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Finley: NYRA should pony up for rivalry rematch

ESPN’s Bill Finley writes that the New York Racing Association cannot say no to doubling the purse for the August 28th Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga and attracting a rematch of Blind Luck and Havre de Grace: “NYRA is usually reluctant to raise the purses of its stakes events to attract star horses. The company […]

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Porter to NYRA: Double ‘Ensign’ purse and the rematch is on

Havre de Grace owner Rick Porter issued a challenge to the New York Racing Association Tuesday: Double the purse for the Personal Ensign Stakes, and Havre de Grace will take on Blind Luck for a seventh time. Porter tells the Blood-Horse he spoke with Havre de Grace trainer Larry Jones Tuesday:  “Larry and I talked […]

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Filly rivals headed for Saratoga but probably won’t meet

It appears both Blind Luck and Havre de Grace will ship to Saratoga for their next races, but the odds are fairly low that they will battle each other again before the fall. Havre de Grace looks headed for a start against the boys in the Woodward Stakes September 3, while Blind Luck is being […]

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QUALITY ROAD BOUNCES BACK IN WOODWARD

WOODWARD (G1) QUOTES  Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Quality Road (No. 3): “That was ‘Plan A.’ The No. 4 horse [Arcodoro] showed enough pace that we were able to maneuver outside him and get the trip we wanted. I thought he ran a good race. I certainly think we can make a strong argument for […]

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BOREL LOSES MINE THAT BIRD MOUNT TO MARAGH IN WOODWARD

After working Mine That Bird for the last two weeks with Rajiv Maragh, D. Wayne Lukas made the move to switch the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner from Calvin Borel to Maragh for Saturday’s Woodward Stakes. Will this make a difference in the result for Mine That Bird who hasn’t won since his unexpected victory […]

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HAYWARD: WE ARE PUZZLED AND DISAPPOINTED THAT RACHEL ALEXANDRA…IS PASSING UP THE GRADE I RUFFIAN

NYRA is not pleased with the decision of Jess Jackson to run Rachel Alexandra in the non-graded Lady’s Secret at Monmouth Park over Saratoga’s Grade I Ruffian this summer. Having allocated a stall to last year’s HOY, Hayward and company clearly feel burned. “We are puzzled and disappointed that Rachel Alexandra, who performed so […]

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HANDS DOWN, IT’S ZENYATTA

While Ray is traveling back from Osaka (hopefully we won’t have to hear too much about jet lag once he returns to the United States), he wanted to reignite the debate over Horse of the Year. The following piece was submitted by Jeff Shapes, a marketing communications consultant, freelance writer and horse racing enthusiast, not […]

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JACKSON COUNTERS COUNTER WITH JC GOLD CUP

Jess Jackson, majority owner of Horse of the Year Curlin, now wants the owners of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown to consider taking Curlin on in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Sept. 27 at Belmont Park. On Wednesday morning, Jackson challenged the owners to run Big Brown in the Aug. 30 Woodward Stakes […]

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