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September

06
‘An Exceptional Horse,’ Flightline Wins TVG Pacific Classic By 19 1/4 Lengths

In one of the most brilliant performances in the history of Del Mar racetrack, undefeated Flightline staked his claim as the outstanding older Thoroughbred in America with a 19 l/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday in Del Mar, Calif. It was a record winning margin, eclipsing the 12 ½-length triumph by Accelerate in the 2018 Pacific Classic. His final time of 1:59.28 was only 17 one-hundredths of a second slower than the track record set by Candy Ride in the 2003 renewal of the mile and one-quarter contest. With regular rider Flavien Prat in the saddle, Flightline […]

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August

22
Moira wins 163rd running of $1-million Queen’s Plate

Trainer Kevin Attard has his Stanley Cup. Moira came on strong down the stretch to earn a record-setting triumph in the $1-million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Sunday — the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown. That secured Attard his first career Plate title on his sixth attempt. The victory is the culmination of a childhood dream for Attard. And although he’s been a finalist as Canada’s champion trainer the last four years and earned Grade 1 victories at the E.P. Taylor Stakes, Woodbine Mile and Prince of Wales. Attard likened not winning the Plate to a hockey player going […]

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August

08
Cool Papa Bell scores biggest upset in Hambletonian history with 52-1 odds

Coming from a baseball background, Scott Farber had a perfect name for the yearling he brought for $100,000 in 2020. Hall of Famer and Negro Leagues legend Cool Papa Bell was considered by many the fastest man ever to play, and Farber had hopes his trotter would one day emulate James Thomas Bell as a runner. The wish came through on Saturday as Cool Papa Bell scored the biggest upset in the history of the Hambletonian, charging late to edge filly Joviality S by three-quarters of a length in a crazy finish to the most prestigious race for 3-year-olds in […]

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July

19
Saratoga 2022: Travers could be Charge It’s coming-out party

The talent has always been there; Todd Pletcher has never had any doubts about that. His colt named Charge It, at some point this year, is going to make some loud noise in the land of the 3-year-olds. That big bang could be coming, and soon. Show up to Saratoga Race Course at the end of August. That very well could be the coming-out party for Charge It, a gray son of Tapit. Just listen to the words from Pletcher, who doesn’t hand out praises like some might hand out M&Ms on Halloween. “From the talent prospective, he can be as […]

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July

12
Prairie Meadows racehorse tests positive for meth

A horse that won a race at Prairie Meadows has tested positive for meth. The horse named Drag Malibu was drug tested shortly after winning the third race of the day on May 29. “The horse had trace amounts of methamphetamine in his body when the horse ran in the race,” stated Brian Ohorilko, administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Ohorilko added that they see positive drug tests a handful of times in the year, but a horse testing positive for meth is nearly unheard of. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission found the groom, the person who […]

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June

14
Royal Ascot 2022: Graham Motion taking a shot in Coronation Stakes on Friday

It takes a special horse to go to Royal Ascot. Spendarella will be only the sixth starter at Royal Ascot for trainer Graham Motion and the unbeaten filly will carry a lot of hopes on her strong back as she faces some of the world’s best turf horses in the Coronation Stakes on Friday, June 17 at 11:20am ET. Motion has won many of the biggest races in the United States but has yet to win one at Royal Ascot in his native England. The list of horses Motion has sent to Royal Ascot up to this point is a […]

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June

07
Rich Strike returns energetic from Monday’s Belmont gallop

RED TR-Racing’s Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike shortened up to 1 1/4 miles for his daily exercise on Monday and left the track wanting to do more in his daily gallop for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Rich Strike had his typical morning routine, schooling through Belmont’s paddock before walking through the tunnel and onto the fast main track with regular exercise rider Gabriel Lagunes aboard. Trainer Eric Reed stated he was pleased with the gallop, but knew Rich Strike needed to gallop farther when he had a spirited exit from the main track. Looking for the best online betting site and Live […]

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May

25
5 horses who could make the Travers Stakes special

Even though the Triple Crown has been less than compelling for most fans this year, think about all the great storylines setting up for the Grade 1 Travers Stakes in August at Saratoga. If the right runners stay healthy, the Travers might live up to its other name as the Midsummer Derby. Five horses could make the Travers the race of the year, with Rich Strike, Early Voting and Epicenter the most important 3-year-olds who could enter because of their big Triple Crown efforts and overall popularity. Those three colts offer great storylines for the Travers. For one, Rich Strike is within range of […]

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May

13
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t run Preakness

Kentucky Derby long-shot winner Rich Strike will not race in the Preakness Stakes on May 21. Owner Rick Dawson said in a statement: “Our original plan for Rich Strike was contingent on the KY Derby, should we not run in the Derby we would point toward the Preakness, should we run in the Derby, subject to the race outcome & the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery time & rest and run in the Belmont, or another race and stay on course to run with 5 or 6 weeks rest between races.” Rich Strike entered the […]

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May

03
Aloha West, Jackie’s Warrior Rematch Set for Churchill

Last year Aloha West won the battle, taking the Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) over favored Jackie’s Warrior in early November at Del Mar, but the latter won the war when he was named champion male sprinter for 2021. Those top sprinters will meet for the second time when they start in the $750,000 Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by Ford (G1) May 7, a much-anticipated tilt on the Kentucky Derby (G1) day undercard. Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint marked the first grade 1 start for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Aloha West. The Maryland-bred son of Hard Spun proved up to the challenge as he rallied […]

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