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Bricks And Mortar Bolsters Horse Of The Year Credentials In Breeders’ Cup Turf

Seth Klarman and William Lawrence’s Bricks and Mortar turned in a performance that could secure him the Horse of the Year title in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf. Sent off as the even-money favorite in the field of 12 despite trying the 1 1/2-mile distance for the first time in his career, the 5-year-old son of […]

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Standardbred Champion Staying Together Passes At Age 30

Champion Standardbred, Staying Together, died October 28, 2019, at the Kentucky Horse Park where he had been retired after a successful pacing career. At the age of 30, the gelding was euthanized due to infirmities of old age. The champion known as “Stanley” came to the Kentucky Horse Park in September 1995. “Staying Together became […]

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Almond Eye Returns From Layoff To Capture Tenno Sho In Near-Record Time

Heavily favored Almond Eye won this year’s Tenno Sho (Autumn) in dominating fashion once again in a run which was just short by 0.1 second to renew the race record while easily conquering a formidable field which included nine other G1 winners. The 2018 Horse of the Year claimed last year’s fillies’ Triple Crown—the Oka […]

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Brown ‘Leaning Toward’ Turf For Horse Of The Year Candidate Bricks And Mortar

It was a busy Sunday morning for trainer Chad Brown, who sent out numerous turf workers in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Four-time Grade 1 winner and Horse of the Year candidate Bricks and Mortar worked in company with Without Parole, winner of last year’s Group 1 St. James’s Palace at Royal […]

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Midnight Bisou ‘Just Cruised’ Through Santa Anita Workout

Monster Midnight Bisou, undefeated in seven races this year, each a graded stakes, three of them Grade I’s, hopes to enhance her Horse of the Year credentials with a victory in the Grade I, $2 million Longines Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. With regular rider Mike Smith aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen, the […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Like Fine Wine?

With the World Championships less than a month away, this weekend is an all-you-can-eat buffet of Breeders’ Cup Win & You’re In races. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick get into an early Horse of the Year conversation and look at some of this year’s storylines. Plus, is there […]

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‘Flawless’ Bricks And Mortar Continues To Lead NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No rival has been able to topple Bricks and Mortar on the race track this season and after his latest triumph in the Grade 1 Arlington Million XXXVII on August 10, the son of Giant’s Causeway remains equally dominant when it comes to his reign atop the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Since ascending to No. […]

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Bucchero Voted 2018 Indiana-Bred Horse Of The Year

Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (ITOBA) held their annual awards banquet at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Sunday, April 14. The event, which was held in conjunction with the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development, honored the champions of 2018 just before the 2019 racing season gets underway Tuesday, April 16. Hosted by Rachel McLaughlin, Indiana […]

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Claiming Crown Winner Aztec Sense Voted Pennsylvania’s Horse Of The Year

It’s difficult to get much better than perfect. Racing eight times last year, Joseph Besecker’s Aztec Sense won all eight races, including five stakes, and at the annual horsemen’s awards banquet Wednesday evening, he was honored as the top thoroughbred in Pennsylvania for 2018. Claimed by trainer Jorge Navarro from a start here at Parx […]

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Baffert: Horse Of The Year Justify ‘One Of The Best That I’ve Trained’

Bob Baffert was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning, less than 48 hours after his undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify was named Horse of the Year for 2018. “He’ll go down among a very elite group of horses,” Baffert said of the son of Scat Daddy, who numbered the Santa Anita Derby […]

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