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Kentucky Downs Sets New Marks For Wagering, Purses, Field Size

Kentucky Downs smashed its handle record for the sixth straight year, with a total of $36,421,722 wagered on the five-date meet. All-sources betting of $7,021,553 on Thursday was a record for the closing card. The total tops by 20 percent last year’s $30,246,888. Consider that Kentucky Downs set a betting record in 2013 of $12,814,891. […]

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Maker-Trained Bigger Picture Aims For Repeat In United Nations

Almost a full year later, trainer Michael Maker still has his doubts when he watches the replay of the 2017 United Nations Stakes that Bigger Picture will find a way to get through on the rail to win the Grade 1 race. “I still wonder how he got there,” said Maker. “Let’s just say there […]

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Gaffalione Shines At Canterbury For Jockey Of The Week Title

One of only several jockeys to win multiple stakes last week, and on a night dedicated to raising money for disabled jockeys, Tyler Gaffalione was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week title for June 18 – 24, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by […]

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Ramseys Send Out Trio Of Queen’s Plate Contenders

Owner-breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who won the 2016 Queen’s Plate with Sir Dudley Digges, will send out three starters in Sunday’s Gallop for the Guineas. The familiar red and white Ramsey silks are back at Woodbine for the 159th running of the Plate, this time in the form of Boyhood Dream, Marriage Counselor and […]

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Wilbo, Hogy Headline Pair Of Stakes On Churchill’s ‘Downs After Dark’ Saturday

Chris Wilkins’ multiple stakes winner Wilbo heads a competitive field of seven older sprinters that were entered in Saturday night’s 30th running of the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong Aristides, named after the first Kentucky Derby winner in 1875, is the first of two stakes events on Saturday’s 11-race Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser […]

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‘Dream Weekend’ In Store For Ramseys, Maker At Woodbine?

The well-travelled Gianna’s Dream, trained by Mike Maker and owned by Jordan Wycoff, will get her first test on Canadian turf in Saturday’s $175,000 Grade 2 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine. A lifetime winner of nine races from 20 starts, the five-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy will look for a sweeter result than her past two […]

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Louisiana Court Affirms 2014 Stakes Win For Disqualified Coalport, Napravnik, Ramseys

A court in Louisiana ruled Wednesday that stewards got it wrong when they disqualified Coalport and jockey Rosie Napravnik from first place in the 2014 Unbridled Stakes at Louisiana Downs. According to KTBS, a panel of three judges for the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal agreed Coalport indeed committed a foul in the race […]

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Heart To Heart Will Take On Hogy, Om In Maker’s 46 Mile

Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart headlines a field of 10 horses entered Sunday for Friday’s 30th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) on the turf at Keeneland. The Maker’s 46 Mile will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m. A 10-time graded stakes winner for trainer Brian Lynch, […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Double For Pletcher

Everything is relative when it comes to assessing the success of Todd Pletcher. He set a record for most American Graded Stakes wins by a trainer when he sent out 57 AGS winners in 2006. The following year, Pletcher runners earned $28,116,097, breaking his own single-season earnings record. He won seven Eclipse Awards from 2004 […]

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Go Noni Go Scores A Double For Maker In Bourbonette Oaks

Trainer Mike Maker earned his second straight stakes win on the Jeff Ruby Steaks undercard when Three Diamonds Farm’s Go Noni Go took the DRF Bets Bourbonette Oaks (G3) by two lengths over In the Mood. Homemade Salsa, also from the Maker barn, was a neck farther back in third. Hey Negrita completed the superfecta. Final time […]

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