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Checkmate, General Assembly Added To Saratoga’s Hoofprints Walk Of Fame

The Saratoga 150 Committee today announced the two newest inductees to the Hoofprints Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course: champion horse Checkmate and Travers winner General Assembly. Modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hoofprints Walk of Fame was installed outside the clubhouse gates to Saratoga Race Course in 2013 in conjunction with […]

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Hall Of Famer LeRoy Jolley Dies: Trained Derby Winners Genuine Risk, Foolish Pleasure

According to various reports, Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer LeRoy Jolley, who won the Kentucky Derby with Foolish Pleasure and Genuine Risk, died in Albany, N.Y., on Monday after recently being diagnosed with cancer. He was 79 years old. Jolley was born Jan. 14, 1938, in Hot Springs, Ark., and grew up at the racetrack, […]

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Baffert Plans To Train Arrogate Up To Breeders’ Cup Classic

On the morning following Arrogate’s stakes record-smashing performance in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets at Saratoga Race Course, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star. “I watched the race again a couple of times and I still can’t believe the way he […]

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Forever Young: Hall Of Famers Jolley And Vasquez Together Again At Keeneland

Apparently, Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley is not the retiring type. “I got bored. I don’t play golf anymore and I don’t fish, so I went back to doing what I know,” the 78-year-old Jolley said Wednesday morning at Barn 5 at Keeneland. Jolley, who had no starters in 2013 and 2014, resumed training […]

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Champion Gulch, Oldest Breeders’ Cup Winner, Dies At 32

It is with a heavy heart that Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, announced Sunday the passing of Gulch. The 1988 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion and Eclipse Award winner was euthanized this morning due to complications from cancer. At 32, Gulch was the oldest living Breeders’ Cup Champion. A son of Mr. Prospector out of […]

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By Ray Paulick In the winter and spring of 1980, as a relatively new racing fan living in Southern California I was confident that I had discovered the certain winner of that year’s Kentucky Derby: a colt named Rumbo, who had a few mental quirks but possessed a powerful stretch run. Rumbo finished second in […]

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