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  • Gunnevera Connections Team With Gallo Stables, Bella Inizio Farm To Secure Place In Pegasus December 15, 2017
    Margoth's multiple graded-stakes winning millionaire Gunnevera has secured a spot in the starting gate for the world's richest Thoroughbred race, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), at Gulfstream Park. Venezuelan owner Salomon Del-Vallee has reached a deal with Pegasus stakeholder William Gallo of Gallo Stables and Bella Inizio Farm to run Gunnevera in […]
  • ‘Throwback’ Owner Dodge Passes At Age 66 December 15, 2017
    Long-time Thoroughbred owner James Anthony “Tony” Dodge passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 5, after a battle with cancer. The 66-year-old was surrounded by his family and photographs of his horses. “He was kind of a throwback to the old type of owner,” said trainer Larry Bates. “He always gave me as much time as I […]
  • Pennsylvania: Trainer Suspension Extended By Commission In Silent Ruler Case December 15, 2017
    The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has amended a stewards' ruling in the case of owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez, whose horse Silent Ruler was discovered in a stall at Penn National in late September with a swollen and fractured ankle. Initially, a board of stewards voted to suspend Rodriguez for 45 days beginning in January […]
  • Maragh Moving Tack To Southern California Circuit December 15, 2017
    Rajiv Maragh is likely to become a major player at Santa Anita in 2018 with the announcement that he will be relocating to Southern California starting Dec. 26. In a recent interview with the BloodHorse, Maragh indicated that he's always wanted to ride on the Southern California circuit. He decided that the “timing was right” and that […]
  • California Fires Impacting Air Quality For Horses; Vet Clinic Offers Tips For Owners Affected December 15, 2017
    The Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center released the following advisory via its Facebook page mid-afternoon on Thursday, Dec. 14 regarding the Thomas Fire. The Thomas wildfire is burning between Santa Barbara and Ventura and is at 252,000 acres and 35 percent containment as of Friday, midday Eastern Time. Our office has been receiving numerous calls […]
  • Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Juvenile Winners Add To Baffert’s Bountiful Year December 15, 2017
    Of the three graded stakes races on the schedule last weekend, two were Grade 1 races for juveniles – and both were won by horses trained by Bob Baffert. The promising colt McKinzie had a little help from the stewards when he was promoted from second to first in the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity. Ironically, […]
  • The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: What Now For California Racing? December 15, 2017
    It's been one of the most devastating weeks one can imagine for horse racing, in particular, California's equine industry. The massive outpouring of support and assistance in recent days reminds us how tight-knit and collaborative this sport can be. But with the at least temporary loss of stabling at San Luis Rey Downs and tragic […]
  • Shannon Luce To Succeed Bob Curran In Jockey Club Communications Post December 15, 2017
    Shannon Luce, who has served as The Jockey Club's communications manager since January 2012, has been named director of communications, it was announced today by James L. Gagliano, the president and chief operating officer. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2018. Luce will succeed Bob Curran Jr., who is retiring as vice president of corporate […]
  • The Force Was With Him: Dark Vader Breaks His Maiden At Los Alamitos December 15, 2017
    A return to dirt and the maiden ranks helped Dark Vader spring a 10-1 upset Thursday at Los Alamitos. Owned by a partnership that includes Sharon Alesia, Burns Racing LLC and Ciaglia Racing LLC and trained by Peter Eurton, Dark Vader, a 2-year-old Tale of Ekati colt, was up in the final strides to defeat […]
  • What’s In Your Wallet? British Hurdler Samuel Jackson Springs 100-1 Upset In Racing Debut December 15, 2017
    Punters that were wise enough – or rather, lucky enough – to have a wager on 100-1 shot Samuel Jackson Thursday at Taunton Racecourse in England were handsomely rewarded when the 5-year-old gelding charged to a 3 1/4-length victory in his hurdling debut. The Racing Post reports that Samuel Jackson had previously won two point-to-point races, but […]


  • Greyvitos vs. Believe in Royalty in Springboard Mile December 15, 2017
    The Springboard Mile takes on a new significance Sunday with Kentucky Derby eligibility points now attached to the $400,000 race for 2-year-olds that helps close out the meet at Remington Park.
