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Direct Dial Completes Texas Stallion Stakes Series Triple

W. S. Farish’s Direct Dial (Too Much Bling) trained by Steve Asmussen, gets it done Sunday winning the 15thedition of the Texas Stallion Stakes, Stymie Division for 3-yr-old colts & geldings. The one mile race was the third and final of the Texas Stallion Stakes Series. The first of the series is held at Retama Park in […]

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‘Sharp’ Bravazo, ‘Tremendous’ Tenfold Likely To Target Belmont Stakes

Hall of Fame trainer D Wayne Lukas said Sunday morning that he expects to take Preakness runner-up Bravazo to New York to the complete the Triple Crown cycle in the Belmont Stakes on June 9. Calumet Farm’s Bravazo, Preakness sixth-place finisher Sporting Chance and Lukas’ stable pony were on the van that left Pimlico well before dawn for the return […]

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Asmussen Scores $50,000 Preakness Weekend Bonus With Five Stakes Wins

For the second consecutive year, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen claimed the top prize in the Maryland Jockey Club’s $100,000 bonus program offered to trainers for their participation in stakes races over Preakness weekend at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Asmussen led the way with 82 points to earn a $50,000 bonus. He won the $200,000 […]

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Switzerland Gives Santana, Asmussen Fifth Stakes Win On Preakness Weekend In Maryland Sprint

Giving the jockey/trainer duo of Ricardo Santana and Steve Asmussen their fifth win of the Preakness Stakes weekend, Woodford Racing’s Switzerland followed a similar pattern in laying just off the pace and striding clear in the lane to win the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint by 3 1/2 lengths. The 4-year-old son of Speightstown covered six […]

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Mitole Never Threatened In Chick Lang

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole was quick from the gate and never threatened in the lane in Saturday’s $200,000 Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico. The 3-year-old Eskendereya colt gave Ricardo Santana and Steve Asmussen a riding/training double on the card, racing away to a 6 1/4-length victory. Off as the 6-5 favorite, Mitole completed six […]

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Tap Daddy All The Way In James W. Murphy Stakes

Winchell Thoroughbred’s Tap Daddy make quick work of an off-the-turf edition of the James W. Murphy Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico, kicking off the stakes action on the Preakness undercard. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy went straight to the lead and splashed home a 6 1/2-length winner, completing 1 1/16 miles over the sloppy […]

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Vertical Oak Gets The Best Of Skipat Rivals

J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Vertical Oak made short work of her four rivals in Friday’s $100,000 Skipat Stakes, one of five races in the Filly & Mare Sprint-Dirt Division of the MATCH Series. The 4-year-old daughter of Giant Oak, favored at 6-5, settled just off the hip of the frontrunner around the turn, stayed […]

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Asmussen Emptying Barn Preakness Weekend, Eyeing Trainer Bonus

Steve Asmussen didn’t get to become horse racing’s second trainer to win 8,000 races by being shy at the entry box. No one will run more horses on Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness programs than Asmussen, whose dozen-horse contingent features three in stakes Friday and nine horses in seven more stakes Saturday.  “Obviously we’re excited about […]

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Good Magic Arrives At Pimlico; ‘Icabad Crane-Looking’ Tenfold Eases Through Final Breeze

Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up, became the first horse of the prospective Preakness field to arrive at Pimlico Race Course Monday morning. Traveling in a Sallee Horse van, which left New York at 6 a.m., the Chad Brown-trained Good Magic was unloaded at the Pimlico stakes barn at approximately 10:50 a.m. Several photographers and a local NBC affiliate […]

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Asmussen Considering Tenfold For Preakness; Brisset ‘Wouldn’t Trade’ Classic Chance With Quip

Steve Asmussen, trainer of Preakness winners Curlin (2007) and Rachel Alexandra (2009), said Monday that Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tenfold is “probable” for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Tenfold, a son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, was fifth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in his third career start after winning his first two races at Oaklawn. Tenfold […]

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