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Cross, Trainer Of Derby-Winning Sunny’s Halo, Dies At Age 84

David Cross Jr., lifelong horseman, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer, and trainer of 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny’s Halo, died this week at the age of 84, according to the Daily Racing Form. Cross had battled a series of health issues in recent years and had been in hospice care in Lexington, Ky., according […]

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Nitrous Hits The Afterburners In Oaklawn’s Bachelor Stakes

A gray horse won, just not the one everyone was expecting as Winchell Thoroughbred LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Nitrous used a powerful late kick to rally past the early leaders for the victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Gray Attempt, the 6-5 favorite, finished third. Ridden by leading rider Ricardo Santana […]

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Never Slowing Down: 58-Year-Old Court Going ‘The Extra Length’ At Oaklawn

His mind is on the last Saturday in April and the first Saturday in May. Jockey Jon Court is reunited with Gray Attempt in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes Saturday at Oaklawn and is scheduled to pilot Long Range Toddy in the Kentucky Derby May 4 at Churchill Downs. Court, 58, has already won stakes races […]

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Will The ‘Gray Horse’ Attempt Theft In Arkansas Derby?

During a brief phone interview following Wednesday’s draw for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., Bob Baffert touched on his post position – the Hall of Fame trainer wasn’t thrilled with the rail for 8-5 program favorite Improbable – then asked about the “gray horse.” The gray horse would […]

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Gray Attempt Back On Arkansas Derby Trail With Sprint Victory

Now that Gray Attempt’s hind-end problems appear behind him, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Sunday morning that he’s looking ahead to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13 at Oaklawn. Gray Attempt is back on the Arkansas Derby trail following a front-running 3 ¼-length victory in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes Saturday afternoon. […]

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Gray Attempt Sprints To Gazebo Victory; Arkansas Derby Next

Gray Attempt punched his Arkansas Derby ticket with a front-running 3 ¼-length victory over Hidden Ruler in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn. Cutting back to a sprint after finishing a troubled 11th in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 18, Gray Attempt controlled the pace from the start under Jon Court and […]

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Super Steed, Gray Attempt Both Targeting Rebel After Bookend Finishes In Southwest

Super Steed and Gray Attempt returned to the track Sunday morning for the first time since finishing first and 11th, respectively, in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn. Trainer Larry Jones said before training hours that Super Steed “would just stretch his legs a little bit” as he begins preparations for […]

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Super Steed Launches 62-1 Southwest Stakes Shocker

Making a bold five-wide move on the far turn under jockey Terry Thompson, Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed – a 62-1 longshot trained by Larry Jones – upset Monday’s $500,000, Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Super Steed defeated West Coast invader Sueno by three-quarters of a length, […]

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Asmussen Tries To Derail Gray Attempt With Southwest Stakes Quintet

Gray Attempt has nothing but 1s in his last three running lines, and Monday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., he will try to finish No. 1 again in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. Probable post time for the Southwest, the ninth of 10 races on a special […]

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Fires Turns To Old Friend To Help With Southwest Stakes Contender

After Gray Attempt became tougher to handle in the morning following his victory in the $125,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 25 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., trainer Jinks Fires turned to an old friend for help with the Graydar colt. Enter trainer John Henry Prather, 66, who has regularly galloped Gray Attempt the […]

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