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‘About What We Expected’: Steady Returns Kick Off Yearling Season At Fasig-Tipton July Sale

There were a wide range of unique forces working for and against a successful renewal of the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearling Sale on Tuesday, ranging from the momentum of a record-setting juvenile market this spring to the uncertainty over the state of racing in southern California. When it all shook out, the returns generally came […]

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Two Last Words Is First Winner For WinStar Farm’s Commissioner

Two Last Words, a 2-year-old by WinStar Farm’s multiple graded stakes winner Commissioner, won at first asking at Indiana Grand on Friday, becoming his sire’s first winner. Owned by Deann Baer and bred in Indiana by Deann and Greg Baer, Two Last Words broke alertly under jockey Jose Riquelme and challenged for early supremacy in […]

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‘Cooperative’ Improbable Records Final Breeze Before Kentucky Derby

As Elliott Walden pondered what he had just witnessed from Improbable during the colt’s final serious workout in advance of the Kentucky Derby, the CEO and President of WinStar Farm couldn’t help but get hit with a pretty ambitious case of déjà vu. “He’s feeling good and I think (trainer) Bob (Baffert) has him right […]

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Kentucky Derby Museum’s Fan Fest Celebrates 100 Years Of Triple Crown

The Kentucky Derby Museum proudly kicks off Derby week with our 4th annual Fan Fest Presented by Watson’s. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of the Triple Crown, from Sir Barton to Justify. A panel discussion moderated by leading TVG racing analyst, Caton Bredar, will feature Justify’s jockey, Mike Smith, trainer Bob Baffert and […]

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Churchill Downs Brings Back Champions Day To Celebrate Triple Crown’s 100th Anniversary

Churchill Downs’ second annual Champions Day presented by Twinspires.com will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Triple Crown and honor its winners on Tuesday of Derby week. In addition to a full day of racing, Triple Crown-winning jockeys, trainers and owners will sign autographs; fans can have their photos taken with rarely seen Triple Crown memorabilia […]

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Dubai World Cup Notes: Audible ‘Best I’ve Ever Seen Him,’ Yoshida ‘Acting Well’

Here are Friday’s horse racing notes for the Dubai World Cup contenders: Audible—“Best I’ve ever seen him go,” Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm laughed as Audible briefly emerged from the fog that descended over Meydan Racecourse Friday morning, only to be shrouded again as he went through his gallop. As he stood on the rail […]

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Mike Smith, Elliott Walden To Headline ‘Race For Grace’ Derby Week Dinner

Two of the most recognizable names in Thoroughbred horse racing — Mike Smith and Elliott Walden — will headline the annual “Race for Grace” dinner on Monday, April 29, on Millionaires Row, at historic Churchill Downs. Mike was the jockey of 2018’s Triple Crown winner and “Horse of the Year” Justify. He will be interviewed […]

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Starlight Racing Following Family Line To Acquire Part-Interest In Yoshida

Starlight Racing has acquired a part-interest in Yoshida, 5-2 favorite for Saturday’s $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), from WinStar Farm, which campaigns the 5-year-old horse with China Horse Club International and Head of Plains Racing. The addition of Starlight gives Yoshida the same ownership as 2018 Florida Derby winner Audible, who is […]

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Flavien Prat Named To Ride Audible In Pegasus World Cup

Flavien Prat, a leading rider on the Southern California circuit, will be aboard 2018 Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the richest race in North America, Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. Audible’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, confirmed the mount Sunday afternoon after speaking with Elliott Walden, president and […]

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‘Good Horse From Day 1’: Yoshida Pointed To Pegasus World Cup Turf

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, SF Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ Yoshida, a Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf, will be returning to the grass for his 2019 debut in the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. The 1 3/16-mile Pegasus World Cup Turf, the […]

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