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July

27
With NYRA Ban Overturned, Baffert Plans To Enter Gamine At Saratoga

After a judge overturned the New York Racing Association’s ban of Bob Baffert on July 14, the trainer told the Daily Racing Form he plans to enter reigning champion sprint mare Gamine in the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 28. NYRA notified Baffert ahead of the Belmont Stakes that it was suspending his ability to enter horses in races or have stall space at its racetracks due to his recent history of medication violations, the conflicting statements he provided to media around the Medina Spirit scandal, and Churchill Downs’ suspension of the trainer. Looking for the best online betting […]

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July

20
Domestic Spending, Mandaloun rise in top Thoroughbred poll

For the third consecutive week, St. George Stable’s 5-year-old mare Letruska has been voted No. 1 in the NTRA top Thoroughbred poll, while Klaravich Stables’ 4-year-old gelding Domestic Spending has risen to third place. Letruska, trained by Fausto Gutierrez, has Grade 1 triumphs in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park and in the Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park. She also won her most recent race, the Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill Downs. A daughter of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Letruska has 13 first-place votes and 280 points. Godolphin’s 4-year-old Maxfield, trained by Brendan Walsh, holds onto second place […]

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July

13
Pedroza Splitting Time Between Ellis Park, Indiana Grand

Marcelino Pedroza’s hope still is to ride seven days a week this summer: Mondays-Thursdays at Indiana Grand in Shelbyvlle, Ind., where he has a 12-victory lead in the jockey standings with 42 victories and a meet-leading $1.12 million in purse earnings, and then Fridays-Sundays at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. While he’s found the Ellis opportunities limited so far, the jockey is making the most of them. With only five mounts spread over four days, Pedroza has two wins and a second. His victories contain Saturday’s fourth race for locally-based trainer Billy Stinson Jr. in Pedroza’s only mount of the […]

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July

06
Mind Control Snaps Losing Streak With Win In Nerud Stakes At Belmont

Mind Control had not seen the inside of a winner’s circle since March 2020 when he obtained the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York, N.Y. The 5-year-old horse had gotten close in his last eight starts, finishing second to Mischevious Alex in the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct back in April. Sunday, Mind Control dueled with favorite Firenze Fire throughout the seven furlongs of the Grade 2 John A. Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., never letting Firenze Fire get more than a half-length on him before battling back to win by a head […]

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June

29
Ring Weekend Retired to Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky, has welcomed new retiree, Ring Weekend . Owned and campaigned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Graham Motion, the grade 1-winning gelding retired from racing in 2018 and was initially sent to retrain for a second career with Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton, but a recent injury prevented his further progress. “‘Ring’ showed incredible promise as an Event prospect, so I was devastated when he sustained a career-limiting injury during his turnout,” stated Dutton. “I wish Ring Weekend all the best in his new prestigious retirement home,” Dutton added, “and thanks to […]

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June

22
Letruska will run right back in Fleur de Lis

Somebody must’ve forgotten to tell trainer Fausto Gutierrez that top-level horses in America usually don’t wheel back in three weeks, at least not when the weather gets this warm. Not that anyone should mind. Gutierrez, the dominant trainer in his native Mexico, has confirmed that Letruska, the leader in the North American filly-mare division, will return from her romp in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on the June 5 Belmont Stakes undercard to run Saturday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Super Saver mare is owned by her breeder, the St. George Stables […]

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June

15
Mandaloun Rallies From Last to Take Pegasus

If you think nailing a Pick 6 is an arduous task, try predicting how racing luck is doled out. Take, for example, what happened June 13 in the $147,500 TVG.com Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park. Six weeks earlier, in the demolition derby known as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), Juddmonte Farm’s Mandaloun faced 18 rivals and had a pretty smooth trip at 26-1 odds in finishing second—for now. So, fast forward to Sunday, where Mandaloun was a 3-10 favorite over just four rivals in the Pegasus. Even with such a miniscule field, shortly after the starting gates opened, […]

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June

08
Hot Rod Charlie Full Of Energy After Gallant Belmont Try

Even though he set the blistering pace in Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets and got into a heavyweight clash with Essential Quality down the lane before losing the 1 ½ mile “Test of the Champion” to that one by only 1 ½ lengths, Hot Rod Charlie was full of energy and enthusiasm the morning after at Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y. “He looks awesome, just awesome,” stated trainer Doug O’Neill before jetting back to his Southern California base. “He ate up everything and licked his feed tub. We scoped him after the race, and he scoped clean. […]

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June

01
Crazy Beautiful Finds Kentucky Oaks Redemption In Summertime Oaks At Santa Anita

Kentucky-based Crazy Beautiful made amends for a disappointing effort in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks as she rallied three-wide turning for home en route to a 1 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s G2, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Trained by Ken McPeek, ridden by Mike Smith and saddled today by locally based trainer Karen Headley, Crazy Beautiful got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.85. Last after the first half mile, about three lengths off speedy Lady Aces, Smith saved ground at the rail around the far turn and permitted his filly to idle a bit as longshot Plum […]

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May

25
Other Than Medina Spirit, Oaks, Derby Day Horses Clear

While the racing world awaits split sample testing and results for Medina Spirit , all of the other horses tested from this year’s Kentucky Oaks and Derby day cards at Churchill Downs have passed preliminary testing. According to experts, the fact that all other horses passed their post-race test reduces the likelihood that contamination factored in the post-race finding of would-be Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Medina Spirit. That triumph is in question, pending testing of the split sample, as trainer Bob Baffert revealed May 9 that Medina Spirit tested positive for the corticosteroid betamethasone in the initial post-race test. Based on […]

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