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Thatlookonyerface Splits Rivals To Win Marine Stakes

Dominion Bloodstock and Barry Butzer’s Thatlookonyerface split rivals in the shadow of the wire to win a photo over Bear’sway in Saturday’s $150,000 Grade III Marine Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by David Cotey, Thatlookonyerface left the gate at 32-1 in the 1 1/16-miles Tapeta route for three-year-olds that featured Riker, Canada’s champion two-year-old male of […]

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Weekend Lineup: Sophomores Line Up For Peter Pan

This weekend’s graded stakes action is highlighted by Saturday’s Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont Park, in which the undefeated sophomore Unified is the 4-5 morning line favorite for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. A strong performance will put the colt on course for a start in the Belmont Stakes, according to owner Centennial Farm. Also in […]

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Swipe Makes 2016 Debut In G3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes

Big Chief Racing, Fizzy Racing and Billy Shelton’s Swipe, runner-up in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) here last fall, will open his 3-year-old campaign Saturday when he heads a field of 10 entered Wednesday for the 35th running of the $150,000 Lexington (G3). The Lexington, run at 1 1/16 miles on the main […]

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Catch A Glimpse Honored As Canadian Horse Of The Year At Sovereign Awards

The Jockey Club of Canada held its 41st Annual Sovereign Awards event this evening on the elegantly transformed third floor of Woodbine Race Track in Toronto, Ontario Canada. More than 270 guests were in attendance to celebrate with the finalists and the newly crowned champions of Thoroughbred racing in Canada for 2015. The Sovereign Awards […]

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Destin Validates Derby Credentials In Tampa Bay Derby

Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Destin galloped home the winner by a length in Saturday’s Grade 2 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher. The sophomore son of Giant’s Causeway took down the 1 1/16 mile contest over the fast main track in a track-record time of 1:42.82 under Javier Castellano, earning another 50 […]

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Equibase Analysis: Breaking Down The Tampa Bay Derby

The 36th running of the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby features a pair of highly regarded horses last year making their sophomore debuts, Brody’s Cause and Riker, as well as the winner of the local prep race last month, Destin. Seven others may also have a shot to earn 50 points on the Road […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Derby Capsule: O’Neill’s Take, Slow Times, Betting The Future?

Tick, tick, tick. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is now just 58 days away. This week’s cancellation of the Sunland Derby as a points race leaves 11 major preps left that will largely determine the top 20 qualifiers or the first Saturday in May. Two of those races take place Saturday on opposite […]

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Team Valor, Barber Buy Into Grey-Winning Riker; Colt On Derby Trail With Casse

Riker, whose 10 eligibility points for the Kentucky Derby has been exceeded by only 10 other 3-year-olds, has been bought into privately by Team Valor International and Gary Barber. Current owners Carlo and Lou Tucci have retained a 25-percent interest. A 3-time stakes winner, the son of Include will be turned over to trainer Mark […]

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Gonzalez ‘Impressed’ By Riker Leading Up To Juvenile

“We’re dreaming the dream.” With his undefeated, ultra-impressive colt slated to take on the world nine days from now in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, it’s easy to understand why trainer Nick Gonzalez is dreaming big. As he watched Riker in the final yards of the Grade 3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine earlier this month, Gonzalez […]

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Front-Running Riker Continues Winning Ways With Grey Stakes Victory

Quickest into stride out of the gate, Tucci Stables’ Riker commanded the early lead and quickened in the stretch for his fourth straight victory in Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Grey Stakes at Woodbine. Ridden by jockey Jesse Campbell, Riker extended his lead down the backstretch and responded under urging in the straight, pulling away to […]

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