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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Powered By DRF Formulator: Baffert Trio Works

Three of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s four Breeders’ Cup pre-entries worked on Sunday morning, with Dirt Mile contender Improbable going a best-of-the-morning five furlongs in :59.20. Rafael Bejarano will be riding the City Zip colt for the first time as Mike Smith has opted to stay with race favorite Omaha Beach, who defeated […]

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Top Jockeys Of All Ages Set For Competitive Santa Anita Fall Meet

Fans and horsemen will once again be treated to an abundance of world class riding talent as Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, which will be highlighted by a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2, opens this Friday, Sept. 27. With Hall of Famer “Big Money” Mike Smith, America’s all-time leading Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey […]

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Legends Of War Leads 1-2 Finish For Doug O’Neill In Kentucky Downs Stakes Finale

After a quiet first four days of the Kentucky Downs meet, two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill waited until closing day and the meet’s final stakes race, to announce his stable’s presence. And did he ever. O’Neill-trained runners Legends of War and Stubbins finished one-two in Thursday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Nevada State Bank Franklin-Simpson Stakes […]

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Miguel Mena Ready For Arrival Of The ‘Big Boys’ At Kentucky Downs

Miguel Mena missed riding at Kentucky Downs (as well as Keeneland and Churchill’s spring meets and Ellis Park’s summer meet) last year while recovering from injuries incurred in a mid-March spill at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Now he can’t wait to return to the distinctive all-turf track in Franklin, Ky. Mena suffered a […]

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Bejarano Eyeing Del Mar Jockey Title Despite Stiff Competition From Prat And Van Dyke

Rafael Bejarano dominated the Del Mar jockey standings from 2012-2016, winning five straight summer meeting titles and only sharing one, the 2016 crown with Flavien Prat. But in the past two years the 37-year-old native of Peru has seen the youth of Prat, 27, and Drayden Van Dyke, 24, serve themselves the championships. Prat won […]

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Campaign Will Try To Go The Distance In Wednesday’s Cougar II

Stamina will be the order of the day Wednesday when Del Mar Thoroughbred Club presents the 69th running of the Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at a mile and one-half over the main dirt track. Woodford Racing’s Campaign, proven at the distance via an easy triumph in the Grade III Tokyo City Handicap last […]

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‘Intelligent’ Phantom Boss Ships East To Win Bashford Manor

Southern California invader Phantom Boss inched clear in the final eighth of a mile to win Saturday’s 118th running of the $125,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III) on closing day at Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet to beat Rowdy Yates by three-quarters of a length. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Phantom Boss ran six furlongs over a […]

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Majestic Eagle Upsets American Stakes At 9-1

Under a perfectly timed ride from Rafael Bejarano, longshot Majestic Eagle rallied from fifth a quarter mile from home and kept to his task in game fashion to get up and win Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita by a neck. Trained by Neil Drysdale, the 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro got […]

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Bejarano Reaches Milestone En Route To Jockey Of The Week Title

After winning his 4,000th career race last week, Rafael Bejarano was chosen as the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for June 10-16, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North […]

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‘This Job Is A Love’: Bejarano Celebrates 4,000th Winner At Santa Anita

Jockey Rafael Bejarano celebrated the 4,000th win of his Thoroughbred career on Saturday at Santa Anita Park, riding the 3-year-old filly Portal Creek for trainer Bob Hess, Jr. The 37-year-old rider was born in Arequipa, Peru. “I feel blessed. Over all these years, this job is a love and it’s all about the horses,” Bejarano […]

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