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Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls Get Ready to Roll

By Scott Jagow As the October mornings get chillier in Kentucky, Churchill Downs and Keeneland are heating up with Breeders’ Cup workouts. Breeders’ Cup contenders are shipping into the Bluegrass state to begin their preparations for the big races November 5th and 6th at Churchill. require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> Saturday and Sunday, […]

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RACHEL RETURNS TO TRACK FOR GALLOP

For the first time since her one-length defeat in the Personal Ensign, Rachel Alexandra returned for a gallop around the one mile Oklahoma training track. “I’m very pleased with how she went back,” said trainer Steve Asmussen Read more at the Daily Racing Form

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS

The summer racing season has been gearing up toward this weekend which promises to showcase the country’s top talent, especially in the 3-year-old division. At Saratoga, the Grade 1 Travers has attracted a field of 11 of sophomore stand-outs, with the exception of Lookin At Lucky, who has remained at his Southern California base […]

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RACHEL’S ENCORE

The headline in the Albany Times-Union reads “Rachel As Popular As Ever,” and the Horse of the Year’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, confirms that, saying “little girls still love her.” Her jockey, Calvin Borel, says Rachel Alexandra can run all day long, but horsemen like Marty Wolfson question whether she is as good this year as […]

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RACHEL TO RUN 10 FURLONGS FOR FIRST TIME IN CAREER

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will make her 2010 Grade I debut in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga. It will also mark the first time she has run 10 furlongs in her career. “I think it’s time,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “It’s still a big question and Sunday’s the best time to […]

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DEREK RYAN: WHAT IS IT? EVERYBODY’S AFRAID TO BEAT PLETCHER?

Musket Man’s trainer Derek Ryan had some choice words for the connections of Haynesfield, implying that they did not run the race they had intended to run. “What happened to the setup,” asked Ryan. “Haynesfield was supposed to run with Quality Road. It was in all the papers…What is it? Everybody’s afraid to beat […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS

This weekend marks the opening of Saratoga Race Course, in picturesque Saratoga Springs, New York. There are three graded stakes scheduled over the weekend, but handicappers are going to be challenged by track conditions, which could be very wet from copious amounts of rain. Friday’s feature is the Grade 3 Schuylerville, for 2-year-old fillies going […]

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RACHEL ALEXANDRA ARRIVES AT MONMOUTH

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was back in Oceanport, N.J., setting foot in the Monmouth Park barn area around 9:00 a.m. after shipping to the Shore from Saratoga.  The champion filly will headline this Saturday’s card at Monmouth Park when she heads postward in the $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes. “She shipped just […]

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RACHEL’S RADAR STILL SEES THE SPA

Despite deciding to run in Monmouth Park’s Lady’s Secret this weekend, connections for 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra still very much have Saratoga on their radar. When asked about the likelihood of Rachel running at The Spa this year, trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed in the affirmative. “There is a strong possibility. Jess […]

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