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Baffert Sending Hoppertunity In Search Of A Second Clark Handicap Victory

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity hopes to duplicate his effort from 2014 and become only the fourth two-time winner of Friday’s 143rd running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) at Churchill Downs. “I’ll never forget when he won the 2014 Clark,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He’s back […]

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Baffert Now All-Time Leading Trainer At Del Mar

With the victory by St Patrick’s Day in Saturday’s eighth race, Bob Baffert moved ahead of Mike Mitchell to become Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer for wins with 477 compiled over 29 years at the track. Baffert was already the far and away leader for stakes victories with 123, counting two this season, and will be aiming […]

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Pretty N Cool Strong Off The Layoff In Las Flores

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Pretty N Cool hadn’t been seen in the afternoon for six months, but she returned in spectacular fashion on Sunday, sprinting away from her rivals to win the G3 Las Flores Stakes by nearly two lengths. The 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, ridden by Martin Garcia, covered six […]

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Baffert Recalls First ‘Fairytale Race’ At Gulfstream Park

Now the most recognizable person in racing, Bob Baffert was a low-profile trainer still fairly new to Thoroughbred racing when he made his debut at Gulfstream Park at the 1992 Breeders’ Cup. While Baffert’s trademark white hair was already in full bloom, much has changed since he picked up his first Grade 1 victory in […]

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Del Mar Granted Later Start Date For 2017 Meeting

With a motivation to give its horses and horsemen more time to adapt and transition to its racing surfaces, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club applied for and was granted a later start date for its 2017 summer race meeting. Following a California Horse Racing Board approval given on Thursday, the shore oval now will begin next […]

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Siegel Appointed To Thoroughbred Owners of California Board Of Directors

The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) voted to appoint Samantha Siegel to fill a vacancy on the board created by the recent resignation of George Todaro. Siegel, who races as JayEmEss Stable, is an active owner and breeder whose family has been involved in California Thoroughbred racing for more than […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: No Doubt About Mr Maybe

Mr Maybe made his stakes debut a winning one with a decisive 4 ¼-length victory in the G3 Red Smith Handicap last Saturday. The victory by the 4-year-old Ghostzapper gelding became the fifth graded stakes winner this year for Michael Dubb, who owns Mr Maybe in partnership. As a result, Dubb moved into fifth place […]

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Nick Coukos New President Of Thoroughbred Owners Of California

Thoroughbred Owners of California is pleased to announce that Nick Coukos has accepted the position of President. Coukos is stepping down as Vice President Racing/Corporate Affairs at Ajax Downs, a privately owned Quarter Horse racetrack and slot facility near Toronto, Canada. Prior to that he was Executive Director of HBPA (Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association) […]

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Two-Time Breeders’ Cup Winner Secret Circle To Hill ‘n’ Dale

Secret Circle, the only horse ever to win the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Sprint, the $1.5 Million Breeder’s Cup Sprint (G1), and the Golden Shaheen (G1), has been retired to stud at John G. Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms. Secret Circle, by Eddington, retires with career earnings of $3,670,790, winning or placing in 15 of his […]

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