$8,000 Claim Zuzanna Springs The Upset In Red Carpet Handicap

Claimed for $8,000 in September of 2018, Zuzanna, the longest shot in the field of older fillies and mares at 23-1, climaxed her rise to prominence with a surprise victory in the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap at the marathon distance of a mile and three-eighths on the grass Saturday at Del Mar. Providing jockey […]

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Oh, Zuzanna! Claimer Of The Meet ‘A Doll To Ride’

It’s been a storybook ride the last three months for the five-year-old mare Zuzanna. Claimed for $8,000 on Sept. 13, 2018 by a partnership group that includes TVG host and analyst Kurt Hoover, the bay daughter of Wilburn won three of four subsequent races, the most recent yesterday’s second at Santa Anita, a $46,000 starter allowance […]

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Penny Lynn Gives Trainer A ‘Special’ Family Victory On Father’s Day Weekend

Last weekend at Mountaineer was especially emotional for trainer Ben Delong. Not only did the 32-year-old dad saddle a winner on Father’s Day Sunday, the first win for owner Ashley McCamish, but on Monday he won another race with a filly he owns himself. That filly is named for Delong’s late aunt; Monday happened to […]

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Gonzalez Lucks Out With Stakes-Winning Former Claimer Afleet Willy

Claudio Gonzalez, who led all trainers in Maryland last year with 84 victories while securing training titles during Laurel’s summer and fall meets, claimed Afleet Willy on a cloudy day out of a victory over a sealed, muddy track two days after Christmas in 2015. The son of Wilburn has turned out to be a […]

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Desormeaux Shipping Former Claimer Sorry Erik For Risen Star

Trainer Keith Desormeaux is coming home to Louisiana for Mardi Gras weekend and not just for the king cakes. The longtime Fair Grounds-based conditioner who now roots his operation in Southern California is shipping in three horses for Louisiana Derby Preview Day, spearheaded by Big Chief Racing’s Sorry Erik, who runs in the Grade II […]

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Wilburn Relocated To Oklahoma’s River Oaks Farm

Wilburn, a Grade 2-winning son of Bernardini, has been relocated to stand at Lori and Francisco Bravo’s River Oaks Farms in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The 8-year-old stallion, who formerly stood at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, will stand for a $2,500 fee.    A $625,000 Keeneland 2-year-old, Wilburn won at first asking as a 3-year-old at Santa […]

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Lovely Bernadette Scores Third Straight Victory In Rags To Riches

James M. Miller’s Lovely Bernadette rallied from last to score a half-length victory in Sunday’s fourth running of the $82,340 Rags to Riches Overnight Stakes on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet. Ridden by Robby Albarado and trained by Jimmy DiVito, Lovely Bernadette was unhurried into stride and trailed the field of seven […]

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Spendthrift Farm Sells Stallions Wilburn, Victor’s Cry

Two of Spendthrift Farm’s stallions – Victor’s Cry and Wilburn – have been sold and will be relocated. The Blood-Horse reports that Victor’s Cry, a Grade 1-winning son of Street Cry, has been sold to Holden Farm near Greenfield, Indiana. Wilburn, a Grade 2 winner by Bernardini has also been sold, and will be moved to Rockin’ […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Surprising Freshman Power

As the year winds down quietly, the clear freshman sire champion is Uncle Mo, who leads the nearly completed annual list with the kind of dominance that he showed during his own juvenile campaign. The Ashford Stud stallion by deceased Indian Charlie has more than $3.6 million in progeny earnings to this point, $2.5 million […]

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