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Eclipse Finalist Glorious Empire ‘Picking Up The Pace’ Toward 2019 Debut

Matthew Schera’s multiple graded-stakes winner Glorious Empire, a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the top male turf horse of 2018, continues to progress toward his 8-year-old debut. Sidelined since an impressive triumph in the Fort Lauderdale (G2) Dec. 15 at Gulfstream Park over a field that included 13 graded-stakes winners, five of them Grade […]

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‘Miracle Child’ Manitoulin Hoping To Regain Top Form At Ellis Park

Before he ever hit the ground and got the chance to make good on the purple bloodlines flowing through his chestnut frame, the two mantras that would sum up Manitoulin’s entire being were already set. Patience and faith are preached by many a learned horsemen but, in the case of the strong-bodied Phillips Racing Partnership […]

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‘The Horse That Got Me Going’: Graham Motion Posts Emotional Tribute To Gala Spinaway

Trainer Graham Motion announced via social media that his first graded stakes winner, Gala Spinaway, had to be put to sleep on Saturday. The 31-year-old son of Star Choice gave Motion that hallmark victory in 1993, and lived out his days under Motion’s watchful eye at the Fair Hill Training Center. “He was the horse […]

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Next Start Still Undetermined For Preakness Runner Alwaysmining

Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining exited his first work since the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 18 in good order, as his connections continue to examine their options for the multiple stakes winner’s next start. Trainer Kelly Rubley, who won Sunday’s fifth race at Laurel Park with Gunpowder Farms’ homebred Boundary Pass ($4.60), said she was pleased […]

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Preakness: Alwaysmining ‘Makes It Look Easy,’ Laughing Fox Has ‘Great Attitude’

Runnymede Racing LLC’s Alwaysmining breezed a half-mile at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. Friday morning in preparation for a planned start in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 18. The son of Stay Thirsty, who is riding a six-race winning streak, covered the four-furlong distance under regular exercise rider […]

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Alwaysmining ‘A Bit Aggressive’ In Preakness Workout On Oaks Day

An energetic Alwaysmining returned to the work tab on a foggy and cool Friday morning at the Fair Hill Training Center with a half-mile breeze for the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) that trainer Kelly Rubley called “perfect.” Regular exercise rider Felix Astudillo was aboard as Runnymede Racing’s multiple stakes winner was timed in 49.00 seconds […]

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Win Win Win Carrying ‘Momentum’ Into Churchill, Will Ship Wednesday

Riding the wave of momentum as leading trainer of Laurel Park’s ongoing spring meet, trainer Mike Trombetta will ship record-setting stakes winner Win Win Win to Kentucky on Wednesday to finish preparations for the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1). Trombetta’s plans also include giving Win Win Win, ranked 16th with 50 Derby qualifying points, one […]

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NYRA To Kick Off ‘Ship And Win’ Program For Fair Hill Training Center, Three Racetracks

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced shipping incentive programs at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park for horsemen based at Fair Hill Training Center, Oaklawn Park, Gulfstream Park, and Tampa Bay Downs. Horses based in Fair Hill, in Elkton, Md., who register an official start during the Aqueduct spring meet, from April 5 through April […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products: In Rubley’s Barn, Cats Aren’t The Only Defense Against Mice

Cats get all the credit for rodent control in the barn, but when are goats going to get a little credit? During a visit to trainer Kelly Rubley’s Fair Hill barn this summer, I realized mouse prevention is a team effort. Yes, Pudgy the cat (a friendly fellow with a star-quality gray coat who comes […]

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‘Guns Loaded’: Former Claimer Glorious Empire Ready For Breeders’ Cup Turf

Matthew Schera’s Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire, undefeated in three starts since opening his 7-year-old season this spring at Laurel Park, emerged from his latest work in good order and will ship this week for his Breeders’ Cup debut. Glorious Empire breezed seven furlongs in 1:27.60 over the all-weather surface Saturday at the Fair Hill […]

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