Lost And Found Presented By LubriSYN: ‘The Guy Who Ran Cigar On Turf’ Looks Back At A Dream Career

On March 27, 1996, Cigar added to his growing credentials by winning the inaugural Dubai World Cup at Nad al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. The victory was the 14th in his famous 16-race win streak, and part of a career that included two Horse of the Year titles and a 2002 induction […]

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‘Nothing But The Highest Of Praise’: Hall Of Famer Mott Approaches 5,000 North American Wins

If the measure of success in horse racing is judged solely on statistics, then trainer Bill Mott, an icon on the New York Racing Association circuit for more than three decades, has earned legendary status. Mott, 66, is on the cusp of saddling 5,000 career winners in North America; a milestone only matched in North American […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: On The Surface, Woodbine Deserves Another Breeders’ Cup

It’s been 23 years since the Breeders’ Cup was held at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, the first and only time the world championships were conducted outside of the United States. What I remember the most about that 1996 Breeders’ Cup was Alphabet Soup’s upset of Allen Paulson’s Cigar in the Classic, with Chris McCarron guiding […]

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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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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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