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Long-Time Friends Moquett And Zito Become Winter Neighbors At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn had 781 horses on the grounds early Thursday morning, including 20 for a newcomer with quite the resume. According to stall superintendent Beverly Fowler, the contingent for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito arrived at 1:45 a.m. (Central) Thursday and was then dispatched to the Citation barn, located directly across from horses housed for […]

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Zito Plans To ‘Give It A Shot’ At Oaklawn Park In 2019

Nick Zito has started only a handful of horses at Oaklawn, but that figures to change in 2019 after the Hall of Fame trainer said Friday afternoon that he will “probably” have 20 horses on the grounds when the scheduled 57-day meet begins Jan. 25. “We thought about this for a while,” said Zito, 70, […]

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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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Imperial Hint Takes Aim At Defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Roy H

Imperial Hint – Perhaps the most exciting rematch of the Breeders’ Cup in 2018 is the return of 1-2 $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint finishers Roy H and Imperial Hint, who battled for a good furlong of the Del Mar stretch last year before the former pulled away to a well-deserved victory. This year, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: A View From Europe, Durkin’s Memories

As I approached Giles Anderson’s booth at Equestricon this week, he pulled up the Racing Post on his mobile device, sliding it in front of me to display a photo on the front page of the website. It was of stallion Arrogate, bucking in the air at Kentucky’s Juddmonte Farms. “See,” he said. “An American […]

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Leading Rider Cabrera Pilots Four Winners Saturday At Remington

Jockey David Cabrera is hotter than a marshmallow at summer camp, following his riding triple Friday night with four wins on Saturday night. He is about a city block ahead of the second-place rider after 26 days of racing here. And owner Danny Caldwell, constant as the rising sun here at this Oklahoma City track, […]

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Whitmore, Limousine Liberal Meet Again In Ogden Phoenix

Top sprinters Whitmore and Limousine Liberal, who have split four meetings with each other, headline a field of six entered Tuesday for Friday’s 166th running of the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) for 3-year-olds and up going 6 furlongs on the main track at Keeneland. The Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, which will go as the […]

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‘She Can Do Anything’: Torrent Tunes Up For ‘Win And You’re In’ At Keeneland

Westrock Stables’ Torrent, third in last year’s Lexus Raven Run (G2) in her most recent Keeneland start, worked a half-mile in :47.80 over a fast track Mondaymorning for trainer Ron Moquett. Working solo, Torrent produced fractions of :12.20, :23.40, :35.60 and out 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. “She likes this track and seems very relaxed here,” Moquett said […]

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Whitmore ‘Doing Awesome’ In Prep For Phoenix, Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Robert LaPenta,Head of Plains Partners and Ron Moquett’s multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Whitmore breezed a maintenance half-mile in :49.20 Friday morning at Churchill Downs as the chestnut gelding continues his preparation for Keeneland’s Oct. 6 Phoenix Stakes (GI) and the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) beneath the historic Twin Spires. “He’s just doing awesome,” said Moquett, who also trains Whitmore. “It was just […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Horses As Family’ Help Moquett Fight His Battles

About a decade ago, after Seek Gold catapulted trainer Ron Moquett into the national consciousness, he scrawled down a list of races he wanted to win. Some, like the Travers, were obvious. Others (the Vanderbilt, the Count Fleet, the deFrancis) made his list because of their history. The list hangs on a wall in his […]

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