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Porter Launches Organization To Address Slaughter Pipeline, Equine Welfare

Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter has launched a new group aimed at keeping Thoroughbreds out of the slaughter pipeline and improving racetrack safety. Porter told The Blood-Horse his National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization will begin its work with a focus on Louisiana kill pens. Porter voiced concern about the growing business model of kill pens holding […]

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Songbird’s Career-Ending Diagnosis A ‘Happy Ending’ To Her Incredible Story

There is no doubt that super-filly Songbird had an incredible career, winning 13 of her 15 races, wrote Bob Ehalt on thoroughbredracing.com. The end of that career was muddied, however, by a difficult-to-diagnose physical ailment which terminated the long-standing relationship between Songbird’s owner Rick Porter and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. In her second start of 2017, […]

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Songbird To Mandy Pope For $9.5 Million, Tepin To Magnier For $8 Million At Fasig-Tipton November

Fasig-Tipton concluded its single-session November Sale of breeding stock Monday night with a flurry of seven-figure sales and record gross sales of $74,200,000 and the third most expensive horse of all time in champion Songbird, who brought $9.5 million. Another racing superstar, Tepin, sold for $8 million and was the fourth highest priced ever at the […]

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La Campeona Songbird Ha Sido Retirada De Las Pistas

Luego de su inesperada derrota en el Personal Ensign (G1), el propietario Rick Porter advertía que no le parecía que su campeona Songbird estuviera al 100% de su condición, anunciando entonces que solicitaría una evaluación completa de la hija de Medaglia d’Oro. Lamentablemente, Porter estaba en lo cierto. Songbird fue llevada al Rood & Riddle […]

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Champion Songbird Retired From Racing

Two-time Eclipse champion Songbird has been retired from racing, it was announced Thursday morning. After the filly’s second-place finish in the G1 Personal Ensign, owner Rick Porter had her sent to Kentucky to be examined by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle. Owner Rick Porter released the following statement on his Facebook page Aug. […]

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Moss, Porter To Be Honored By National Turf Writers And Broadcasters

Veteran broadcaster Randy Moss and owner Rick Porter are among the Thoroughbred industry standouts who will be honored by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters at the association’s 58th annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 2 at the Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar in Del Mar, California. Members of the NTWAB also voted to honor Daily Racing Form […]

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Battle Of Midway Adds Blinkers, Romps In Shared Belief Stakes

Third in the Kentucky Derby back in May, WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable’s Battle of Midway rebounded from a sixth-place finish in the Haskell to win Saturday’s $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar. The 3-year-old son of Smart Strike, ridden by Flavien Prat, galloped to an open-lengths victory following the addition of blinkers […]

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Hollendorfer Believes Songbird To Be ‘Very Ready’ For Personal Ensign

From the get-go, Fox Hill Farm’s Songbird has hit all the right notes, and how sweet they are. “Tom McGreevey bought this horse [for $425,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August yearling sale] for Mr. Porter and sent her to Florida, where Gene Recio broke her,” said Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “Then when […]

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Trio Of Options ‘On The Table’ For Champion Songbird’s Next Start

Champion Songbird could appear in any of three potential races for her next start, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told drf.com. The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 Saturday at Del Mar, pleasing her trainer, but he and owner Rick Porter have yet to make a decision on the path to the Breeders’ Cup […]

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Saratoga Start Unlikely For Songbird; Porter Says No Plans To Retire Two-Time Champ At Year’s End

Owner Rick Porter and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer have long indicated that a race at Saratoga Race Course was among the stops they intended to make as part of two-time champion Songbird’s 4-year-old campaign. After an upset scare at hot and humid Delaware Park in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on July 15, […]

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