Horse Racing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gun Runner further established himself as the next-best horse this side of Arrogate with a thoroughly dominating performance Saturday night in the 36th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. “Nice horse, huh?” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Gun Runner for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm.
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Tapit keeps finding higher bars to clear. For three consecutive years, he has broken the single-season earnings record for a North American-based sire while leading the continent’s general sire list — this, after coming out of the gate by establishing what was then an earnings record for a freshman sire. The sire of several champions
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Mastery, a Grade 1-winning son of Candy Ride, has officially been retired from racing a day after arriving at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., and will debut at stud during the 2018 breeding season. Mastery was undefeated in four starts, including wins in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Los Alamitos and the Grade 3
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As a native Californian filled with empty regional arrogance derived from accidents of weather and geography, I was appalled at the results of the 2017 Triple Crown. I mean, New York, wall to wall. Really? Talk about greedy. New York’s already got Sardi’s and Seventh Avenue, “Hamilton” and the Guggenheim, Cloisters and Lincoln Center. What
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If I wanted to reach for one word to describe the 2017 Triple Crown season, it would be “inconsistent.” Always Dreaming, so impressive burning off all the other pace pressure in winning the Kentucky Derby by almost three lengths, finished eighth in the Preakness, beaten 14 lengths. Cloud Computing, beaten seven lengths when third in
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ELMONT, N.Y. — There was a morning in late March at the Palm Beach Downs training center in South Florida when Jose Ortiz worked Tapwrit in preparation for the Blue Grass Stakes. His enthusiasm level was high. “This might be my Derby horse,” Ortiz said at the time. Well, things didn’t quite click in the
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NEW YORK — The road to the winner’s circle in the Belmont Stakes ran through the Kentucky Derby, even if the Derby and Preakness winners skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown. Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third
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For those who prefer their Thoroughbred racing spiced with gender-bending fillies and mares, the first dozen years of the 21st century were a giddy time to be alive. Pick a hemisphere. There was something for everyone. Superstars Sunline, Makybe Diva, and Black Caviar emerged from Down Under. Buena Vista and Gentildonna dominated males in Japan.
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