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Owner Of Four-Time Stakes Winner Rowdy Yates Hopes For Invite To $800,000 Saudi Derby

Following Sunday’s win in the $104,200 Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park, co-owner Michael Levinson is hoping Rowdy Yates will earn an invite to the $800,000 Saudi Derby on the Saudi Cup undercard next month. The 3-year-old son of Morning Line earned his fifth victory from eight starts in the Riley Allison, defeating his nearest […]

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Champion Midnight Bisou ‘Off-The-Charts Impressive’ In Work Toward Saudi Cup

Just crowned the 2019 Eclipse Award Champion Older Dirt Female, Midnight Bisou skipped the Pegasus World Cup in favor of next month’s $20 million Saudi Cup at Riyadh. On Sunday, co-owner Jeff Bloom told bloodhorse.com that the 5-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is ready for the challenge. “She’s doing really well. In talking with (trainer […]

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Lady Apple Prevails In Thrilling Four-Way Finish In Houston Ladies Classic

Phoenix Thoroughbreds and KatieRich Farms’ Lady Apple came out on top of a thrilling four-way finish in the Grade 3 Houston Ladies Classic on Sunday, the 8-1 chance hitting the wire about a neck in front of 3-5 favorite Serengeti Empress and 2-1 second choice Street Band. Ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. for trainer Steve […]

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Gold Street Leads All The Way For Derby Points In Smarty Jones

Despite wins over a sloppy surface in his last two starts and a muddy Oaklawn surface to contend with on Friday, Mike McCarty’s Gold Street was 10-1 on the tote board for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Street Boss was stretching out to a mile for the first time, but showed […]

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‘Looking For A Home Run’: Winchell Hoping Tenfold Lives Up To His Potential In Pegasus

When owner Ron Winchell and Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen came to the Pegasus World Cup (G1) presented by Runhappy two years ago, they were armed with reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner and Horse of the Year Gun Runner. It’s a much different scenario this year when they run Tenfold, who has flashed […]

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Serengeti Empress Takes On Street Band In Houston Ladies Classic

One week from today, Sam Houston Race Park will host the most prestigious day of its annual live Thoroughbred racing season. The draw for the six Houston Racing Festival stakes took place this morning for each of the features, including the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic. Now in its eighth running, the Houston Ladies […]

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Enforceable, Finite To Be Pointed Toward Risen Star, Rachel Alexandra

On Saturday, February 15, Fair Grounds will play host to “Louisiana Derby Preview Day presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln”. Highlighted by a pair of key races for the three-year-olds on the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), the six stakes events will offer combined purses of $1.25 […]

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Determined Finite Gives Asmussen 1,000th Stakes Win In Silverbulletday

Trainer Steve Asmussen celebrated the 1,000th stakes win of his Hall of Fame career on Saturday at the Fair Grounds, sending out Finite to win the $150,000 Silverbulletday by a head. He is only the third trainer in history to reach this milestone; the other two are D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher. A 3-year-old […]

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Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones Draws Nine In Search Of Derby Points

Nine horses, including four from Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, were entered Friday in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that is Oaklawn’s first of four Kentucky Derby points races. The Smarty Jones will go as the eighth race on the nine-race opening-day program, with probable post time 3:52 p.m. […]

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Shoplifted Among The Probables For Smarty Jones Stakes As Field Begins To Take Shape

The Oaklawn racing office listed seven horses late Thursday morning as probable for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that kicks off the local road to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11. Post positions for the Smarty Jones will be drawn Friday. The race will offer 17 points to […]

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