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Honorable Duty Posts Mild Upset In Mineshaft Handicap

David A. Ross’ Honorable Duty posted a half-length victory at odds of 5-1 for a mild upset in Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Handicap at the Fair Grounds. The 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor, ridden by Julien Leparoux, covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:43.03. The Mineshaft is the first graded stakes victory […]

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Mena’s 48 Percent Strike Rate Earns Him Jockey Of The Week Title

Miguel Mena topped the North American jockey standings by wins and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for January 3, 2017 – January 8, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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Effinex Leads The Field As Even-Money Favorite In Stephen Foster

Tri-bone Stables’ Effinex, the $2,682,950-earner who won last fall’s Grade 1 Clark Handicap returns to Churchill Downs as the red-hot, even-money morning line favorite and 122-pound high weight for Saturday night’s 35th running of the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap – the centerpiece of an action-packed, prime-time program billed as “Downs After Dark – The White Party presented […]

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Effinex Tops 24 Stephen Foster Handicap Nominees

The Grade I, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday, June 18 lured 24 nominations led by $2,682,950-earner Effinex, the four-time graded stakes winner from the Jimmy Jerkens barn who won last fall’s Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Health (GI) after finishing second to Horse of the Year and Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah in the Breeders’ […]

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Charles Town Classic Expected To Draw Field Of Nine, Featuring Donworth

This Saturday’s Grade 2, $1.25 million Charles Town Classic is expected to draw a field of nine, according to drf.com. The field for the three-turn, 1 1/8 mile race will likely be headlined by Doug O’Neill’s talented but lightly-raced Donworth, exiting a troubled trip in the Santa Anita Handicap where he finished seventh. Also expected […]

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Veteran Majestic Harbor Looks To Extend Winning Ways In New Orleans Handicap

Gallant Stable’s veteran campaigner and Grade I winner Majestic Harbor will attempt to keep the air in his resuscitated career when the 8-year-old son of Rockport Harbor goes for his second consecutive graded stakes victory of the meet in the Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap on Mar. 26 – the first of four Grade […]

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Majestic Harbor Wires Field In Mineshaft Handicap

Gallant Stable’s Majestic Harbor prevailed in Saturday’s Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap at the Fair Grounds, taking the lead out of the gate and never looking back. The 8-year-old son of Rockport Harbor stopped the clock in the 1 1/16 mile contest in 1:42.86, holding off the fast-closing Eagle to win by a head for trainer […]

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International Star Returns Victorious In Louisiana

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star returned to the site of his greatest victories on Saturday to contest the $75,000 Louisiana Stakes. The 1 1/16 mile event for 4-year-olds and up was held over the fast main track at the Fair Grounds. International Star broke well and was allowed to settle by Miguel Mena, cruising […]

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Despite Slow Start, Mena ‘Picking Up’ At The Fair Grounds

Miguel Mena did not let a slow start to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots 2015-16 meet stifle his focus. The clever and eternally confident 29-year-old native of Lima, Peru, was not exactly starving for victories in the first few weeks, but in comparison to the stellar start to the previous season in which […]

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Ankle Chip Sidelines International Star

International Star will be forced to miss the G1 Preakness Stakes after x-rays revealed a chip in the colt’s left front ankle. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that surgery will be required on the ankle, and that the 3-year-old son of Fusaichi Pegasus will be out indefinitely. Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker […]

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