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New York Central Rides The Rail To Maryland Sprint Win

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s New York Central made short work of Saturday’s Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Stakes, racing up the rail in the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Proforma as the 2-1 co-favorite. The 4-year-old son of Tapit, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. for trainer Steve Asmussen, covered […]

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Tenfold Back To Winning Ways With Closing Effort In G3 Pimlico Special

Tenfold, who contested the 2018 Grade 1 Preakness at Pimlico a year ago, returned to winning form Friday with a closing victory in the G3 Pimlico Special. Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and the Curlin colt had the best in group of closing efforts at the end of the 1 1/4 miles, sitting toward the back […]

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Improbable, Laughing Fox Among Preakness Contenders Arriving Wednesday Afternoon

Improbable, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s chance to capture a record-breaking eighth Preakness Stakes (G1) triumph, arrived at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday afternoon for Saturday’s 144th running of the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. Accompanied by fillies Fighting Mad and The Aurelia Factor, both entered on Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day program, Improbable was led […]

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Preakness Notes: Velazquez To Ride Bodexpress, Market King ‘Taking A Shot’

Laughing Fox, who earned an automatic entry in Saturday’s Preakness (G1) at Pimlico by winning Oaklawn Park’s $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational May 4, cruised through a leisurely half-mile work in 51.60 seconds under exercise rider Wilson Fabian Monday at Churchill Downs. The breeze was a typical move for a Steve Asmussen-trained horse the week of a […]

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Full Field Of 14 Entered For Pimlico Special, Now Run At 1 1/4 Miles

The historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), lengthened this year to 1 ¼ miles for the first time in history, drew the biggest field since its revival in 1988 as 14 were entered for Friday’s race at Pimlico Race Course. The 49th running of the Pimlico Special, on the eve of the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), […]

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Preakness: Alwaysmining ‘Makes It Look Easy,’ Laughing Fox Has ‘Great Attitude’

Runnymede Racing LLC’s Alwaysmining breezed a half-mile at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. Friday morning in preparation for a planned start in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 18. The son of Stay Thirsty, who is riding a six-race winning streak, covered the four-furlong distance under regular exercise rider […]

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South Dakota Horse Racing Pipeline That Produced Bill Mott May Be Shut Down

While the rest of the world debates Saturday’s Kentucky Derby disqualification of Maximum Security, I’m worried about more important things, like how to bring horse racing back to Fort Pierre and Aberdeen in South Dakota. This year, for the first time in 70 years, there will be no horses racing on the bullring track at […]

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‘Let The Horse Tell Us’: Oaklawn Invitational Winner Laughing Fox Probable For Preakness

While a final decision won’t come for at least a few days, if all goes well Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Laughing Fox is likely headed to the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Laughing Fox, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, earned an automatic berth into the Middle […]

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Laughing Fox Scores Preakness Bid In Oaklawn Invitational

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Laughing Fox, coming off a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13, rebounded off that race to post his first career stakes victory in Saturday’s inaugural $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational at Oaklawn. The win earned the Union Rags colt an automatic berth to the May 18 Preakness Stakes […]

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Mitole Takes Sixth In A Row For Red-Hot Asmussen Barn In Churchill Downs

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole earned his sixth consecutive victory by 3 1/2 lengths in Saturday’s Grade 1 The Churchill Downs Stakes, sprinting seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:21.21. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya was sent off as the 2-1 favorite for trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr., who have […]

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