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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A ‘Form’ Of Protection

For the readers who follow me on social media, you may have seen my post yesterday about a horse I’ve known and followed for nearly a decade who, after a successful eight year racing career, I brought home from the track to start the next chapter of his life. Click here to see the post. […]

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Japanese Champion Gentildonna Foals A Filly

Twice voted Horse of the Year in Japan, Gentildonna (Deep Impact – Donna Blini, by Bertolini) foaled a filly by King Kamehameha on Tuesday. Owned by Sunday Racing Co. and trained by Sei Ishizaka, the mare won 10 races from 19 starts in the course of her career, including seven Group 1 events, to earn […]

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Handicapping Angle: Older Horses Facing 3-Year-Olds In The Spring

Scott Shapiro has a favored handicapping angle for races between March and May each year. When a race is carded for “3-year-olds and up,” those sophomores are usually facing older horses for the very first time, as was the case in a maiden claiming event at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 28. On paper, the sophomores […]

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Bloodlines: Pair Of Graded Winners Flatter Late Unbridled’s Song

Sometimes even a dead horse gets a break. The late Unbridled’s Song, whose death in 2013 was a significant loss felt by both breeders and buyers at the yearling sales, had a pair of first-time graded stakes winners on Feb. 13, and the big gray was offering a sort of Valentine’s note to breeders that […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Present Photos Of The Week: Dreaming Of Spring

The 2016 Road to the Kentucky Derby continued to heat up with two early stepping stones to Louisville – the Sam F. Davis and the El Camino Real Derby – contested on Saturday. In the G3 Sam F. Davis, Destin proved much the best and provided trainer Todd Pletcher with an early Derby contender. In the G3 El Camino […]

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The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: May The Road Rise

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is about to ramp up in a significant way, starting with this long holiday weekend. The schedule features the final two 10-point prep races before the stakes climb to 50 points for the winners, but also on tap are a couple of non-point events that are must-see viewing for […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Hot Brown

Trainer Chad Brown has picked up where he left off in 2015, when he sent out 23 individual graded stakes winners. Just six weeks into the new year, Brown has already saddled four graded stakes winners, which places him at the top of the American Graded Stakes Standings trainer list. Gulfstream Park, Brown’s winter base, […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Hagyard Introduces The Pensioners’ Club

Ever wonder what happens to our favorite celebrity Thoroughbreds, or their parents, once they retire from not only racing, but breeding? Unless they retire to a highly visible farm like Old Friends, it can be hard to track them down. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., one of the largest equine veterinary practices in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Promising Filly Evokes Memories Of ‘Alex’

When 3-year-old filly Cathryn Sophia loaded into the gate for last month’s Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park, owner Chuck Zacney could hardly bear to watch. “I actually closed my eyes prior to the start, and I was just waiting for the call of the race,” he said. When Zacney didn’t hear his filly’s name […]

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Bloodlines: Good Things Happen After Stallions Sell Internationally

If you want to help your stallion get that big winner, just sell him overseas. For instance, there is Empire Maker, who already had Grade 1 winner proven on the track before the sire’s sale, then champion Royal Delta, G1 winner and Kentucky Derby-Preakness second , and other major performers came to light afterwards; and […]

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