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Hard-Knocking Whitmore Will Target Hot Springs Stakes For 2020 Debut

Whitmore will target a familiar spot for his 7-year-old debut – the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 7 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett said Sunday morning. Among the country’s most accomplished sprinters, Whitmore has won the last three runnings of the 6-furlong Hot Springs, Oaklawn’s final major prep for the $500,000 Count […]

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Maximum Security Faces Spun To Run In G1 Cigar Mile

Multiple Grade 1-winner Maximum Security and G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victor Spun to Run headline a talented field of 11 for the 31st running of the G1, $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The lucrative Cigar Mile card, which also features the G2 Remsen for 2-year-olds, the G2 Demoiselle for 2-year-old […]

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Covfefe To Aim For Filly & Mare Sprint Repeat In 2020; Whitmore May Get Another Sprint Try

Covfefe, winner of the Filly & Mare Sprint last Saturday, will take the remainder of the year off but prepare for a 4-year-old campaign hopefully culminating in a repeat Breeders’ Cup bid at Keeneland in 2020, trainer Brad Cox told the Daily Racing Form Wednesday. Cox said the daughter of Into Mischief would likely get […]

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Better With Age: How Breeders’ Cup Veterans Stay On Top Of Their Game

This Breeders’ Cup weekend, many race fans are looking back on their favorite memory from the history of the series. For some, the throwback is far, reaching into the 1990s, but many are still captivated by American Pharoah’s dominating career finale in the 2015 Classic at Keeneland four years ago. That fall day in Central […]

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Covfefe Fires Second Straight Bullet Ahead Of Filly & Mare Sprint

With rain in the forecast on Saturday, trainers attempted to beat the weather with 169 horses donning the Churchill Downs work tab Friday morning and among them were nine Breeders’ Cup contenders who put in their final major preparation prior to the season-ending championship event on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita. For the second-straight week, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Making Noise’ For The Horses

Leslie McCall was honored last weekend with a Godolphin Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award in the category “Dedication to Racing,” and trainer Ron Moquett believes there couldn’t be a more accurate description of his eight-year employee. “I have to have people to depend on who will do the right thing by the horse,” Moquett said. “Leslie […]

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Engage Holds Off Whitmore To Earn Breeders’ Cup Berth In Phoenix

Woodford Racing’s Engage had to fight hard to win Friday’s Grade 2 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, fending off multi-millionaire Whitmore by about three parts of a length on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Into Mischief, ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Steve Asmussen, found clear sailing down the center of the stretch and was […]

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Promises Fulfilled, Whitmore Renew Rivalry In Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

Promises Fulfilled and Whitmore, who finished a head apart in last year’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2), will renew their rivalry Friday at Keeneland as they headline a field of 11 sprinters for the 167th running of the $250,000 race at 6 furlongs on the main track for 3-year-olds and up. Scheduled as the eighth […]

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Whitmore Takes On Catalina Cruiser In True North Stakes

Grade 1-winner Whitmore and the returning Catalina Cruiser headline Friday’s Grade 2, $250,000 True North, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and upward at Belmont Park. Trained by Ron Moquett for owners Robert LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners, Whitmore broke through at the Grade 1 level in August at Saratoga Race […]

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Mitole Outduels Whitmore In Count Fleet Sprint Handicap At Oaklawn

Sent off the 2-5 favorite in the field of five older runners, William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole won Saturday’s $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap by 2 3/4 lengths over a sealed sloppy racetrack at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., outdueling second choice Whitmore in the six-furlong contest timed in 1:09.36. Trained by Steve Asmussen […]

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