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$700K Curlin Filly Takes Career Debut at Del Mar

on 07/31/2021 6:36 PM

2nd-Del Mar, $70,500, Msw, 7-31, 2yo, f, 5f, :58.67, ft, 3/4 length. GRACE ADLER (f, 2, Curlin–Our Khrysty {GSW, $313,260}, by Newfoundland), sent off the 2-5 choice for this unveiling, broke outward for the six hole, but rallied into contention before settling into fourth as Sugar Sugar (

Essential Quality Outslugs Keepmeinmind in Jim Dandy

on 07/31/2021 5:55 PM

Champion and 'TDN Rising Star' Essential Quality (c, 3, Tapit–Delightful Quality, by Elusive Quality) covered all the ground and outbattled a game Keepmeinmind (Laoban) for a narrow victory in Saturday's GII Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga. Masqueparade (

Speightstown’s Lexitonian Upsets Vanderbilt

on 07/31/2021 5:24 PM

Lexitonian (h, 5, Speightstown–Riviera Romper, by Tapit), beaten just a nose in last summer's GI Bing Crosby S. at Del Mar, lit up Saturday's GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. at 34-1. Drawn on the fen...

Sheldon Russell Nabs 1,500th Win

on 07/31/2021 4:32 PM

Midlantic-based rider Sheldon Russell secured the 1,500th win of his career when he captured Pimlico Race Course's $100,000 Alma North S. with 1-9 favorite Hello Beautiful (Golden Lad) Saturday. The 4-year-old filly, who is owned by Madaket Stables, Albert Frassetto, Mark Parkinson, K-Mac Stables, and Magic City Stables, is trained by Russell's wife, Brittany. “I'm

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Stakes Winner Fiya Euthanized

on 07/31/2021 3:12 PM

Fiya (Friesan Fire), who fetched $400,000 during the 2020 Wanamaker's July Sale before going on to become a stakes winner, was euthanized Saturday after suffering a catastophic injury to his right hind leg. Daily Racing Form was first to report the news. Bred by Ann Merryman, Fiya raced for The Orebanks and was trained by

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Maxfield Sitting On Go For Whitney

on 07/31/2021 2:22 PM

Godolphin's once-beaten Maxfield (Street Sense) tuned up for next Saturday's GI Whitney S. at Saratoga Saturday morning, breezing a five-eighths of a mile in 1.01.61 (16/34) before turning in a strong gallop out. Working in the company of the commonly owned Churchill maiden winne...

CDI Doesn’t File for ’22 Dates for Arlington

on 07/30/2021 8:41 PM

The July 30 deadline for applying for Illinois 2022 race dates came and went with no surprise move that might have buoyed the near-future fate of Arlington International Racecourse. If anything, suburban Chicago's landmark Thoroughbred track inched closer to permanent closure Friday, because Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI), the gaming corporation that owns the up-for-sale landmark,

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Navarro Changes ‘Not Guilty’ Plea in Doping Scandal

on 07/30/2021 7:19 PM

Barred trainer Jorge Navarro, the most notorious and prominent defendant in the international racehorse doping scandal that rocked the racing industry when the feds arrested 28 alleged conspirators in March 2020, has just been granted an Aug. 11 change-of-plea hearing at which he is expected to alter his initial “not guilty” plea from last year.

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Navarro to Change ‘Not Guilty’ Plea in Doping Scandal

on 07/30/2021 7:19 PM

Barred trainer Jorge Navarro, the most notorious and prominent defendant in the international racehorse doping scandal that rocked the racing industry when the feds arrested 28 alleged conspirators in March 2020, has just been granted an Aug. 11 change-of-plea hearing at which he is expected to alter his initial “not guilty” plea from last year.

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Dynamic One Upsets the Curlin

on 07/30/2021 6:43 PM

Dynamic One earned his black-type badge with an upset of previously undefeated and heavily favored First Captain in the Curlin S. at Saratoga Friday, one of two local preps for the Aug. 28 GI Runhappy Travers S. T...

