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The Pizza Man, Work All Week To Be Brueggemann’s Stable Ponies At Arlington

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ 2015 Grade I Arlington Million winner The Pizza Man and 2014 Champion Sprinter Work All Week returned to the Arlington International Racecourse backstretch last week to the barn of Roger Brueggemann and will be used as stable ponies during training hours. The Pizza Man became the only horse bred in Illinois to win […]

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Midwest Thoroughbreds Transferring Horses From Gargan To Asmussen

Richard and Karen Papiese’s Midwest Thoroughbreds will be transferring their 14 horses in trainer Danny Gargan’s barn to the care of Steve Asmussen, according to drf.com. The Midwest-Gargan duo has gone 83 for 342 over the course of their association, a 24 percent win rate. “We had a great run, but people have to do what […]

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The Pizza Man To Vie For Second Arlington Million Title

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man is on track to contest his third Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 12 at Arlington International Racecourse. In 2015 the son of English Channel became the first Illinois-bred to win Arlington’s centerpiece race, bringing home the trophy for Chicagoland residents Richard and Karen Papiese. “We’re really excited to have […]

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The Pizza Man Fourth As Oak Brook Leads Gate-To-Wire In Black Tie Affair

Virginia H. Tarra Trust’s Oak Brook opened an easy early lead and showed steely resolve in the stretch en route to an upset tally in the $52,580 Black Tie Affair Handicap. Ridden by Santo Sanjur for trainer Brian Williamson, the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway established an open-lengths lead through early splits of 25.44 and […]

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Longer Vacation Should Lead To Top-Notch Season For The Pizza Man

Richard and Karen Papiese’s 8-year-old Illinois-bred gelding The Pizza Man is on track to return to the spotlight in 2017, according to bloodhorse.com. Unraced since Nov. 24, The Pizza Man turned in his first major workout of the year at Churchill Downs’ Trackside training center on Tuesday, breezing a half in :50 flat as trainer […]

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The Pizza Man Stars In Thanksgiving Day River City Handicap At Churchill

Multi-millionaire and two-time Grade I-winner The Pizza Man will vie for his 13th career stakes win when he faces a full field of older males in the 39th running of the $100,000 River City Handicap (GIII) at 1 1/8 miles on turf on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. The River City Handicap joins the $200,000 […]

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The Pizza Man Bounces Back To Win Northern Dancer Turf

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ fan-favorite homebred The Pizza Man, off the board in all four of his previous starts this year, rallied down the stretch to just get up by a neck on the line in Saturday’s G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes. The 7-year-old gelded son of English Channel, masterfully ridden by Flavien Prat, stopped the clock […]

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The Pizza Man Looking To Turn The Tables On Arlington Million Rivals

Midwest Throroughbreds’ 2015 Arlington Million winner The Pizza Man will face some familiar rivals in Saturday’s Grade I Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine. The 1½-miles race drew a field of eight, including 2016 Million starters Danish Dynaformer, Wake Forest, and World Approval. The Pizza Man finished sixth in this year’s running of the Million […]

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The Pizza Man ‘Back To His Old Self’ En Route To Arlington Million

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man returned to the work tab last month after a short rest in preparation for a summer campaign that could include a prep at Arlington International Racecourse for his return to the Grade I Arlington Million. The 2015 Million winner made his most recent start in the Grade I Gulfstream Park […]

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The Pizza Man To Have Time Off Before Defending Title In Arlington Million

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man will have a well-earned vacation before he returns to defend his title in the Grade 1 Arlington Million on Aug. 13, according to horseracingnation.com. The 7-year-old gelding had not been training as well as he usually does, according to Midwest’s Richard Papiese. The decision was made with trainer Roger Brueggemann […]

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