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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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Zipessa Tops Saturday’s Robert G. Dick Memorial At Delaware Park

Empyrean Stable’s Zipessa will be seeking her first victory of season in the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday.  The mile and three-eighths affair for fillies and mares has attracted a field of nine.   Zipessa has a career record of four wins, a second and three thirds from twelve […]

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Rapid Rhythm Remains Perfect On Fair Grounds Turf In Mardi Gras

Robert S. Evans’ Rapid Rhythm flashed her typical late kick to run her record to a perfect 5-for-5 on the Stall-Wilson turf course when taking Tuesday’s 74th running of the $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds. Ridden by James Graham, the 5-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal assumed her typical position at the back of […]

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Fat Tuesday’s Mardi Gras Stakes Features Swan Song Of Rapid Rhythm

Fat Tuesday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots features an intriguing renewal of the $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes. At 5½ furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course and restricted to fillies and mares, the 2017 edition features the likely swan song of Robert S. Evans’ Mike Stidham-trained Rapid Rhythm, who will try to end her […]

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Sophomore Filly Stallion Heiress Dominates Broussard Memorial

Stallionaire Enterprises’ Stallion Heiress was nothing short of dominant in her stakes debut Saturday afternoon at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, sauntering home an easy 7¾-length gate-to-wire winner under Mitchell Murrill for trainer Mike Stidham in the $50,000 Joseph E. ‘Spanky’ Broussard Memorial. Making her second start and first around two turns, the 3-year-old […]

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Entire Fair Grounds Backstretch Officially Under Quarantine For EHV-1

Two additional horses on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots spiked temperatures Monday morning, though it is not yet known whether those horses have tested positive for EHV-1. As a result of this development, the precautionary step has been taken to place the entirety of the Fair Grounds backstretch under quarantine. Effective […]

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Miguel Mena Rides Four Winners Opening Day At Fair Grounds

While the 2016-17 meet is barely past conception, jockey Miguel Mena served notice on Opening Day that such could be a fruitful season for the Peruvian journeyman. Often near the top of the Fair Grounds rider standings at meet’s end, including a co-runner-up finish two seasons ago, Mena flexed his rolodex on Saturday, winning four […]

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Member Review: Arlington Racing Club Leaves ‘Very Positive’ Overall Impression

A member of one of two Arlington Racing Clubs, Chris Weber wrote a positive review of the experience on his blog, Measured in Lengths. The Arlington Racing Club required a $500 buy-in which gave participants a share in a horse to be raced over the course of the meeting at Arlington Park. Weber bought in […]

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