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Stakes Winner Dunph Joins Potential Cast For Springboard Mile

The No. 7 trainer in the country in horses’ money earned this year, Michael Maker, may be pointing one of his 2-year-olds to the $400,000 Springboard Mile on Remington Park’s final day of the season, Sunday, Dec. 16. Dunph, a juvenile gelding by Temple City, out of the Sky Mesa mare Skymynx, has emerged as […]

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Henley’s Joy Rebounds From Breeders’ Cup To Dominate Pulpit Stakes

Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy rebounded from an off-the-board finish in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) this Saturday, scoring a dominating 4 ½-length victory in the $75,000 Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The Pulpit, a mile turf event for 2-year-olds, was one of six stakes for juveniles that preceded the $600,000 Clasico […]

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Landeros Preparing For ‘Working Vacation’ With Family At Gulfstream Park

Jockey Chris Landeros will be off to a busy start at his second straight Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park, with mounts in seven of Saturday’s 11 races including five of the nine Claiming Crown stakes as he seeks to improve on his 2017-18 numbers. In his first full winter at Gulfstream, riding primarily for his […]

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Irad Ortiz, Asmussen Score First Titles In Penn Gaming Challenge

Following 24 stakes at five different tracks that saw nearly $5 million in purse money given out, some new names stand atop the final standings at the completion of the 2018 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. claimed the title as the top rider in the series for the first time. Ortiz’s […]

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Dollar Fridays And More Part Of Turfway Park’s 43rd Holiday Meet

Kentucky’s year round Thoroughbred racing circuit makes its annual stop at Turfway Park (“Turfway”) beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28, the start of the Northern Kentucky track’s 43rd holiday meet. Turfway will offer eight races nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, with first post at 6:10 p.m. ET. Racing is also scheduled for New Year’s Eve, a Monday, with post time […]

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‘Developing’ Dunph Seeking Derby Trail Head Start In Kentucky Jockey Club

Three Diamonds Farm and Joseph Besecker’s undefeated 2-year-old colt Dunph will attempt to land his third career victory in next Saturday’s $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs – a race that awards 10 points to the winner on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve.” “It would be nice […]

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Bigger Picture Hopes To Distinguish Himself In Full Field For G3 Red Smith Handicap

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bigger Picture will make his 16th consecutive graded stakes start as one of three entrants for trainer Mike Maker as part of a full 16-horse field in the Grade 3, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 59th running of the Red Smith, for 3-year-olds and up contested at […]

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Painting Corners Heads Wide Open Field Of 10 In Saturday’s Ken Maddy

In what appears to be one of the best betting races on Saturday’s 11-race program, Painting Corners, Rubilinda, I’m Betty G and Storm the Hill head a wide-open field of 10 fillies and mares three and up going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in the G3 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes. Trained […]

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Dunph Impresses With 7 3/4-Length Win In Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes

Joseph Besecker and Three Diamonds Farm’s Dunph tracked early leader B. B. Dude, took command midway around the turn and impressively kicked clear in deep stretch to comfortably win Sunday’s third running of the $300,000 Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes by 7 ¾ lengths over Naughty Joker on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet. […]

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Daring Duchess Looks For Redemption, One Of Three Maker Entries In Grade 3 Dowager

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s multiple graded stakes-placed Daring Duchess heads a field of 10 entered Thursday for Sunday’s 27th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares going 1½ miles on the grass. The Rood & Riddle Dowager will go as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post […]

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