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Stud Notes: Knicks Go! Paynter Go!

A 70/1 long shot winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity S. at Keeneland on October 6 created a frisson of excitement for the crowd, trainer Ben Colebrook winning his first graded stakes, jockey Albin Jiminez ditto, and especially second crop sire Paynter, whose first two crops had not been setting the world on fire—until now. The colt, Knicks Go, took the Futurity with ease, full of run, eventually winning by 5 ½ in a win that was never in question.

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A 70/1 long shot winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity S. at Keeneland on October 6 created ....



Golden Gate Fields Posts Substantial Gains In Wagering During Summer Meet

Although the 2017 Summer Meet consisted of 16 racing days, Golden Gate Fields all sources handle for the first 16 days this year was $33,049,592, a whopping 30 percent hike over last year's $25,323,799. “We are very happy with the gains made at this year's Summer Meet,” said David Duggan, General Manager and Vice President of Golden Gate Fields. “There are a lot of people to thank for that. Our dedicated horsemen, jockeys, backstretch workers, our hard-working front-side staff, and of course, the horseplayers and fans who support our product.”

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Although the 2017 Summer Meet consisted of 16 racing days, Golden Gate Fields all sources handl....



Remembering a Champion: Gulch

Gulch-2aIntelligence. That is the quality that separates good horses from champions, Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, is fond of saying. Horses with a lot of intelligence are the ones to watch because they will become great champions. Two horses Blowen says had a lot of intelligence are past Old Friends' retirees, Precisionist and Black Tie Affair. Gulch was the same said Blowen. "You could tell Gulch was an intelligent horse the moment he stepped off the van when he arrived at Old Friends. He had a spark in his eye and was completely aware of his surroundings. He held his head high in regal fashion, but he was not arrogant or mean spirited. Still, on his arrival that day, he was letting people know 'I am here. I am a champion.' "

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Intelligence. That is the quality that separates good horses from champions, Michael Blowen, fo....



Mike Smith - the Two Million Dollar Man

When Parx has its biggest race day, with two million-dollar grade one races on the card, the Cotillion S. and the Pennsylvania Derby, the biggest guns come out. No surprise, then, that the jockey known by the nickname Big Money won both, on September 22, 2018, within the space of a single hour. Smith is certainly one of the greats of all time, and his brilliant ride on Midnight Bisou, which resulted in the disqualification of the previously unbeaten Monomoy Girl, and his confident, chilly hand ride on McKinzie, proved you can have no one better at the controls. Smith is simply the Master. Whether he’s riding for Baffert or Asmussen, betting on Big Money Mike is the ultimate no brainer in racing.

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When Parx has its biggest race day, with two million-dollar grade one races on the card, the Co....



Turfway Park is located just outside the city limits to the north of Florence, KY, about 10 miles south of the Ohio River at Cincinnati. We conduct live Thoroughbred horse racing during two meets each year - Holiday (December), and Winter/Spring (January to early April) - and offer year-round simulcast wagering from tracks across the continent. In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America voted Turfway in the top 10 of US racetracks.

Stud Notes: A Change in the Usual Suspects

The 2018 Keeneland September Sale represented change in more ways than the obvious maximizing of book one to four days, the entire first week of the sale, in reality putting book one and book two together, shortening the number of entries sold per day, and even beginning the sale at one o’clock because of the torrential rain in the weekend preceding the sale, which inhibited buyers’ ability to examine the select yearlings. It would appear that 2018 reveals a shift in the tectonic plates of the yearling market, with new stars emerging and energizing both the averages and the total amount of receipts to Keeneland.

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The 2018 Keeneland September Sale represented change in more ways than the obvious maximizing ....



Triple Crown Winner Justify Arrives at Coolmore Ashford

The history of the Triple Crown can be traced to 1919, when horse racing writers took note of the first winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, the great Sir Barton. However, 1930 was the year when the phrase became common parlance, when Gallant Fox won the Triple Crown for his breeder, Belair Stud, and then, five years later, his son Omaha also won the Triple Crown, the only father/son duo to complete such a feat, and for the same breeder.

