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Black-Eyed Susan Day Produces Record Handle

on 05/14/2021 8:19 PM

Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course produced a record total handle of $27.675 million. Friday's record handled eclipsed the previous record set in 2019 of $21.349 million. Attendance Friday on the day was capped at 10,000. “We're pleased Black-Eyed Susan Day produced some fantastic racing by some extraordinary horses, and it was nice to

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Ellis Park to Open at Full Capacity

on 05/14/2021 8:12 PM

In accordance with the CDC and Commonwealth of Kentucky, Ellis Park will be open at full capacity for its live race meet June 27 to Sept. 4. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that June 11 all mask restrictions and capacity restrictions will be lifted in the commonwealth. Tickets will go on sale May 19. The

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Army Wife Takes Black-Eyed Susan

on 05/14/2021 6:04 PM

Sent off at 9-2 following a third last out in Aqueduct's GIII Gazelle S., Army Wife (3, f, Declaration of War–Thread, by Arch) came from off the pace to collect her first graded victory in Friday's GII George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan S. at Pimlico. Lady Traveler (Quality Road) made all the running in th...

‘Rising Star’ Stage Raider Makes It Two Straight at Belmont

on 05/14/2021 5:45 PM

8th-Belmont, $89,240, Alw (NW1$X), Opt. Clm ($80,000), 5-14, 3yo, 1m, 1:38.22, ft, 3 lengths. STAGE RAIDER (c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Stage Magic {Broodmare of the Year, GSP, $133,981}, by Ghostzapper) would have given those who backed him into 1-20 favoritism a bit of a scare in upper stretch, but...

‘Rising Star’ Stage Raider Makes It Two Straight at Belmont

on 05/14/2021 5:45 PM

8th-Belmont, $89,240, Alw (NW1$X), Opt. Clm ($80,000), 5-14, 3yo, 1m, 1:38.22, ft, 3 lengths. STAGE RAIDER (c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Stage Magic {Broodmare of the Year, GSP, $133,981}, by Ghostzapper) would have given those who backed him into 1-20 favoritism a bit of a scare in upper stretch, but...

Judge in Navarro, Servis Case Denies Motion to Recuse

on 05/14/2021 5:43 PM

Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York angrily dismissed a motion from attorneys representing defendants in the wide-ranging doping scandal involving Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro that she recuse herself from the case. The lawyers had brought up conflict of interest concerns because she was the

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Judge in Navarro, Servis Case Denies Motion to Recuse

on 05/14/2021 5:43 PM

Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York angrily dismissed a motion from attorneys representing defendants in the wide-ranging doping scandal involving Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro that she recuse herself from the case. The lawyers had brought up conflict of interest concerns because she was the

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Medina Spirit Passes All Tests to Run in Preakness

on 05/14/2021 5:36 PM

After undergoing three rounds of out-of-competition blood sample testing as part of an agreement between the Maryland Jockey Club and Bob Baffert, Medina Spirit (Protonico), Concert Tour (Street Sense) and Beautiful Gift (

Medina Spirit Passes All Tests to Run in Preakness

on 05/14/2021 5:36 PM

After undergoing three rounds of out-of-competition blood sample testing as part of an agreement between the Maryland Jockey Club and Bob Baffert, Medina Spirit (Protonico), Concert Tour (Street Sense) and Beautiful Gift (

Second Winner for Gun Runner

on 05/14/2021 2:08 PM

2nd-Gulfstream, $60,000, Msw, 5-14, 2yo, 5f, :58.40, ft, 2 3/4 lengths. PAPPACAP (c, 2, Gun Runner–Pappascat {GSP, $165,762}, by Scat Daddy) was off as the even-money favorite to become the second winner for his freshman sire (by

Horseplayers Sue Baffert, Zedan

on 05/14/2021 10:37 AM

Led by Michael Beychok, the winner of the 2012 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship, four gamblers have filed a Class Action Lawsuit against Bob Baffert and Amr Zedan, alleging fraud. Each maintains that they made bets that would have won had GI Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (Protonico) not been doped. The plaintiffs allege that Baffert

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First Round of Blood Tests Clean On Baffert Pimlico Horses

on 05/13/2021 8:02 PM

Per the condition of entry agreement into the GI Preakness S. between the Maryland Jockey Club and trainer Bob Baffert reached earlier this week, Baffert-trained horses Medina Spirit (Protonico), Concert Tour (Street Sense) and Beautiful Gift (

Four Share Furlong Bullet Thursday in Timonium

on 05/13/2021 5:08 PM

TIMONIUM, MD – Four juveniles shared the co-fastest furlong time of the week during the third and final session of the under-tack show for next week's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Thursday. A colt by Midnight Storm (...

Alleged Dopers Want Recusal Based On Judge’s Past As Racehorse Breeder

on 05/13/2021 4:24 PM

One day ahead of a key status conference that could finally establish the trial schedule in the alleged nationwide racehorse doping conspiracy case, lawyers for the 14 defendants filed a “motion to recuse” letter asking United States District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil to remove herself from overseeing the case because she once bred Thoroughbred racehorses

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Runhappy Filly Romps at Belmont

on 05/13/2021 3:52 PM

2nd-Belmont, $87,300, Msw, 5-13, 2yo, f, 5f, :58.02, ft, 11 3/4 lengths. HAPPY SOUL (f, 2, Runhappy–Cowgirl Lucky, by Stephen Got Even) was hammered down to 2-5 favoritism for a barn known for its prowess with early season juveniles and ran to the money with a dominant performance. Away alertly...

Lukas Argues Drug Threshold Levels

on 05/13/2021 2:54 PM

Bob Baffert has been placed the squarely in the cross hairs over Medina Spirit (Protonico)'s Betamethasone positive following last week's GI Kentucky Derby and amid the chorus of criticism, admonishment and outright verbal assault, a fellow Hall of Famer took up the mantle of defense for his beleaguered colleague. “Unfortunately, it is the story of

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Clancy, Smith Named Media Preakness Award Winners

on 05/13/2021 12:35 PM

Patrick Smith of Getty Images and Joe Clancy of ST Publishing Inc. will be recognized this weekend for outstanding journalism coverage of the 2020 GI Preakness S. Smith, a staff photographer at Getty, has been named recipient of the Jerry Frutkoff Photographer Award for his photo of Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver and GI Kentucky Derby

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Calm After the Storm

on 05/13/2021 12:10 PM

Baltimore, MD–The leadup to this year's GI Preakness S. has proven anything but routine with news of the Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit (Protonico) testing positive for Betamethasone following his GI Kentucky Derby win two weeks ago. However, just two days before the second jewel in the Triple Crown, the vibe around the Stakes Barns on

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Colonial Downs Meet to Begin July 19

on 05/13/2021 11:54 AM

A total of 25 stakes races worth more than $2.7 million will be offered at the upcoming seven-week Thoroughbred racing season at Colonial Downs–from July 19 through Sept. 1–featuring a minimum $500,000 in average daily purses and the GIII $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby Aug. 31. The 2021 meeting will be scheduled every Monday,

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THA’s Alan Foreman Joins All-Baffert Controversy Writers’ Room

on 05/12/2021 5:53 PM

Normally, the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland aims to touch on a wide variety of industry issues every week. But there was only one story worth discussing this week, so the writers broke down every angle of the explosive controversy surrounding Bob Baffert and the failed drug test of GI Kentucky Derby winner

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