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‘We’re In Survival Mode’: Economic Impact Of COVID-19 Already Hitting Racing Hard

Although it feels like months or years since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, it has been just 18 days since the first racetracks announced they would host racing without spectators and just 16 days since the first racing cancellations. Still, barely two weeks into what experts expect will be a […]

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‘So Proud Of Him’: Whitmore Back On Top At Oaklawn

Oaklawn’s top older male sprinter – again – is Whitmore, who reclaimed the title with a sharp 2 ½-length victory as the favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes. Co-owned and trained by Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, Whitmore ($3.60) won the Hot Springs for a record fourth consecutive year by covering 6 furlongs over […]

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‘Couldn’t Be Happier’: Joe Talamo Keeping Busy, Riding Winners At Oaklawn

So far, so good for jockey Joe Talamo. After one-third of Oaklawn’s scheduled 57-day meeting, Talamo is tied for third in the standings with 13 victories and ranks second in purse earnings ($816,777) at the Hot Springs, Ark., track. Talamo, 30, is riding regularly for the first time at Oaklawn after previously being based in […]

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Hard-Knocking Whitmore Will Target Hot Springs Stakes For 2020 Debut

Whitmore will target a familiar spot for his 7-year-old debut – the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 7 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett said Sunday morning. Among the country’s most accomplished sprinters, Whitmore has won the last three runnings of the 6-furlong Hot Springs, Oaklawn’s final major prep for the $500,000 Count […]

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Covfefe To Aim For Filly & Mare Sprint Repeat In 2020; Whitmore May Get Another Sprint Try

Covfefe, winner of the Filly & Mare Sprint last Saturday, will take the remainder of the year off but prepare for a 4-year-old campaign hopefully culminating in a repeat Breeders’ Cup bid at Keeneland in 2020, trainer Brad Cox told the Daily Racing Form Wednesday. Cox said the daughter of Into Mischief would likely get […]

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Better With Age: How Breeders’ Cup Veterans Stay On Top Of Their Game

This Breeders’ Cup weekend, many race fans are looking back on their favorite memory from the history of the series. For some, the throwback is far, reaching into the 1990s, but many are still captivated by American Pharoah’s dominating career finale in the 2015 Classic at Keeneland four years ago. That fall day in Central […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Making Noise’ For The Horses

Leslie McCall was honored last weekend with a Godolphin Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award in the category “Dedication to Racing,” and trainer Ron Moquett believes there couldn’t be a more accurate description of his eight-year employee. “I have to have people to depend on who will do the right thing by the horse,” Moquett said. “Leslie […]

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Promises Fulfilled, Whitmore Renew Rivalry In Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

Promises Fulfilled and Whitmore, who finished a head apart in last year’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2), will renew their rivalry Friday at Keeneland as they headline a field of 11 sprinters for the 167th running of the $250,000 race at 6 furlongs on the main track for 3-year-olds and up. Scheduled as the eighth […]

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Commentary: The Problem With ‘Naming And Shaming’ In Horse Rescue

Everyone, step away from your keyboards for a moment.  If you spend any time on social media pages geared toward horse rescue, specifically rescue from the slaughter pipeline, chances are you’ve seen a comment pop up urging others to “name and shame” the person responsible for the horse’s predicament. What often happens next is the […]

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