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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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Whitmore Up Just In Time For Ogden Phoenix Victory

Robert LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore had a great head bob at the wire to win Friday’s Grade 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix by a nose at odds of 3-1. The 4-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by Manny Franco, broke from the widest post in the 11-horse field, stayed […]

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Whitmore ‘A Happy Boy’ Leading Up To Friday’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes

The goal for Whitmore remains the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), and the 4-year-old Pleasantly Perfect gelding can take a major step in that direction Friday when he makes an expected start in the 165th running of the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) on opening day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet. “The plan […]

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Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Whitmore Targeting De Francis Dash For Return

Multiple Grade 3-winning sprinter Whitmore, having overcome a minor foot issue, returned to the work tab over the weekend and is expected to make his next start in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Sept. 16 at Laurel Park. Trainer Ron Moquett had planned to run Whitmore in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt […]

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Whitmore Puts Sprint Record On The Line In Friday’s G2 True North

A winner of his last five races and undefeated in six career tries at the distance, Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore will put both streaks on the line in Friday’s Grade 2, $250,000 True North at Belmont Park. The 39th running of the six-furlong True North, for 4-year-olds and […]

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