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Lady Apple Digs In For Iowa Oaks Win

Phoenix Thoroughbreds and KatieRich Farms’ Lady Apple battled the length of the stretch with co-favored Ulele in Friday’s Grade 3 Iowa Oaks, just getting the better of that rival in the final sixteenth to win by a neck. The 3-year-old Curlin filly had made her most recent start in the G1 Kentucky Oaks, finishing third, […]

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Mia Mischief Overwhelms Covfefe In Roxelana Overnight Stakes

Mia Mischief, winner of the $500,000 Humana Distaff (Grade I) on Kentucky Derby Day, ran shoulder-to-shoulder with swift pace-setter Covfefe and put away the 2-5 favorite inside the final 50 yards to win Saturday’s 10th running of the $120,100 Roxelana Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length. Late-closing Awestruck narrowly picked up […]

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Mitole Stretches His Speed To Hold Off Favored McKinzie In Thrilling Met Mile

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole proved in his last start that he could stretch his speed to seven furlongs, and this Saturday he stretched it even farther to win a talent-laden edition of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Eskendereya colt and Ricardo Santana were sent to post at 7-2, rated […]

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Whitmore Takes On Catalina Cruiser In True North Stakes

Grade 1-winner Whitmore and the returning Catalina Cruiser headline Friday’s Grade 2, $250,000 True North, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and upward at Belmont Park. Trained by Ron Moquett for owners Robert LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners, Whitmore broke through at the Grade 1 level in August at Saratoga Race […]

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New York Central Rides The Rail To Maryland Sprint Win

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s New York Central made short work of Saturday’s Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Stakes, racing up the rail in the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Proforma as the 2-1 co-favorite. The 4-year-old son of Tapit, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. for trainer Steve Asmussen, covered […]

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Full Field Of 14 Entered For Pimlico Special, Now Run At 1 1/4 Miles

The historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), lengthened this year to 1 ¼ miles for the first time in history, drew the biggest field since its revival in 1988 as 14 were entered for Friday’s race at Pimlico Race Course. The 49th running of the Pimlico Special, on the eve of the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), […]

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Grade 1 Trio Nets Santana Jockey Of The Week Title

Ricardo Santana, Jr. stood out to voters with his performances on Kentucky Derby week, and he was selected as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 29 – May 5, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization […]

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Mitole Takes Sixth In A Row For Red-Hot Asmussen Barn In Churchill Downs

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole earned his sixth consecutive victory by 3 1/2 lengths in Saturday’s Grade 1 The Churchill Downs Stakes, sprinting seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:21.21. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya was sent off as the 2-1 favorite for trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr., who have […]

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She’s A Julie Launches Determined Bid To Capture La Troienne

Bradley Thoroughbreds, Whispering Oaks Farm, Team Hanley, Madaket Stables, and Tim and Anna Cambron’s She’s A Julie had her work cut out for her in the stretch of Friday’s Grade 1 La Troienne, but was able to run down the erratically-moving Secret Spice to win by about a half-length on the wire. Ridden by Ricardo […]

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Undefeated In 2019, Lady Apple A Potential Sleeper In Kentucky Oaks

Hall of Famer and soon-to-be 10-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen will be active on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cards at Churchill Downs, sending out several stakes winners from Hot Springs. In addition to first-division Rebel winner Long Range Toddy in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Asmussen is scheduled to start Lady Apple in Friday’s […]

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