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Omaha Beach Vaults Back Into NTRA’s Top Thoroughbred Poll

The dazzling effort Omaha Beach put forth to capture the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes this past weekend launched the son of War Front back in the race for divisional honors and landed the Fox Hill Farms colorbearer on this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. In his first start since capturing the Grade […]

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Forced To ‘Improvise,’ Papa Mandella Over The Moon With Omaha Beach

Like Bill Mazeroski’s home run that won the World Series, Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, and Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the Belmont, the mythic return to glory by Omaha Beach in Saturday’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship will grow in lore through the ages. The pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 finally returned to […]

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Omaha Beach ‘Real Sharp’ In Bullet Work For Santa Anita Sprint Champinship

Omaha Beach, who has had more false starts in his comeback bid than an Olympic sprinter, worked four furlongs at 7:45 Friday morning for his much-anticipated return to the races in the Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs next Saturday, Oct. 5. With regular rider Mike Smith […]

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Keeneland September Sale Produces Near-Record Returns, Record-Priced Filly

The 2019 renewal of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale didn’t keep up with last year’s record-setting edition when it came to the measurables. Even so, the returns from this year’s auction established a steady cruising altitude for the marketplace, showing it’s fully clear of the Great Recession that brought the Thoroughbred industry to a screeching […]

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Pennsylvania Derby: Casse Anxious For War Of Will To Regain Top Form

The last time the racing world saw War of Will, the 3-year-old colt was a fading fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. That was in late July and after that race trainer Mark Casse thought it was time to regroup. That time is done. War of Will, who earlier […]

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Pennsylvania Derby Features Long-Awaited Maximum Security, War Of Will Rematch

The long awaited rematch between Maximum Security and War of Will serves as the backdrop for Saturday’s running of the $1 million G1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. The two principle players in the notorious bumping incident that resulted in the first winner of the Kentucky Derby to ever be disqualified will face each other […]

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Godolphin Outbids Coolmore On $4.1-Million Curlin Colt At Keeneland September Sale

It was just like the old days. In the blue corner was Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the Godolphin operation, which had been flexing its financial muscles with impunity during the first two days of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. In the slightly darker blue corner were the Irish lads of the Coolmore […]

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War Of Will Posts Another ‘Stiff Breeze’ In Preparation For Pennsylvania Derby

Gary Barber’s War of Will, under exercise rider Amy Mullen, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59 flat on the Belmont main track on Saturday in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on September 21. “He ended up going a little faster than we anticipated on paper, but the track […]

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Turf War Circles Field To Win Christiecat Stakes

Turf War rallied from last of eight to run down Brooke Marie in deep stretch and prevailed by a neck to win her first race in North America, capturing the six-furlong $100,000 Christiecat for sophomore fillies on Friday, Opening Day of the Belmont Park Fall meet. Owned by Martin Schwartz, Turf War entered her Belmont […]

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War Of Will ‘Really Thriving’ In Preparation For Pennsylvania Derby

Trainer Mark Casse breezed Grade 1 winners War of Will and Got Stormy over Woodward weekend at Saratoga in preparation for upcoming Grade 1 starts out of town. Gary Barber’s War of Will, a four-time winner with more than $1.5 million in purse earnings, captured the Grade 1 Preakness in May ahead of an off-the-board […]

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