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Bigger Picture Repeats In Connally To Reach Millionaire Status

Bigger Picture owned by Three Diamonds Farm, successfully defended his title, rallying from off the pace under Jose Ortiz in the mile and one-half turf feature at Sam Houston Race Park on Sunday. Trained by Mike Maker, the Grade 3 John Connally Stakes was on their radar since his disappointing finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar. “He […]

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Maker Works Parade Of Entrants For Kentucky Turf Cup

Trainer Mike Maker gave a final tuneup to three of his four expected entrants in Saturday’s $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, and the parade of white-bridled horses taking flight one after another looked like O’Hare Airport. Make that Chicago’s smaller Midway Airport, since this came over Churchill Downs’ six-furlong Trackside training track. It was […]

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‘Reliable’ Da Big Hoss Under Consideration For Pan American Stakes

Millionaire Da Big Hoss, a winner of five stakes, including four in succession, during his 2016 campaign, took a step closer to his seasonal debut by working six furlongs on the dirt in 1:14.42 at Gulfstream Park Friday morning. The 6-year-old, a former claimer who was plucked out of a mile turf race for $50,000 […]

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Maker Hoping Claim To Fame Continues With Da Big Hoss, Al’s Gal

Mike Maker wouldn’t mind having a shedrow full of racehorses that were pricey yearling purchases. But while the Kentucky-based trainer does buy young horses at the sales, much of his clientele is more likely to spend $50,000 to claim a horse than to buy a baby. Both of Maker’s starters in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup at […]

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Found’s Connections Enter BC Turf Instead Of Classic

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Found will attempt to defend her title in the Breeders’ Cup Turf this year, instead of taking on the boys over the dirt in the Classic. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the 4-year-old daughter of Galileo has had an arduous season this year, and will be entering the Turf off […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Big Move For Da Big Hoss

Skychai Racing’s Da Big Hoss continued his winning ways when he rallied from far back to win the G3 Kentucky Turf Cup Sept. 10. It was the fourth consecutive graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, and it moved him into tie for third on the American Graded Stakes Standings list […]

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11-Win Weekend At Kentucky Downs Nets Geroux Jockey Of The Week Title

Jockey Florent Geroux returned to Kentucky Downs and picked up right where he left off in 2014 as he scored two stakes wins on Saturday and Sunday to earn the Shuffle Bean Coffee Jockey of the Week award for September 6 – September 11.  The award is voted on by a panel of experts for […]

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Handle Record Smashed Again At Kentucky Downs; 25 Percent Increase Despite Rainstorm

Despite heavy rainfall that delayed races nearly 30 minutes at Kentucky Downs on Saturday, the Franklin, KY track recorded an all-sources handle of $5,769,505.23, shattering last Saturday’s record of $4,630,239.82. The Saturday handle, recorded over a card of 10 races featuring four stakes, represents a 25.3 percent increase over the opening day card. Just before […]

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Da Big Hoss Storms Home In Kentucky Turf Cup

Skychai Racing’s Da Big Hoss made it back-to-back victories in the 25th running of the Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup, powering through a rain-soaked course to win by 1 1/4 lengths for trainer Mike Maker. The 5-year-old by Lemon Drop Kid, a former claimer, laid well off the early pace and then made a bold […]

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Weekend Lineup: Super Derby, Kentucky Turf Cup Highlight Saturday Cards

The racing lineup this Saturday is highlighted by a pair of Grade 3 races with relatively large purses: The Super Derby at Louisiana Downs with a $400,000 purse, and the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs with its $600,000 pot. Kicking off the action on Saturday is the G3 Violet Stakes (5:04PM EST) at Monmouth […]

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