‘He’s Got That Heart’: Dontblamerocket Shoots For The Stars In Muniz Memorial

Timing has a tendency to break one of two ways in Thoroughbred racing, either thrilling horsemen when it lands on the fortuitous side of the equation or testing their resolve when it arrives in the form of hard luck. It is one of the more fitful intangibles in the sport due to its inability to […]

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Trainer Matt Shirer Continues ‘To Make A Positive Impression’ At Fair Grounds

Trainer Matt Shirer won with seven of his first ten starters at the current Fair Grounds meet, and his barn hasn’t slowed down much since. Entering Wednesday’s racing action, he’s won three in a row, four of his last five and with seven of his last 19 starters. Coming off a career-year in which he […]

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‘Put The Horses In The Right Place’: Rodriguez’ Hands-On Approach Paying Off At Tampa

Before beginning his training career in 2010, Tampa Bay Downs’ Trainer of the Month Darien Rodriguez worked as an exercise rider for successful trainers Leigh Delacour, Miguel Feliciano and Mike Zwiesler. Riding five or six horses a morning is a routine the 40-year-old conditioner still follows, whether it’s a gallop or a timed workout. It’s […]

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$32,000 Claim Tusk Avoids Trouble To Win Tropical Turf Stakes

Jordan Wycoff’s Tusk, racing second time off the claim for red-hot trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. and facing graded company for the first time in more than three years, found room between horses approaching the stretch and powered home to capture┬áSaturday’s $100,000 Tropical Turf (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The 42nd running of the one-mile Tropical Turf […]

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Baltas Bringing A Third Former Claimer To Breeders’ Cup

Lady Ninja, who posted a pulsating nose victory over favored Selcourt in the LA Woman Stakes last Saturday, is bound for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Nov. 2, trainer Richard Baltas confirmed Saturday morning. Baltas claimed the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare for $32,000 on Sept. 1, 2018, but […]

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New York Increases Funding For Equine Aftercare

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) have joined forces to create an aftercare initiative that assesses a 1.5 percent fee on a New York-raced horse’s claiming price. Proceeds from this fee will go directly to NYTHA’s Take The Lead (TTL) program and to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance […]

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Delaware Park Boosts Lower-Level Claiming Purses By $5,000

Effective with the start of condition book four which begins on Thursday, August 8th, purses will be increased $5,000 on bottom level main track claiming and maiden claiming races at Delaware Park. Main track claiming races for $15,000 or less and main track maiden claiming races for $16,000 or less will see an increase of […]

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Sexton Mile: $10,000 Claim Mocito Rojo Kicks Clear In Graded Stakes Debut

Wayne Davis’ Mocito Rojo made his graded stakes debut a winning one on Sunday, closing ground and kicking away to win the G3 Steve Sexton Mile by two lengths over favored King Abner. The 5-year-old son of Mutadda was sent off at odds of 5-1 under Filemon Rodriguez, and he became the first graded winner […]

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Cancel, Rodriguez Celebrate Multiple Winners On NYRA’s Claiming Championship Day

Jockey Eric Cancel registered three wins while trainer Rudy Rodriguez saddled a pair of winners to highlight the New York Racing Association’s Claiming Championship series on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Claiming Championship, open to horses who have started for a claiming price in 2018 or 2019, featured 10 stakes worth $620,000, with races contested […]

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