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Harty Expects No Distance Limitation For Fair Maiden, Who’s Stretching Out In Natalma

Fair Maiden was very impressive when romping by 7 1/2 lengths in the Catch A Glimpse Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs of yielding turf at Woodbine on August 17. On Sunday, the Godolphin homebred will be returning from her Chicago base seeking to extend her win streak to three and become a Grade 1 stakes […]

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Best Of The Breeders’ Cup Presented By Brisnet: Juvenile Fillies And Juvenile Fillies Turf

Both My Flag and Storm Flag Flying, her daughter by Storm Cat, won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, in 1995 and 2002, respectively. Some of the top producers to come out of the Juvenile Fillies include Caressing (2000), dam of champion West Coast, and Flanders (1994), dam of champion millionaire Surfside. Countess Diana may hold […]

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Assistant Trainers: The ‘Eyes And Ears’ Of The Racing Stable

Their phone rings after midnight, a barn watchman alerting them to an emergency situation with a sick horse. Or they have to explain to their boss how a horse got loose from a hotwalker, possibly impacting its chances in its next race. On the track, they exercise a horse too fast during a workout, upsetting the […]

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Sham Stakes: McKinzie ‘Doing Very Well,’ Harty Hoping City Plan Steps Up

McKinzie returns in just under a month from his last start for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile, an uncharacteristically short interval for a Bob Baffert Triple Crown prospect, but the Hall of Fame trainer has an agenda in mind he hopes will lead to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 7 and […]

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City Plan Develops Winning Strategy, Springs 25-1 Upset In Gold Rush Stakes

Southern California shippers have dominated in stakes races at the 2017 Golden Gate Fields Fall meet and that trend continued on Saturday when City Plan, trained by Eoin Harty, flew up north and proceeded to beat nine other rivals in The $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes for 2-year-olds. City Plan stopped the clock for one mile […]

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Gryder Drives 2900 Miles Cross-Country To Move Tack To California

Veteran jockey Aaron Gryder decided to move his tack from New Jersey back to California in order to be closer to his children, according to racingpost.com, but with mounts lined up this Friday at Golden Gate Fields he had to pack all of his things in a hurry. In fact, 46-year-old Gryder decided to simply […]

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Keeneland: Kent Sweezey Kicks Off Training Career With Timber Town Homebred

Entered in Saturday’s 10th race, the 3-year-old First Samurai filly Lela’s Gift will become Kent Sweezey’s first starter as a trainer. “I woke up at 2:30 (this morning). I couldn’t sleep,” he said. “I thought about how cool it would be to win a race at Keeneland in front of everybody here.” In many ways, […]

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‘Time To Try Him On Dirt:’ Well-Traveled Colonel Samsen Joins Sham Cast

Colonel Samsen, the Marco Polo of current Triple Crown candidates, will make his seventh start on his fifth different race track when he runs at The Great Race Place in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile. The stakes-winner is owned by Casner Racing, Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber and Corey Johnsen The […]

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Innovative Idea Rallies Again To Win Groupie Doll Stakes

The last time jockey Marlon St. Julien wore Godolphin Racing’s royal blue silks, he was finishing seventh in the 2000 Kentucky Derby aboard Curule. Saturday at Ellis Park in a pinch-hit role, St. Julien guided Chicago-based Innovative Idea to a half-length victory over Emmajestic in the Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes. It was a day […]

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Ahh Chocolate Works ‘Fantastic’ For Groupie Doll Stakes

Stoneway Farm’s Ahh Chocolate, possible favorite for what shapes up as one of the deepest runnings ever of Ellis Park’s Grade 3 Groupie Doll, had her final major piece of training at Churchill Downs for the $100,000 stakes Monday. So did Godolphin Racing’s Iowa Distaff winner Innovative Idea, who will ship in from Arlington Park. […]

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