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Positive Spirit ‘OK,’ ‘Sound’ After Clipping Heels In Kentucky Oaks

The Rodolphe Brisset-trained Positive Spirit has recovered from her spill at the beginning of Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GI), and was in good order in her barn early Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. The Michael J. Ryan and Gerry Dilger-owned half-sister to Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming and Spinaway (GI) winner Hot Dixie Chick clipped […]

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Oaklawn Handicap: Quip Emerges Victorious In Five-Horse Blanket Finish

Quip, making just his second start since finishing far behind Justify in the 2018 Preakness, held off a fast-closing Lone Sailor to win Saturday’s $750,000, Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap by a neck. Pioneer Spirit finished another neck back in third, a neck in front of Remembering Rita, who was a neck in front of Giant […]

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Giant Expectations Favored Over Quip, Tenfold In Oaklawn Handicap

An evenly matched field of nine is entered in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Probable post time for the 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap, which goes as the ninth race, is 5:22 p.m. CT. Last year’s edition was won by City of Light, who edged Accelerate […]

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Gulfstream Park: Brisset Has ‘Hope’ With Quip’s Return From Layoff

As trainer Rodolphe Brisset was preparing Quip for his career debut in Kentucky during the early fall of 2017, the former jockey was also getting on a 2-year-old son of Scat Daddy that soon would be bound for trainer Bob Baffert’s Southern California stable and unforeseen glory. Quip, who will return from a nine-month layoff […]

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Positive Spirit Has Brisset Thinking Big For 2019

When your older half-brother is a Kentucky Derby winner, it’s natural for high expectations to carry over. Positive Spirit ended her 2-year-old campaign on a very promising note, and the first chapter of her sophomore season is about to be written in the Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, to be run on Saturday, Feb. […]

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Derby Winner’s Half-Sister Positive Spirit Runs Away With Demoiselle

Mike Ryan’s homebred filly Positive Spirit defied her 11-1 odds on Saturday at Aqueduct, dominating the G2 Demoiselle by at 10 1/2 lengths in her fourth career start. The 2-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile and half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming was ridden by Manny Franco for young trainer Rodolphe Brisset, and covered […]

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Several European Breeders’ Cup Contenders To Stay In U.S. With New Trainers

Four of the record 50 European contenders in this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships will not be making return flights, and instead will look toward U.S.-based campaigns with new trainers. Fourth-place finisher in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Friday, Queen of Bermuda (Exceed and Excel) will be transferred to the barn of […]

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‘Pretty Good Birthday Present’: Rushing Fall Delivers Grade 1 On Edwards’ Special Day

On Saturday, Rushing Fall delivered a bonus birthday gift to her owner, Bob Edwards, who races in the name of e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) at Keeneland. “That worked out well,” said Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Chad Brown. “Everybody was happy about […]

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Midnight Bisou Looks To Add To Resume In Alabama

Multiple graded stakes winner Midnight Bisou will look to get back on top as she leads a a field of eight in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 miles, one of two stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The 138th running of the Alabama, carded as Race 9, will […]

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