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West Coast ‘Not Even Blowing’ After Classic Breeze With Hoppertunity

Gary and Mary West's 3-year-old colt West Coast had his penultimate breeze before the Breeders' Cup Classic on Sunday, working six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40 at Santa Anita. Under Drayden Van Dyke, the son of Flatter went in company with Hoppertunity for trainer Bob Baffert, passing his workmate in the stretch. “He walks off […]

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Highland Reel Headlines Ballydoyle’s Breeders’ Cup Contingent

Highland Reel set himself up for the defense of his Breeders' Cup Turf crown with a meritorious run in defeat in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. Aidan O'Brien's globetrotter finished third to Cracksman on unsuitably soft ground, but conditions are expected to be far more in his favor at Del Mar on November 4. O'Brien […]

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Baffert: Abel Tasman’s Seven-Furlong Gate Work ‘Went Really Well’

China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm's multiple Grade 1 winner Abel Tasman breezed from the gate Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park, her penultimate move prior to the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Del Mar. The 3-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality was ridden by Mike Smith to an official time of 1:25.60, according to drf.com, avoiding a broken […]

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Del Mar, Breeders’ Cup Adopt Updated Tax Regulations In Time For Championships

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – with the start of its fall race meet on November 1 – and the Breeders' Cup – which is bringing its championship days to the seaside oval on November 3 and 4 – both will employ the updated U.S. Treasury Department/Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax wagering rules put into place […]

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Eclipse Award-Winning Apprentice Kyle Frey Returns To The Saddle At Santa Anita

Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey of 2011 Kyle Frey is expected to resume riding at Santa Anita shortly, according to his agent, Mark North. A 25-year-old native of Tracy, California, Frey (pronounced FRAY) last rode during the first week of Del Mar's Bing Crosby meet before he was sidelined with an abscess caused by an infection […]

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Attendance, In-State Handle Show Slight Increases On Maryland Million Day

Attendance and in-state handle was up Saturday at Laurel Park on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. A festive crowd of 22,682 watched the 32nd running of the Million, up 4.4 percent over last year. Total handle on Million Day was $4.377 million compared to $4.476 in 2016. In-state handle was $566,086, up 2.8 percent over the […]

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Maryland Million Classic A ‘Bonus’ For Hometown Jockey Juarez

Jockey Nik Juarez, born and raised an hour north of Laurel Park, put an exclamation point on his three-win afternoon by guiding Three Diamonds Farm's Bonus Points to a come-from-behind 2 ¾-length victory the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic. Run at 1 1/8 miles over the main track, the Classic for 3-year-olds and up was the […]

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Brown, Castellano Send Out Back-To-Back Winners On Empire Showcase Day

Trainer Chad Brown and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano teamed up Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park for back-to-back wins on Empire Showcase Day, a unique 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses. Peter Brant's Fifty Five got the duo off to a sharp start in the $200,000 Ticonderoga, […]

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Spartianos Nails Blanket Finish In Maryland Million Turf

Everything fell in place for Nik Juarez in Saturday's $125,000 Maryland Million Turf at Laurel Park. The up-and-coming jockey knew he couldn't have given the Spartianos a better chance of winning, but he didn't know for sure that the gutsy 5-year-old gelding had prevailed in an exciting four-horse blanket finish until well after crossing the finish line. […]

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Claim To Breeders’ Cup: 8-Year-Old Hogy ‘Deserves A Chance’ In Turf Sprint

Owner Michael Hui dropped $80,000 to claim the 8-year-old Hogy three starts back at Saratoga, and the gelding has been rewarding him thus far. After repairing a slight breathing issue, Hogy went out and captured the $400,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes on Sept. 9, then ran second in the Grade 2 Woodford at Keeneland […]

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