NYRA to Host Annual Fabulous Fillies Day

on 07/30/2021 3:34 PM

NYRA will honor local breast cancer survivors during Fabulous Fillies Day Aug. 5 at Saratoga. “Fabulous Fillies Day is an annual tradition of our summer meet that helps refocus attention on breast cancer awareness,” said NYRA Community Affairs Manager Vanessa Rodriguez-Payne. “We encourage fans to join us as we celebrate the courage of survivors and

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Pac Classic and Del Mar Derby Purses Increased

on 07/30/2021 3:09 PM

The GI TVG Pacific Classic been raised back to its original purse level of $1 million for its Aug. 21 renewal. Additionally, the GII Del Mar Derby Sept. 4 had its purse increased to $250,000. The TVG Pacific Classic was scheduled to have a purse of $750,000, which was an increase from its COVID-affected 2020

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Brown Honored with AVMA Award

on 07/30/2021 11:25 AM

Dr. Stuart Brown, vice president of equine safety at Keeneland, has been awarded the 2021 Meritorious Service Award by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Established in 2001, the award recognizes a veterinarian who has brought honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through personal, professional or community service activities that are conducted outside the scope

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Bernardini Dead at 18

on 07/30/2021 10:36 AM

Classic winner and leading sire Bernardini (A.P. Indy-Cara Rafaela, by Quiet American) was euthanized the morning of July 30 at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Central Kentucky due to complications from laminitis. The 18-year-old stallion, a homebred for Sheikh Mohammed, has stood at Jon...

Jockey Basketball Game for Charity Returns to the Spa

on 07/30/2021 9:49 AM

After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 13th Annual Charity Basketball Game featuring jockeys against horsemen will be held Wednesday, Sept. 1. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m., will benefit the programs of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy. Admission is free.

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Jockeys Support PDJF Saturday

on 07/29/2021 5:05 PM

Jockeys across the country will join in a show of support for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Saturday. At some 25 racetracks, riders will wear armbands and participate in fund-raising activities raise funds for the PDJF and raise awareness of National Disability Independence Day, which marks the 31st anniversary of the passage of the Americans

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Saratoga’s Racing and Gaming Conference Set to Return

on 07/29/2021 3:32 PM

After a two-year absence, the Racing and Gaming Conference is back. The two-day conference will kick off Aug. 16 and will be held in the 1863 Club on the grounds of Saratoga Race Course. With the goal of examining industry trends and challenges facing the sport, the conference was known for bringing together notable industry

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Monmouth Stewards Hold Hearing for Prat, Ruling Expected Sunday

on 07/29/2021 2:44 PM

Over a teleconference, the Monmouth Park stewards held a hearing with jockey Flavien Prat Thursday morning concerning his ride aboard Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) in the GI Haskell S. run July 17. The stewards called for a hearing after disqualifying Hot Rod Charlie from first place. In a tight finish, Hot Rod Charlie may have

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Talented But Troubled Jockey Chapa Dies, Reportedly After Bush-Track Accident

on 07/29/2021 12:41 PM

Roman Eric Chapa, a jockey whose promising early career got derailed by repeated rulings-off for using illegal devices to shock horses into running faster, died July 27. Reportedly, the 50-year-old Texan succumbed to devastating injuries he sustained in a March accident while riding in an unsanctioned horse race in Georgia. During his hospitalization, a family

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Oaklawn Extends Clenbuterol Ban to 120 Days Before Race

on 07/29/2021 11:57 AM

The administration of Clenbuterol or any other beta2-agonist will be banned within 120 days of a race at the 2021-22 Oaklawn Park meet, Oaklawn announced Thursday. The rule, agreed to in partnership with the Arkansas HBPA and Arkansas Racing Commission, extends the ban from 60 days, which was the standard for last season's meet. Conducted

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