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Marley’s Freedom Battles To Go For Wand Victory

Cicero Farms’ Marley’s Freedom was the heavy 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s G3 Go For Wand Handicap, but she and jockey Mike Smith had to work hard to hit the wire a neck ahead of 9-1 chance Come Dancing. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 4-year-old daughter of Blame covered one mile over Aqueduct’s fast main track […]

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Go For Wand: Marley’s Freedom Tries To Bounce Back From Breeders’ Cup Defeat

Set to make her first start since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on November 3 at Churchill Downs, Cicero Farms’ multiple graded stakes winner Marley’s Freedom will headline a field of eight in the 79th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Go For Wand for fillies and mares […]

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‘Outstanding Race Rider’: Retired Hall Of Famer Gary Stevens Honored At Del Mar

A few minutes before the fourth race on Saturday’s program, Del Mar will honor Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. On Tuesday, Stevens, 55, announced the end of a nearly 40-year career after an MRI exam on Monday showed a vertebra pressing upon his spinal cord, making continued riding too much of a risk regarding […]

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Triple Crown Memorabilia Raises $67,850 For Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund

Enthusiastic bidding and the sale of LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab for $149,500, including buyer premium, headlined the sixth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. Among the highlights of the auction was the sale of items belonging to Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify […]

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On Verge Of Another Milestone, Velazquez Thinking About Next Big Horse

As John Velazquez pondered his riding career through the years, he kept two things in mind. He might retire soon after he turned 45; he would surely not ride past 47. Things change. As Velazquez nears his 47th birthday on Nov. 24, there is no hint that a Hall of Fame career that made him the runaway […]

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Hall Of Famer Mike Smith To Sign Autographs At Los Al On Nov. 17

Triple Crown winning jockey Mike Smith will make a special appearance during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on Saturday night, November 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Hall of Fame jockey will be at Los Alamitos signing autographs on commemorative posters that will be available for purchase on the night of the event. […]

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Champion Abel Tasman, Vale Dori Retired To Breeding Shed

A pair of Bob Baffert-trained distaffers will be retired to the breeding shed after crossing the line last and second-last in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs, reports drf.com. Vale Dori (Asiatic Boy), who finished 10th, will head to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm and be bred to Triple Crown winner Justify in the stallion’s first […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Ageless Jockeys, Classic Confidence?

Like other professional sports championships, the Breeders’ Cup is a supreme goal for the athletes and connections alike. In this Breeders’ Cup edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick talk to a pair of veteran jockeys about their preparation for the races and the importance of the event to them. Plus, why […]

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Best Of The Breeders’ Cup Presented By Brisnet: Distaff and Filly & Mare Sprint

The two showcase main-track races for older fillies and mares on the Breeders’ Cup card are also two of the races with the biggest margins between first and second when measuring the event’s highest winning BRIS Speed Ratings. Both performances left zero debate over who the dominant horse was in their respective divisions – both […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Presented By Adequan: Turf War?

The final fields, post positions and morning line odds are set for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. In today’s edition of the Breeders’ Cup News Minute, Scott Jagow looks at the storyline that might drive the wagering in the Classic, plus the latest news from Churchill Downs, and a big surprise from Bob Baffert […]

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