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Wall, McKay Elected To Joe Hirsch Media Roll Of Honor At National Museum Of Racing

Esteemed media members Dr. Maryjean Wall and the late Jim McKay have been elected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Wall, a three-time Eclipse Award winner and the first woman to be accepted to the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, grew up in […]

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Wincze Hughes: American Pharoah Could Be Key To Derby Success For Zayats

The Zayat family finished second in the Kentucky Derby three times in four years: first with Pioneerof the Nile in 2009, then Nehro in 2011 and Bodemeister in 2012. And in 2010, their Eskendereya, the early Derby favorite, was scratched the Sunday before the race due to a leg injury. “It would be fitting,” wrote […]

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Wincze Hughes: Declining Foal Crops Hurt Racetracks, Strengthen Sales

In a column for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Alicia Wincze Hughes writes that “the foal crop hasn’t been in the 22,000 range since 1968, a time when stallion books were a fraction of the size of the number of mares many sires now cover. Whether this data is positive or negative for the industry depends on […]

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Whitney: Palace Malice, Will Take Charge Grow Better With Age

“There is no disputing Palace Malice and Will Take Charge as the most accomplished runners in Saturday’s nine-horse lineup for the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap,” wrote Alicia Wincze Hughes for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Palace Malice is the morning-line favorite for the race, coming off four straight wins in 2014, including the Grade 1 Met Mile […]

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Tapit Offspring Providing Banner Year for Winchell Thoroughbreds

23 years ago, Winchell Thoroughbreds enjoyed success at racing’s highest level with Grade 1 runners such as Tight Spot, Sea Cadet, and Olympio. This year, they are doing similarly well, as homebred sire Tapit has sired some of the leading runners in 2014, including their own Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable. Untapable will start in Sunday’s […]

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Borel and Agent Hissam a Winning Team

Jerry Hissam has been jockey Calvin Borel’s agent for 23 years. They’ve stood together through many wins, including Borel’s three victories in the Kentucky Derby in the span of four years. Now Borel has a leg up on Ride On Curlin in the Derby and Sugar Shock in the Oaks, thanks to the efforts of […]

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Stewart Elliott Enjoys Spring Success at Keeneland

Stewart Elliott, best known for riding Smarty Jones to victories in the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is on fire at the current Keeneland Spring Meet. He trails leading rider Julien Leparoux by just five wins, and his latest success came in Friday’s featured Grade 3 Doubledogdare stakes above Sisterly Love. “I was hoping […]

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Keeneland Patrons Enjoy Sunny Saturday at the Races

It was a good day to be at Keeneland on Blue Grass Saturday. The sun was out, flowers were in bloom, and spring finally seemed to be here. Thousands of racing fans shared in the track’s beauty – 39,722 of them, actually, which is the second-highest attendance at Keeneland in its history. Everyone from children […]

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Points System Leaves Derby Slots Highly Contested

There were supporters and skeptics of the points system put in place last year for the Kentucky Derby trail. The points, which replaced the old graded earnings system, put more emphasis on the preps closer to the main event. Last year, Giant Finish squeezed into the field with just 10 points; this year, as reported […]

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Opinion: KY Racing Shouldn’t Put All Eggs in Casino Basket

In the Lexington Herald-Leader on Sunday, the editorial board recommended a cautious approach towards gaming legislation that will likely appear in Kentucky’s legislative session next year. In 2010, the Herald-Leader endorsed a proposal to expand gambling in the commonwealth to include slot machines at racetracks, but cautions against future proposals that may provide a larger […]

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