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Keeneland: Moonshine Memories Headlines Full Field In Raven Run Stakes

Michael Tabor, Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Moonshine Memories heads a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 20th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2). The 7-furlong main track test will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m. Trained by Simon Callaghan, […]

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Songbird, Arrogate Halters Raffled To Benefit Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Retirement

The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association’s Turning for Home is raffling two Champion Thoroughbred racehorse halters worn by Songbird and Arrogate, on Breeders’ Cup Day Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3 PM in the Parx Racing grandstand. All proceeds will directly benefit the retiring racehorses of Turning for Home, which is based at Parx Racing. In […]

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Pharoah’s Half-Sister Chasing Yesterday Captures Anoakia Stakes

A return to the home-front proved an elixir for heavily favored Chasing Yesterday, as she ran down talented It’sjustanillusion late to win Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length under Drayden Van Dyke. A chestnut daughter of Tapit owned and bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Equine, Chasing Yesterday is trained […]

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Juvenile: Mike Smith Confirmed On O’Connell Trained Well Defined

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is employing the same philosophy with Breeders’ Cup candidates Well Defined and Stormy Embrace that has been the foundation of a 2000-win career – doing things her way. O’Connell reported Thursday that Well Defined, a candidate for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and Stormy Embrace, who holds a fees-paid ‘Win & You’re […]

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‘Student Of The Game’: Q & A With Jockey Drayden Van Dyke

23-year-old jockey Drayden Van Dyke recently met with Santa Anita’s Zoe Cadman and Alexis Garske for observations from one of So-Cal’s brightest young stars, well on his way to becoming one of racing’s signature riders. Much has been made of the mentors who have guided you, but what have you learned on your own? “I’ve […]

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Mind Games: Abel Tasman A Real Racing Strategist

Abel Tasman has a mind of her own. Not an unusual trait for a race horse, and it hasn’t deterred her from being a champion. The three-year-old filly queen of 2017, Abel Tasman has been known to break slowly, then accelerate with noticeable alacrity early on the backstretch when going a route of ground, thrusting […]

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McKinzie, Smith Give Baffert A Third Pennsylvania Derby Win

Trainer Bob Baffert has liked McKinzie from the start, but a hind ankle injury forced the 3-year-old son of Street Sense to miss out on this year’s Triple Crown challenge. Baffert, of course, sent out Justify for his history-making run, but now that the Triple Crown winner has been retired McKinzie stepped up to fill […]

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Midnight Bisou Moved Up After Monomoy Girl’s Disqualification In Cotillion

Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou was officially declared the winner of Saturday’s Grade 1 Cotillion, moved up after the disqualification of first-place finisher Monomoy Girl. The latter crossed the wire a neck in front, but was taken down for interference throughout the stretch run. Midnight Bisou, trained by Steve Asmussen and […]

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Baffert Confident That McKinzie, Collected Will Fire Off The Bench

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will have two horses at Parx Racing Saturday that have much to prove. And he thinks both of them have a chance to do just that. Baffert has two high-profile horses making their first starts after long layoffs. McKinzie, once considered to be the favorite for the Kentucky Derby […]

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Baffert-Trained McKinzie Tops Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby

Parx Racing will be the place to be this Saturday for the 39th Running of the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the final stop for the 3-year-old Division before they move on to the Breeders’ Cup on November 3 at Churchill Downs. The Pennsylvania Derby will highlight a spectacular day of racing as one […]

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