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‘Strong’ Possibility Bravazo Will Return For Louisiana Derby

Following a narrow victory in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes, one might expect to see Bravazo return to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the Gr. II $1 million Louisiana Derby on Mar. 24 as Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said it would be a “strong” possibility. One could also expect to see the 3-year-old son […]

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Lukas Trainee Will Be ‘Sporting’ New Equipment In Monday’s Southwest

Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance will have a slightly different look when he makes his 3-year-old debut in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn. Sporting Chance has been training in a small shadow roll, a piece of equipment normally made of sheepskin and attached to the noseband of the bridle. Shadow rolls are […]

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Calumet’s Bravazo Takes Risen Star By A Nose Over Snapper Sinclair

None of the late-running colts could get to the leaders Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair down the lane in Saturday’s G2 Risen Star. That game pair of sophomores battled it out all the way to the wire, with Calumet’s homebred Bravazo just getting his nose down in front at odds of 21-1. Ridden by Miguel Mena […]

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Lukas Commits ‘Competitive’ Grade 1-Placed Bravazo To Saturday’s Risen Star

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas considered cross entering Gr. II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes entrant Bravazo in Oaklawn Park’s Grade III $500,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday Feb. 19, but the conditioner will opt to send the 3-year-old son of Awesome Again to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for Saturday’s race. “I’m committing him to the race […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘The Best Offices In The World’

The now-sophomore colt Strike Power made quite an impression when he debuted a few days before Christmas at Gulfstream Park. He stormed to the lead out of the gate and flew home to win the 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight event by eight lengths. Strike Power’s final time of 1:02.67 was awfully close to the […]

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Sporting Chance Remains On Target For Southwest Stakes

Grade 1 winner Sporting Chance emerged in good order from Monday’s bullet workout and remains a candidate to make his 3-year-old debut in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Thursday morning. Breezing over a fast surface under David Cohen, Sporting Chance zipped 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Turning Left Into A Bright Future?

For as long as she can remember, 32-year-old Kelsey Danner has been making left turns. It began in her father’s barns at Churchill Downs and Oaklawn Park, scrubbing buckets and leading Thoroughbred racehorses around and around the shed row before school each morning. As she got older, she graduated to riding those same racehorses along […]

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Hopeful Winner Sporting Chance Turns In Sharp Half-Mile Work At Oaklawn

Sporting Chance took another step toward his 3-year-old debut by working a sharp half-mile Monday morning at Oaklawn for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas in advance of a possible start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19. Sporting Chance covered the distance in :47.60 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who […]

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Oaklawn: Hopeful Winner Sporting Chance Back In Training; Targeting Southwest Stakes

Sporting Chance is targeting Oaklawn’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 19 and $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 17 to start his 3-year-old campaign, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Thursday morning. Sporting Chance, a son of 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, hasn’t started since winning the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (G1) Sept. 4 […]

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Auction Of Memorabilia, Trophies From The Late Eugene Klein Collection Brings Over $140,000

The Preakness trophy won by Tank’s Prospect in 1985 brought $41,353 to top the recent auction of racing memorabilia and trophies won by horses owned by the late Eugene V. Klein. Online bidding for the items was held from Oct. 15 through Nov. 4, and was conducted by SCP Auctions. The memorabilia had been part […]

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