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The history of the Triple Crown can be traced to 1919, when horse racing writers took note of t....



Keeneland Week 1 - A Change in the Usual Suspects

The 2018 Keeneland September Sale represented change in more ways than the obvious maximizing of book one to four days, the entire first week of the sale, in reality putting book one and book two together, shortening the number of entries sold per day, and even beginning the sale at one o’clock because of the torrential rain in the weekend preceding the sale, which inhibited buyers’ ability to examine the select yearlings. It would appear that 2018 reveals a shift in the tectonic plates of the yearling market, with new stars emerging and energizing both the averages and the total amount of receipts to Keeneland.

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The 2018 Keeneland September Sale represented change in more ways than the obvious maximizing ....



Day One of Keeneland September - Honor Code Surprises!

The first day of Keeneland September usually demonstrates that nobody knows anything. Consignors, unsure about the market, set reserves too high and end up bringing yearlings home, no doubt to unhappy owners. Buyers know just as little, and wait to put their hands up in the pavilion, thinking the market will stabilize, find its own comfort zone, after day one, so that they will get their dollar’s worth. With a 35% buy back rate (25% is considered high), the first day of the epic Keeneland September Sale of 2018 demonstrates that the usual suspects with the deepest pockets - Godolphin, Coolmore, Don Alberto Stables - fear not, and plunge right into the competition for the best. There is much to be learned from day one, however.

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The first day of Keeneland September usually demonstrates that nobody knows anything. Consignor....



Turfway Park is located just outside the city limits to the north of Florence, KY, about 10 miles south of the Ohio River at Cincinnati. We conduct live Thoroughbred horse racing during two meets each year - Holiday (December), and Winter/Spring (January to early April) - and offer year-round simulcast wagering from tracks across the continent. In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America voted Turfway in the top 10 of US racetracks.

Stud Notes: Spendthrift Takes the Day

Saturday, September 9, was officially Spendthrift Farm Day. Missed the memo? Not to worry - Spendthrift goes on innovating, with its fabulous cast of young stallions and its ways of getting breeders involved with them, getting them large books of mares to make them competitive and commercial. Mr. Hughes, the owner of Spendthrift, has done more for the little guy breeder than any other farm owner, so it’s only right that he should reap the rewards. And the rewards were plentiful on September 9.

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Saturday, September 9, was officially Spendthrift Farm Day. Missed the memo? Not to worry - Spe....



Stud Notes: Derby Winner Orb's Stud Career Skyrockets

Sophomore sire Orb didn’t make many waves as a freshman sire, but his career has now made a big splash with his first graded stakes winner, two-year-old Sippican Harbor, becoming the longshot winner of the Spinaway S.-G1 at Saratoga on Saturday, September 1. With only 83 starters, Orb now boasts 33 winners, but clearly Sippican Harbor is the belle of this ball, moving her sire up to number 12 on the second crop sires list. Sippican Harbor’s record is now three starts and two wins, for earnings of $242,650.

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Sophomore sire Orb didn’t make many waves as a freshman sire, but his career has now made a b....



Stud Notes: Baffert and Smith Own Travers Day with Abel Tasman and Marley's Freedom

It’s Bob Baffert’s and Mike Smith’s world - the rest of us are just lucky to be citizens of it. On Travers S.-G1 day, August 25, the so-called undercard featured two grade one races for fillies and mares, the Personal Ensign S. and the Ballerina S., and both were won by the dynamic duo who might as well be Batman and Robin given their unbeatable heroism.

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It’s Bob Baffert’s and Mike Smith’s world - the rest of us are just lucky to be citizens....



Stud Notes: Unique Bella and Noble Mission

If you are a race horse owner, you know that the highs make you feel like your brain is going to explode, and the lows break your heart, over and over. My own race filly just broke her maiden, and made me the happiest person on earth for a day. August 18, the low happened - millionaire, champion, and multiple grade one winning four-year-old Unique Bella fractured a sesamoid in training and was retired.

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If you are a race horse owner, you know that the highs make you feel like your brain is going ....



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