eight belles

Mia Mischief Nails Graded Debut In Eight Belles

Madaket Stables, Heider Family Stables, and Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mia Mischief was sent to post at odds of 3-2 in Friday’s Grade 2 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs, and proved a deserving favorite with her 1 3/4-length triumph over 4-1 Talk Veuve to Me. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the 3-year-old daughter of Into […]

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‘Too Early To Say’ Whether Unique Bella Will Contest Kentucky Derby

Unique Bella’s commanding romp in Sunday’s G2 Las Virgenes Stakes had a number of racing fans suggesting on Twitter that the 3-year-old filly be pointed for the Kentucky Derby. After all, her performance did earn the daughter of Tapit a 98 Beyer, higher than any other sophomore of either gender. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, in a […]

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Gabriel Saez Rides 1,000th Winner At Fair Grounds

Jockey Gabriel Saez achieved a milestone on Saturday when the newly turned 29-year-old Panama City, Panama, native earned his 1,000th career victory when  I Hope won the eighth race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. A graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jockey Training Academy in his native country, Saez began riding professionally on Dec. […]

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Larry Jones Saddles 1,000th Winner: ‘An Overnight 32-Year Success’

Trainer J. Larry Jones reached a career milestone on Saturday, winning his 1,000th race when 3-year-old He’ll Pay captured the listed Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park for for co-breeder and owner Brereton C. Jones. The Haynesfield colt drew away from the field to win by open lengths at odds of 12-1. The multiple graded stakes-winning […]

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Bloodlines: Could California Chrome Be A Surprise At Stud?

With the announcement that champion California Chrome has a bruise to his cannon bone and will require an extensive rest to recover, it appears that the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit may not be able to race again this year and that his racing career may be over.  If so, retirement would send California Chrome […]

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Untapable, Bayern, Palace Malice Among Stars Nominated To Derby Week Stakes

Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner and champion 3-year-old filly Untapable, Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner and Horse of the Year finalist Bayern and Belmont Stakes (GI) winners Palace Malice and Tonalist top a large and highly accomplished roster of racing stars nominated to 10 stakes races scheduled during the April 25-May 2 Kentucky Derby […]

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Fiftyshadesofgold Gets in Final Tune-Up Before Acorn

The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold, winner of the Eight Belles (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, breezed a half mile in :49.60 Friday morning in her final workout before shipping to Belmont Park for the $750,000 Acorn (Grade I) on June 7. “She came out of the last race well,” […]

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No Matter the Racing Surface, Safety Should Be the Focus

The California Horse Racing Board voted in 2006 to make synthetic or engineered racing surfaces mandatory at the state’s major tracks beginning in 2008. Its members did so with the belief that synthetic surfaces are safer in the prevention of catastrophic injuries and fatalities. They were right. Using only a limited sample size from Turfway […]

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So Many Ways Finds Path to Eight Belles Win

Maggi Moss’ So Many Ways charged past a tight pack of fillies in deep stretch to win the 58th running of the $177,150 Eight Belles presented by Xerox (Grade III) for 3-year-olds by a half-length over Fusaichiswonderful on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Garrett Gomez, So Many Ways […]

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Porter Counting on Normandy Invasion to Change Derby Tides

After a troubled history in the Kentucky Derby, Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms is hoping Normandy Invasion will change his luck. Still shaken from the catastrophic breakdown of Eight Belles just past the wire in 2008, Porter subsequently had contenders miss the chance to qualify (Rockport Harbor), or get shuffled back in the race […]

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