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Mind Your Biscuits ‘Perfect,’ Thunder Snow ‘Fresh’ Ahead Of Breeders’ Cup Engagements

With just two weeks until the Breeders’ Cup World Championships returns to Churchill Downs for a record-equaling ninth time, locally-based contenders Mind Your Biscuits, Seeking the Soul, Thunder Snow (IRE), Whitmore and Wonder Gadot logged their penultimate breezes for the Nov. 2-3 championship event on a chilly Friday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires. Mind […]

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Knicks Go Fires Bullet In Final Breeze Before Juvenile

KRA Stud Farm’s runaway 5½-length Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Knicks Go completed his major training for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs by working 5 furlongs in :59.20 over a fast track Friday morning. Working on his own after the morning renovation break, the colt […]

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Distaff: Blue Prize ‘Did Everything Right’ In Penultimate Work, Bravo To Ride

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG), winner of the Oct. 7 Juddmonte Spinster (G1), returned to the Keeneland work tab Friday morning with a 4-furlong work in :47.20 in preparation for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Joe Bravo, who rode Blue Prize in the Juddmonte Spinster for Keeneland-based trainer […]

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State Veterinarians Examine High Number Of Fatal Breakdowns In Kentucky

There was a fair amount of concern following the short September race meeting at Churchill Downs, when four horses suffered fatal breakdowns in the space of four days, and two more suffered the same fate during morning training hours. According to drf.com, Churchill’s response was to bring in racing-surface specialist Mick Peterson; president Kevin Flanery said […]

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‘Breakthrough’ Win Has Lone Sailor Connections Thinking Breeders’ Cup

Lone Sailor’s win in the G3 Oklahoma Derby has trainer Tom Amoss thinking about entering the 3-year-old in the Breeders’ Cup, reports drf.com. Early plans call for the son of Majestic Warrior to be cross-entered in the Classic and the Dirt Mile. “I realize we’re taking a major step forward here,” said Amoss. “I can’t emphasize […]

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Thunder Snow Has ‘Building Work’ At Churchill

In his quest toward the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Godolphin’s Thunder Snow had his first breeze since the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old son of Helmet was officially given a time of 1:04 3/5 for five furlongs, but carried a solid pace throughout a one-mile workout, picking up a bit […]

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‘Sensational Mind’ Gives Sippican Harbor A Leg Up On Other Juvenile Fillies

Trainer Gary Contessa is enjoying a resurgent 2018 campaign with 46 wins on the season, already 12 more victories than he recorded a year ago. The veteran conditioner reflected on his success during Thursday’s nightcap at Belmont Park as Poshsky splashed to victory in the slop to provide Contessa with his 13th win of the […]

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Mind Your Biscuits Back On The Work Tab At Churchill Downs

Last out winner of the Lukas Classic by 4 1/2 lengths, Mind Your Biscuits returned to the work tab for the first time since that victory on Friday. The 5-year-old son of Posse covered five furlongs at Churchill Downs in 1:00 2/5, according to bloodhorse.com. “Just kind of let him stretch his legs. He’s been wanting to […]

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