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Derby A ‘Tall Order,’ But Good Magic Ready For ‘The Best Race Of His Life’

Trainer Chad Brown called the Saturday breeze by champion and Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Good Magic “outstanding” after the Curlin colt worked 4 furlongs in :48 with exercise rider Walter Malasquez aboard. Keeneland clockers caught Good Magic galloping out 5 furlongs in 1:00 and 6 furlongs in 1:14. The move marked Good Magic’s first breeze since he won the Toyota Blue […]

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Emerald Downs Kicks Off 2018 Season On Sunday

Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino opens the gates for its live Thoroughbred racing season Sunday with a 10-race card beginning at 2 p.m. Seventy-eight horses are entered opening day—an average of 7.8 per race—on what is believed to be the first Sunday opener in state history, either at Emerald Downs or Longacres. After an extremely wet […]

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Woodbine Launches Pair Of Incentive Programs For 2018 Thoroughbred Season

Woodbine Racetrack has announced two new competition incentive programs with bonuses up to $50,000 for horses shipping in to race at the Toronto track this year. “We have developed two new Thoroughbred incentive programs for the 2018 meet that aim to encourage and reward participation in our turf racing and graded stakes,” said Jonathan Zammit, […]

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Weekend Lineup: Charles Town Classic, Derby Fever

The $1.2 million Charles Town Classic is the highlight of this weekend’s graded stakes action in North America, with a field of seven expected to line up for the 1 1/8-mile contest. Jockey Club Gold Cup hero Diversify is the morning-line favorite over the well-traveled War Story; the latter will get the services of Hall […]

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New Vocations to Add Dressage to 2018 KY Show Roster

Due to the overwhelming popularity of The New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show held each fall at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., dressage and western dressage will be added to the two-day show schedule. This expansion will showcase even more retired racehorses in successful second careers. A destination event for many Thoroughbred owners […]

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Weekend Lineup: Last Chances

The final chances for Kentucky Derby points are available in pair of graded stakes races this weekend, one at Oaklawn Park and another at Keeneland. The Grade 1 Arkansas Derby offers points on a scale of 100-40-20-10, and the G3 Lexington Stakes offers them 20-8-4-2. The Arkansas Derby features Rebel winner Magnum Moon against the […]

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Second Stride Receives Land Donation From Dinwiddie And Irene Lampton

  Second Stride, a 501c3 not for profit organization for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, announced today it has received a donation of 46.46 acres of land from Dinwiddie and Irene Lampton. The land, located off of Halls Hill Road in the Brownsboro area of Oldham County, will be used to house a new stabling facility dedicated […]

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Louisiana Downs’ 2018 Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule Led By Grade 3 Super Derby

The 2018 Thoroughbred racing season will get underway at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on Saturday, May 5. The 84-day meet will include 14 stakes featured in two premier events, Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 4 and Super Derby Day on Sunday, September 2. The live racing season will be highlighted by the running of the Grade […]

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Jason Servis Scores 1,000th Victory Sunday At Gulfstream

Trainer Jason Servis notched his 1000th career win Sunday at Gulfstream Park, reaching the milestone with Meant Tobe Mine in the ninth race. The 61-year-old native of Charles Town, WV was not present to witness Meant Tobe Mine’s win, but he has been a frequent visitor to winner’s circles since the day in March 2002 that he saddled […]

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Looking Back: Alydar Gave Lucille Markey A ‘Big Thrill’ In 1978 Blue Grass

The post parade of Keeneland’s 1978 Blue Grass left an indelible memory in Thoroughbred racing lore. As the field meandered to the starting gate, jockey Jorge Velasquez steered Calumet Farm’s homebred Alydar to the outside rail, where his owners Lucille and Admiral Gene Markey waited on the Clubhouse lawn. Lucille Markey was 81 and in failing health […]

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