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Franco Riding With ‘Confidence,’ Eyeing Winter Riding Title Repeat At Aqueduct

Jockey Manny Franco rode four winners on Thursday at Aqueduct, extending his meet-leading total to 64 entering Friday. Franco won three of the day’s first four races, piloting Run for Boston ($2.90) in Race 1, followed by Sweet Like Char ($6.50) and Avalina ($6) in Races 3 and 4, respectively. He then rode Regal Retort […]

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Super Steed Launches 62-1 Southwest Stakes Shocker

Making a bold five-wide move on the far turn under jockey Terry Thompson, Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed – a 62-1 longshot trained by Larry Jones – upset Monday’s $500,000, Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Super Steed defeated West Coast invader Sueno by three-quarters of a length, […]

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Coal Front Holds Off Copper Bullet in Razorback Handicap

Two horses that had never been around two turns finished 1-2 in Monday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with front-running Coal Front, under John Velazquez, just holding off a fast-closing Copper Bullet at the wire of the 1 1/16-mile contest. Rated R Superstar finished third, with an unlucky […]

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She’s a Julie Gives Asmussen Fourth Bayakoa Stakes Win At Oaklawn Park

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen saddled his fourth winner of the afternoon and registered his fourth career victory in the Grade 3 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., on Monday when She’s a Julie went wire to wire under Ricardo Santana Jr. to take the 1 1/16-mile race for older fillies […]

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Justin Evans Hits 2,000-Win Milestone At Sunland Park

Justin Evans scored his 2,000th career training victory on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Sunland Park in New Mexico when A & A Equine and Paul Miller’s Curlina Curlina took a maiden claiming race by 4 ½ lengths under jockey Luis Contreras as the 1-5 favorite. The 6-year-old California-bred mare by Curlin out of Helen’s Echo, […]

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Asmussen Tries To Derail Gray Attempt With Southwest Stakes Quintet

Gray Attempt has nothing but 1s in his last three running lines, and Monday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., he will try to finish No. 1 again in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. Probable post time for the Southwest, the ninth of 10 races on a special […]

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Gray Attempt Gets Inside Post For Monday’s Southwest Stakes

Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt drew the rail Friday morning for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds, part of a stakes tripleheader Monday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/16-mile Southwest is Oaklawn’s second of four major preps for the Kentucky Derby and offers 17 points (10-4-2-1) to the top four finishers toward starting eligibility for the […]

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Gun It’s Connections Hoping For ‘A Little New Orleans Luck’ In Risen Star

Early on in a horse’s 3-year-old year is the time when a lot of developing and learning experiences take place. Many horses that appear quirky and green will eventually blossom into classy, talented top-level runners later in the year. In the case of royally bred Gun It, the connections acknowledge his idiosyncratic tendencies but have […]

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Fires ‘Very Pleased’ With Gray Attempt Ahead Of Southwest Stakes

Several candidates for Oaklawn’s Presidents Day stakes tripleheader recorded workouts on a cloudy, damp Sunday morning, including Gray Attempt who breezed 5 furlongs in advance of the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 18. Working just after the renovation break from the 5-furlong pole to the regular finish line, Gray Attempt went in 1:00.20 […]

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Midnight Bisou Does Just Enough To Capture Houston Ladies Classic

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou was making her 4-year-old debut in Sunday’s G3 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston Race Park. The daughter of Midnight Lute briefly looked like she might settle for third when behind a pair of rivals in the stretch, but Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith […]

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