thoroughbred

$510,000 Quality Road Colt Tops Sunday’s Session At Keeneland September

Trade continued at a brisk pace on Sunday at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, with the session headlined by the sale of a Quality Road colt for $510,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing. Select Sales, agent for Machmer Hall, consigned the top-priced yearling, who is a half-brother to Grade 3-placed Stainless. Out of the […]

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Irad Ortiz Doubles Up As Abscond Nails Natalma Photo

Apogee Bloodstock and Mike Anderson Racing’s Abscond was all heart in Sunday’s Grade 1 Natalma Stakes, rallying between rivals in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the three-way photo by a nose. The 2-year-old daughter of Blame, ridden by Irad Ortiz for his second Grade 1 win on the card, covered a mile […]

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Decorated Invader Overcomes Slow Start To Win Summer Stakes

West Point Thoroughbreds, William Freeman and William Sandbrook’s Decorated Invader proved a deserving 2-1 favorite in Sunday’s Grade 1 Summer Stakes, overcoming a slow start and rallying the stretch to win by about two lengths. The 2-year-old son of Declaration of War, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Christophe Clement, covered a mile over Woodbine’s […]

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Catholic Boy ‘Coming Back Into Form,’ Still Under Consideration For Kelso

Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ multiple graded stakes winner Catholic Boy visited the Belmont training track on Saturday, breezing four furlongs in 51.59 seconds. “I thought it was a good workout,” said conditioner Jonathan Thomas. “I feel like he’s coming back into form and so far, so good. This […]

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‘Widely Respected’ Florida Trainer Monte Thomas Dies After Battle With Cancer

The horse racing world lost a good one yesterday, when long-time Florida trainer Monte Thomas passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Thomas befriended and trained for my father over the last four years, although living on across the country we were never able to all meet face to face. It doesn’t feel that […]

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Mucho Gusto, Owendale Among Nominees For Oklahoma Derby

The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby will likely include many horses that hit the spotlight on the national level this year; top trainers from across the country are expected to send competitors for the race set for Sunday, Sept. 29. Among the contenders likely to vie for the top purse on the keystone day at […]

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Romans ‘Trying Not To Look Too Far Ahead’ With Iroquois Winner Dennis’ Moment

Churchill Downs’ all-time leading trainer Dale Romans reported Sunday morning that Albaugh Family Stable’s Dennis’ Moment will target the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) following his 1 ¾-length score in Saturday’s $200,000 Iroquois (GIII) – the kickoff of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” “He’s just such a smart horse at this stage […]

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Old Persian Delivers As Heavy Favorite In Northern Dancer Turf

Godolphin homebred Old Persian shipped in to Woodbine to deliver as the 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf, crossing the wire about two lengths the best. The 4-year-old son of Dubawi, ridden by James Doyle for trainer Charlie Appleby, completed 1 1/2 miles over the “good” turf course in 2:27.78. Cooler Mike […]

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44-1 Longshot El Tormenta Out-Finishes Got Stormy In Woodbine Mile

Sam-Son Farm homebred El Tormenta moved up the rail at final odds of 44-1 to defeat the 7-5 favorite in filly Got Stormy by a half-length in Saturday’s Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, earning the first top-level score of his career. The Ontario-bred 4-year-old by Stormy Atlantic was piloted by Eurico Rosa da Silva and […]

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Former Police Officer Bernie Flint Saddles 3,500th Winner Saturday At Indiana Grand

Bernie Flint, longtime Thoroughbred trainer for more than five decades, scored his 3,500th career win Friday, Sept. 13 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. His horse, Code of War was a winner in the eighth race of the day for jockey Malcolm Franklin, who completed a three-win day on the card with the Flint-trained son […]

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