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Multiple Jockeys Affected By New Coronavirus Restrictions At Oaklawn, Gulfstream

In the past few days, multiple jockeys have had to alter plans, miss race days, or go into quarantine in response to regulations put in place by both Oaklawn and Gulfstream Park, two of the few racetracks still holding live racing. Oaklawn sent jockeys a letter on March 19 detailing some of the new regulations, […]

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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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Determined Finite Gives Asmussen 1,000th Stakes Win In Silverbulletday

Trainer Steve Asmussen celebrated the 1,000th stakes win of his Hall of Fame career on Saturday at the Fair Grounds, sending out Finite to win the $150,000 Silverbulletday by a head. He is only the third trainer in history to reach this milestone; the other two are D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher. A 3-year-old […]

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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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