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Supreme Aura Earns His Stripes In Pegasus Stakes

Supreme Aura made amends for a disappointing winter that quickly took him off the Kentucky Derby trail by rallying from far back to score a neck victory over longshot Roaming Union in the $100,000 Pegasus Stakes Sunday at Monmouth Park, the final of four stakes races on the 13-race card. Ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by […]

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Stidham Aiming Synchrony For Grade 1 Arlington Million

The Grade 1 $1,000,000 Arlington Million on August 11 is a target spot for Synchrony following his third-place effort in the G1 Old Forester Turf Classic on Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby undercard, according to trainer Mike Stidham.  Owned and bred by Pin Oak Stable, the 5-year-old son of Tapit started off his 2018 season with […]

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Synchrony Gets The Job Done In Muniz Memorial

Pin Oak homebred Synchrony left the gate as the 3-1 favorite in the G2 Muniz Memorial, yielded the lead early, and swallowed up the field late to win by about 2 1/2 lengths. The 5-year-old son of Tapit, ridden by Joe Bravo for trainer Mike Stidham, covered nine furlongs over the Fair Grounds’ firm turf […]

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Synchrony Takes Aim At Muniz; Good Samaritan, The Player Head New Orleans Handicap

Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony made a successful return to the races in last month’s Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap and will look for another victory over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course in Saturday’s Gr. II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap. Trained by Mike Stidham, the son of Tapit’s victory in last month’s Fair Grounds Handicap was his first start since last […]

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Assistant Trainers: The ‘Eyes And Ears’ Of The Racing Stable

Their phone rings after midnight, a barn watchman alerting them to an emergency situation with a sick horse. Or they have to explain to their boss how a horse got loose from a hotwalker, possibly impacting its chances in its next race. On the track, they exercise a horse too fast during a workout, upsetting the […]

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Synchrony Impresses With Big Late Run In Fair Grounds Handicap

Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony had not seen racing action in nine months, but nevertheless was still able to prove himself against a deep field when taking Saturday’s Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap. Sent off as the 9-2 third choice, the 5-year-old son of Tapit sat well off a moderate pace that was led by 56-1 longshot Great Wide Open (Ire.) who produced […]

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Sutherland Suffers Broken Collarbone, Knee In Thursday Spill At Fair Grounds

Jockey Chantal Sutherland will miss eight to twelve weeks after suffering a broken left clavicle and a fractured right knee as result of a spill that took place in Thursday’s sixth race at the Fair Grounds. “She’s doing well and in good spirits,” Sutherland’s agent Rick Mocklin said.  “It looks like she may have surgery (Friday) and […]

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Zipessa Upsets First Lady To Punch Breeders’ Cup Ticket

Empyrean Stables’ Zipessa notched her first Grade 1 win in Saturday’s First Lady Stakes at Keeneland, adopting a new off-the-pace strategy and closing down the lane for a 1 1/2-length triumph. The 5-year-old City Zip mare, ridden by Joe Bravo, covered a mile over the firm turf in 1:36.99 for trainer Mike Stidham. Zipessa’s win […]

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Arlington ‘Kids’ Cup’ Featured Child-Designed Silks On Sunday

Three young racing fans saw their designs become a reality when jockeys at Arlington International Racecourse finished 1-2-3 in Sunday’s eighth race wearing silks featuring the kids’ artwork. All season long young visitors to the Junior Jockey Zone at Arlington have been given a chance to design silks to be worn in a race by […]

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Murrill Making Up For Lost Time Back ‘Home’ At Arlington Park

Jockey Mitchell Murrill has wasted no time in making up for his lost ground in the jockey standings at Arlington International Racecourse. The journeyman jockey was a familiar face the last two seasons, riding strongly enough to finish second in number of wins in both 2015 and 2016, but spent the early part of the […]

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