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Dickinson: Racing On Dirt ‘Past Its Sell-By Date’; Politicians Will Force Change To Synthetics

Former trainer Michael Dickinson, who with his wife owns Tapeta Footings, told a panel Wednesday the “revolution against dirt” over safety concerns has already started, and that it’s unlikely racetracks will make the change to synthetics without political pressure. As reported by the Daily Racing Form, Dickinson was part of some heated exchanges during a […]

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Lift Up Rallies From Last To Take Maple Leaf At Woodbine

Rallying through the pack from last to first, Lift Up delivered on her pari-mutuel promise with a masterful ride from Patrick Husbands in the $125,000 Maple Leaf Stakes (Grade 3) for trainer Michael Dickinson on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. Owned by Augustin Stables, Dickinson trainees Lift Up and Theodora B. finished first […]

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Pamina Nails Favored Katie Baby For The Photo In Ontario Matron

Augustin Stable’s four-year-old filly Pamina outduelled favorite Katie Baby to prevail in a photo finish in the $125,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (Grade 3) featured on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack. Jockey Luis Contreras had the Michael Dickinson trainee in contention, sitting outside of the 2-1 favorite down the backstretch in the 1-1/16-mile Tapeta test for fillies […]

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‘Blows Up In Your Face Without Any Warning’: The Ongoing Debate Over Synthetics Vs Dirt In Horse Racing

With the Thoroughbred racing industry still trying to pin down the reasons behind the fatalities at Santa Anita this year, Tim Sullivan writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal about reasons behind synthetic tracks falling out of favor in North America racing. Sullivan points out there are only five racetracks competing on synthetic, despite clear and concrete […]

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Archaggelos Splits Rivals For Grey Stakes Victory

Monticule’s homebred colt Archaggelos came through between horses in the stretch to win the $125,000 Grey Stakes (Grade 3) for two-year-olds featured on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Rafael Hernandez worked out the ground-saving trip in the 1-1/16 mile event aboard the Michael Dickinson trainee, who bided his time in fifth-place as the leaders stacked four-wide moving […]

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Judge Rules Dickinson Lawsuit Against Keeneland Can Proceed

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by Keeneland Association to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Michael W. Dickinson Inc., stemming from Dickinson’s attempt to collect $395,874.18 (plus interest) from Keeneland in a breach of contract judgment against Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, a limited liability company co-owned by a subsidiary of Keeneland. Martin […]

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Filly Bred By Shackleford Fan Club Debuts Saturday At Penn National

Dawn Newman, managing partner of Shack Baby Productions, LLC and owner of Fox Tale Thoroughbred Stallion Station in Coopersburg, Penn., announced Friday the much anticipated race debut of their 3-year-old filly, Unshackled. Unshackled is by Shackleford out of Suzy’s Mandate (Full Mandate) and is set for a start on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Penn National […]

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Knocking Back A Cold One: What Does Beer Do For Horses?

This New Year’s Eve, many of us will indulge in our favorite beverage, be it rum, bourbon, or Kahlua. Horses are no different. A lot of them like a brewski with their meal. “In Ireland it’s quite common for people to put Guinness in their horses’ feed at night just because they think they do […]

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‘I Look At What I’ve Gained’: Banned For 12 Years, Jockey Egan Slowly Rebuilding His Life

Jockey Darren Egan was widely thought to be one of the top apprentice riders in Great Britain in 2012. Egan notched 47 wins that year before being sideline with a broken collarbone in October. Egan returned to the saddle in the spring of 2013 and seemingly picked up where he left off. However, in August the news broke […]

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