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Breeders’ Cup Buzz Presented By TVG: Needing A Miracle In The Mile

The TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile is one of the most coveted races to win on the Breeders’ Cup card – but what if your life depended on winning it? In the Breeders’ Cup Buzz this week, we’re speaking to notable Thoroughbred industry names about their experiences with the World Championships and posing a few hypothetical […]

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Classic Notes: Math Wizard, Owendale Get First Looks At Santa Anita

Code of Honor – William Farish’s homebred colt jogged for a while Wednesday morning, then galloped 1 1/2 miles for exercise rider Lexi Pradun. Rider and horse returned to the barn area through the paddock at Santa Anita and returned to the paddock in mid-morning for more schooling in preparation for Saturday’s $6 million Longines […]

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Phipps, Velazquez, Theroux-Reynolds Elected To NY Race Track Chaplaincy Board

Will Phipps II, Kathy Theroux-Reynolds and Johnny Velazquez have been elected to the board of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America, it was announced today by Ramón Dominguez, the acting president of the organization. “These three individuals share a deep personal commitment to humanitarian causes and they will be a great asset to […]

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McGaughey Puts Code Of Honor ‘In The Game’ With Penultimate Classic Workout

Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Code of Honor put in his penultimate workout on Monday, ridden by John Velazquez over a sloppy surface at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old Noble Mission colt covered five furlongs in 1:00.26, according to drf.com. “I thought he went awful well,” said trainer Shug McGaughey. “I needed to make sure going out there […]

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Irish Xenobia Scores First North American Win In Athenia

Augustin Stable’s Xenobia opened up a lead by the half-mile mark and repelled a late charge from Sweet Bye and Bye in the rain to post a 1 ½-length victory in Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Athenia for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Belmont Park. A group stakes winner in her native Ireland, Xenobia […]

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Bodexpress Behaves, Breaks His Maiden At Gulfstream Park West

Bodexpress shed his bad-boy image as well as the dubious distinction of being the world’s most famous maiden, Monday at Gulfstream Park West, graduating by three lengths in Race 2 while offering a commanding, drama-free performance. “It was important to me,” a relieved trainer Gustavo Delgado said. “Now he is very good. He broke from […]

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Bodexpress ‘More Mature’ Ahead Of Monday’s Maiden Race

Bodexpress is scheduled to make a run at a belated graduation on Monday’s Columbus Day program at Gulfstream Park West, but the 3-year-old son of Bodemeister is hardly just another unaccomplished maiden. Owned by Top Racing LLC, Global Thoroughbreds and trainer Gustavo Delgado’s GDS Racing Stable, Bodexpress will bring a rather imposing resume into the […]

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Fan-Favorite Bodexpress Will Make His First Start Since Preakness On Monday

Bodexpress, who finished a clear second behind Maximum Security in this year’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream, is slated to make his first start since the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) on Monday’s Columbus Day program at Gulfstream Park West. Bodexpress, who reared at the start of the Preakness and unseated jockey John […]

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Cambier Parc Delivers As Favorite In Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

Larry Best’s Cambier Parc made it back-to-back Grade 1 wins on Saturday, adding the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup to her resume with a 3/4-length score at Keeneland. The 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro won the G1 Del Mar Oaks in her prior start, and was favored at 9-5 in the QEII. Trained by Chad […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Midnight Bisou Keeps On Winning

It’s getting to the point of the year when the serious Horse of the Year contenders start staking their claims in earnest, and top filly Midnight Bisou has done nothing to knock her case so far. The 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is an impressive seven-for-seven in graded stakes competition this year through the end […]

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