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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....



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....



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