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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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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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Preakness In Play For Win Win Win, Who Is Back Home At Fair Hill

Maybe Maybe Maybe. Live Oak Plantation’s Win Win Win is a possible candidate for the 144th Preakness Stakes, trainer Michael Trombetta said Wednesday. Win Win Win ended up ninth in the Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) following an extremely wide trip. The homebred colt has been returned to Trombetta’s home base at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, […]

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‘Laid Back’ Alwaysmining Making Good Progress Toward Preakness

Runnymede Racing’s multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining resumed training this week and continues to progress nicely toward his graded-stakes debut in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Maryland-bred Alwaysmining earned an automatic berth in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by virtue of his runaway victory in the […]

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Vekoma ‘Has A Lot Of Gears’; Distance ‘Not A Question’ For Win Win Win

Before the rain began Sunday morning, trainer George Weaver had Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Vekoma out of the stall to munch on some grass outside Barn 11 at Keeneland. So, how is the Toyota Blue Grass winner this morning? “He is well and happy,” Weaver said of the son of Candy Ride (ARG), who […]

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Alwaysmining ‘Impressed’ Trainer In Breeze For Federico Tesio

Runnymede Racing’s multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining turned in a sharp five-furlong breeze Saturday morning ahead of his next scheduled assignment in the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes April 20 at Laurel Park. With regular exercise rider Felix Astudillo aboard and owners Greg and Caroline Bentley watching from the clockers’ tower, Alwaysmining went in 1:00 over the […]

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Record-Setting Win Win Win Seeking Crucial Derby Points In Blue Grass

Live Oak Plantation’s Win Win Win is preparing to hit the road again, this time heading west to Kentucky from his home base at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland. “We are leaving tomorrow and should be there Wednesday morning,” trainer Mike Trombetta said Monday morning. The purpose of the trip is Saturday’s $1 […]

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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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East Coast-Based Colonia Commands Respect In Del Mar Oaks

Trainer H. Graham Motion won the 2011 Del Mar Oaks with Summer Soiree, the first of five stakes victories here. Saturday, the English-born conditioner, who saddled Animal Kingdom to win the 2011 Kentucky Derby, seeks to add a second Oaks score to his Del Mar stakes total with the French-bred 3-year-old filly Colonia in the 62nd running […]

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Scenes From Horse Heaven: Fair Hill Training Center

There are times when driving or walking through the Fair Hill campus it’s possible to forget there are places in the world where horses and concrete ever mix. William du Pont, original owner of the 5,700 acres which were once Foxcatcher Farm, probably wanted it that way. Du Pont farmed parts of the property with […]

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