Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Love Horses; That’s The Bottom Line’

on 06/01/2023 8:52 PM

It had been nine long years since Randy Morse had last saddled a graded stakes winner, leaving the trainer to walk into the Pimlico saddling paddock with plenty on the line for the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. He was preparing Taxed, the 3-year-old filly Morse had claimed on behalf of owner Richard Bahde for […]

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Scratched From Kentucky Derby With Fever, Skinner Returns In Sunday’s Affirmed Stakes At Santa Anita

on 06/01/2023 5:36 PM

A close third in the Santa Anita Derby, C R K Stable's Skinner, who was considered a major contender in the Kentucky Derby until a spike in temperature necessitated a scratch one day prior to the Run for the Roses, heads a field of six sophomores going a mile and one sixteenth in Sunday's $100,000 […]

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Artie’s Storm Set For Title Defense In Eclipse; 6-Year-Old Rockcrest Leads Inaugural Pink Lloyd Stakes

on 06/01/2023 5:34 PM

Artie's Storm will face 10 rivals in the Grade 2 $175,000 Eclipse Stakes Presented by Don Julio, Sunday at Woodbine. A 1 1/16-mile main track event for 4-year-olds and upwards, the Eclipse has attracted a competitive field that includes multiple graded stakes placed Wolfie's Dynaghost, graded stakes winners Rondure, and War Bomber (IRE), along with […]

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HISA To Conduct Additional Post-Entry Screening At Churchill; Equine Forensic Specialist To Conduct Fatality Review

on 06/01/2023 5:15 PM

Over the past several days, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) has undertaken multiple measures to better understand the circumstances surrounding the recent spate of equine fatalities at Churchill Downs in hopes of working with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) and Churchill Downs to mitigate additional risk to the horses and riders competing […]

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Seven-Figure Juvenile Shaaz Enters Stud At California’s Barton Thoroughbreds In 2024

on 06/01/2023 3:44 PM

Shaaz, a $1.1-million 2-year-old sale purchase, has arrived and will be standing stud at Barton Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., beginning in the 2024 breeding season. A son of champion Uncle Mo out of a graded stakes-producing Mineshaft mare, Shaaz had a graded stakes-placed career on the racetrack, earning nearly $200,000 before his racing career […]

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‘Really Excited About Her’: Unbeaten Anywho Makes Belated Stakes Debut In Summertime Oaks

on 06/01/2023 3:43 PM

The promising 3-year-old filly Anywho will be making a belated stakes debut for trainer John Sadler in Saturday's Grade Summertime Oaks going 1 1 1/16 miles. Unbeaten in two starts, Anywho was shipped to Churchill Downs last month to run in the G2 Eight Belles going seven furlongs on the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 5. […]

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Jockey Isaac Castillo Eager To Return ‘Home’ To Monmouth Park

on 06/01/2023 2:22 PM

In a lot of ways, when jockey Isaac Castillo moves his tack to Monmouth Park starting on Saturday, the 25-year-old Panamanian will be coming home. Monmouth Park is where he rode his first career winner – aboard a claimer named Jezzie on May 29, 2017. It's where he recorded his only six-win day (July 3, […]

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Five Decades On, Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes Legacy Continues To Resonate

on 06/01/2023 2:20 PM

The impact is one that is as obvious as it is enduring, two forces intrinsically linked over the course of five decades and forever captured in celluloid frames memorized even by those who weren't alive to see it. At the top of the laundry list of Secretariat's otherworldly achievements in the Thoroughbred industry is the […]

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‘Really Proud Of Her’: 11 Months After Brain Injury, Cindy Weaver Will Accompany Husband With Dual Royal Ascot Hopes

on 06/01/2023 12:57 PM

Since the day No Nay Mets and Crimson Advocate won their respective Royal Ascot qualifiers May 13 at Gulfstream Park, their trainer, George Weaver, has been busy making arrangements for his 2-year-olds' stakes appearances at England's most prestigious Thoroughbred meet. According to the Daily Racing Form, Weaver's wife Cindy will be able to join him for […]

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Churchill Downs Announces New Safety Measures: Start Restrictions, Ineligibility Standards

on 06/01/2023 12:27 PM

Churchill Downs Racetrack announced Thursday new safety initiatives and precautionary measures following a special meeting between track officials and horsemen based at Churchill Downs and Trackside Training Center Louisville. The Thursday morning meeting included a presentation by California-based equine surgeon Dr. Ryan Carpenter, who provided educational information and tools to trainers and...

