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Hence, Lookin At Lee Lead Nominees To Remington’s Governor’s Cup

The $175,000 Governor’s Cup, the feature event on the Opening Night of the Remington Park Thoroughbred Season on Aug. 23, has a stout list of 30 nominations. The 1-1/8 miles Governor’s Cup could feature past winners of the event as well as multiple contestants who have earned millionaire status. National Hall of Fame trainer Steve […]

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How The Voided Claim Of A South Dakota-Bred Saved A World Record

There are myriad stories of horses that turned the corner into national prominence after being claimed by the right connections, but in 1983 a botched claim kept the horse Win Stat on the path to becoming a graded stakes winner and world record-holder. The story of Win Stat’s failed claim started with a successful one. […]

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83-Year-Old Von Hemel Pushing To Extend His Win Streak At Oaklawn Park

One constant the last four decades at Oaklawn has been trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs. Actually, he’s been more like a sure bet. Von Hemel, 83, has at least one victory at every Oaklawn meeting since 1975, a lengthy streak he will try to extend with Cowboy U Know in Saturday’s first race. […]

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Toby Keith’s Smack Smack Narrowly Takes Cornhusker Handicap

Smack Smack came from off the pace to narrowly edge front-running Shotgun Kowboy in Saturday’s $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap for owner-breeder Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin Farm and trainer Don Von Hemel. Under jockey Shane Laviolette and 115 pounds, the 5-year-old gelding by Closing Argument out of Smack Madam, by Victory Gallop, covered 1 1/8 […]

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Toby Keith’s Smack Smack Narrowly Takes Cornhusker Handicap

Smack Smack came from off the pace to narrowly edge front-running Shotgun Kowboy in Saturday’s $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap for owner-breeder Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin’ Farms and trainer Don Von Hemel. Under jockey Shane Laviolette and 115 pounds, the 5-year-old gelding by Closing Argument out of Smack Madam, by Victory Gallop, covered 1 1/8 […]

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Daughter of Pure Prize, Now I Know, retired from racing with injury

Graded stakes winning filly Now I Know emerged from the first-ever loss of her career Saturday with a knee fracture and has been retired according to her co-owner/breeder and trainer Don Von Hemel. The 3-year-old daughter of Pure Prize won the Dixie Belle in January to run her career record to 6-for-6 but was unable […]

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Now I Know answers the question in Delta Downs Princess

Now I Know romped home to win the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes by three lengths over Inny Minnie. Yvete Sangalo finished third. Now I Know is an Oklahoma-bred 2-year-old daughter of Pure Prize trained by Don Von Hemel and ridden by Perry Compton. Running time for the mile was 1:39.79. Now I Know […]

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