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South Dakota Horse Racing Pipeline That Produced Bill Mott May Be Shut Down

While the rest of the world debates Saturday’s Kentucky Derby disqualification of Maximum Security, I’m worried about more important things, like how to bring horse racing back to Fort Pierre and Aberdeen in South Dakota. This year, for the first time in 70 years, there will be no horses racing on the bullring track at […]

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Fandom Of Cigar Leads Malter, Ironhorse Racing Stable To Work With Mott

The dream for any young sports fan is to be part of a team they admire. Countless NBA championships have been won off a buzzer-beater into a wastebasket, and just as many Super Bowls have been secured in the backyard as one last pass flies through the air before dinner. For a twenty-something Harlan Malter, […]

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Sharp Azteca Finally Gets His Grade 1 Win In Cigar Mile

It took 16 career starts, but Ivan Rodriguez’ Sharp Azteca has finally earned a Grade 1 victory. The 4-year-old son of Freud easily captured Saturday’s Cigar Mile at Aqueduct, cruising under the wire 5 1/4 lengths in front of Mind Your Biscuits. Off as the 8-5 favorite under Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano, Sharp […]

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Practical Joke Y Sharp Azteca Encabezan Una Interesante Versión De La Cigar Mile

La última carrera de este sábado 2 de Diciembre en Aqueduct será una de las pruebas más interesantes de final de temporada: la Cigar Mile (G1, $750,000), competencia que reunió a un interesante grupo de diez participantes para su vigésimo novena versión. Instaurada en 1988, la carrera se denominó la NYRA Mile Handicap, como tributo […]

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Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Gift From A Friend

This week, we’ll be counting down to the Breeders’ Cup world championships with a mix of history about first-time host Del Mar, behind-the-scenes perspectives about getting ready for a big race, stories about connections, handicapping tips info and more. Breeders’ Cup Connections Revisited: Cambodia’s ‘Incredible Journey’ To F&M Turf Chelsea Hackbarth A high-quality boarding facility and […]

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The Quiet Man: ‘I Don’t Think You Ever Stop Learning’ (Part Three)

Yesterday, in the second of a four-part series on Richard Mandella, we shared the story of the Hall of Fame horseman’s early years in the industry and wrote about his first “big” horse – Bad ‘n Big, who raced into his 7-year-old season, winning races short and long, on dirt and turf, then lived the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Photo Blog Presented By TVG: Cue The Violins

If there’s one thing this year’s Breeders’ Cup had in spades, it was emotion. From the thrilling last furlong in the Distaff, to California Chrome’s defeat in the Classic, this weekend was the kind of racing turfwriters live to write about. It’s also the kind of weekend public relations specialists hope for, with plenty of replays to […]

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Campbell, Mott To Be Inducted Into Saratoga Walk Of Fame

The New York Racing Association, Inc. today announced the 2016 inductees to the Saratoga Walk of Fame: prominent owner W. Cothran “Cot” Campbell of Dogwood Stables and three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer William “Bill” Mott. The Saratoga Walk of Fame, which opened in 2015, honors and showcases the achievements of those who have made significant contributions […]

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Famous Footsteps: ‘Chrome’ One Of Nine Horse Of The Year Champs To Run At Del Mar

Look through the past performance lines of Horse of the Year honorees. Look down the left-hand column which lists the dates and the tracks of their races. You’ll find Del Mar in that column, at least once, for nine of those champions. And California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, all-time leading North American […]

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Woodbine Presents The Breeders’ Cup Bracket Challenge: Zenyatta Prevails

Zenyatta, the winner of the 2008 Distaff and 2009 Classic, emerged from the Breeders’ Cup Bracket Challenge presented by Woodbine as the easiest kind of winner over 1995 Classic winner Cigar in a contest to see who our readers think is the greatest Breeders’ Cup champion of all time. We started out in early October […]

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