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Favored Commissioner Earns Pimlico Special Victory

WinStar Farm’s Commissioner lived up to his odds-on billing with a comfortable victory in Friday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special, pulling away from his rivals to earn his second graded victory this year. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Commissioner pressed the early pace set by Encryption through opening fractions of :23.54, :48.16, and 1:12.74. […]

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Competitive Field Of Older Horses Set For G3 Pimlico Special

Last winter Top Billing and Commissioner were rising stars on the Triple Crown trail who took turns beating each other in South Florida before being separated by circumstance. They will meet up again for the first time since last February in the 45th running of the $300,000 Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special (G3) on Friday, Black-Eyed […]

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McGaughey ‘Excited’ Over Honor Code After Gulfstream Victory

Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey was back at work on Sunday morning, training his horses at Gulfstream Park and counting his blessings. Last March, each of his highly regarded Triple Crown prospects, Honor Code and Top Billing, were sidelined by injuries two weeks apart. This year, McGaughey will take his dynamic duo with him when […]

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Encryption Takes Top Billing In Gulfstream Park Victory

Sunday’s spotlight was on Top Billing, who was making his first appearance in 365 days at Gulfstream Park in the featured 10th race, but the honors instead went to second-choice Encryption. Encryption, runner-up in the Pegasus Stakes (G3) at Monmouth last summer, had himself been sidelined since a victory at Belmont on October 23. A […]

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Top Billing, Khozan Return Sunday At Gulfstream

Top Billing and Khozan, top runners in their respective 3-year-old seasons, return for highly anticipated races on Gulfstream’s Sunday card. W.S. Farish and E. J. Hudson’s Top Billing was hot on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2014 after following up two strong performances in allowance races at Gulfstream with a third-place finish in the Fountain […]

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McGaughey ‘Pleased’ With Honor Code, Top Billing in Gulfstream Breezes

With Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey on hand, Honor Code and Top Billing breezed Saturday morning at Payson Park as they continued preparations for their 4-year-old debuts this winter. McGaughey said Honor Code worked five furlongs by himself on the main track in an easy 1:03, while Top Billing went five-eighths on the turf […]

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Talented Duo Honor Code, Top Billing Nearing 2015 Debuts

Knocked from last year’s Triple Crown trail by injury just two weeks apart, both Honor Code and Top Billing are nearing their 4-year-old debuts this winter at Gulfstream Park. Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said 2013 Remsen (G2) winner Honor Code is expected to make his return in the one-mile, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap […]

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Where Are They Now? Catching Up With This Year’s Three-Year-Olds

Shared Belief and California Chrome are getting all the attention these days as they continue on the path to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a few weeks, but what’s become of the others in the 3-year-old crop? We set out to get updates on some of this season’s early shooting stars. Constitution Last finish: Won […]

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TCI: Rebel Stakes Preview

The guys of TCI try to put the pieces together after an up-and-down week that included the injury of Top Billing, a 10-length loss by Honor Code, the continued disappearance of Shared Belief, among other things. They also preview Saturday’s Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn.

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Top Billing Has Surgery, Could Return to Training Within Four Months

Highly regarded 3-year-old colt Top Billing is expected to return to training in as little as four months following surgery for a fractured cannon bone in his right foreleg, Daily Racing Form reported after speaking with trainer Shug McGaughey.  The colt pulled up with the injury while breezing over the Payson Park training center track […]

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