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Champion Filly Heavenly Prize Elected To Racing Hall Of Fame

Eclipse Award-winning filly Heavenly Prize has been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The lone contemporary selection from the 10 finalists chosen by the Hall of Fame’s Nominating Committee, Heavenly Prize will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales […]

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Unbridled Mo Upsets Unique Bella In Apple Blossom

One day before he sends out the favorite Magnum Moon for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher was the one pulling the upset when Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Mo drew away from heavy 1-9 favorite Unique Bella to win the $700,000 Apple Blossom (G1) by 2 ½ lengths. With leading rider Ricardo […]

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Baffert, Smith Presented With Pegasus World Cup Championship Rings

Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert and Hall of Fame jockey, Mike Smith, who teamed for victory this past Saturday in the 81st running of the Grade I, $1-million Santa Anita Derby with Justify, took home some additional hardware on Thursday, as they were each presented with Championship Rings commemorating their epic win at Gulfstream Park […]

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Champion Unique Bella Heavy Favorite In Apple Blossom

Champion Unique Bella has been installed the overwhelming 2-5 program favorite for the $700,000, Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares Friday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. She will be the 21st champion to compete in the 54-year history of race either during or following a championship campaign. Probable post time […]

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Familiar Rivals Cosmic Burst, Amy’s Challenge Meet In Oaklawn’s Fantasy

Cosmic Burst and Amy’s Challenge, two of the top locally based 3-year-old fillies this year at Oaklawn Park, are scheduled to meet again in the $400,000, Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes Friday afternoon at the Hot Springs, Ark., track. The Fantasy goes as the seventh of 10 races, with probable post time of 4:33 p.m. CDT. […]

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Likely Fantasy Favorite Amy’s Challenge Fires Bullet At Oaklawn

It looks like they’ll be chasing Amy again in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Oaklawn after the multiple stakes winner completed major preparations with a half-mile bullet workout in :46.60 over a fast track Monday morning for trainer Mac Robertson. Clockers caught Amy’s Challenge covering her last quarter-mile in a swift :22 and change” […]

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G1 Prep Sweep Nets Smith Jockey Of The Week Title

Mike Smith’s performances in two Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps earned the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week title for April 2-8, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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Justify Defeats Bolt D’Oro Under Masterful Ride In Santa Anita Derby

He’s been highly touted for weeks now, but Justify finally had the chance to prove himself in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy, winner of both of his career starts thus far, took the lead out of the gate and cruised around the track all alone on the front […]

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Big Red? Baffert Hoping Unbeaten Colt Will Justify Barn Nickname In Santa Anita Derby

No McKinzie, no problema. Bob Baffert just goes with the flow and taps Justify on the shoulder to take on Bolt d’Oro in the most anticipated race of the year, Saturday’s $1 million, Grade I, Santa Anita Derby. “You hate to see a horse get hurt,” Baffert said, speaking of McKinzie, who will miss the […]

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El Santa Anita Derby: Justify Y Bolt D’Oro Miden Fuerzas En La Preparatoria Más Esperada Del Año

Hasta hace unos pocos días, el Santa Anita Derby era la revancha más esperada del año. Ahora podemos hablar del Santa Anita Derby (G1, $1,000,000) como la preparatoria más esperada del año en la ruta al Kentucky Derby (G1). La razón: el aspirante de Bob Baffert no será McKinizie debido a un problema a nivel […]

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