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Fierce Lady Stretches Out For Wednesday’s Joseph A. Gimma Stakes

Nice Guys Stables and Steve Hornstock’s Fierce Lady will look to double up on stakes wins in Wednesday’s $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma for New York-bred juvenile fillies at Belmont Park. Trained by Dermot Magner, the dark bay daughter of Competitive Edge romped on the front end by 6 lengths in her June 22 debut at […]

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11-Year-Old Millionaire Slim Shadey Pensioned To Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY., today welcomed long-time turf hero Slim Shadey. The 11-year-old gelding was pensioned by current owner Michael Hui after a nine-year career. Slim Shadey made his final start on August 2 at Indiana Grand. A two-time graded-stakes winner, Slim Shadey was bred in Great Britain by […]

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Maker Produces Zulu Alpha To Dominate Kentucky Turf Cup

Mike Maker, the winningest trainer in Kentucky Downs history, experienced a frustrating first two days of the current Kentucky Downs meet, going winless with his first 19 starters and feeling unlucky with seven of his horses running second. That frustration was put aside when Zulu Alpha rolled to an authoritative 3 1/4-length victory for the […]

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A Thread Of Blue, Henley’s Joy Ready For Rematch In Jockey Club Derby

Leonard C. Green’s A Thread of Blue and Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy square off in Saturday’s $1 million Jockey Club Derby Invitational, the third and final leg of the Turf Trinity at Belmont Park. The 37-day Belmont fall meet begins Friday, offering 45 stakes worth $11.525 million in purse money and eight Breeders’ Cup […]

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The Black Album, Grey Magician Top Nominees To Caesars Stakes

Indiana’s richest turf race, the $200,000-guaranteed Caesars Stakes (Listed), has drawn 35 nominations. The 14th running of the event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Indiana Grand. More than a dozen horses on the list have Graded Stakes experience, including the French-bred colt The Black Album from the Rodolphe Brisset Stable. The Wootton Bassett […]

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Eight Juveniles Line Up For Black Type In Saratoga’s With Anticipation

Field Pass and Our Country, both coming off maiden wins at the track and distance, head a field of eight set to line up for Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 With Anticipation at Saratoga Race Course. The 15th running of the With Anticipation for 2-year-olds scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon turf course serves […]

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Middle Leg Of NYRA’s Turf Trinity Draws International Cast On Sunday

Henley’s Joy captured the opening leg of the New York Racing Association’s newly implemented Turf Triple series with a career-best effort in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby last out and will look to add the second jewel in Sunday’s first running of the $1 million Saratoga Derby at Saratoga Race Course. The Turf Trinity for […]

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Henley’s Joy ‘On Target’ For Saratoga Derby, To Be Joined By New Stablemate Kadar

Trainer Mike Maker will be represented by a pair of strong contenders in the second leg of the Turf Trinity in the $1 million Saratoga Derby set for Sunday, August 4, when he saddles Henley’s Joy and newcomer Kadar. Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy was a three-quarter length winner of the first leg of the […]

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Debut Winner Time Limit Steps Into Stakes Company In Thursday’s Stillwater

Three Diamonds Farm’s Time Limit will look to build on an impressive 6 ¼-length debut win when she steps up in class as part of a six-horse field in the $100,000 Stillwater for New York-bred juvenile fillies on Thursday at Saratoga Race Course. Contested at six furlongs on the main track, the recently renamed Stillwater […]

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Beschizza Rallies Faraway Kitten To American Derby Triumph

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Faraway Kitten, eligible to be claimed for $50,000 three starts back, rallied under Adam Beschizza to win Saturday’s Grade 3 American Derby at Arlington Park, the last of three graded stakes on the Arlington Million Preview Day program at the suburban Chicago racetrack. Trained by Mike Maker, the 3-year-old colt […]

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