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Stud Notes: The Stallions Behind The 2016 Kentucky Derby Field

Florida Derby The field for the 2016 Kentucky Derby-G1 has been set, with 20 hopefuls aiming to line up in the starting gate, and two, even more hopeful Also Eligibles longing for their chance. Though this field resembles the Oaks field in terms of the domination of certain top stallions, there is also a fascinating collection of one-offs, solitary representatives of stallions, among them horses which should be suited for dirt, turf, synthetic, long distances, sprints, and just about anything else you can think of.

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After Highly Successful Synthetic Track Installations at Golden Gate, Presque Isle & Woodbine - Aqueduct Gets Onboard

030 Government revise se FINAL.inddAfter witnessing highly successful synthetic track installations and remarkable reductions in injuries to horses at Golden Gate Fields, Woodbine, Presque Isle Downs and Turfway Park, the New York Racing Association is planning to install a synthetic surface at Aqueduct.

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Stud Notes: The Stallions Behind The 2016 Kentucky Oaks Field

Horse Racing 2015: Keeneland Morning Works 10-18The 2016 Kentucky Oaks draw is yet another demonstration of the absolute supremacy of a very few stallions in today's market. The favorite is Rachel's Valentina at 7/2. The daughter of Rachel Alexandra with the heart shaped star on her forehead has been a grade one success, and with the absence of Songbird due to a fever, looks poised to collect the winner's share of the million dollar purse. Her sire is Bernardini, who is also the sire of the beautifully bred Lewis Bay (8/1), with Weekend Surprise in both her sire line and her dam's side.

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The Interviews: Renowned Thoroughbred Artist Thomas Allen Pauly

Thomas Allen Pauly & American PharoahAward-winning equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly has portrayed some of the finest horses and jockeys in the country. Born and raised in Chicago, Pauly's work encompasses Royal Ascot, the Hong Kong Cup, the Arc de Triomphe, the Dubai World Cup, the Velka Pardubicka Ceske Pojistovny Steeplechase in Prague and numerous Breeders' Cups, Preaknesses, Belmonts and Kentucky Derbies.

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Stud Notes: Entrances and Exits

SmokeGlacken One of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby-G1, Santa Anita Derby-G1 hero Exaggerator, will stand at stud after his racing career at Winstar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Making this deal now demonstrates business savvy by Winstar, because should Exaggerator win the Derby or any of the Triple Crown races, he becomes far more expensive as a stallion prospect. As well, as Curlin continues to heat up as a sire and potential sire of sires, this son of Curlin's price will continue to rise. Upon his retirement, Exaggerator will be syndicated by Winstar.

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Churchill Downs Forms Second Racing Club. All Other Tracks - Take Note!

churchill-downs-og Racing clubs, which have long been popular in certain international jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, have only begun to take root in the U.S. In addition to Churchill Downs, Canterbury Park, Emerald Downs and Hastings Park offer racing clubs. The purpose behind these clubs is to provide members with a low-risk, low cost experience with racehorse ownership.

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Ten Years On. Barbaro Remembered. The Triple Crown Winner That Should Have Been.

Barbaro1After seeing the stunningly handsome, big, bright bay Barbaro completely laugh at his competition in the Kentucky Derby as he trounced the field by a facile 6 1/2 lengths, it was clear that we had here a creature who was on a very different level to those three previous, gallant Triple Crown contenders. And Barbaro's running style and physique told me that the mile and a half of the Belmont Stakes would be a positive, not a negative. This fella had Triple Crown Winner stamped all over him.

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New Mexico Gets Tough On On Cheaters - Let's See More Of This Action Taken!

Sunland-Park-Racetrack-jpg--1-The announcement of enhanced out of competition testing was made public by the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) Chairman, Ray Willis, during the April 21, 2016 NMRC monthly meeting. Chairman Willis stated that "This project will be an aggressive procedure to let the public know that New Mexico racing is going in the right direction and we will start the testing immediately".

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Finest City & Trainer Ian Kruljac Earn First Graded Stakes Wins in Great Lady M. at Los Al

FinestCityBoth horse and trainer became newly-minted graded stakes winners when Finest City rallied to win the 6 ½-furlong Great Lady M. Stakes for 27-year-old conditioner Ian Kruljac at Los Alamitos Race Course on April 24. Finest City and the red-hot Kent Desormeaux sat well-off a hot pace, then roared past odds-on favorite Fantastic Style to win going away by 1 ¼-lengths in a track record time of 1:14.48.

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Stud Notes: Creative Cause - More Freshman Sire Success

creative-cause.The early spate of freshman sires having their first starters become their first winners may indicate that this year's group of studs with debuting two year olds hitting the track may be something special. Now Creative Cause joins To Honor and Serve and Union Rags in that exciting group, as his first starter, Milton Freewater, won a maiden special weight at Los Alamitos on April 22, 2016. The gray debut runner was favored in the four and a half furlong contest, but had to demonstrate grit and professionalism to get his nose on the wire first, besting Alpenhorn, a first time starter for California sire Empire Way.

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Stanford Breaks Through with First Graded Stakes Win in Charles Town Classic

Charles Town Classic DayIt took 11 starts, but the well-connected 4-year-old Stanford earned the title of graded stakes winner with an easy front-running win in the $1.25 Million Charles Town Classic (G1) at Charles Town Races and Slots on April 24. The breakthrough victory came after finishing runner-up in both the Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) and the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) to start the season.

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Some Wonderfully Well Spoken Words From Keeneland Trainer Tim Glyshaw

TimGlyshawTrainer Tim Glyshaw recently posted these words after winning a race at Keeneland. Too many people fail to understand what Tim's words here explain... "We were very happy to get the win today with Cardinal Girl at Keeneland, but I would like to take time to say how bad I feel for my buddy Tommy Drury, his horse, and his owners. His horse Fancy Hat broke down and had to be put to sleep. I read negative comments all the time on social media about trainers. But let me explain one thing to you. Trainers like Tommy (and countless other trainers) and I love our horses. It doesn't matter if it's a stake horse or a 5k claimer. We are with these horses many hours on a daily basis. They are like family to us."

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