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Bigger Picture Finds Clear Running Late For Elkhorn Triumph

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bigger Picture is still going strong at eight years of age, as the gelding demonstrated with a win in Saturday’s G2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland. The Mike Maker-trained son of Badge of Silver, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, had no room to run heading into the far turn but got clear in the […]

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Louder Than Bombs Hopes To Make Noise Against Henley’s Joy, Transylvania Field

On another so-cold-you-can-see-your-breath morning at Keeneland, David Fawkes was holding the shank on one of his runners at the east end of the Keeneland stakes barn. “I haven’t raced here in three years since Sheer Drama won the Madison (G1),” Fawkes said Tuesday morning. “The morning after was like this and (jockey) Joe (Bravo) was her hot walker.” […]

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Reylu Gutierrez Celebrates ‘Emotional’ First Graded Stakes Win

Reylu Gutierrez experienced the ups and downs of racing on Saturday’s Gotham Day card at Aqueduct while plying his trade for the final time as an apprentice. The 23-year-old rider, whose father, Luis, is a trainer at Finger Lakes, had eight mounts on the card including the call on Do Share in the Grade 3 […]

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Favored Somelikeithotbrown Gives Maker Fifth Jeff Ruby Steaks Victory

Trainer Mike Maker saddled his fifth winner of the G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks this weekend when he sent out Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Somelikeithotbrown to a three-length triumph in Turfway Park’s signature Kentucky Derby prep race. The 3-year-old son of Big Brown was favored at 3-5, and under Tyler Gaffalione the colt covered […]

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Do Share Carries Gutierrez To First Graded Win In Tom Fool

Three Diamond Farm’s Do Share ran down three horses with a strong stretch-drive surge, clearing away for an impressive 6 1/2-length win in the 44th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap for 4-year-olds and up on Saturday, Gotham Day, at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 6-year-old Candy Ride gelding earned his first trip to […]

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‘Very Agile’ Somelikeithotbrown Takes Aim On Jeff Ruby Steaks

The gate for Saturday’s 48th running of the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park is approaching full, with 11 so far expected to enter. The 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds offers 34 points toward the Kentucky Derby: 20 to the winner, eight to the runner-up, four for third place and two for […]

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Favored Zulu Alpha Does Just Enough To Win Mac Diarmida

The even-money favorite at post time, Michael Hui’s Zulu Alpha captured the G2 Mac Diarmida on Saturday by about a length for his third graded stakes win in his last four starts. Ridden by Irad Ortiz, the 6-year-old gelded son of Street Cry covered 1 3/8 miles over Gulfstream’s firm turf in 2:16.39 for trainer […]

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Somelikeithotbrown Kicks Off 2019 With Battaglia Memorial Victory

A smart, measured ride by jockey Rafael Hernandez put Somelikeithotbrown in the winner’s circle of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (listed) Friday at Turfway Park. The race was the colt’s first stakes victory and his first start since he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) November 2. Somelikeithotbrown finished 3 1/2 lengths […]

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Two-Time Turf Stakes Winner Henley’s Joy To ‘Take The Shot’ In Risen Star

This time of the year, it’s natural for Thoroughbred owners with promising sophomores to begin having Kentucky Derby hopes and dreams and Jeff Bloom is no exception. Despite having raced exclusively on turf, he’s giving dual stakes winner Henley’s Joy the chance to prove himself on the main track in Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 Risen […]

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Hembree Sets Track Record In Gulfstream’s El Prado

Three Diamonds Farm’s Hembree rallied from far back in the stretch to capture Saturday’s $100,000 El Prado Stakes at Gulfstream Park, setting a track record for 7 ½ furlongs on turf in the process. Trained by Michael Maker, the Grade 2 stakes winner ran 7 ½ furlongs on a firm turf in 1:27.06 horses, eclipsing […]

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