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October

20
Elements could prove challenging in Mighty Heart’s bid to capture Triple Crown

On Saturday, the Carroll-trained Mighty Heart will run in the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack looking to become the first thoroughbred in 17 years to attain the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. But there’s rain in this week’s forecast — 90 per cent Wednesday and 70 per cent Thursday — and that could impact the one-eyed colt’s bid to complete the historic sweep in the 1 1/2-mile turf race. “I’m really not happy with the weather forecast,” Carroll stated Monday during a media gathering at her barn at Woodbine. “Obviously it’s going to be a yielding turf. “We did put […]

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September

29
Upset victory in Canadian Derby inspires horse trainer battling cancer

Shelley Brown wasn’t sure if she felt well enough to stay awake on Sunday night and watch her horse compete in one of Canada’s most prestigious derbies. But the Winnipeg-based horse trainer, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, felt it was important she stay up to watch the 91st running of the Canadian Derby, an annual race held at the Century Mile racetrack just south of Edmonton. From her phone at home, Brown observed as her horse, Real Grace, pulled off an 18-1 long-shot triumph. Brown, who was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of September, said she felt inspired […]

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August

04
Thousand Words pulls upset to win Shared Belief at Del Mar

Thousand Words upset 1-5 favorite Honor A. P. by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar last Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert another candidate for next month’s Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Thousand Words ran 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43.85 seconds and paid $20.40 and $3.40 at 9-1 odds. The colt earned 50 qualifying points for the Derby, which was postponed until Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic. Baffert stated Thousand Words has perked up since coming from Los Angeles to the seaside track north of San Diego. “The real […]

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July

22
Ny Traffic takes advantage of extended Kentucky Derby trail

Ny Traffic has taken full advantage of the extended Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby, even without winning a Derby prep. The Cross Traffic colt ended a hard-charging second Saturday in the Grade 1 Haskell Stakes. Down 2 1/2 lengths to winner Authentic coming into the Monmouth Park stretch, he surged late and finished second by a nose. Authentic barely denied Ny Traffic a graded stakes breakthrough, as well as the 100 Kentucky Derby points and Breeders’ Cup Classic “Win and You’re In” berth the Haskell offered. “I was sure I got him – 100 percent,” Ny Traffic jockey Paco Lopez said […]

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June

23
Gamine wins Acorn Stakes in record time

Gamine led all the way in winning the $300,000 Acorn Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 18 3/4 lengths at Belmont on Saturday. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Gamine ran one mile in 1:32.55, fastest in the 90-year history of the race. Her time was just off the track record of 1:32.24 set by Najran in 2003. Gamine earned 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks on Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs. Gamine is one of two horses trained by Baffert that tested positive for a banned substance at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. She won a race there on […]

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June

04
Juddmonte’s Champion Arrogate dies at 7

Juddmonte Farms’ brilliant racehorse and promising stallion Arrogate  was euthanized June 2 after a weeklong battle with an apparent neurological illness, the cause of which is still undetermined. Winding down a successful third breeding season, Juddmonte reported that Arrogate’s breeding schedule had been suspended the last week in May due to a suspected sore neck. Later in the week, the 7-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song fell to the ground in his stall and efforts to get him back on his feet were unsuccessful. The farm sent the stallion to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, where he was under the care of Dr. Bob […]

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May

20
Belmont Stakes to Run June 20 as First Leg of Triple Crown

The 2020 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York has been postponed by two weeks from Saturday, June 6 to Saturday, June 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s edition of the race will be 1 1/8-miles (9 furlongs) instead of its traditional 1 1/2-miles. There will be no audiences. “The 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes will be run at a distance of 1 1/8-miles to properly account for the schedule adjustments to the Triple Crown series and overall calendar for 3-year-olds in training,” the New York Racing Association said in a statement. NBC Sports will broadcast the […]

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April

14
Charles Fipke gives small breeders relief by waiving fees for seven stallions

Owner and breeder Charles Fipke will be waiving the 2020 breeding fees on all his stallions in order to provide some help to small breeders who could be particularly hard-hit by the economic drop from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to longtime consultant Sid Fernando. “What can I say? Small breeders will especially be affected by the economic conditions, and they are the backbone of this industry,” Fipke said in statement. “None of my stallions stand for more than $5,000, and they are primarily supported by small breeders. Because I own my stallions outright and don’t have shareholder responsibilities, I […]

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March

31
Strange times for rookie trainer O’brien as debut season takes unexpected twist

Nothing is normal anymore. Everything seems bizarre, but it was always going to be bizarre for 21-year-old Donnacha O’Brien who is getting to grips with his first season as a fully-fledged trainer.  O’Brien had been hoping to get some of his forward juveniles out in the coming weeks, but he has had to be patient and back off them in the current climate. Plans for his undefeated stable star Fancy Blue are up in the air too.  “It is strange, very strange. But, to be perfectly honest, everything was always going to be strange for me. I’m not doing anything […]

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March

24
Charles Town stops racing until further notice due to coronavirus

With a stroke of his pen March 23, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) ordered closed all non-essential businesses in the Mountain State – including racetracks. That will force Charles Town Races to close, meaning no racetrack in the Mid-Atlantic is now operating. “It’s important that all of us understand the magnitude of this situation today,” Justice stated of the COVID-19 emergency in announcing the order. “The magnitude is unbelievable. It’s the biggest event for any living person in the United States today, period.” Justice had previously ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, and casinos in the state, but Charles […]

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