  • Come Dancing returns like a star December 15, 2017
    Come Dancing made quite the return to the races Thursday, winning a first-level allowance race by 6 1/2 lengths.
  • Rice enjoying a December to remember December 15, 2017
    Mother Nature, the racing schedule, and herself appear to be the only things that can slow trainer Linda Rice down these days.
  • Jockey Maragh moving to California December 15, 2017
    Rajiv Maragh, the regular rider of the champions Groupie Doll and Main Sequence in recent years, is relocating to California for the start of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting on Dec. 26.
  • Scathing becomes first San Luis Rey survivor to race December 15, 2017
    The 4-year-old filly Scathing won a starter allowance at five furlongs Thursday at Los Alamitos, becoming the first horse based at San Luis Rey Downs to start after the devastating wildfire that struck the training center on Dec. 7.
  • Pavel highlights Santa Anita's stakes-loaded opening-day card December 15, 2017
    Pavel's next race is the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. The $300,000 Malibu Stakes is one of four graded stakes on the opening day program of the track's winter-spring meeting.
  • Successful Native gets back on grass in optional claimer December 15, 2017
    A field of 10 turf-sprint specialists is scheduled to contest Sunday's $51,000 main event, a second-level allowance/optional $50,000 claimer to be decided at five furlongs.
  • Good Magic, Rushing Fall set to rejoin Brown soon December 15, 2017
    Chad Brown's two 2017 Breeders' Cup winners, Good Magic and Rushing Fall, both are scheduled to rejoin the trainer's Palm Meadows string in the coming weeks.
  • Romans loaded with rising youngsters December 15, 2017
    Trainer Dale Romans' barn is stacked and loaded particularly with soon-to-turn 3-year-old prospects led by Grade 1 winner Free Drop Billy and Hollywood Star.
  • Fleming key to Asmussen's success at Remington December 15, 2017
    Darren Fleming is a backstretch favorite at the Oaklawn, Lone Star Park, and Remington meets, where he oversees divisions for trainer Steve Asmussen. It's also made him one of the most important people in one of the most powerful stables in North America.

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  • Page McKenney one to beat in Harlan's Holiday December 15, 2017
    The amazing Page McKenney returns to south Florida for just the second time in his long career when he takes on eight rivals in Saturday's $100,000 Harlan's Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
  • Stewards should have let CashCall result stand December 12, 2017
    If required, I, and a lot of other folks I'm sure, could make a compelling case in defense of the majority stewards' decision to disqualify Solomini from first in Saturday's Grade 1 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and place him third.
  • McKinzie gets CashCall win after DQ December 10, 2017
    Solomini finished first in Saturday's Grade 1 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity at Los Alamitos, but was disqualified and placed third behind stablemate McKinzie and Instilled Regard for causing interference in the final sixteenth.
  • Jala Jala wins Clasico for Mexico December 10, 2017
    Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. completed one of the most memorable days of his career, and one of the most memorable days in the 51-year history of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, when he guided Mexico's Jala Jala to a win in the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe.
  • California wildfire engulfs barns, killing horses December 8, 2017
    About 25 racehorses stabled at the San Luis Rey training center were killed as a wildfire in Southern California engulfed eight barns Thursday.
  • Castellano among Woolf Award finalists December 6, 2017
    Javier Castellano, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey the past four years, is among five veteran riders who are finalists for the 2018 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
  • Sharp Azteca sits atop the miler mountain December 3, 2017
    Sharp Azteca's Cigar Mile romp was every bit as good, if not better, than his runaway win in the Gulfstream Park Handicap in his first start this year, or his easy win in the Monmouth Cup, or his dominating score in Belmont's Kelso Handicap.
  • Sharp Azteca smokes rivals in Cigar Mile December 3, 2017
    Sharp Azteca proved he could run just as well from off the pace as he has when he's on it as he rallied from third to dominate Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.
  • Catholic Boy wins Remsen in first start on dirt December 2, 2017
    The horses had barely cooled out from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Nov. 3 at Del Mar and trainer Jonathan Thomas began thinking about running Catholic Boy, a close fourth in that race, in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.
