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Brant Confirms Purchase Of Payson Park, Outlines Plan For Significant Upgrades

Peter Brant has returned to horse racing in full force, with 2018 Eclipse Award winner Sistercharlie bearing his colors under the care of trainer Chad Brown. Now, according to published reports in Thoroughbred Daily News and bloodhorse.com, the owner confirmed months-long rumors that he has purchased one of Florida’s Thoroughbred training centers, Payson Park, in Indianatown […]

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Plenty Of Grace Stakes: ‘Everything Went Perfect’ In Fifty Five’s Seasonal Debut

Peter Brant’s Fifty Five started her 2019 campaign in the same victorious fashion in which she ended 2018, surging in the stretch to overtake pacesetter Coffee Crush and outkicking Conquest Hardcandy to win the fifth running of the $100,000 Plenty of Grace by 1 3/4 lengths on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Fifty Five, making her […]

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Tacitus’ ‘Demeanor,’ ‘Pedigree’ Should Be Advantageous In Wood Memorial

Tampa Bay Derby winner Tacitus will make another start before the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Bill Mott plans to start the colt in next Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, according to drf.com. On Sunday, the 3-year-old son of Tapit and Close Hatches breezed a half-mile in company in 49.91 seconds at Payson Park. One of the […]

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Code Of Honor Ran ‘Pretty Game’; Hennig ‘Confident Going Forward’ With Bourbon War

Code of Honor raced well off the slow pace of the Florida Derby before closing to finish third behind Maximum Security. The 3-year-old son of Noble Mission came out of the race fine, said trainer Shug McGaughey. “I thought he ran fine. That’s not the type of race he needs with one horse on the […]

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Hidden Scroll ‘Content To Follow Another Horse’ In Latest Work

Juddmonte Farms, Inc.’s Hidden Scroll worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 at Payson Park in Indiantown, FL Friday morning while prepping for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park March 30. Bill Mott-trained Hidden Scroll, who held the lead into deep stretch before finishing fourth in the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) […]

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Florida Derby: McGaughey ‘Pleasantly Surprised’ By Code Of Honor

W.S. Farish’s Code of Honor pleased Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey Saturday morning while prepping for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) March 30 at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old son of Noble Mission worked for the first time since capturing the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream March 2, breezing five […]

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Hidden Scroll ‘Comfortably Rating’ Behind Horses In Friday Breeze

Juddmonte Farms, Inc.’s Hidden Scroll breezed a half-mile in 50.20 seconds Friday morning at Payson Park in Indiantown, FL receiving a little education in rating while preparing for a scheduled start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park March 30. ‘I thought it was very good,” trainer Bill Mott said. “We […]

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Grade 1-Placed Mucho Runs ‘A Pretty Good Race’ To Win Sophomore Debut

A day before sending out program favorite Hidden Scroll for his stakes debut in the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2), Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott watched as Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Grade 1-placed homebred Mucho made a triumphant return to action with a 1 ¼-length victory Friday at Gulfstream Park. Ridden by […]

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‘More Aggressive’ Code Of Honor Stepping Things Up Toward Fountain Of Youth

Trainer Shug McGaughey has stepped up his training routine with Champagne Stakes runner-up Code of Honor, following the Noble Mission colt’s disappointing fourth-place finish in the Jan. 5 Mucho Macho Man Stakes, his sophomore debut. On Monday, the W. S. Farish homebred breezed a half-mile at Payson Park in :49.60, galloping out in 1:02.35, according […]

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Code Of Honor’s ‘Energy Level’ Doesn’t Satisfy McGaughey; Colt To Skip Remsen

After being forced to miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile when he developed a slight fever the night before the race, Code of Honor will also be skipping the G2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct this Saturday. According to drf.com, trainer Shug McGaughey wasn’t completely satisfied with the son of Noble Mission’s last work on Monday, nor was […]

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