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Current Flies Late To Nail Photo In Dixiana Bourbon

Robert LaPenta and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Current came flying down the center of Keeneland’s turf course to just win the Grade 3 Dixiana Bourbon by a nose on the wire. The juvenile son of Curlin, ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Todd Pletcher for their third win on the card, completed 1 1/16 miles over […]

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Army Mule Retires To Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms For 2019

Undefeated Grade 1 winner Army Mule, raced in the colors of St. Elias Stable, has been retired from racing and will stand stud duty at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky. An $825,000 2-year-old in training purchase, Army Mule served notice of his exceptional brilliance at first asking, breaking his maiden in spectacular fashion […]

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Belmont Stakes Winner Tapwrit Retired To Gainesway For 2019

Belmont Stakes winner and millionaire Tapwrit has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Gainesway for a $12,500 stud fee in 2019. A gray son of three-time leading sire Tapit, Tapwrit was a $1.2-million yearling purchase by Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert V. LaPenta at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Tapwrit […]

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Trainers Say Laurel’s Bald Eagle Derby Fills Void For Fall 3-Year-Old Races

Saturday’s debut of the $150,000 Bald Eagle Derby for 3-year-olds as part of a 12-race ‘Class on the Grass’ program attracted nine horses and drew praise from horsemen seeking what they feel is a sorely needed late-season spot for sophomores. Among the trainers with horses in the Bald Eagle Derby, set for 1 ½ miles […]

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With Anticipation Winner Opry Leads Pilgrim Field At Belmont

Set to make his first start since winning the Grade 3 With Anticipation at Saratoga Race Course, Opry will headline a field of 11 in the 40th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim for juveniles going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf Saturday at Belmont Park. One of four graded stakes races on […]

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Top Trainers Mull ‘Opportunity,’ Prospects For Pegasus World Cup

Bob Baffert doesn’t know who he may saddle in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) or $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), but one thing is for certain. “I’ll be there with something,” Baffert said. Baffert isn’t the only one who plans on being at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26 for the Pegasus World […]

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Pletcher Hoping Return To Belmont Helps Hi Happy Find The Winner’s Circle

La Providencia’s multiple graded stakes winner Hi Happy breezed four furlongs over Belmont’s main track Saturday morning in his final major training session ahead of next weekend’s Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic for trainer Todd Pletcher. The 6-year-old Argentinian homebred covered the distance in 49.55 seconds, his second work since finishing fourth in […]

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Good Magic ‘Done For The Season,’ Audible Targeting Pegasus World Cup

Trainer Chad Brown has officially stated that Good Magic, the Haskell winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up, will not race again this season, according to drf.com. The Curlin colt most recently ran ninth as the Travers favorite, and was sent to Stonestreet for a break from the racetrack. “He needs some time,” Brown said. “A decision on […]

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Channel Cat Wins Dueling Grounds Derby; Osare Takes Oaks As Kentucky Downs Handle Soars

Record-setting trainer Todd Pletcher picked a great time to win his first race at Kentucky Downs since 2010 as Calumet Farm’s Channel Cat outfought the late-running Cullum Road to win the $400,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby by a head on Wednesday’s penultimate card of America’s most unique race meet. Winning the $300,000 Fifth Third […]

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Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming Retired To WinStar Farm

Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Grade 1 Florida Derby, has been retired from racing and will join the stallion ranks at WinStar Farm. Hailing from the Unbridled sire line, the most dominant classic sire line in recent years, Always Dreaming was campaigned by Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stables, MEB […]

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