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Alpha Centauri Impressive Over Males To Earn Breeders’ Cup Mile Berth

The Niarchos Family’s homebred 3-year-old filly Alpha Centauri (IRE) won her fourth consecutive Group 1 race on Sunday, dominating the one-mile Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard – Jacques Le Marois (G1) over male rivals at Deauville with a 2 ½-length victory over Recoletos (FR), and gained an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) […]

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Race Track Chaplaincy Of America Seeking Nominations For White Horse Awards

A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.  There are heroes all around the horse-racing industry and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) wants to recognize these selfless servants. The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) is currently seeking nominees for our 16th Annual White […]

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‘Pretty Special’ Diversify A Late Blessing For Violette

In describing Laura Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ Diversify following his dominant victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney, trainer Rick Violette could have easily been talking about himself. “He was tired, but content,” Violette said Sunday morning. “He’s a pretty happy camper.” The same could be said for Violette, who has overcome health issues in recent years and right […]

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Ransom The Moon, Roy H Rivalry Just Getting Started

The 1-2 finish by Ransom the Moon and Roy H on Saturday was a repeat of the 2017 Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, although the way it played out was very different. Ransom the Moon was never worse than fourth in a field of nine in 2017 and was cleverly guided by jockey […]

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KHRC Approves Sale Of Ellis Park To Saratoga Casino & Hospitality Group

At a regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved transferring Ellis Park’s license to the Saratoga Casino & Hospitality Group. According to The Blood-Horse‘s Eric Mitchell, the SCHG is seeking to buy 100 percent of the Henderson, Ky. track, and a deal is expected to be completed in the next few days. […]

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Churchill Down Nixes Mississippi Casino Purchase; Presque Isle Deal Still In Place

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) announced that it has terminated its definitive purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets and properties used in connection with the operation of Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi ( the “Lady Luck Vicksburg Transaction”) and amended its previously announced definitive purchase agreement (the “Amendment”) to […]

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Limousine Liberal ‘Impressed’ Colebrook In Belmont Sprint, Points To Forego

Earning his first win outside of the state of Kentucky in dramatic fashion, Limousine Liberal couldn’t have picked a more opportune time. Sent off as the 9-5 post-time favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2, $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship, the 6-year-old Successful Appeal gelding took the overland route to victory, racing five wide and overcoming bumping at the top of the […]

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2018 Breeders’ Cup Post Position Draw To Be Held At Equestricon

Attendees to Equestricon, Horse Racing’s largest convention and festival, will now experience greater access than ever before to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Organizers announced that the 2018 Rood and Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post Position Draw will be held at Equestricon on Monday, October 29. The Draw is open to all Equestricon attendees and will […]

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Limousine Liberal Runs Down Whitmore In Belmont Sprint Championship

Katherine Ball’s homebred Limousine Liberal finally won his first race outside of Kentucky, and he did so impressively in Saturday’s Grade 2 Belmont Sprint Championship. The 6-year-old Successful Appeal gelding, favored at 9-5, ran down a troubled Whitmore (2-1) to score by a neck on the wire. Ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Ben Colebrook, […]

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Asmussen, Hernandez Capture Titles At Churchill Downs Meet Topped By Record Derby Week

A Kentucky Derby Week that established records on several fronts and headlined by a victory in the “Run for the Roses” that launched unbeaten Justify’s run to a Triple Crown provided a strong start to Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2018 Spring Meet that concluded its successful 38-day run on Saturday, June 30. Along with Justify’s unforgettable performance at […]

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