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‘My Sanctuary’: Anatomy Of A Two-Year-Old Sale With Gary Contessa

It’s easy to skip over five-figure sales when skimming through the list of results at Thoroughbred auctions like the recent OBS Spring Sale. A closer look reveals that even deals in the middle of the market are as drama-packed as those topping the sessions. This morning was supposed to be a quiet one for trainer […]

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Twelve Things I Learned At The OBS Spring Sale

After a Thoroughbred auction, most news stories focus on the horses that brought the highest prices in the sales ring (and, in the case of 2-year-old sales, the ones that carried themselves over a furlong the fastest). But the majority of buyers don’t take their seat outside the sales ring, prepared to sign over millions […]

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Stakes Winner Rydilluc Injured, Racing Future in Doubt

Talented turf horse Rydilluc, winner of the 2013 Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes and the inaugural Penn Mile, came out of last week’s G3 Canadian Turf Stakes with a soft-tissue injury, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. The 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro will be forced to miss the remainder of the […]

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Charming Kitten, Rydilluc Square Off in Hall of Fame

Since March, 3-year-old turf standouts Rydilluc and Charming Kitten have been on parallel schedules, clashing four times beginning with their first confrontation in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes. Except for a wildcard run by Charming Kitten in the Kentucky Derby, the two also have faced each other in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes, […]

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Contessa Regrouping Rydilluc After Career-Worst Performance

Coming off a career-worst finish over soft turf in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby, Rydilluc is being pointed to the Grade 2, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes on August 9 at Saratoga. “That’s my goal race,” trainer Gary Contessa said Friday morning. “He’s going to tell me if he can do […]

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Ramseys Nominate Seven Horses to Virginia Derby

Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey have nominated seven horses to the 16th running of the $500,000 Virginia Derby (Gr. II) on Saturday July 13th at Colonial Downs. A total of 36 three year olds were nominated to the 1 ¼ miles turf test over the Secretariat grass course. The seven are shared between trainers Mike […]

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Rydilluc Headed to Virginia Derby

Trainer Gary Contessa issued an upbeat bulletin on Sunday following Rydilluc’s seven-furlong turf breeze. Working in company with stablemate Which Market, Rydilluc, a two-time stakes winner, traveled the distance in 1:27.60. “Beautiful work. Seven furlongs, 1:27 and change, looked great doing it,” said Contessa, who trains Rydilluc for a partnership headed by Leonard Green. “I […]

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Virginia Derby Next Target for Rydilluc

Rydilluc, winner of the $500,000 Penn Mile last weekend, has the G2 Virginia Derby over 10 furlongs at Colonial Downs as his next goal. Trainer Gary Contessa told the Daily Racing Form, “The mile and a quarter is a specialty race, a lot of horses you think will go, won’t, and horses you believe won’t […]

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Photos of the Week: 6.03.13

Penn National hosted a huge day of racing on Saturday in conjunction with the inaugural $500,000 Penn Mile. Some of the best 3-year-old turf runners in the country were in the line up, with Rydilluc coming out on top. On the west coast, Clubhouse Ride emerged from Game On Dude’s shadow to win the G2 […]

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Rydilluc Much the Best in Penn Mile

The inaugural running of the $500,000 Penn Mile at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course proved the ideal place for Rydilluc to make his case for being the top 3-year-old turf horse in the country. In a race that attracted some of the leading stables and jockeys in the country, Rydilluc ran comfortably behind […]

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