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Bemma’s Boy Upsets Stablemate Zulu Alpha In Pan American

Paradise Farms Corp.’s Bemma’s Boy surged late to upset heavily favored stablemate Zulu Alpha in Saturday’s $200,000 Kitten’s Joy Pan American (G2) at Gulfstream Park at Gulfstream Park. The 59th running of the Pan American, a 1 1/2-mile turf stakes for 4-year-olds and up, was one of 10 stakes, six graded, worth $1.825 million, on […]

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Ward Noses Out Maker For Truncated Turfway Training Title

The last race on what became the last day of the Turfway Park 2020 winter/spring meet and the last at the existing facility put Wesley Ward alone at the top of the standings for his fourth leading trainer title at the Northern Kentucky track. Ward broke a tie with Mike Maker when Fitri Hay’s Zipaway […]

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‘The Horse Likes To Win’: Maker Expects Big Things From Zulu Alpha In Grade 2 Pan American

Even if it wasn’t in the original plans, the connections for claimer-turned-Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Zulu Alpha couldn’t have found a better landing spot than Saturday’s $200,000 Kitten’s Joy Pan American at Gulfstream Park. The 59th running of the 1 ½-mile Pan American for 4-year-olds and up on turf is part of a blockbuster 14-race program that […]

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Pegasus Turf Winner Zulu Alpha ‘Holding Form,’ To Start In Saturday’s Pan American

Michael Hui’s claimer-turned-Grade-1-winner Zulu Alpha had been pointing to the G1 Old Forester Turf Classic on the undercard for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, reports drf.com, but the postponement of the Run for the Roses had trainer Mike Maker seeking out an alternative. Now the 7-year-old gelding is expected to start in this Saturday’s G2 […]

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Field Pass Gives Maker A Sixth Victory In Jeff Ruby Steaks

Three Diamonds Farm’s Field Pass transferred his turf form to the polytrack at Turfway Park on Saturday, running down the favorite Invader to win the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks. The 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., ran nine furlongs in 1:49.34 to earn his second straight stakes victory. It […]

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Maker Pointing Three To Jeff Ruby Steaks, Hoping For Sixth Career Victories In The Race

Trainer Mike Maker, annually one of the top conditioners at Turfway Park, entered a trio of horses in Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) in search of his sixth victory in the race and, more importantly, will attempt to take one step closer to “Smiley” Adams’ record of seven training victories in the race. “With the […]

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Ward ‘Always Had A Good Feeling’ About Jeff Ruby Steaks Candidate Invader

Invader needed five races to break his maiden, the win coming at Turfway Park Dec. 4, but when he woke up he did so dramatically. Facing 11 rivals, he obliterated the maiden special weight field by nearly 13 lengths. In his next start, the first of his sophomore season, he dominated Turfway’s John Battaglia Memorial […]

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Jeff Ruby Steaks: One-Eyed Finnick The Fierce ‘Seems To Have Taken To The Polytrack’

The field for the $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park is coming together, with 10 to 12 horses expected to seek the race’s points toward the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). Entries for the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds will be drawn Wednesday, March 11. The Jeff Ruby Steaks is the […]

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Zulu Alpha Goes Widest Of All To Win Mac Diarmida

Michael Hui’s Zulu Alpha, the celebrated winner of last month’s Pegasus Turf, proved his class once again by defending his title in Saturday’s Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream. Zulu Alpha ran near the back of the nine-horse field early before sweeping to the lead on the far outside around the turn and outrunning […]

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