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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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Kentucky Derby Winner Country House Retired Due To Laminitis

Country House, the promoted winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, has been retired from racing, per a statement from co-owner Guinness McFadden’s Blackwood Stables released on Friday evening. The statement read as follows: “On June 27, Country House was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital for a routine lameness examination, to be followed up […]

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Q&A: Alex Solis II, Gainesway’s New Director Of Bloodstock

Last year was a big one for the resume of Alex Solis II, spearheaded by the success of Kentucky Derby winner Country House and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Covfefe, both selected or managed by Solis/Litt Bloodstock. Just a few days into 2020, Solis has laid the foundation to grow upon that success […]

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Prat Heads To Fort Erie To Pilot Queen’s Plate Winner One Bad Boy

Packing two wins in 2019 Triple Crown events, one each in America and Canada, jockey Flavien Prat will journey on Monday for Fort Erie, Ontario and Tuesday’s Prince of Wales Stakes, second jewel of the Canadian crown. Prat won the Kentucky Derby when Country House was elevated from second via the disqualification of Maximum Security […]

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‘Need To Give Him A Rest’: Country House Won’t Race Again In 2019

Trainer Bill Mott told that the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not race again this season, because he has been unhappy with the colt’s progress since being moved up via the historic disqualification of Maximum Security on the first Saturday in May. Country House was originally ruled out of the Preakness and the […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Files Motion To Dismiss Derby DQ Lawsuit

In a motion to dismiss Gary and Mary West’s lawsuit disputing the disqualification of their homebred Maximum Security as the winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, saying the Wests’ action “threatens to turn the ‘most exciting two minutes in sports’ into tedious, […]

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Maximum Security Back On Top In Final NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

A historic disqualification may have denied Maximum Security his place in history as an American classic winner but the impression the colt left in the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby has allowed him to hold bragging rights as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll concludes for 2019. With poll newcomer Sir […]

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Mott: ‘The Trip Made The Difference’ For Tacitus

On the morning after Belmont Stakes favorite Tacitus closed strongly but still was beaten by a length, trainer Bill Mott remained disheartened but philosophical. “I think the horse ran okay. We were the recipient of a wide trip and the winner got a golden trip. I think the trip made the difference. He was wide. He was […]

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War Of Will Maintains First Position In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

This weekend’s loaded slate of Grade 1 races slated to take place at Belmont Park will feature the leaders of both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, respectively, in Preakness Stakes winner War of Will and multiple Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar. Gary Barber’s War of […]

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