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‘Good Horses, Good Racing’: Caldwell ‘Committed’ To Making Kentucky String Successful

Among the new outfits racing regularly at Ellis Park this summer is trainer J.R. Caldwell, who got out to a quick start with two wins, a second and third with his first eight runners. This is Caldwell’s first full year in Kentucky, though he had horses for Churchill Downs’ spring meet a couple of years […]

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Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: The Versatile Vic Stauffer

There are few jobs left in horse racing Vic Stauffer hasn’t done. Enthralled by the sport at an early age, Stauffer skipped high school so he could make the racetrack life his own. From hotwalker to chart caller to jockey’s agent, Vic tried everything, all the while focused on his true love of announcing the races. […]

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Santana Moving Tack To New York Permanently

Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. will be moving his tack from Churchill Downs to New York on a permanent basis beginning next Thursday, reports drf.com. The leading rider at Oaklawn Park in 2016, Santana is currently tied for fifth in the standings at Churchill. He traveled north to Saratoga last summer, and found the winner’s circle […]

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Apprentice Guerrero ‘A Rising Star’ At Louisiana Downs

The 2017 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is off and running. One rider kicked off the meet on Saturday, May 6 with an early message that he is “in it to win it”. That jockey is apprentice Jose Andres Guerrero. Born in Mexico, Guerrero, 22, arrived in Texas four years ago and began […]

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Increased Handle, Record Purses Highlight 2017 Oaklawn Meet

Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses. Good weather along with large, competitive fields led to total handle of $189,534,228 in 2017 compared to […]

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‘Good Horses Can Overcome’: Classic Empire Back In The Spotlight For Kentucky Derby

Trainer Mark Casse was understandably relieved after the running of Saturday’s G1 Arkansas Derby, in which his trainee Classic Empire overcame a good deal of trouble to win by a half-length on the wire. The son of Pioneerof the Nile, last year’s juvenile champion, had been giving his trainer fits and starts throughout the 2017 […]

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Classic Empire Finds His Best Stride For Arkansas Derby Triumph

John Oxley’s juvenile champion Classic Empire put in a performance that may well put him back atop this year’s 3-year-old class, traveling very wide around the far turn to win the G1 Arkansas Derby. The well-proportioned bay son of Pioneerof the Nile has had a troubled spring season, but a change in scenery seems to […]

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Inside Straight Pulls Off Oaklawn Handicap Upset At 19-1

Randy Howg’s Inside Straight, a 4-year-old New York-bred gelding by Super Saver, gave trainer Robertino Diodoro and jockey Geovanni Franco the biggest victory of their careers, rallying in the stretch to win the Grade 2, $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap Saturday on the final day of the 2017 Oaklawn Park meeting. Inside Straight scored the upset at 19-1 under 114 […]

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Whitmore A Perfect Three-For-Three In 2017 After Count Fleet Romp

Southern Springs Stables, Head of Plains Partners and Robert LaPenta’s Whitmore has definitely found his calling, and has romped in all three of his one-turn starts in 2017. The 4-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, trained by Ron Moquett, rallied from fifth in Saturday’s G3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap to burst away in the stretch, crossing […]

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Arkansas Derby: Maiden Sonneteer’s ‘Muscles Are Growing Up To His Bones’

Calumet Farm’s Rebel runner-up Sonneteer galloped and schooled in the starting gate Friday morning and was scheduled to school between races in the indoor paddock at Oaklawn under the supervision of assistant trainer Julie Clark.  Sonneteer is winless in nine starts, with four seconds and two thirds, but has earned $234,445. After being ridden in […]

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