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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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Jose Ortiz’ Stakes Duo Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

With two stakes wins and a leading rider title to his credit, Jose Ortiz was named the Foundation Detox Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for September 10 – 16, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more […]

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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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Kentucky Downs: Heavenly Love Returns, Valadorna Tries Turf

Heavenly Love won a Kentucky Downs maiden race last year as a 2-year-old, then was the romping winner of Keeneland’s Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades on dirt in her next start. Now Debby Oxley’s filly will try to get back in the winner’s circle in Kentucky Downs’ $300,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks on Sept. 9. Also among […]

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Daddys Lil Darling Gets Smith Aboard For Friday’s Bewitch Stakes At Keeneland

Normandy Farm’s homebred millionaire Daddys Lil Darling tops a field of seven fillies and mares entered Sunday for Friday’s 57th running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares going 1½ miles on the grass. The Bewitch will go as the ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time on the 10-race closing-day program of the Spring Meet at Keeneland. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m. […]

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Leparoux Takes Pair Of Kentucky Downs Stakes En Route To Jockey Of The Week Title

With a win in the Kentucky Turf Cup and top stakes and total earnings for the week, Julien Leparoux was named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending September 10, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization […]

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Daddys Lil Darling Powers To A New Course Record In Dueling Grounds Oaks

On another record-setting day Sunday at Kentucky Downs, Daddys Lil Darling set the course record for 1 5/16 miles as the Kentucky Oaks runner-up exploded through the stretch for a 4 1/4-length victory over Summer Luck in the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks. Daddys Lil Darling, the even-money favorite under Julien Leparoux, finished matters in 2:10.97, […]

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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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