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‘One Of Those Special Ones’: Argentine Group 1 Winner La Renoleta Targeting Apple Blossom

She’s still flawless – on two continents. La Renoleta earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 89 and a chance to possibly try graded stakes company again after drubbing conditioned allowance opponents at 1 1/16 miles Feb. 8 at Oaklawn, the 5-year-old mare’s first start outside her native Argentina. La Renoleta won her first four […]

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Silver Prospector Rebounds For Southwest Victory

Ed and Susie Orr’s G2 Kentucky Jockey Club winner Silver Prospector may have finished fourth in his sophomore debut in last month’s Smarty Jones, but the colt rebounded along the Kentucky Derby trail this Monday to win the G3 Southwest Stakes by about a length over front-running Wells Bayou. The 3-year-old son of Declaration of […]

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Finite Kicks Away From Champion British Idiom In Rachel Alexandra

Ron Winchell, Thomas Reiman, William Dickson and Deborah Easter’s Finite now owns back-to-back victories on the Fair Grounds trail to the Kentucky Oaks, defeating 2019 champion juvenile filly British Idiom (4-5 favorite) by 4 3/4 lengths in Saturday’s Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes. The 3-year-old Munnings filly (5-2 second choice), ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. […]

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Lady Apple Prevails In Thrilling Four-Way Finish In Houston Ladies Classic

Phoenix Thoroughbreds and KatieRich Farms’ Lady Apple came out on top of a thrilling four-way finish in the Grade 3 Houston Ladies Classic on Sunday, the 8-1 chance hitting the wire about a neck in front of 3-5 favorite Serengeti Empress and 2-1 second choice Street Band. Ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. for trainer Steve […]

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Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones Draws Nine In Search Of Derby Points

Nine horses, including four from Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, were entered Friday in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that is Oaklawn’s first of four Kentucky Derby points races. The Smarty Jones will go as the eighth race on the nine-race opening-day program, with probable post time 3:52 p.m. […]

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Shoplifted Rebounds For Derby Points In Remington’s Springboard Mile

Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables and LNJ Foxwoods’ Shoplifted showed promise in his first several starts, breaking his maiden at Saratoga on debut and then running second in the G1 Hopeful Stakes next out. Sent out West to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup, the 2-year-old son of Into Mischief struggled home fifth in the G1 American […]

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Heavily Favored Finite Has To Dig Deep For Golden Rod Victory

Ron Winchell, Thomas Reiman, William Dickson and Deborah Easter’s Finite was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes, but the 2-year-old filly had to dig deep for a half-length victory over 13-1 Motu. Finite stalked the early pace, went three wide on the turn and battled all the way […]

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Mitole Confidently Ridden For Breeders’ Cup Sprint Victory

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Met Mile winner Mitole (9-5) was confidently handled to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, settling off the pace of speedy 3-2 favorite Shancelot and running down that rival in the stretch to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya, trained by Steve Asmussen and […]

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Juvenile Filly Finite Crushes Stakes Record In Rags To Riches

Finite posted her second straight daylight win with a commanding six-length win over Lady Glamour in Sunday’s seventh running of the $122,097 Rags to Riches Overnight Stakes on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 26-day Fall Meet. The 2-year-old daughter of Munnings crushed Monomoy Girl’s 2017 stakes record of 1:36.29 by clocking one mile over a […]

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