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‘Ageless’ Jon Court Hopes For Continued Success With Horton’s Long Range Toddy

The Rebel was actually a rebel-lion last month at Oaklawn, with experience trumping youth in both divisions of the $750,000 Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds March 16. The winner of the first division was Long Range Toddy, owned by Willis Horton, 78, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, 53, and ridden by Jon Court, […]

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Jon Court’s Picture-Perfect Rebel Ride Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

With a surprise win in the first split of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, Jon Court was chosen as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 11-17, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more […]

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Long Range Toddy Runs Down Improbable In First Rebel Division

Willis Horton’s homebred Long Range Toddy rebounded from a troubled third-place finish in the G3 Southwest to defeat 2-5 favorite Improbable by a half-length in this Saturday’s first division of the Rebel Stakes. Ridden by veteran Jon Court for trainer Steve Asmussen, the 3-year-old son of Take Charge Indy ran 1 1/16 miles over Oaklawn’s […]

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‘Talented’ Derby Runner Combatant Hopes To Rebound In Matt Winn

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton’s ultra-consistent Combatant will try for just his second-career victory as the 4-1 second choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $100,000 Matt Winn (GIII) for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs. “He needs to get over the hump,” Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said. “I think he needs a little more […]

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Juvenile Copper Bullet Sidelined, ‘Probably Not Going To Make The Breeders’ Cup’

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton’s 2-year-old Copper Bullet has had a minor setback, and the four-length winner of the G2 Saratoga Special is now unlikely to make the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar in November, according to drf.com. “He’s on the shelf for a little bit, I don’t know how long,” said Ron Winchell. “He’s […]

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Clean Trip Sees Copper Bullet Draw Away In Saratoga Special

The first time he saw graded stakes company, Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton’s Copper Bullet had to be steadied in the turn and wound up second. This Sunday, the 2-year-old son of More Than Ready was back with a vengeance for trainer Steve Asmussen, pulling away in the stretch to win the G2 Saratoga Special by […]

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Runaway Maiden Winner Copper Bullet Headlines Friday’s Bashford Manor

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen will attempt to win the $100,000 Bashford Manor Presented by GE Appliances (Grade III) for an impressive fifth time when he saddles eye-catching eight-length maiden winner Copper Bullet against five others, including well-meant juveniles Mo Diddley and Ten City, in Friday night’s 116th renewal of the six-furlong sprint for […]

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Take Charge Brandi Retired, Headed To Hill ‘n’ Dale

Champion Take Charge Brandi has been retired and will ship to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in central Kentucky, according to a report by The Blood-Horse. No final decision has been made on whether the 2014 champion 2-year-old filly will stay in residence at Hill ‘n’ Dale to begin her broodmare career, or if she will be […]

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Judge Orders Mediation in Lawsuit Involving Horton, Guillot

New York Magistrate Judge Randolph Treece has ordered mediation in a libel suit filed by owner Willis Horton and jockey Luis Saez against trainer Eric Guillot. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Horton and Saez filed the lawsuit against Guillot last year, claiming that comments Guillot made in the media and to […]

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Take Charge Brandi Sidelined With Knee Chip

Champion Take Charge Brandi will be forced to miss Saturday’s G2 Rebel Stakes after a chip was discovered in her right knee. According to several Twitter reports, the chip, which was detected Tuesday morning, is “non-displaced”. Dr. Larry Bramlage indicated that the filly will be forced to miss 60 days of training, but the prognosis […]

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