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January

26
Authentic set for big night at Eclipse Awards

Authentic is favored to be named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male, and his connections – trainer Bob Baffert, jockey John Velazquez, breeder Peter Blum, and an ownership group headed by Spendthrift Farm – all are finalists in their respective categories for the 50th annual Eclipse Awards, to be revealed Thursday night in an unusual presentation that serves as an appropriate coda to an unusual year. Owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the usual black-tie-optional ceremony has been changed by a virtual one, emanating from Spendthrift in Kentucky. A number of past hosts of the Eclipse Awards – […]

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January

19
Pegasus Turf Is Another Twist In The Story For Anothertwistafate

Both the blinkers and the man who recommended them – jockey Joel Rosario – will be on Anothertwistafate Saturday in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Turf (G1) at Gulfstream Park. Following Anothertwistafate’s fourth-place finish in the Seabiscuit Handicap (G2) on Nov. 28 at Del Mar, Rosario recommended adding blinkers to the horse’s new trainer, Peter Miller. Five weeks later, with blinkers in place, Anothertwistafate and Rosario rolled to a 2 ¼-length triumph in the San Gabriel (G2) at Santa Anita. Miller chuckled as he told the story about his conversation with Rosario after the Seabiscuit. “When he tells you something […]

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January

06
Frost confident as Yala Enki tries again at Chepstow

Bryony Frost reports Yala Enki in excellent shape as he bids to make it third time lucky in the rearranged Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. Frost will bid for more big-race glory in Saturday’s extended three-mile-five furlong showpiece – originally planned for December 27, the day after she steered Yala Enki’s stablemate Frodon to Grade One glory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. After finishing third in the 2018 renewal when trained by Venetia Williams, Yala Enki filled the same spot under Frost in the Grade Three marathon 12 months ago, on his second start for Paul […]

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December

29
Charlatan ends bumpy year with Grade 1 win in Malibu Stakes

Charlatan tracked favorite Nashville to the quarter pole and then drew off to a 4½-length triumph in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita’s opening day. Ridden for the first time by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Charlatan ran seven furlongs in 1 minute, 21.50 seconds. Trained by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, the chestnut colt had been idle since May 2. Charlatan paid $5.20, $3.60 and $2.60 as the 8-5 second choice. It was the first loss for Nashville, who had won his first three starts by a combined 24¾ lengths for Hall of Fame trainer […]

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December

22
CHARLATAN VS. NASHVILLE IN GRADE I RUNHAPPY MALIBU

Charlatan, one in a battalion of bluebloods based in Bob Baffert’s bountiful barn, faces off versus Nashville in the Grade I Runhappy Malibu Stakes on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, the marquee event as historic Santa Anita ushers in its 84th season of world-class racing. This year’s Malibu is arguably one of the most anticipated in the classic event’s 70 runnings, pitting two extremely talented sons of 2004 Eclipse Award champion male sprinter Speightstown versus one another. The Malibu has been won in the past by a Who’s Who of Thoroughbreds, among them Runhappy (2015), Ferdinand (1986), Precisionist (1984), Spectacular Bid […]

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December

15
Pletcher 2-year-old poised for Derby trail

A 2-year-old son of Quality Road, Prime Factor always has been a highly regarded prospect, selling for $900,000 as a yearling. Owned by the partnership of CHC and WinStar Farm, Prime Factor is a long way from earning back his purchase price, but he took a solid first step toward that goal when dominating his debut on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Flashing speed right from the start, Prime Factor vied for the lead through a quarter in 22.27 seconds, then took command through a half in 45.33 and pulled away to complete the six-furlong sprint in 1:10.38. Despite never being […]

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December

09
New sires and dispersals of top farms highlight Keeneland’s Sale

Keeneland has cataloged 1,588 horses for its 2021 January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will contain dispersals of Sam-Son Farm, Paul Pompa Jr. and Spry Family Farm during the four sessions of the sale, to be held Jan. 11-14. Keeneland will continue to offer online and phone bidding to enable buyers to participate in the January Sale remotely while employing onsite COVID-19 protocols similar to those used during its two recent auctions. January Sale catalogs are available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are planned to be delivered by Dec. 22. The catalog entails of 808 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 697 newly […]

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November

10
Authentic Retired, To Stand For $75,000 At Spendthrift

Authentic, the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and G1 Kentucky Derby winner has been retired to B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY where he will stand in 2021 for a fee of $75,000 S&N. “Authentic is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of horse, and Mr. Hughes is very proud that we are able to share him with 5,300-plus MyRacehorse owners through what has been an incredible run. That alone made this decision different and very difficult. Ultimately, we just felt there wasn’t a lot more to accomplish for a Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, so we have made the decision […]

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November

03
Princess Secret Denied Entry Into Breeders’ Cup

Princess Secret (Khozan), winner of the Susan’s Girl S. and My Dear Girl S. for owner and trainer Daniel Pita, was denied entry into Friday’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies after testing positive for a banned substance. An Oct. 26 blood test administered by the Breeders’ Cup Out-Of-Competition program turned up the presence of Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid clearly prohibited by Breeders’ Cup under its conditions of entry. According to Breeders’ Cup constructs, any horse that tests positive for anabolic steroids or any ARCI-prohibited substances in any out-of-competition sample within six months of participation in the Breeders’ Cup is ruled ineligible […]

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October

28
Aidan O’Brien discusses his expected Breeders’ Cup entries

In a year when many things have changed, it will be nice to see the Ballydoyle silks that Americans have grown so comfortable to at the Breeders’ Cup. Aidan O’Brien, one of racing’s all-time most successful trainers and winner of twelve Breeders’ Cup races, could have as many as nine horses in this year’s event. Magical, a seven-time Group 1 champion, who was second to Enable in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf, is expected to lead his charge. She will be considered for the Turf and the Filly & Mare Turf. Magical showed she is as good as ever this year when […]

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