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Eight Rings To Kick Off 2020 Season In Bachelor; Delayed Kentucky Derby In Play For Grade 1 Winner

Grade 1 winner Eight Rings’ second chance to run for the roses begins Saturday at Oaklawn when he makes his 2020 debut in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes for 3-year-olds at 6 furlongs. Probable post time for the Bachelor, the ninth of 11 races, is 4:45 p.m. (Central). First post Saturday, Day 53 of the scheduled […]

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Preach, Dam Of Prominent Sire Pulpit, Dies At Age 31

Preach, a cornerstone of the Claiborne Farm broodmare program and dam of the highly influential sire Pulpit, has died due to the infirmities of old age at 31 years old, per Claiborne’s social media channels. A homebred for the Claiborne operation, Preach was by another of the farm’s pillars – the mighty Mr. Prospector – […]

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‘He May Be Able To Save Horses’ Lives’: The Mysterious Disease That Claimed Empire Maker

For many people, Empire Maker was an appropriately-named horse whose legacy as a stallion will live on well after his death this week at the age of 20. His veterinarians, Dr. Lauren Javernick and Dr. Nathan Slovis also hope the Gainesway stallion may also one day be remembered for helping other horses suffering from a […]

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Classic Winner, Sire Empire Maker Dies At Age 20

Empire Maker, the winner of the 2003 Belmont Stakes and a sire whose influence reached all the way to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, died Jan. 18 due to a rare disease that compromised his immune system, Thoroughbred Daily News reports. The 20-year-old son of Unbridled was about to stand his 16th season at stud […]

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‘Get Him Back To Where He Was’: Time Off Planned For Eight Rings

Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes winner Eight Rings, most recently a disappointing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, has earned a break from racing, trainer Bob Baffert told horseracingnation.com. The son of Empire Maker was heading to the G2 Los Alamitos Futurity with three works following the Breeders’ Cup, but Baffert elected not to run […]

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Empire Maker’s Stud Fee Set At $85,000 For 2020

Gainesway announced that Empire Maker’s stud fee has been set at $85,000 for the 2020 breeding season. The sire of 12 Grade 1 winners, 62 stakes winners, and 33 graded winners, Empire Maker is responsible for such headliners as two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, three-time Eclipse Award champion, and six-time Grade 1 winner Royal Delta […]

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Eight Rings ‘Very Good’ In Final Work For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Working in company with Azul Coast on Sunday morning, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings had his final breeze for Saturday’s $2 million race, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60 over Santa Anita’s main track. “I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said […]

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Tapit Leads Gainesway’s 2020 Roster At $200,000

Gainesway has released stud fees for its 2020 stallion roster, led once again by commercial juggernaut Tapit. Leading sire Tapit, currently the number-one ranked sire in North America by stakes winners and graded stakes winners, will stand for $200,000 in 2020. Tapit is sire of 25 Grade 1 winners, more than any other active sire […]

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Coolmore Purchases Breeding Rights To Leading Juvenile Contender Eight Rings

Coolmore has secured the breeding rights to Grade I winner Eight Rings (Empire Maker–Purely Hot, by Pure Prize) with plans to stand the colt at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud following his retirement from racing. Owned and raced by the co-ownership comprised of SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. […]

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