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Firenze Fire Blows Them Away In General George

Mr Amore Stable’s Firenze Fire made a victorious 2020 debut Saturday at Laurel Park, notching his ninth career stakes victory in the $250,000 General George (G3) at Laurel Park. The General George, a seven-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up, co-headlined Saturday’s Sprintfest Winter Carnival program with the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie, a seven-furlong sprint for older […]

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Red-Hot Champion Jockey Irad Ortiz Wins Six Races Sunday At Gulfstream Park

Defending two-time Eclipse Award champion Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode three winners Friday and four winners Saturday, brought home six more winners on Sunday’s 11-race card at Gulfstream Park. “I’m having a great meet so far. I’m so happy right now. I’m enjoying the moment. My agent [Jay Rushing] is doing a great job. I’m […]

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Mischevious Alex Kicks Away For Dominant Swale Victory

Cash is King and LC Racing’s Mischevious Alex put on a show in Saturday’s Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park, pulling away from the field to win by seven lengths on the line. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief was sent to post at odds of 9-2, completing seven furlongs over the fast main […]

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Tonalist’s Shape Mantains Perfect Record In Forward Gal, Looks Toward Oaks Trail

Slam Dunk Racing, Legacy Ranch Inc. and Doug Branham’s Tonalist’s Shape got her sophomore season off to a stylish start and kept her perfect record intact with a 3 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park. The 40th running of the seven-furlong Forward Gal for 3-year-old fillies was the first of four […]

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Eclipse Award, Pegasus Win Net Irad Ortiz Jockey Of The Week Award

After receiving his second straight Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey on Thursday night and winning the prestigious $3 Million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was voted the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for January 21-26. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by […]

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Bricks And Mortar Wins Horse Of The Year; Connections Sweep Other Eclipse Awards

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced this evening that Bricks and Mortar, who was undefeated in six starts last year, was voted the 2019 Runhappy Horse of the Year at the 49th Annual Runhappy Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The Eclipse Awards, honoring excellence […]

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‘He’s Got A Lot Of Speed’: Baffert Seeks Second Pegasus Victory With ‘Quick’ Mucho Gusto

Bob Baffert returns to the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy after a one-year absence Saturday with Mucho Gusto, a 4-year-old colt whose strong workout last week convinced the Hall of Fame trainer that he is ready for prime time. Baffert won the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup in 2017 with […]

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‘Upsetting And Surprising’ Call From Irad Ortiz Leaves Spun To Run Riderless For Pegasus World Cup

Trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero suddenly has to deal with an unforeseen issue a week before the $3 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. According to drf.com, the trainer got a call from Irad Ortiz, Jr. on Saturday morning that the jockey had decided to take a different mount in the race, leaving Guerrero’s trainee Spun […]

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Ramseys Hoping For Third Success In Newly Graded Kitten’s Joy At Gulfstream

When Gulfstream Park added the Kitten’s Joy to its stakes lineup seven years ago, Ken and Sarah Ramsey were fitting first winners of the race named for their multi-millionaire homebred grass champion and six-time leading turf sire. The $100,000 Kitten’s Joy for newly turned 3-year-olds sprinting 7 ½ furlongs on the grass returns to Gulfstream […]

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2019 By The Numbers: North American Horse Racing’s First $30-Million Earners

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Chad Brown became North American racing’s first $30-million men in 2019, setting earnings records in their respective categories, based on Equibase statistics. Brown was leading North American trainer by money won for the fourth consecutive year, saddling earners of $31,112,144 and winning 222 races from 823 starts in 2019.  […]

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