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Audible On Target For Pegasus World Cup, To Prep In G3 Harlan’s Holiday

Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible has returned to Todd Pletcher’s training base at Palm Beach Downs to continue preparations for a planned start in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief is scheduled to make his next start in the Dec. 15 Harlan’s […]

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Audible Overcomes Slow Start, Wins Cherokee Run In First Start Since Derby

Making his first start since a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ Audible came from off the pace to win Saturday’s $200,000 Cherokee Run Stakes on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief, ridden by Javier Castellano […]

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Whitmore Skims The Rail To Get His First G1 In Forego

Robert LaPenta, Ron Moquett and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore made his 22nd lifetime start a victory in Saturday’s Forego Stakes, the first Grade 1 of the 5-year-old Pleasantly Perfect gelding’s career. Ricardo Santana guided Whitmore up the rail at the Spa to sneak away in the stretch, crossing the wire 1 1/2 lengths in […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: WinStar’s Anthem

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and SF Racing added another 2018 American Graded Stakes winner to their resume last weekend when American Anthem won the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Bob Baffert, American Anthem was a G2 and G3 winner in 2017. WinStar Farm – which […]

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Justify: Racing’s $75-Million Horse?

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell writes that Saturday’s victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes pushed the value of Triple Crown winner Justify to an all-time record $75 million. Rovell and the New York Times previously reported after the Preakness that an agreement was in place for the owners of Justify’s breeding rights – […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Kumin Riding High With Partnerships

Sol Kumin wasn’t a finalist in the outstanding owner Eclipse Award category in 2017 despite the fact that several partnerships he put together had truly outstanding years, led by Head of Plains Partners, which was ranked No. 1 on the Paulick Report’s American Graded Stakes standings through its co-ownership of 11 different AGS winners. Another […]

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‘It’s Up To Him Now’: Justify Adds Ear Plugs, Remains Solid In Friday Gallop

So far, so good. Belmont Stakes favorite Justify has done everything that has been asked of him thus far, including winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Will he be racing’s 13th Triple Crown victor? “This is the best he’s been,” trainer Bob Baffert told drf.com on Friday morning. “It’s up to him now. […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Clean Start Puts Justify In The History Books

It was always about the break. Trainer Bob Baffert has seen how a bad break can cause the best horse in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby to lose. It happened in 2010 with Lookin At Lucky, who had the misfortune of drawing the inside post in a field of 20, then leaving the starting gate […]

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On To Pimlico For Justify: Baffert A Perfect 4-For-4 In Preakness With Kentucky Derby Winners

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s Justify, an historic winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, is bound for legendary Pimlico Race Course for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 19. In a phone call to Hall […]

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