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‘My Memory Is Pretty Short’: Casse Focused On Preakness Start For War Of Will

Rather than dwell on the controversial Kentucky Derby, trainer Mark Casse prefers to look forward to this Saturday’s 144th edition of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. His trainee War of Will endured a rough trip in the Derby, but Casse told the Baltimore Sun that he will try to put that race out […]

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Classic Empire’s Half-Brother Could Make Stakes Debut In Oaklawn Mile

A stakes-quality field will be chasing a hefty $93,000 purse in Sunday’s featured eighth race at Oaklawn Park, a conditioned allowance for older horses at a mile. The race could be a springboard to the inaugural $250,000 Oaklawn Mile May 3 for several entrants, including 3-1 program favorite Exclamation Point. Also entered are millionaire Shotgun […]

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Classic Empire Half-Brother Could Soon Step Up To Stakes Company At Oaklawn

Trainer Brad Cox said Exclamation Point, a 4-year-old half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire, is under consideration for two stakes races at the meeting following a victory earlier this month at Fair Grounds. Based this winter at Oaklawn, Exclamation Point held off Hawaakom by a head in a March 5 allowance […]

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‘We Are All Extremely Saddened’: WinStar Farm’s Pioneerof the Nile Dies Suddenly At 13

WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile died suddenly today, the farm announced. The 13-year-old son of Empire Maker—Star of Goshen, by Lord at War (ARG), bred a mare this morning and started acting uncomfortable once he was back in his stall. He was en route to the clinic when he died. “We are all extremely […]

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‘A Lovely, Quality Filly’: First Foal Arrives For Champion Classic Empire

Classic Empire’s first foal has arrived; a bay filly out of the Grade 3-placed Bernardini mare Sky My Sky foaled last week at John Oxley’s Fawn Leap Farm near Midway, Ky. “She’s a lovely, quality filly,” commented farm manager Laurie Gimmon. Sky My Sky has been booked back to Classic Empire this year. From the […]

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Half-Brother To Classic Empire Puts An Exclamation Point On Second Straight Win

Trainer Brad Cox said it’s “very possible” unbeaten Exclamation Point will run again this year at Oaklawn, but it won’t be in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17. Cox said the 1 1/16 Rebel, Oaklawn’s final major prep for the closing-day $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14, comes up “too quick” for the […]

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Classic Empire’s Half Brother Exclamation Point In Two-Turn Debut At Oaklawn

After perfect punctuation at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 3, the next test for Exclamation Point comes in Saturday’s fifth race at the Hot Springs, Ark., track in a first-level allowance/optional claimer that will mark the two-turn debut for the half-brother to 2016 champion juvenile and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire. Exclamation Point, a 3-year-old […]

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‘He’s Got Talent’: Classic Empire’s Half-Brother Wins On Debut At Oaklawn

Saturday’s fourth race at Oaklawn Park was won in exclamatory fashion by Exclamation Point, the half-brother to champion Classic Empire. The 3-year-old colt bested his rivals by 2 1/2 lengths over six furlongs, leading from start to finish under jockey Fernando de la Cruz. “He’s got talent, there’s no doubt,” trainer Brad Cox told horseracingnation.com. “The […]

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Oaklawn Park: Half Brother To Champion Classic Empire Set To Make His Debut

Exclamation Point, a recently named half-brother to champion and 2017 Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire, is scheduled to make his career debut in Saturday’s fourth race at Oaklawn, a maiden special weights event for 3-year-olds at 6 furlongs. Trained by Brad Cox, Exclamation Point is a homebred for Steve and Brandi Nicholson, who also bred […]

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Bloodlines: New North American Stallions For 2018

The breeding market is increasingly segmented between the “in-demand” set of stallions who will be covering large books of select mares during the 2018 breeding season and the “rest.” The breakover point in stallion pricing between those heavily in demand is approximately $15,000, and the stallion prospects for 2018 who are priced at $20,000 and […]

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