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Midnight Bisou Runs Down Elate In Personal Ensign

Two of this year’s top distaffers started in Saturday’s Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, and the pair met at the head of the lane for an all-out battle to the wire. Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou laid her heart on the line to nose out 4-5 favorite Elate in […]

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Smith Hopes First Meeting With Chess Chief Will Be A Successful One In Travers

A quarter-century ago, Mike Smith was given a leg up on fan favorite Holy Bull in the Grade 1 Travers, and the pair proceeded to put on a show to remember. Holy Bull held a four-length lead with a quarter-mile to go and then held off a tremendous rally by Concern and won by a neck, with […]

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In Their Own Words: Baffert And Smith Recall Arrogate’s Travers Tour De Force

The New York Racing Association is presenting a series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. “In Their Own Words” will feature prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Mid-Summer Derby.”  Here is […]

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Deena Pitman Appointed Executive Director Of Indiana Horse Racing Commission

After conducting a nation-wide search of qualified candidates, members of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission named Deena Pitman as its newest Executive Director. Pitman replaces Mike Smith, who announced plans for retirement earlier this year. Pitman joined the IHRC staff in 1993, as its first licensing supervisor, and can be credited with crafting the first […]

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Collusion Illusion Trumps Wrecking Crew In Del Mar’s Best Pal

In just the second start of his career, the bay colt Collusion Illusion raced to a $17.40 upset over five rivals in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday at Del Mar. The winner clicked by a length and a quarter under rider Joe Talamo. Finishing second in the six-furlong headliner carrying a […]

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McKinzie Closing The Gap On Bricks And Mortar In NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Multiple Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar continues to hold the lead spot in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll heading into his expected start in the Grade 1 Arlington Million, but McKinzie’s sublime victory in the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes August 3 has allowed the son of Street Sense to narrow the gap on the […]

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Omaha Beach ‘Brilliant’ In Latest Work Toward Shared Belief

Roughly 15 hours after riding McKinzie to an impressive and emotionally-charged victory in the $1 million Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, N.Y., on Saturday afternoon, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was back at Del Mar riding workouts Sunday morning. Work as usual, but not the usual works. During the 6 o’clock hour Smith was aboard […]

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Baffert: Whitney Winner McKinzie ‘Got A Little Bit Faster Once We Named Him’

For Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, McKinzie’s victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney was especially satisfying as it demonstrated the 4-year-old’s full potential and also served as a tribute to his friend, the late racing executive Brad McKinzie. “He got a proper Grade 1 race, as they say in England,” said Baffert. “The plan […]

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McKinzie On Top Classic Division With Whitney Triumph

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has taken over the Classic division with a decisive win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup feature race in the process. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense battled for the lead but was able to settle just off the […]

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Maryland Apprentice Whisman Makes Transition From OTTBs To On-Track TBs

People, like horses, can stray from their pedigree. In much the same way a horse bred for turf excels on the dirt, or vice versa, Laurel Park-based apprentice jockey Avery Whisman is gradually proving his success in showing horses can translate to riding Thoroughbreds. Whisman, 19, was raised on a small farm in Lexington, Ky. […]

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