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‘Like Kentucky Derby Day’: Davis Recounts Riding Stakes Races In South Korea

Regular NYRA circuit jockey Dylan Davis is back at Belmont Park following an eye-opening trip to South Korea, where he rode for the first time outside of North America in the Group 1 Keeneland Korea Sprint on September 10. While riding at Saratoga Race Course this summer Davis was approached by trainer Kenny McPeek about […]

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Girvin, Battle Of Midway Lead Nominees To 2017 Oklahoma Derby

The nomination list for the 2017 Oklahoma Derby has been released by the Remington Park racing office. The list of 38 contains many accomplished 3-year-olds who have won graded races of every level, including many runner who competed on the Triple Crown trail earlier this year. The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby headlines a program […]

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Ruis ‘Very Excited’ To Take A Futurity Shot With Bolt D’Oro

The newly-formed Ruis Racing Stable of owner Mick Ruis, Sr., pulled off a big surprise when its Union Strike, trained by Ruis’ daughter Shelbe, won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante last summer. Mick is back, doing the training himself, and looking forward to taking a shot at another 2-year-old championship when he saddles Bolt […]

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‘Never Felt Anything That Exciting’: Herbstreit’s ‘Soul’ Showing Promise On The Track

ESPN/ABC lead analyst Kirk Herbstreit is a relative newcomer to the sport of horse racing, and is finding the thrill of the game quite intoxicating as the part-owner of promising 2-year-old colt Soul Streit. Named in honor of ESPN College Gameday’s Lee Corso, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, the son of Maclean’s Music broke […]

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‘Road To The Kentucky Derby’ Adds European Series To Points System For 2018

Churchill Downs is eager to stimulate added international interest in next year’s $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) through the creation of a path to gain a berth in America’s greatest race for horses based in Europe and the expansion of its current series for Japan’s top dirt horses. Those initiatives […]

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Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming To Stand At WinStar Farm Upon Retirement

WinStar Farm has entered into an agreement to acquire the breeding rights to 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming. “We are excited to add another potentially breed-shaping stallion from the dominant Unbridled line, which has proven to be today’s preeminent classic sire line,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. […]

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Classic Empire ‘Not Going To Make The Pennsylvania Derby’

Temperamental 3-year-old Classic Empire has officially been taken out of consideration for the Sept. 23 Pennsylvania Derby, trainer Mark Casse told drf.com on Monday. The Pioneerof the Nile colt had recently shipped from Saratoga, where he’d refused to train on several occasions, back to Casse’s farm in Ocala. It was a move that worked for […]

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Pletcher ‘Can’t Offer Much Excuse’ For Always Dreaming; Colt To Undergo Physical Exam

Always Dreaming will head to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky on Monday, where he will receive a physical examination and then have a break, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday morning. Always Dreaming finished ninth, 18 lengths behind winner West Coast, in the Grade 1 Travers on Saturday at Saratoga. Since the Run for the Roses, […]

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Battle Of Midway Adds Blinkers, Romps In Shared Belief Stakes

Third in the Kentucky Derby back in May, WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable’s Battle of Midway rebounded from a sixth-place finish in the Haskell to win Saturday’s $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar. The 3-year-old son of Smart Strike, ridden by Flavien Prat, galloped to an open-lengths victory following the addition of blinkers […]

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Kentucky Derby Museum Plans ‘Eclipse’ Viewing Tour On Aug. 21

The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs will host a special tour on Monday, Aug. 21. Participants will be able to view the total solar eclipse, when the moon crosses in front of the sun, from the racetrack’s infield, according to wfpl.org. Additionally, the Derby Museum will put its own spin on the event with a […]

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