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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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‘It Keeps Us Tied To My Mom’: Hancock Excited For Bivian B’s Stakes Debut At Ellis

For trainer John Hancock, his 2-year-old filly Bivian B has done her job just being in the starting gate for Sunday’s $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante. Hitting the board or winning would be an unbelievable bonus. Mind you, Hancock believes the filly — co-owned by his wife, Donna, and Lexington’s Gatewood Bell and named after the […]

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Derby Dreaming: Wesley Ward To Expand Horizons Beyond Royal Ascot

Wesley Ward, celebrated as a masterful trainer of precocious 2-year-olds and for breakthrough success at Royal Ascot, wants to take the next step in his career by targeting the Kentucky Derby as never before. “I sure would like to get some athletes in the barn that can be on the big stage there,” he said […]

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‘This One Means A Lot’: Winning Filly Named For Owner/Trainer’s Mother

Bivian B was the favorite in Friday’s sixth race at Ellis Park, while Nana’s Girl was the longest shot on the board in the field of ten 2-year-old fillies. Bivian B was ridden by meet-leader Edgar Morales, while Nana’s Girl was ridden by Carlos Esquilin, who has one win but several seconds at huge odds […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Ascot Win ‘As Good As It Gets’ For Bell

When Undrafted traveled across the pond for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the last day of Royal Ascot, bloodstock agent Gatewood Bell made the trip as well. It was worth the long journey. Undrafted came home strongly to beat a talented field of sprinters in yet another win for trainer Wesley Ward at Royal Ascot. The victory […]

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Welker’s Undrafted Targeting Darley July Cup

An extremely strong overseas contingent from six different countries on four continents is part of a 48-horse entry for the Group 1 £510,000 Darley July Cup – a leg of both the QIPCO British Champions Series and the Global Sprint Challenge – which will be run over six furlongs of Newmarket’s July Course on Saturday […]

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Denver Broncos Player Sends Underdog Contender to Blue Grass

Wes Welker’s small, scrappy purchase from the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale will finally get a chance to make his case for a Kentucky Derby run when he starts in this weekend’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. Welker named the colt Undrafted as a hat-tip to his early days as an undrafted […]

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