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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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Nitrous Hits The Afterburners In Oaklawn’s Bachelor Stakes

A gray horse won, just not the one everyone was expecting as Winchell Thoroughbred LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Nitrous used a powerful late kick to rally past the early leaders for the victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Gray Attempt, the 6-5 favorite, finished third. Ridden by leading rider Ricardo Santana […]

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Ricardo, Cohen Down To The Wire For Oaklawn Riding Title

Ricardo Santana Jr. normally has the Oaklawn riding title sewn up by Arkansas Derby Day. But, this is not a normal year at Oaklawn since the meeting has been extended three weeks to May 4 (Kentucky Derby Day), a window of 11 racing days that will decide whether Santana secures his seventh consecutive Oaklawn riding […]

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Early Jockey Changes: Santana On Plus Que Parfait, Irad Ortiz Picks Up Improbable

Several jockey changes for this year’s Kentucky Derby were announced by drf.com on Tuesday. First, Ricardo Santana Jr. will pick up the mount on UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait. In Dubai, the colt was ridden by Jose Ortiz, but Ortiz will retain the ride on Wood Memorial winner Tacitus. Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable, ridden […]

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Whitmore Threepeats In Hot Springs Stakes

Heavy favorite Whitmore, making his first start since a runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last November, came from off the pace to win his third straight $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes Saturday before a crowd of 16,000 at Oaklawn Park. With his regular pilot Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Whitmore was reluctant […]

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