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Pletcher: Shadwell Horses Bring ‘A Welcome Amount Of Pressure’ To The Barn

After the retirement of long-time USA-based Shadwell trainer Kiaran McLaughlin (conditioner of such icons as Invasor, Frosted and Tamarkuz) in April, a fellow previous disciple to the great D. Wayne Lukas, seven-time champion trainer Todd Pletcher, was appropriately ‘tapped’ as his successor. The winner of $390 million in prize money, 4,912 races and 158 G1s […]

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Study Of 10,000 Genomes Suggests Thoroughbred Inbreeding Is ‘Akin To Global Warming’

New research by scientists at University College Dublin and equine science company Plusvital has established that there has been a significant rise in inbreeding levels in the global thoroughbred population over the last 45 years. The research, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports, analysed the genomes of over 10,000 Thoroughbreds, the largest […]

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Bloodlines: Code Of Honor Stakes Out New Territory For Sire Line

Victory in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga made Code of Honor (by Noble Mission) the seventh colt of 2019 to win a G1 stakes in the States at nine furlongs or farther on dirt. The others are Maximum Security (Florida Derby, Haskell), Roadster (Santa Anita Derby), Omaha Beach (Arkansas Derby), Country House (Kentucky […]

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Bloodlines: War Of Will’s ‘Depth Of Family’ Bodes Well

War Front could be pardoned for a bit of pride because the big bay horse from Claiborne Farm had a pretty good weekend. War of Will won the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes on Saturday; Etoile won the G3 Fillies Sprint at Naas in Ireland on Sunday, with Peace Charter second (both by War Front); and […]

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War Of Will Remains ‘Happy And Healthy’ Ahead Of Louisiana Derby

The wet track conditions were not what the connections were hoping for, but Grade III Lecomte and Grade II Risen Star Stakes winner War of Will marched on and continued to exhibit excellent work ethic in his final breeze for the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby to be run Saturday, March 23 at […]

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‘We Like Our Chances’: War Of Will Really ‘Wow’-ing Team Casse

They call him ‘Wow’. Sure it’s an acronym for his name, but it’s also the first thought that came to mind when the connections of Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes contender of War of Will watched him train early on. Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse, the 3-year-old son of War Front […]

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Lecomte: War Of Will ‘Couldn’t Have Been More Impressive’ On The Dirt

With Road to the Derby Kickoff Day five weeks away, trainers have already started making plans with some of their highly regarded soon-to-be 3-year-olds. Trainer Mark Casse is pointing impressive maiden winner and Grade I-placed War of Will to the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes on January 19 at the Fair Grounds. Owned by Gary […]

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8-Year-Old Point Piper Claimed For $10,000, Will Be Retired To Stud

An 8-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, Point Piper was claimed for $10,000 at Del Mar on Monday by trainer Jonathan Wong on behalf of Willow Tree Farm, and drf.com reports that the Grade 3 winner will be retired to stud in California. Willow Tree is owned by Butch and Lu Thomas, who “are very excited to […]

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Bullet Train Relocates To Ireland; Will Serve As Dual-Purpose Stallion

Bullet Train, the stakes-winning, three-quarter brother to Frankel, has been moved to Ireland and he will stand the 2018 breeding season at Woodfield Farm Stud in County Waterford. The Racing Post reports that the 10-year-old son of Sadler’s Wells will serve as a dual-purpose stallion in Ireland. Bullet Train entered stud in 2013 at Wintergreen Stallion Station […]

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