1/ST Racing Invests In MyRacehorse Ownership Platform

on 06/01/2023 11:37 AM

Experiential Squared (E2), parent company to the popular global racehorse ownership platform, MyRacehorse, today announced a $7 million funding round. The funding round is comprised of several investors led by 1/ST, North America's dominant Thoroughbred racing and gaming company, through its 1/ST RACING & GAMING and 1/ST TECHNOLOGY business divisions. 1/ST RACING & GAMING operates [R...

Frankie Dettori ‘Honored’ To Lay Wreath At Lester Piggot Statue On Epsom Derby Day

on 06/01/2023 11:16 AM

Frankie Dettori has said he is “honored” to be asked to lay a wreath at the statue of his hero Lester Piggott on Derby Day this Saturday (June 3), as Epsom Downs Racecourse announces it will also be permanently renaming a race in memory of the legendary jockey, who died aged 86 exactly a year […]

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Epsom Derby: Irish Champion Jockey Colin Keane Buzzing About Spare Ride White Birch

on 06/01/2023 11:13 AM

Spare rides don't get much better than live chances in the Epsom Derby, and four-times Irish champion jockey Colin Keane is understandably excited about having his first ride in the race on Dante Stakes neck runner-up White Birch this Saturday. Last summer Keane was confirmed only days in the lead up to the Irish Derby, […]

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‘You Dream About These Big Races’: Juan Hernandez Unanimously Voted Jockey Of The Week

on 06/01/2023 10:36 AM

Santa Anita's leading rider had a holiday weekend nothing short of memorable: of the nine stakes races carded, Hernandez won five including two of the holiday weekend's three Grade 1 events. The panel of racing experts unanimously voted Hernandez the honor of Jockey of the Week for May 22 through May 29. The award recognizes […]

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Major Dude, Candidate Clash Again In Friday’s Grade 2 Penn Mile

on 06/01/2023 9:18 AM

Changing approaches to training and the decision often to duck major confrontations until the Breeders' Cup has sharply reduced the number of major rivalries that create excitement among racing fans. On Friday night, however, Major Dude and Candidate – two of the most promising 3-year-old turf stakes horses in the country – face off for […]

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Pletcher Facing Three Complaints In Florida For Medication Overages

on 05/31/2023 6:20 PM

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher has been issued complaints from the Florida Gaming Control Commission Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for three alleged medication violations in December 2022 and February of this year. These came on the heels of recently reported failed drug tests for Pletcher-trained Eclipse Award winner Forte in New York and multiple […]

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Mack: Switching Triple Crown To Synthetic Surfaces Is ‘An Ethical Imperative’

on 05/31/2023 5:38 PM

Longtime owner and breeder Earle Mack wrote an op/ed for the Thoroughbred Daily News this week proposing a solution to the 12 fatalities at Churchill Downs and burgeoning public relations crisis facing the entire racing industry: a switch to synthetic surfaces. “Tradition holds great power in our sport, with our most prestigious races historically being run on […]

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Kentucky Oaks Third The Alys Look Ships West, Will Make First Start For Chris Davis In Santa Anita’s Summertime Oaks

on 05/31/2023 5:29 PM

Fresh off a solid third place finish for trainer Brad Cox in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, The Alys Look figures prominently as she goes for a new barn and makes her Southern California debut in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. A wide- open affair on paper, the Summertime Oaks, to […]

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First Foal Out Of Daddys Lil Darling, Savethelastdance Among Top Choices For Epsom Oaks

on 05/31/2023 5:26 PM

Friday's Classic, the Epsom Oaks, which is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, has gone to either Aidan O'Brien or John Gosden every year since 2014, and last year's winner Tuesday was O'Brien's tenth in the race since 1998. Underlining the grip the two stables have on the race, Tuesday held on by just […]

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Epsom’s Coronation Cup: Tunnes An Intriguing Contender For Germany’s Six-Time Champion Trainer

on 05/31/2023 5:20 PM

German challenger Tunnes is an intriguing contender in what looks a particularly strong field for Friday's Dahlbury Coronation Cup, the latest leg of the QIPCO British Champions Series, which has attracted five runners headed by Emily Upjohn, Hurricane Lane and Westover. One definition of the term “tunnes” is that it is colloquial slang in parts […]

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