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Derby Hopeful Independence Hall Among The Horses ‘Testing The Waters’ Saturday At Tampa Bay

Unbeaten Independence Hall drew the No. 4 post position for Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the centerpiece of Festival Preview Day 40 at Tampa Bay Downs. Eight 3-year-old Thoroughbreds are entered in the Sam F. Davis, a mile-and-a-sixteenth race on the main track. The Sam F. Davis is part of the “Road to […]

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Independence Hall Nears Perfection In His Final Work Before Tampa’s Sam F. Davis

Perfection is difficult to achieve on the racetrack, so trainer Michael Trombetta settled for the next-best thing this morning in Independence Hall’s final workout for Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. “He kicked on nice. I’m very happy with the breeze,” Trombetta said after his assistant, Sarah Shaffer, worked the 3-year-old colt in […]

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Undefeated Independence Hall Expected To Headline Saturday’s Sam F. Davis Stakes

Unbeaten 3-year-old Independence Hall is expected to be the headliner on next Saturday’s Festival Preview Day card at Tampa Bay Downs. The stakes-laden program consists of three graded events, topped by the 40th edition of the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds, which is a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race. […]

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Pink Sands Circles Field For Inside Information Victory

Gainesway Stable and Andrew Rosen’s Pink Sands may have been last of the 12-horse field down the backstretch, but the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit ran down all of her rivals to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes by about three lengths. Ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Shug McGaughey, Pink Sands was sent to […]

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Commentary: ‘Uncalled For’ Jockeys’ Actions At Gulfstream ‘A Bad Look’ For Racing

Saturday’s final race at Gulfstream Park caused a bit of social media uproar, based on the actions of jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. The elder Ortiz brother, riding Carom, appeared to box in along the rail Paco Lopez on Shazier near the quarter pole, enabling his younger brother, Jose Ortiz, […]

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Independence Hall Returns For Wednesday’s Jerome Stakes At Aqueduct

New York’s road to the Kentucky Derby continues New Year’s Day at Aqueduct Racetrack as a field of seven newly-minted 3-year-olds contest the 150th running of the $150,000 Jerome on Wednesday at the Big A. Carded as Race 7 with a scheduled post time of 3:55 p.m. Eastern, the one-mile Jerome is the second of […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: The Races To Fill Out The Podium

Following the rush of graded stakes races that occurred during and around the Breeders’ Cup in early November, the racing calendar eased off the gas pedal in the latter part of the month, and the very top of the American Graded Stakes Standings went practically unchanged. Without much activity at the very top of the […]

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Dream Bigger Wins Stakes Prep For NYSS Great White Way

Repole Stable’s Dream Bigger challenged pacesetter Moonachie up front, gained command out of the turn and held off Scilly Cay’s late charge to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Notebook by 1 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct Racetrack. The sixth running of the Notebook, for juvenile New York breds, saw Moonachie break well and surge to the front, with […]

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Jack And Noah Goes All The Way In Atlantic Beach

Gary Barber’s Jack and Noah broke sharply from the gate and never looked back notching his first stakes victory in the 2nd running of the $100,000 Atlantic Beach over the outer turf at Aqueduct Racetrack. The French-bred juvenile son of Bated Breath arrived at the six-furlong turf sprint with two starts under his belt. After […]

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