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Ruben Fuentes’ Stakes Double Earns Jockey Of The Week Title

One of two jockeys to win two stakes last week, Ruben Fuentes was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for January 7 – 13, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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Accelerate To Work ‘Long’ On Friday; Malibu Winner McKinzie Still On Fence

With rain forecast in Southern California starting Friday evening in an erratic weather pattern forecast over the next few days, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate will work at Santa Anita on Friday morning at 6:30 instead of Saturday, as previously scheduled, in advance of the $9-million Pegasus […]

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Paved Aims To ‘Regroup’ From Breeders’ Cup Trip In American Oaks

The trouble line for Paved explains her disappointing 12th-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on a good course Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs: bumped, checked 1st turn.” Draw a line through the race, says Michael McCarthy, trainer of the Quality Road filly, who is set to rebound in Saturday’s Grade I […]

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Horsemen, Jockeys Begin Santa Anita Meet With Excitement, High Hopes

With the San Gabriel Mountains offering varying shades of green from recent rains, Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., was abuzz with activity Wednesday morning as The Great Race Place readied for its 82nd Winter Meet opener.  Sunrise revealed clear blue skies and a temperature at Clockers’ Corner of 43 degrees as horsemen, mindful of an early […]

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Axelrod Shortening Up For McCarthy As He Seeks First Grade 1 In Malibu

Axelrod, a 3-year-old Florida-bred son of Warrior’s Reward who has raced at a mile or longer nine times in an 11-race career including the mile and a quarter Breeders’ Cup Classic last out on Nov. 3, shortens up to seven furlongs in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26. […]

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City Of Light Working Toward Accelerate Rematch In Pegasus World Cup

City of Light, who handed Horse of the Year contender Accelerate his only loss this year with a neck victory in the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap last April 14, was scheduled to work at Santa Anita Thursday morning for a possible rematch in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26. […]

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The Lieutenant, Half To Justify, Retired To Sequel New York

The Lieutenant, a Grade 3 winner and half-brother to Triple Crown winner Justify, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2019 breeding season at Sequel New York in Hudson, N.Y. By the champion 2-year-old and Kentucky Derby-winning Darley stallion Street Sense, The Lieutenant is out of the stakes placed Ghostzapper mare, Stage Magic, […]

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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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Castellano Gets Acquainted With City Of Light; Promises Fulfilled, Seven Trumpets ‘Phenomenal’

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s two-time Grade I winner City of Light had a get-acquainted session with jockey Javier Castellano Sunday morning, working a half-mile in :47.60 after the second renovation break at Churchill Downs. In posting the third fastest of 113 works at the distance, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile contender City of […]

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City Of Light To Stand At Lane’s End Upon Retirement

Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire City of Light (Quality Road—Paris Notion, by Dehere) will join his sire Quality Road at Lane’s End Farm upon the conclusion of his racing career. “We are thrilled to have the best son by our top young stallion join our roster,” said Will Farish. “City of Light has a tremendous amount […]

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