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Whitmore Seeks ‘Win And You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Status In Belmont Sprint Championship

Set to make his first start since finishing second in the Grade 2 True North on Belmont Stakes Day, multiple graded stakes winner Whitmore will kick off his summer slate in the Grade 2, $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship on Saturday at Belmont Park. A Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race offering all […]

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Whitmore Repeats In Count Fleet Sprint

Southern Springs Stable, Robert LaPenta, and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore captured the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap for the second year in a row, finishing with and impressive stretch run to hit the wire in front. The 5-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Ron Moquett, covered six furlongs […]

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Moquett To Discuss Racing Club At March 31 ‘Dawn At Oaklawn’

Oaklawn Park is giving race fans the chance to experience Thoroughbred ownership in a low-risk, low-cost fashion with the Oaklawn Racing Club. The Racing Club will offer up to 200 shares at $500 each in a horse that will be purchased privately and trained by multiple stakes-winning Oaklawn trainer and native Arkansan Ron Moquett. Moquett, […]

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Quick-Footed Whitmore ’75 Percent Cranked’ In Hot Springs Victory, Eyes On Count Fleet

Whitmore ran the fastest 6 furlongs ever at Oaklawn in January during the 2017 meeting and his comeback victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters produced one of Oaklawn’s fastest 6-furlong times in March. Whitmore ran the distance in 1:08.57 – equaling the stakes record for fifths of a second – just […]

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Whitmore Makes 2018 Debut A Winning One In Hot Springs Stakes

Post-time favorite Whitmore, making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November, proved his class by wearing down the early leader late to capture his second straight $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for owners Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC. “You never know exactly how fit you have them […]

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First Career Starter A Winner For Laurel-Based Trainer Brittany Trimble

Peter Blum’s filly Oh My dueled on the front end into deep stretch and held off a determined late challenge to capture Sunday’s fourth race at Laurel Park and give trainer Brittany Trimble her first career victory. It was the first career starter for Trimble, 28, a former amateur rider and finacee of Laurel-based jockey Sheldon Russell […]

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New Face: Cabrera The Early Leader In Oaklawn’s Jockey Standings

Newcomer David Cabrera became the first jockey to reach double-figure victories at the Oaklawn meeting when he swept Saturday’s late daily double, including his first local stakes score aboard Swing and Sway in the $125,000 American Beauty for older female sprinters. Cabrera’s strong start – 10 victories from 47 starts and purse earnings of $358,801 – mirrors […]

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Claimers: Trainers ‘Have to Have Ice Water In Your Veins’ To Drop A Claim

This is the third in a four-part series on claiming racing. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. If it weren’t already a well-established concept in American racing, the premise of the claiming game would probably sound a little like an idea for a failed reality television show. A trainer’s mission, when he chooses […]

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Claimers: The Rules Governing The Game

This is the second in a four-part series on claiming racing. For part one, click here. Like anything else in horse racing, the rules of the claiming game can be difficult to follow for an outsider. As with drug regulation, the rules governing claiming can be different depending upon which state you’re running in. In […]

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Claimers: Examining The Business That Is Racing’s Bread And Butter

For much of the country, horse racing is the first Saturday in May or the first weekend in November, with millions of dollars in Thoroughbred muscle jogging before a national television audience. Those inside the business realize the average day in the sport is much less glittery, with card after card filled with horses running […]

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