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Friday At Sam Houston: Picks And Analysis By Joe Nevills And Fred Faour For March 20 Card

Sam Houston Race Park might be running without an audience for the remainder of its meet, but the cards remain high-quality for fans and horseplayers to watch and bet from home. Friday’s card features nine races, and opportunities for the leaders in the jockey and trainer colonies, David Cabrera and Steve Asmussen respectively, to pad […]

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Kentucky Oaks Leader Finite Goes For More Points, Sixth Straight Win In Fair Ground Oaks

Heading into her expected start in Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), Winchell Thoroughbreds and Thomas Reiman, William Dickson, and Debbie Easter’s Finite will carry with her the weighty expectations that come with being her division’s pro tem leader. It is a reputation she earned when she handily defeated champion British Idiom in the […]

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Saturday At Sam Houston: Picks And Analysis By Chris Griffin And Fred Faour For March 14 Card

Like many tracks in North America, Sam Houston Race Park will be hosting a live card on Saturday without spectators, but the full slate of betting options will still be available as always. Jockey David Cabrera will look to extend his lead in the race for the meet’s top jockey by wins, with nine mounts […]

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Baffert Would Prefer Dry Track For Nadal; Colt To Start Without Blinkers In Rebel

By Bob Baffert’s lofty standards, he’s been in a slump recently at Oaklawn. Sure, the Hall of Fame trainer won Thursday’s fifth race, but Morning Snow was racing for a $40,000 claiming price and taken out of that sprint victory. Baffert’s wheelhouse at Oaklawn, of course, is its lucrative series of Kentucky Derby points races […]

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Combatant Gives Sadler, Hronis Third Straight Big ‘Cap Triumph

Despite the scratch of their morning-line favorite Gift Box due to concerns over a filling in an ankle, owner Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler managed to come up with their third straight victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. Gift Box won it for them in 2019, and Accelerate won the Big ‘Cap […]

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Midnight Bisou Ruled Out Of Dubai World Cup Bid; Mucho Gusto, Tacitus Stay Overseas

Champion mare Midnight Bisou, a gallant second in Saturday’s $20 million Saudi Cup, will head home to the United States this week rather than turning back in four weeks for the $12 million Dubai World Cup, reports the Daily Racing Form. The Steve Asmussen-trained mare joins Saudi Cup winner Maximum Security in deciding not to pursue […]

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Bye Bye J, Lieblongs’ Future Date For The Big Beast, Making Hay In Arkansas-Bred Ranks

The Big Beast has yet to be represented by a winner at the 2020 Oaklawn meet as a sire, but one of his future dates continues to flourish against Arkansas-breds at the Hot Springs racetrack. Heavily favored Bye Bye J remained perfect in three starts against state-breds in Saturday’s $125,000 Downthedustyroad Stakes, scoring by 1 […]

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Champion Midnight Bisou ‘Even More Impressive’ As She Prepares For Saudi Cup

To a man, those closest to Midnight Bisou all kept coming back to the same descriptor over and over again. She was the dream come true, they said, the manifestation of all the reasons people sink their time, money and hearts into the sport of Thoroughbred racing to begin with. Since her career debut at […]

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Engage To Miss Saudia Sprint With ‘Little Setback’; Midnight Bisou Breezes

Woodford Racing’s Engage, winner of the G2 Phoenix Stakes last fall at Keeneland and most recently fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, will miss his scheduled start in this weekend’s Saudia Sprint. According to the Daily Racing Form, trainer Steve Asmussen’s assistant Scott Blasi said that the 5-year-old son of Into Mischief is “not 100 percent” […]

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