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‘Equine Philanthropist’ Mine That Bird Named To Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall Of Fame

The 2019 class to be inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame will consist of owner/breeder Harriett Peckham, trainer Leo Wood, jockey Johnny Cox and the thoroughbred Mine That Bird. There will be a special induction ceremony during this summer’s Ruidoso Downs’ racing season. The date has not been determined. The iconic Peckham […]

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Borel Guides Divine Queen To 51-1 Upset In Dogwood Stakes

Reminiscent of his ride aboard Mine That Bird in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel came up the rail on a sloppy surface at Churchill Downs to spring a 51-1 surprise in Saturday’s 43rd running of the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes (Listed) aboard Buff Bradley and Carl Hurst’s homebred Divine Queen. Divine […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Goliath Grip On The Kentucky Derby?

I’ve always thought the Kentucky Derby was a prize you couldn’t buy, that there was something mystical and magical about this most unique of all American horse races, one that put the Everyman owner on equal footing with the most powerful stables in the world. The roll listing the Derby’s 143 previous winners includes many […]

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Bird Song To Stand At Gainesway Farm In 2018

Marylou Whitney Stables’ homebred multiple graded stakes winner Bird Song, a son of Whitney’s Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Bird Town, will enter stud at Gainesway in 2018. Sired by the late Unbridled’s Song, who currently leads the 2017 general sires list, Bird Song carried his speed to earn triple-digit Beyer […]

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Lanerie Recalls His Kentucky Derby ‘Mine That Bird Trip’ Aboard Lookin At Lee

The No. 1 post had not produced a top three finish in the Kentucky Derby since third-place finisher Risen Star in 1988, but Lookin At Lee’s jockey, Corey Lanerie, was determined to turn a seeming huge disadvantage into a major positive. Lanerie had previously ridden in the Derby only twice, finishing 16th in 2014 and […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Practical Joke ‘Carrying’ Whispering Oaks To New Heights

“As much weight as he was carrying coming down the lane, with all of us riding him,” joked Keith Crupper, “it’s really extra impressive how he got up to win!” Crupper, who operates Whispering Oaks Farm in partnership with his brother, Allen, was referring to 2-year-old colt Practical Joke’s late-running victory in Saratoga’s Hopeful Stakes […]

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‘I Was Supposed To Quit – And I Can’t’: Calvin Borel Discusses His Return To Riding

Calvin Borel, the three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey whose career will resume Aug. 27 at Ellis Park, says he wasn’t ready to retire when he left racing for almost five months, quitting for what proved the wrong reason. “This is a business you can’t have one foot in and one foot out,” he said. “I felt […]

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Retired Jockey Borel Visits With Bradley At Churchill Downs

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, whose two Ellis Park riding titles are one fewer than his Kentucky Derby triumphs, has been in Louisville the few days visiting friends and staying with trainer Buff Bradley. Borel, whose 5,146 victories rank No. 27 all-time, retired suddenly in late March, telling his agent it was just […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Calvin Borel Retires

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel has retired, effectively immediately, his agent, Larry Melancon, confirmed Wednesday morning at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Borel, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001, couldn’t be reached for comment and no reason was given for the retirement. He was named on seven horses the next three racing days […]

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Kendall Hansen Hopes For Return To Derby Trail With New 2-Year-Old

Dr. Kendall Hansen, owner of 2011 juvenile champion and 2012 Kentucky Derby starter Hansen, has purchased Spendthrift Farm’s interest in a 2-year-old gelding that will be pointed for a Derby campaign next year. Let Me Go First, a son of Paddy O’Prado out of a Chief Seattle mare, is working towards a start in the Jerome […]

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