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Woodbine bucks trends, enjoys increases in handle

As the Toronto Sun put it, Woodbine Racetrack received an early Christmas gift when it was announced that betting handle on its live Thoroughbred racing season had increased in 2010. Over a 167-day meet, all sources handle had surpassed $361 million wagered which was an increase of more $32 million over 2009. Much of that […]

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Twinspires.com Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch 12.3.10

First of all, we extend our thanks to Twinspires.com for taking over the sponsorship of the “Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch” weekly feature. Please support our newest advertiser by checking out Twinspires.com. As winter weather encroaches on most of the northern and eastern parts of the States, it only makes sense that the graded stakes […]

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Could Display Stakes win be springboard for Triple Crown success?

Not usually mentioned in the conversation with big time Derby preps, will Tiz Blessed can use his victory in the Display Stakes as a springboard to success in 2011? While he broke his maiden at Saratoga, his next start out in the Garden State Stakes was ‘a nightmare’. Perhaps the Tiznow colt is on his […]

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Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch brought to you by West Point Thoroughbreds

This weekend, in the wake of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, graded stakes racing in North America goes down a notch with the running of just three races with graded status, all on Saturday. The Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup has frequently featured star-studded casts, often with Horse of the Year candidates. This year, though, the […]

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Destination Louisville brought to you by Vinery LTD: Turf Love

When European invaders dominated Saturday’s big grass races at Woodbine in Canada–highlighted by 3-year-old Joshua Tree’s victory over older rivals in the mile and one-half Pattison Canadian International Stakes–all I could think was, “Here we go again: another big year for the invading forces in the Breeders’ Cup championship turf races.” But the fact is, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls Take Final Shot at Automatic Berths

You might call it Last Chance Saturday.  Today represents the final opportunity for horses to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup through the Win and You’re In Challenge. There are five races in which the winners will gain an automatic berth for various Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs, November 5th-6th. Three of them are at Woodbine, all Grade […]

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Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch brought to you by West Point Thoroughbreds

Even though most horses have turned their final tune-ups for the Breeders’ Cup just three weeks down the road, there remains the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, a race that has always had implications in the Filly & Mare Turf. This year should prove no exception as Evening Jewel, undefeated in three starts […]

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Blue Laser Takes Grey Stakes for Two-Year-olds at Woodbine

Blue Laser outgunned three rivals in a wild finish to the Grade 3, $225,000 Grey Stakes on Woodbine’s main track Sunday. With Corey Fraser riding, Blue Laser finished the strongest of four colts who broke from the pack and surged to the wire together.  At 8-1, Blue Laser won by a half a length over Rockin Heat in the […]

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Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch brought to you by West Point Thoroughbreds

With the Breeders’ Cup just four weekends away, there will be a number of graded stakes this weekend that will serve as final preps for the big dance in Louisville. The action begins Friday, Keeneland’s opening day, when the Lexington track presents the Grade 3 Phoenix and the G1 Alcibiades. Both races are over the […]

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