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‘Kind Of Mayhem’: Tacitus Has Traveled The World To Run In Arkansas

A homebred for famed Juddmonte Farms, Inc., Tacitus is the 9-2 second choice in the program for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn. A royally bred 4-year-old gray son of Tapit, Tacitus will be making his first start since finishing fifth in the world’s richest race, the inaugural $20 million […]

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Slowed By COVID-19, Saudi Cup Investigative Committee Aims For ‘No Ambiguity Whatsoever’

The progress of the committee investigating the winner of the inaugural $20 million Saudi Cup, Maximum Security, has been significantly slowed by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA) has withheld the purse money for the marquee race due to the U.S. indictment of trainer Jason Servis and allegations that Maximum […]

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‘Healthy And Happy’: Champ Midnight Bisou Back On The Work Tab At Keeneland

Champion mare Midnight Bisou returned to the work tab for the first time since the Saudi Cup, breezing a half mile in :52 3/5 at Keeneland on Thursday. According to, the 5-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute pleased her connections with the easy workout. “It could not have gone any easier,” co-owner Jeff Bloom told the […]

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Horse Tests Positive For Cobalt; Mike Smith Demoted To Third In Saudi International Jockeys Challenge

One of Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith’s two winners in the March 28 International Jockeys Challenge in Saudi Arabia returned a positive test for cobalt, reports The mare, Sun Hat, is trained by Bedan Alsubaie, and was disqualified from the victory. As a result, Smith was demoted from first in the competition to […]

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Mott Barn Full Of Promising Contenders For Postponed American Classics

Riley Mott is not one for stall rest. The world-traveling assistant trainer is currently riding out the remainder of a travel-imposed quarantine in Florida after returning from Dubai with last year’s Grade 2 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus. “For now, I’m home with my fiancé and the dog,” said Mott, who had been overseas since saddling […]

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Smith Loses Appeal On Suspension, Fine For Whip Violations In Saudi Cup

Mike Smith has lost his appeal against the lengthy ban and huge prize-money penalty he received on a costly trip to the Saudi Cup meeting. The Hall of Fame jockey received nine days in bans for breaching Saudi whip rules after riding Midnight Bisou into second place behind Maximum Security in the $20 million Saudi […]

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Owner Gary West: Maximum Security To Undergo Thorough Medical Examination, New Round Of Drug Tests

The following statement was provided by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Gary West, who bred and co-owns Maximum Security, Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old male of 2019 whose victory in the world’s richest race, the $20-million Saudi Cup, was followed nine days later by a federal indictment alleging illegal doping by trainer Jason Servis and others. After […]

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‘Deeply Concerned And Frustrated’: Midnight Bisou’s Connections Suggest Saudi Cup Disqualification For Maximum Security

In the wake of federal charges being pursued against trainer Jason Servis for giving his runners illegal substances, the connections of Saudi Cup runner-up Midnight Bisou have hinted that the race’s winner, Servis charge Maximum Security, ought to be disqualified, BloodHorse reports. Maximum Security outlasted Midnight Bisou to prevail by three-quarters of a length in […]

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Champion Midnight Bisou New Leader In NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Midnight Bisou, the champion older dirt female of 2019 and runner-up in her first try against males in the $20 million Saudi Cup on February 29, earned 16 first-place votes and a total of 376 points to take over the lead position in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Thoroughbred Poll. Champion Maximum […]

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