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Synchrony Looks To Continue Turf Ascent In Saturday’s Shadwell Turf Mile

Pin Oak Stable’s homebred Synchrony was last seen racing at Keeneland 2½ years ago when he finished third in the Lexington Stakes (G3) on dirt for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. A lot has changed since then. Synchrony returns to Keeneland as a major player for Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), a “Win and […]

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G3 Winner Cosmic Burst Under Consideration For Black-Eyed Susan

Norma Lee Stockseth and Todd Dunn’s 3-year-old filly Cosmic Burst, winner of the Honeybee (G3) March 10, is being considered for the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) Friday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Nominations for the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan close May 8 and trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Tuesday that Cosmic Burst, a bay daughter of Grade 1 […]

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Cosmic Burst Earns Oaks Points In Honeybee

Norma Lee Stockseth and Todd Dunn’s Cosmic Burst earned herself 50 points towards Kentucky Oaks eligibility with a late rally to win Saturday’s $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of 17,000. Rebounding from a third last out in Martha Washington Stakes, Cosmic Burst settled into second as Amy’s Challenge shot out of the gate to […]

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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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Family Tree, Land Over Sea Highlight Zia Park Oaks

A field of 10 talented sophomore fillies will line up for Wednesday’s $300,000 Zia Park Oaks at the New Mexico oval, a 1 1/16-mile race which anchors a card of nine stakes races worth more than $1.2 million. Headlining the field is the Wayne Catalano-trained Family Tree, winner of the G3 Iowa Oaks and the […]

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Imahit Attempting Third Oklahoma Classics Victory

The $1 million night of stakes racing for Oklahoma-breds, the Oklahoma Classics, has its 24th renewal at Remington Park this Friday at 7pm. A night of full field racing will include 13 going to the gate in the main event, the $175,000 Classics Cup. The all-stakes Primetime Pick 4 will carry a boosted $70,000 guaranteed […]

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Sweet Posse Gives Trainer Donnie Von Hemel 1,000th Remington Park Victory

Donnie Von Hemel, Remington Park’s all-time leading trainer, earned his 1,000th career win in Oklahoma City on Thursday night when Sweet Posse battled to win the fourth race by a nose. Von Hemel came into the Remington Park season with 986 local wins, needing 14 to reach the milestone. He picked up No. 999 on […]

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G1 Arlington Classic Winner Clever Trevor Dies Age 30

Clever Trevor, winner of the inaugural Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park in 1989, and the first Oklahoma-bred millionaire that actually raced in the state, passed away at Robin’s Nest Farm in Piedmont, Okla. on Friday night, July 22. Bred and owned by the late Don McNeill of Edmond, Okla., Clever Trevor won four of his […]

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Cherry Wine, Suddenbreakingnews Head 46 Nominations To Indiana Derby

A total of 46 3-year-olds have been nominated to the 22nd running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The race, contested at one and one-sixteenth miles, will headline a stellar program set for Saturday, July 16 featuring six stakes and purses in excess of $1 million. Heading the […]

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American Freedom To Face Big Test In Iowa Derby

Gary and Mary West’s American Freedom ran a big race on the Preakness Day undercard to win the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes, and his next stop, in Prairie Meadows’ Grade 3 Iowa Derby this Friday, will be another big test for the Bob Baffert trainee. Making just his fourth lifetime start, the sophomore son of […]

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