  • Locals find winner's circle at Del Mar December 1, 2017
    Before the tide of history washes over last weekend's action at Del Mar, there were two performances that deserve note, and that might have been ignored in the wave of successful East Coast invaders, since both were local productions.

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  • Pricey Tapit Colt Earns Rising Star Nod in NY December 15, 2017
    MARCONI (c, 2, Tapit–Ponche de Leona, by Ponche), second behind stablemate Biblical (Tapit) over this track-and-trip Nov. 17, stepped up off that performance while adding blinkers for this “TDN Rising Star” worthy graduation. Hammered down to 3-5 favoritism, the $2 million KEESEP buy missed the break, trailing the field through an opening half in :49.28.
  • Defending Top Two Renew Rivalry in Pellegrini December 15, 2017
    Four-year-olds Sixties Song (Arg) (Sixties Icon {GB}) and Puerto Escondido (Arg) (Hurricane Cat), one-two finishers in last year’s G1 Gran Premio Internacional Carlos Pellegrini, headline South America’s marquee race on Saturday at Hipodromo San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Defending champion Sixties Song, hero in March of the G1 Gran Premio Latinoamericano at Valparaiso in Chile,
  • Taylor: Raising Horses an Organic Process December 15, 2017
    Taylor Made Sales’ Mark Taylor saw a huge reaction to his tweet on Wednesday that read, “Do you remember when the whole world decided all American horses must be saturated with steroids? Just got a 100% clean report from @keenelandsales for the 3rd year. Haven’t seen a positive yet!” The tweet was accompanied by a
  • Legal Eagle Sold Privately December 15, 2017
    Mayfair Speculators’ six-time South African Group 1 winner Legal Eagle (SAf) (Greys Inn) has been sold privately and will remain in the care of trainer Sean Tarry, Sporting Post reports. Legal Eagle’s new owner is Braam van Huyssteen with Brisbane-based partners William Henderson and Hedley McGrath. Van Huyssteen has around 175 horses in training and
  • New Company To Handle Irish Integrity December 15, 2017
    A new limited company has been created to handle Irish racing’s integrity affairs, the Irish Field reports. The Turf Club and the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee have created the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board to regulate flat, National Hunt and point-to-point racing. Regulation had previously been carried out by The Turf Club and the INHSC,
  • Turner Acknowledges ‘Huge Mistake’ December 15, 2017
    Jockey Hayley Turner, who was on Thursday banned for three months for making bets through an online account while holding a jockeys’ license, admitted she made a “huge mistake,” while also acknowledging the complications of the situation. Turner had retired from race riding and taken up a career in television at the time she opened
  • Tulip Brother Wins Jumpout December 15, 2017
    Trainer David Hayes admitted to that even he was surprised by the speed shown by Sikorsky (Aus) (Pierro {Aus}), the 2-year-old full-brother to Tulip (Aus), during his first jumpout at Flemington on Friday. The dark bay was always in control of the 800 metre heat and crossed the line in front without being asked
  • Menari Sister Wins Debut December 15, 2017
    Sweet Ava (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), a full-sister to this season’s G2 Run To The Rose S. winner and G1 Golden Rose S. third Menari (Aus), won a hot 2-year-old fillies’ plate race at Canterbury on debut on Friday. Racing, like her elder brother, in the colours of George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud and for trainer Gerald
  • Danox Double Handed In Futurity December 15, 2017
    Hanshin on Sunday hosts Japan’s first Group 1 of the season for 2-year-old colts, the Asahi Hai Futurity S. The mile contest, as the lone Group 1 race in its division, has historically been the decider of 2-year-old champion honours, but this year a second Group 1 for juvenile colts will be staged on Dec.
  • Archipenko Dead After Brief Illness December 15, 2017
    Archipenko (Kingmambo-Bound I, by Nijinsky), who just last weekend sired his third Group 1 winner in the G1 Hong Kong Cup winner Time Warp (GB), has died at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket due to a rare form of lymphoma at age 13. A press release from Lanwades owner Kirsten Rausing read, “he had a brief