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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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February

22
Medina Spirit stripped of Kentucky Derby victory; trainer Baffert suspended 90 days

Medina Spirit was stripped of the triumph in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Mandaloun was declared the winner after a ruling by state racing stewards on Monday. The since-deceased Medina Spirit tested positive after the race last May for a steroid, betamethasone, that is legal in Kentucky but banned on race day. Medina Spirit finished half a length ahead of Mandaloun in the race, giving trainer Bob Baffert what was then his seventh Kentucky Derby title. Baffert was subsequently banned for two years by Churchill Downs following the positive test. Looking for the best online betting site and Live betting? […]

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February

18
Scoops Dynasty comes into Los Alamitos Winter Derby off impressive trial victory

Big things will be expected from the winner of Saturday’s $212,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby at 400 yards. The last two winners have been among the nation’s leading 3-year-olds. Tell Cartel in 2020 and Flash Bak last year gained their first stakes in the Winter Derby and later won the Los Alamitos Super Derby in the autumn before finishing second in the Champion of Champions against older horses in December. Tell Cartel has been retired to stud, while Flash Bak will be among the favorites for Sunday’s Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship. Saturday’s Winter Derby field of 10 does […]

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November

23
Jockey Geovanni Franco To Return To Oaklawn For 2022

Southern California-based jockey Geovanni Franco announced on Twitter Saturday that he is returning to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., for the 2021-2022 meeting that starts Dec. 3. Franco will be represented by retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. Franco rode regularly in 2016 and 2017 at Oaklawn, amassing 61 victories, including four stakes, and $2,573,621 in purse earnings. He rode 16 winners in his 2016 debut and 45 in 2017 to tie for third in the standings. Franco capped his 2017 meeting with a closing-day double, guiding Inside Straight ($41.40) to an upset in the $750,000 Grade 2 […]

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October

19
Trainer Fawkes Wins Three, Jockey Sutherland Four At Gulfstream Sunday

Veteran trainer David Fawkes has been forging his own path to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle while saddling five winners from five starters over the past two programs at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track. The South Florida mainstay, who has enjoyed much success on the national Thoroughbred stage, scored with his only two starters Saturday and his first three starters on Sunday’s card. He swept the first three races on Sunday’s nine-race card with Defendant ($3.60), Palomita ($5.60), and Golden Soda ($8.80), respectively. On Saturday, he visited the winner’s circle after victories by Wild Irishman ($5.60) in Race 3 and […]

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September

07
Tell Your Daddy leads gate to wire to win Bernard Baruch

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez sent Tell Your Daddy to the front and the Scat Daddy gelding did not relinquish the lead, posting a gate-to-wire victory by a half length in the Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, closing day of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. The 63rd running of the Bernard Baruch, contested over 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon turf course, saw morning-line favorite and early speed threat En Wye Cee scratch before the race after an early afternoon rainstorm. Tell Your Daddy, who ran second to Flavius going the same distance at Saratoga […]

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August

03
Jackie’s Warrior Dominant In Amsterdam, Brings Asmussen Closer To Record

After a thunderous deluge delayed the Grade 2 Amsterdam for thirty minutes, soaking the sealed Saratoga surface, Jackie’s Warrior showed that the delay and the track were no trouble at all for the son of Maclean’s Music. At Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the 3-year-old’s multi-length triumph brought Steve Asmussen another victory closer to passing Dale Baird and becoming racing’s winningest trainer. A troubled break in the Grade 1 Woody Stephens last time out compromised Jackie’s Warrior’s chances at the victory on the Belmont Stakes undercard, with Drain the Clock taking that G1 stakes race. The two hooked […]

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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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March

30
Eric Cancel clinches title with 6-win day at Aqueduct

Eric Cancel had a big day at on sloppy Aqueduct track Sunday, winning six races and finishing in the money in all eight starts to clinch his first career New York Racing Association riding title. “I’m filled with emotions,” Cancel said. “I worked very hard for this and being able to compete with a guy like Kendrick (Carmouche, who will finish second in the jockey standings), who is a very hard-riding guy, it feels wonderful. Yesterday, I didn’t think I was going to get it. But today, I just woke up and said to keep on swinging and go for […]

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March

24
Baffert has his first Florida Derby starter in Spielberg

A mix of talent, opportunity and timing has produced Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s first venture to Gulfstream Park for the Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby (G1). Baffert, the most successful trainer in Triple Crown history, will make his debut Saturday in Gulfstream Park’s steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby with Spielberg, a chestnut son of Union Rags. Spielberg, who will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano in the 70th Florida Derby, won the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) on Dec. 19. In his most fresh start, Spielberg concluded second to Essential Quality, the 2020 2-year-old male champion, in the Southwest (G3) on […]

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