turf racing

128 Pounds? Some Rivals Say That’s Not Enough for Wise Dan

Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan will face seven rivals when he goes to the post in the G2 Firecracker Handicap on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. It will be the 6-year-old gelding’s first start since he captured the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic over the same turf course on May 5. Wise Dan […]

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Green, Green Grass: Fair Grounds Busy Restoring Turf Course

Track maintenance crews have been busy for the past several weeks at the Fair Grounds repairing and restoring the turf course. The racetrack, which concluded its meet March 31, suffered through one of the wettest seasons of the last 25 years, which resulted in the cancellation of numerous turf races throughout the meet. In a […]

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Colonial Downs sets turf course on fire

It was quite the scene at Virginia racetrack Colonial Downs Thursday as a mile of fire lit up the Secretariat Turf Course.  Track superintendent J.D. Thomas said the controlled burn was done instead of trimming because fire drives nutrients into the soil. He said he’s been wanting to try this method for several years since […]

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Veteran turfers to do battle in Mac Diarmida Stakes

Stella Perdomo’s 10-year-old German-bred Musketier and Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ 7-year-old Simmard are proven long-distance turf stakes performers for trainer Roger Attfield over several seasons. They look like the horses to beat in a wide-open field of 10 drawn for Sunday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes to be run at 1 3/8 miles […]

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Colonial Downs to launch night turf racing next year

Colonial Downs will usher in a new era of thoroughbred horse racing in 2012, when evening races will be conducted on a regular basis for the first time ever in the track’s 16 year history. The annual summer thoroughbred meet will begin on June 2nd and continue thru July 28th with racing generally scheduled on […]

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Long Island Handicap wraps up graded turf season at Aqueduct

A solid field of eight fillies and mares is poised to go 1 ½ miles in Saturday’s 55th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap, the final graded turf stakes of the year at Aqueduct Racetrack. Favored at 8-5 is Emerald Beech, who carries top weight of 119 pounds, including jockey Alex Solis, […]

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Crist: No end in sight for Euro dominance in BC turf races

Despite the absence of Europe’s very best turfers at this year’s Breeders’ Cup, the runners that are coming still look to be a cut above America’s top turf runners, writes the Daily Racing Form’s Steven Crist.  He says European dominance on the grass shows no signs of abating: “American racing has tried to raise the […]

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