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Maxfield: Derby Delay Gives Walsh More Time ‘To Prepare Him Properly’

It was the kind of performance that leaves a racing fan just standing there, slack-jawed, staring at the racetrack but actually into the future, and thinking, “Now, that’s a Derby horse.” Last October, when Maxfield won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, he delivered not only one of the best juvenile performances of the year, but […]

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Caldwell Excited To Get Southern Phantom Started Running Again

He’s got the face. Now, he’ll try to win the race. Media sensation Southern Phantom is scheduled to make his 2020 debut in Friday’s ninth race at Oaklawn, a maiden special weights event for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. Southern Phantom is winless in seven career starts, but the 4-year-old bay colt has […]

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Son Of Hall-Of-Famer, Reeve McGaughey Saddles First Winner At Oaklawn

Eight was enough for trainer Reeve McGaughey. McGaughey, the son of Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, recorded his first career victory in Thursday’s seventh race at Oaklawn with Franknjymme ($7.20). It was his eighth career starter. McGaughey, 30, went out on his own at this year’s Oaklawn meeting after working under his father and […]

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Ohio Racing Commission Shuts Down Racing Through March 27

The Ohio State Racing Commission announces that horse racing at all Ohio racetracks is officially cancelled effective immediately from March 20, 2020 through March 27, 2020. The Commission will be in contact with the permit holders and the horsemen to discuss further cancellations, if needed. Racetrack backsides are to remain open. The racetrack is to […]

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Oaklawn Pushes Arkansas Derby Back To May 2; Purse Reduced To $750,000

Oaklawn announced Friday that it is moving its signature race – the Arkansas Derby (G1) – from Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the 2020 live meet. Due to the closing of the casino and racetrack to the public, Oaklawn could have raced with purses intact through April 18, but, upon […]

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New York Race Track Chaplaincy Launches Fundraiser For Backstretch Workers

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America has launched a fundraiser in support of backstretch workers to help during the challenging circumstances relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The chaplaincy is looking to bolster its food pantry and welcomes any financial contribution. For those who wish to donate food, non-perishable items that are microwaveable are […]

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Facing Uncertainty Outside The Racetrack, Working Jockeys Are Happy For Some ‘Normal’

Uncertainty may be a part of a jockey’s everyday life, but that feeling has risen immeasurably as the rest of the world grinds to a halt in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Several states have shut down racing entirely, so riders at tracks still operating are quick to express their gratitude for being able […]

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Last Year’s Louisiana Derby Winner By My Standards Tops Saturday’s New Orleans Classic

One year ago, Allied Racing Stable LLC’s By My Standards crossed the wire first in the featured Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) en route to his Kentucky Derby appearance. On Saturday, the now 4-year-old will headline a powerhouse field of nine older horses in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2), to be run over 1 1/8th […]

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Stidham ‘Looking For A Big Effort’ From Synchrony In Muniz Memorial

Through a career that has now gone on longer than several of his rivals have been alive, a trip to Fair Grounds has always managed to serve as the litmus test to determine where Synchrony’s form lies. It was over the New Orleans track where the 7-year-old son of Tapit earned his first win on […]

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