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Heavy Rain Washes Out Remainder Of Friday Card At Pimlico

Pimlico Race Course cancelled its Friday card after Race 5 due to heavy rains that swept through the area. “There was a lot of rain in a very short period of time and our priority is always the safety of our human and equine athletes as well as our patrons,” said Maryland Jockey Club President […]

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Santa Anita Cancels Thursday Card Due To Anticipated Heavy Rain

With heavy rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, Santa Anita Park has announced that live racing will return with an 11-race card on Friday, with first post time at 12 noon. Although racing had been scheduled to resume on Thursday, track management is acting proactively in order to try to avoid most of the heavy […]

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Del Mar: Field Sizes Drop With Rain, But Meet ‘Finishing Especially Strong’

Entering the final week of the Del Mar meeting, the racing office could anticipate average field size numbers for the fall meeting to be close to the outstanding 8.5 of 2017. Then rains hit Thursday and carried over into Friday. Seven races were taken off the Jimmy Durante Turf Course and switched to the main […]

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Horse For Course? ‘Professional’ Fahan Mura Rates Strong Chance In Sunday’s Matriarch

The rains that doused the Jimmy Durante Turf Course Thursday and Friday have added questions and intrigue to the mix for Sunday’s Grade I $300,000 Matriarch Stakes. As if the closing-day, signature event of fall racing at Del Mar needed more of those things. There were already points to ponder regarding how the locally-based horses […]

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Hawthorne Cancels Portion Of Thursday Card Due To Melting Ice

Hawthorne Race Course canceled the last five races on Thursday due to unsafe track conditions. Rising temperatures started melting the underlying ice on the racetrack, causing uneven footing for the horses. After consultation between track officials and the jockeys, it was decided that, for safety’s sake, to cancel until Friday. All carryover pools from Thursday’s […]

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Drenching Rain Forces Races Off Turf At Del Mar For First Time In Three Years

A quarter-inch of rain drenched the track early Thursday morning and with forecasts for even stronger storms to hit 90 minutes to an hour before first post, track officials decided to close the main surface to training and move four races on the eight-race card from the turf to the main track. “We just want […]

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Breeders’ Cup: Grass Stars Worried About Turf Course Conditions

Breeders’ Cup Turf Notes Arklow – Trainer Brad Cox knows it’s a tall order asking his 4-year-old Arch colt Arklow to take on the likes of Enable in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday at Churchill Downs, but he feels like he has earned his place in the race. He enters the […]

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Storm Forces Cancellation Of Gulfstream’s 10th Race Friday

Due to inclement weather, Gulfstream cancelled its 10th and last race Friday afternoon. A late-developing storm in South Florida brought heavy rain and strong winds. Bettors received refunds on the last race on win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta and Super Hi 5 wagering. There was a consolation on the Daily Double (the 10th race had already been taken […]

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Ultra Brat Finds Soft Turf To Her Liking In Easy Gallorette Score

Alex G. Campbell homebred Ultra Brat wasn’t deterred by the seven inches of rain that have fallen on Pimlico’s historic turf course over the past week, kicking clear down the lane for a 10 1/4-length score in the G3 Gallorette on Saturday. The 5-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo laid just off the pace and took […]

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Down Goes Apollo: Justify Runs Into The History Books In 144th Kentucky Derby

It became the wettest Kentucky Derby in history this Saturday, with more than 2.8 inches of rain recorded beneath the iconic Twin Spires. The combination of sloppy conditions and inexperience was still not enough to stop the latest Bob Baffert-trained superstar, WinStar, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ Justify. In just […]

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