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Whitmore Repeats In Count Fleet Sprint

Southern Springs Stable, Robert LaPenta, and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore captured the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap for the second year in a row, finishing with and impressive stretch run to hit the wire in front. The 5-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Ron Moquett, covered six furlongs […]

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Unbridled Mo Upsets Unique Bella In Apple Blossom

One day before he sends out the favorite Magnum Moon for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher was the one pulling the upset when Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Mo drew away from heavy 1-9 favorite Unique Bella to win the $700,000 Apple Blossom (G1) by 2 ½ lengths. With leading rider Ricardo […]

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Whitmore Makes 2018 Debut A Winning One In Hot Springs Stakes

Post-time favorite Whitmore, making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November, proved his class by wearing down the early leader late to capture his second straight $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for owners Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC. “You never know exactly how fit you have them […]

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New Face: Cabrera The Early Leader In Oaklawn’s Jockey Standings

Newcomer David Cabrera became the first jockey to reach double-figure victories at the Oaklawn meeting when he swept Saturday’s late daily double, including his first local stakes score aboard Swing and Sway in the $125,000 American Beauty for older female sprinters. Cabrera’s strong start – 10 victories from 47 starts and purse earnings of $358,801 – mirrors […]

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Lanerie Clinches 15th Leading Rider Title At Churchill Downs

Heading into the final day of racing of the 21-day Fall Meet, perennial top rider Corey Lanerie has clinched his 15th leading rider crown at Churchill Downs in the last. Lanerie, 43, entered Sunday with 35 victories through 20 days of racing in the Fall Meet – a 17-win cushion over second-place Ricardo Santana Jr. This is Lanerie’s 15th leading rider title in […]

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Keeneland Riding Title Propels Santana To Jockey Of The Week Title

Upon winning his first Keeneland riding title at the close of the fall meet on Saturday, voters unanimously selected Ricardo Santana, Jr. as Jockey of the Week for the week ending October 29, 2017. 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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Hughes’ Fight On Wins Photo In Spendthrift Juvenile; Sultry Takes Fillies’ Division

Fight On lived up to his name as the 2-year-old son of Into Mischief prevailed in a five-horse photo to win the second running of the $200,000 Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes on Sunday’s opening day card at Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet. The Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes was one of four stakes races on the 11-race card billed […]

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Santana Voted Jockey Of The Week After Winning Oklahoma Derby, Three Other Stakes

Ricardo Santana, Jr., winner of the 2017 Oklahoma Derby (G3), won four of the nine stakes offered at Remington on Sunday on his way to earning Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Honors for September 18-24, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ […]

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Untrapped Gives Asmussen First Oklahoma Derby Victory

Michael Langford’s Untrapped came off a two-month break to run past Battle of Midway in Sunday’s Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby, cruising under the wire a two-length winner. The 3-year-old son of Trappe Shot, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., pressed the pace early, dropped back slightly, and came running again in the lane to give Steve […]

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Iron Fist Finishes Well In Governor’s Cup Stakes On Oklahoma Derby Undercard

Whispering Oaks Farm’s Iron Fist has now won three of his last four starts, holding off the challenge from Code West to win Sunday’s $175,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes by about three-quarters of a length at Remington Park. The 5-year-old son of Tapit, ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Steve Asmussen, came from off the pace […]

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