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Four Stakes Wins Propel Jose Ortiz To Another Jockey Of The Week Title

With double the number of stakes victories of any other jockey last week, Jose Ortiz was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for September 3-8, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 […]

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Jose Ortiz Doubles Up In Dueling Grounds Derby, Oaks

Jockey Jose Ortiz missed opening day of the five-date RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, but the track’s 2018 riding champion has made the most of the three days he has ridden, including sweeping Sunday’s $600,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby under Social Paranoia and the $348,250 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks with Princesa Carolina. […]

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King: Looking For Value In Sunday’s 3-Year-Old Stakes At Kentucky Downs

Byron King is a freelance turf writer, publicist and handicapper based in Louisville who is creating the Kentucky Downs’ morning-line odds and analyzing the stakes races as part of the RUNHAPPY Meet’s publicity team. Horseplayers and racing enthusiasts across the country are well familiar with King’s writing, reporting and wagering acumen from his years of […]

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Channel Cat Wins Dueling Grounds Derby; Osare Takes Oaks As Kentucky Downs Handle Soars

Record-setting trainer Todd Pletcher picked a great time to win his first race at Kentucky Downs since 2010 as Calumet Farm’s Channel Cat outfought the late-running Cullum Road to win the $400,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby by a head on Wednesday’s penultimate card of America’s most unique race meet. Winning the $300,000 Fifth Third […]

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‘Hard-Luck’ Captivating Moon Takes Aim On Dueling Grounds Derby

Trainer Chris Block is hoping that Captivating Moon, the 3-1 favorite for Wednesday’s rescheduled $400,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs can turn one of his seconds into the colt’s first stakes victory. Captivating Moon will be ridden by Florent Geroux, who won two stakes last Saturday, including the $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky […]

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Oscar Nominated Romps In Dueling Grounds Derby

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Oscar Nominated romped in Sunday’s $350,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby, taking the lead at the top of the Kentucky Downs stretch and drawing away under Florent Geroux’s hand ride to win by 6 1/4 lengths on the wire. The sophomore son of Kitten’s Joy completed 1 5/16 miles over the […]

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Claiming Crown Qualifiers, Dueling Ground Oaks, Derby Highlight Sunday At Kentucky Downs

In addition to the $350,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby and $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks, Sunday’s Kentucky Downs card offers a pair of starter-allowance races with $75,000 pots that serve as automatic qualifiers for the Claiming Crown Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park. The Claiming Crown is designed to serve as a Breeders’ Cup-style championship for […]

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My Afleet Kicks Off Kentucky Downs Season With Dueling Grounds Derby Victory

It was truly an aptly named race. My Afleet and Medal Count staged a tremendous duel down the stretch in the inaugural running of the $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby on opening Day at Kentucky Downs, with My Afleet emerging as the victor by a narrow nose in the 1 5/16 miles marathon over the European-style […]

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Medal Count, Global View Clash in Dueling Grounds Derby

The inaugural $250,000 Dueling Grounds Derby is one of three stakes races that headline the opening day of the 2014 Kentucky Downs meet. The unique, European-style in Franklin, Ky., will conduct five days of racing on September 6,10,13,17 and 24. The Dueling Grounds Derby, a 1 5/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds has attracted a competitive field […]

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