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Stud Notes: Who You Gonna Call? Ghostzapper! Sire of Go Maggie Go & Paulassilverlining

Ghostzapper3_resized8-26-2014-11-12-21-91With the female-cast re-boot of “Ghostbusters” about to premier, it was entirely appropriate that the esteemed sire Ghostzapper had a big Preakness weekend, with two of his girls, Go Maggie Go and Paulassilverlining, winning graded stakes races. Ghostzapper has stood his entire career at Adena Springs in Paris, Kentucky, and his consistency in siring real race horses has established him as a perennial leading sire.

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Second Summer and Wild Dude Earn Milestone Wins at Santa Anita

Californian StakesOn Sunday (5/22) at Santa Anita, the 4-year-old gelding Second Summer - with Mario Gutierrez in the irons -won his first graded stakes with an upset in the 1 ⅛-miles Californian Stakes (G2), which is the major local prep for next month’s $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1). Meanwhile, the following day Wild Dude became racing’s latest millionaire for owner-trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with an off-the-pace win in the 6 ½-furlong Kona Gold Stakes (G2).

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Persistence Pays in Preakness! Exaggerator Finally Bests Nyquist

Preakness DayIf Exaggerator was ever going to beat Nyquist, the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on May 21 seemed the perfect opportunity. With the conditions ideal for the deep-closing, mud-loving son of Curlin, Exaggerator did just that as he blew past the previously undefeated Kentucky Derby winner at the top of the stretch and rolled home to score by 3 ½-lengths. Cherry Wine edged Nyquist by a nose on the wire for second.

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Go Maggie Go Dazzles in Pimlico's Black-Eyed Susan

DPD20160520_BlackEyedSusanStakes_010Trainer Dale Romans called Go Maggie Go “one of the best fillies I’ve ever had” following her front-running 2 ¼-length win in the $250,000 Black Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) at Pimlico Race Course on May 20. It’s certainly been a roaring start for the Mike Tarp homebred. The daughter of Ghostzapper has won three of four starts, including a pair of Grade 2’s, with the lone loss being a troubled-trip fourth in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). All since March 13.

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Takeover Target Runs Them Down Late in the $250k Dixie on Preakness Day

Preakness DayOlder grass horses got their turn to shine in the $250,000 Dixie Stakes on the Preakness Stakes (G1) undercard and those lawnmowers did not disappoint. Takeover Target, aided by a powerful ride from jockey Joel Rosario, rallied from last to prevail in a furious three-horse stretch battle with Grade I winners Ring Weekend and Grand Arch.

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Molly Moran, Horse Lover and Homeboykris's Regular Exercise Rider, Speaks Out

Homeboykris "I just want to take a minute to address all the negativity surrounding the deaths on Preakness day. As the exercise rider of Homeboy Kris, I never rode a horse who liked to run as much as he did. He marched to the track everyday. All throughout Preakness week he would step on to the track and stand still... posing for all the cameras, as if he himself was a favorite in the Preakness. He was one of my toughest horses to gallop because all he wanted to do was run fast."

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Stud Notes: Curlin and Exaggerator

EQUESTRIAN: Nov 17 Kentucky StallionsExaggerator's victory in the Grade 1 Preakness S. moved his sire, Curlin, to number five on the leading sires list, supplanting Bernardini and marking him as the super successful sire that 2015 and this year have demonstrated he has developed into, and justifying his $100,000 stud fee.

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Stud Notes: The Preakness Field. Can Nyquist Lead Home An Uncle Mo Trifecta?

Uncle Mo Wins Timely Writer The Uncle Mo juggernaut can't be stopped. With four colts by this amazing young sire in the Preakness field, including the unbeaten champion favorite Nyquist, what if there's an Uncle Mo trifecta in the Preakness? Statistically unlikely though it may be, (Exaggerator will have something to say about that), it would be historically unique and stunning.

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The Interviews: Kentucky Derby and Multiple Stakes Winning Trainer Graham Motion

GrahamMotion Kentucky Derby, Dubai World Cup and multiple stakes winning trainer Graham Motion moved to the US from his native England in 1980. Since striking out to train on his own in 1993, Graham has won more than 2000 races and over $100 million in purses. Graham talked to Thoroughbred People about the Fair Hill training center where he is based, Animal Kingdom, Better Talk Now and some of his other good horses, and his training career so far.

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The Interviews: Top Rider Turned Broadcaster, Richard Migliore

MigliorefunnycideSince he started race riding in 1980 at the age of 16, Richard Migliore rode over 30,000 races and 4,450 winners for purse earnings of over $160 Million. Since his enforced retirement in 2010, Richard now works as a racing analyst for HRTV, New York Racing Association and Fox Sports 1. Nicknamed "The Mig," which is a type of jet fighter, for his tenacious style of riding Richard lives with his wife, Carmela, and children in Millbrook, New York.

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Cavorting became Racing’s Latest Millionaire As She Wins The Ruffian

Peter Pan Stakes Day Now that’s more like it. Stonestreet Stables’ Cavorting became racing’s latest millionaire with a dominant five-length victory while going a flat mile in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on May 14. The win snapped a three-race losing streak for the Grade I-winning daughter of Bernardini.

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Unified Remains Unbeaten in Belmont's G3 Peter Pan

Peter Pan Stakes DayCentennial Farms’ Unified remained perfect in his young career with an impressive three-quarter length win in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3) going 1 ⅛-miles at Belmont Park on May 14. Though the Peter Pan is designed as a potential prep for next month’s Belmont Stakes, ala Tonalist’s double in 2014, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said it’s unlikely Unified would compete in the Triple Crown’s final leg.

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