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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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October

14
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile 2020: Preview & Odds

Vekoma and Complexity rightfully have been grabbing most of the headlines as the Grade 1 winners choose between the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Dirt Mile. But as their connections make up their minds, the Dirt Mile field surrounding the stars has been filling in very nicely. The deep field could include Art Collector, Rushie and Jesus’ Team, three horses on this year’s Kentucky Derby Trail. It also features a slew of runners who have regained their top condition recently after long losing streaks. Knicks Go had not won since his upset triumph in the 2018 Breeders’ Futurity (G1). He was moved over to trainer Brad […]

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October

06
Jockey Jessica Marcialis makes history in France

Jessica Marcialis has made history by becoming the first female jockey to gain a Group One race in France, after riding Tiger Tanaka to victory at Paris’ Longchamps on Sunday. The Italian, who resumed her racing career after becoming a mom, was seen beaming after crossing the finish line and was met by rapturous applause after winning the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac. The 30-year-old celebrated with her family as she returned to the winner’s circle and shared an inspirational message to moms across the world. “It’s incredible. I don’t have the words. Yesterday we said it was amazing to be here today,” […]

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September

22
Wildman Jack Returns to Santa Anita for Eddie D

Racing’s homebred Wildman Jack will return to a familiar course and distance Sept. 25 when he takes the rail position in the $200,000 Eddie D Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park. Run at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf, the Eddie D will have Wildman Jack back in the setting of his May 23 Daytona Stakes (G3T) victory. The 4-year-old Goldencents  gelding eked out a nose triumph that day, the same margin he lost by when running the same course and distance in an allowance optional claiming event last October. One start prior to the Daytona, Wildman Jack won the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint (G3) over […]

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September

14
Mighty Heart, 1-eyed longshot, takes $1-million Queen’s Plate

Daisuke Fukumoto and Mighty Heart ran away with the $1-million Queen’s Plate on Saturday. Fukumoto took his one-eyed mount to the lead from the start, then surged to a stunning 7 1/2-length triumph in the opening leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine Racetrack. Mighty Heart, a 13/1 longshot, lost an eye in a paddock accident with his mother as a foal. His winning time of 2:01.98 was the second-fastest since 1957 when the Plate was first run at the new Woodbine at its current distance. That effort was second only to Izvestia (2:01 4/5 in 1990). But […]

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September

08
Authentic outduels Tiz the Law in Derby upset

Authentic dueled with Tiz the Law in the final turn and upset the heavy favorite to conquest the 146th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Ridden by John Velazquez, Authentic led from start to finish and won by 1¼ lengths, giving trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying sixth Derby champion. Authentic covered 1¼ mile in 2:00.61, the seventh-fastest time ever in the Derby, and paid $18.80 to win. He is the first wire-to-wire Derby winner since 2002, when War Emblem won for Baffert. Baffert tied Ben Jones for the most wins by a trainer. Along with Authentic and War Emblem, […]

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September

02
Kentucky Derby: Art Collector out with minor foot ailment

Art Collector, the likely second wagering option Saturday in the 146th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, is out after suffering a minor foot ailment. The bombshell of bad news spread quickly Tuesday morning at Churchill and beyond, shortly after Art Collector did not appear on the track. A subsequent Churchill release stated trainer Tommy Drury reported “the colt nicked the bulb of his left front heel with a hind hoof while galloping Monday at Churchill” and that because of strict medication rules, the horse could not be treated with an anti-inflammatory so close to the race. Art Collector, bred and […]

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August

25
Texas Breeder Hangs His Dreams on Whiskey Echo

Whether due to luck or divine intervention, graded-placed winner Whiskey Echo seemed destined to become the first stallion Glynn Parent Jr. would stand at his 40-acre farm southwest of Houston. Parent had just started building a modest broodmare band and, after going through a breeding season of boarding bills and stud fees, decided owning a stallion might make sense for a homespun operation. He began his stallion prospect search in the $7,500-$10,000 claiming ranks at Lone Star Park but got the notion during his research to look in the $20,000-$30,000 price range, figuring the limited amount of racing offered because of the ongoing COVID-19 […]

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August

18
Tobys Heart Favored for Bolton Landing Score

Eight 2-year-old fillies will line up to sprint 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf Aug. 19 in the $85,000 Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, and impressive first-out winner Tobys Heart has been dubbed the even-money, morning-line favorite. Trained by Brian Lynch, who owns the Jack Milton filly in partnership with Terry Hamilton, Tobys Heart succeeded by 6 3/4 lengths in her first start June 4 while navigating the Bolton Landing distance at Churchill Downs. “She showed me she had some talent prior to it with her works, so it was great to see it produce that sort of performance in her debut,” Lynch said. […]

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August

13
Kentucky Derby scratches general admission

Churchill Downs officials expect less than 23,000 fans will be able to attend next month’s rearranged Kentucky Derby under an updated health and safety plan. The plan eliminates general admission and standing room only areas, with total capacity limited to less than 14 percent of the 2015 attendance record of 170,513. The 146th runnings of the Derby and Oaks for fillies were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 due to coronavirus concerns. Spectators were not permitted for Churchill Downs’ spring meet, but the track had stated in June that general admission would be limited to the 26-acre infield for […]

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