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Silver Dust Denies Game Kukulkan In West Virginia Governor’s Stakes

Tom Durant’s Silver Dust (7-2) was determined in Saturday’s Grade 3 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes at Mountaineer, turning back several challenges from 3-1 favorite and Mexican Triple Crown winner Kukulkan to win by about a half-length on the wire. The 5-year-old Tapit gelding, ridden by Jack Gilligan for trainer Bret Calhoun, covered 1 1/16 miles […]

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Core Beliefs Takes New Orleans Handicap Off The Layoff

Unraced since finishing fifth in last year’s G1 Pennsylvania Derby, Gary Broad’s Core Beliefs made a strong impression in his 2019 debut to win Saturday’s G2 New Orleans Handicap. The 4-year-old son of Quality Road, ridden by Florent Geroux for trainer Peter Eurton, covered nine furlongs over the Fair Grounds fast main track in 1:51.36. […]

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Mineshaft Winner Silver Dust Favored In New Orleans Handicap

Tom Durant’s Silver Dust has been made the lukewarm 7-2 morning favorite for the Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots against a competitive field of ten other older horses. Trained by Bret Calhoun, the 5-year-old gelded son of Tapit enters the mile-and-an-eighth event over the main track off […]

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OBS March Sale Under-Tack Show Begins Thursday

The under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training begins Thursday, March 7. There are three sessions, with Hips 1 – 192 breezing on the first day. Hips 193 – 384 will go Friday, March 8 and Hips 385 – 577 will go Saturday, March 9. All three sessions […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Tapit Takes Command

Following a relatively even-spread January, February’s graded stakes calendar saw assertive performances by the leaders of several divisions to gain separation against their peers, including a surge to the top of the sire standings by Gainesway’s cornerstone resident Tapit. Tapit doubled both his graded stakes winners and wins in February from two to four, vaulting […]

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Silver Dust Puts It All Together For Mineshaft Victory; Harlan Punch Vanned Off

The notoriously difficult-to-handle Silver Dust finally seems to have mostly figured out what to do in the afternoons; despite acting up in the gate, the gelded 5-year-old son of Tapit captured Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths at odds of 5-1. The victory was the first graded win for both the horse and […]

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Calhoun Playing Catch-Up With Mr. Money In Risen Star

Successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill. Unfortunately, time was not on trainer Bret Calhoun’s side last month when he targeted the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes  with Mr. Money, but the new member of the 3,000-win club is moving forward and hoping for a big run from the Allied […]

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‘Sneaky-Deep Field’ In West Virginia Derby Provides Handicapping Puzzle

The 3-year-olds who have competed in Triple Crown races traditionally have drawn the most attention in the Grade III West Virginia Derby, but this year’s $750,000 race has attracted a field with many possibilities. Three colts come to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 5 after quality efforts in the Grade III Iowa Derby July […]

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Favored Classic Empire Will ‘Send’ From The Gate In Arkansas Derby

John Oxley’s champion Classic Empire is the 8-5 program favorite for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/8-mile race that highlights the closing-day program. Probable post time for the Arkansas Derby, the 11th of 12 races, is 6:18 p.m. (Central). Gates open at 10:30 a.m., with racing to begin at […]

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Arkansas Derby: ‘Handful’ Silver Dust Demonstrates His Naughty Side At Oaklawn

Tom Durant’s Silver Dust had an eventful morning of training at Oaklawn Park on Tuesday, dropping his exercise rider on the backstretch and losing his bridle, though he was quickly corralled by that rider and a pony person. The sophomore son of Tapit, to be entered in Saturday’s G1 Arkansas Derby, rejoined his rider and […]

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