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Homeland Security Bids To Give Clement An Eighth Orchid Win

Moyglare Stud Farm’s Homeland Security, a multiple grass stakes winner last summer and fall, will debut for her new connections while giving trainer Christophe Clement an opportunity for his eighth career victory in Friday’s $100,000 Orchid (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The 1 3/8-mile Orchid for fillies and mares 4 and up on the turf returns […]

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‘Light After Darkness’: Battle Of Midway Colt Born Sunday In Virginia

Within 24 hours of the devastating loss of Breeders’ Cup champion Battle of Midway following a morning workout on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Santa Anita, came the delightful news that one of his foals was born at Jim and Katie Fitzgerald’s Chilly Bleak Farm in Marshall, Va. The 5-year-old Battle of Midway earned more than […]

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‘He Gave Us So Much’: Battle Of Midway Breaks Down During Breeze, Euthanized

Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm’s Battle of Midway suffered a fractured pastern in a hing leg during a workout on Saturday at Santa Anita, according to bloodhorse.com, and was subsequently euthanized due to the severity of his injuries. “Terrible. Terrible game. He broke down. He shattered his pastern in his hind leg,” said Fernando Diaz-Valdes, […]

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Fahan Mura The One To Catch In Saturday’s Buena Vista

Two things are certain in Saturday’s one mile Buena Vista Stakes on Santa Anita’s turf: Vasilika will be favored and Fahan Mura will be the one to catch. A chestnut daughter of the Smart Strike sire English Channel, Fahan Mura has been in front from the opening of the gates for her last 10 races […]

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Battle Of Midway Inches Away From McKinzie To Win San Pasqual

Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm’s Battle of Midway was the second choice in the wagering but finished Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual just ahead of 1-2 wagering favorite McKinzie. The pair engaged in a stretch-long battle through the sloppy going at Santa Anita Park, but Flavien Prat and the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike […]

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Pegasus: ‘Things Come Easy’ To Lightly-Raced Tom’s D’Etat

Some horses don’t put as much into their work because natural athleticism alone is enough for them to get the job done. That’s just what Tom’s d’Etat did for trainer Al Stall, Jr. on Saturday morning in his penultimate work for the Grade I $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Under mostly cloudy […]

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Tom’s D’Etat Prepared For ‘True Test’ In Pegasus World Cup

Following some consideration, G M B Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat has officially been confirmed for the Grade I $9 million Pegasus World Cup on January 26 at Gulfstream Park, according to trainer Al Stall, Jr. and G M B Racing Manager Greg Bensel. On Sunday morning, the 6-year-old son of Smart Strike began serious preparations for […]

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Tom’s D’Etat Proves His ‘Class’ With First Stakes Victory At Fair Grounds

A trio of stakes victories by defending riding champion Shaun Bridgmohan, one of which came aboard Tom’s d’Etat for New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, highlighted an action-packed Santa Super Saturday program at the Fair Grounds. With its New Orleans Saints in position to secure a first round playoff bye with a victory […]

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‘Tremendous Athlete’ Tom’s d’Etat Makes Added-Money Debut In Tenacious

When one thinks of Al Stall Jr., and the top horses he’s trained during a stellar 27-year career, Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame and champion Louisiana-bred Star Guitar immediately come to mind, but when it comes raw talent, the veteran conditioner believes Tom’s d’Etat, who will be making his added-money debut less than […]

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Teresa Z Dominates Turnback The Alarm Handicap At Aqueduct

St. Elias Stable’s Teresa Z stalked the early speed and made a strong move out of the final turn before gearing down for a six-length win in the 24th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Out of the gate, Bishop’s Pond did the heavy lifting, leading […]

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