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All thoroughbreds mature at different rates. Owners and trainers know there is no perfect world for their chargers. A perfect world would find their two-year-old colt winning the season-ending Bredders’ Cup Juvenile . . . keep on improving by using his first year’s experience and weight-gain to make some history in the Triple Crown series […]

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Sum of the Parts takes the Red Legend

On a stakes-filled card in which legends were potentially made, Charles Town honored one of its longtime legends when the track hosted the Red Legend Stakes. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of this article […]

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Six stakes races worth almost $1 million

This Saturday night Charles Town will offer its lucrative Summer Sprintfest with nearly $1 million up for grabs in a half-dozen stakes, topped by the fifth renewal of the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes . Recently, those who enjoy pure speedballs were energized by the efforts of two horses in particular in the Woody Stephens Stakes […]

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Big Red gets ‘Grand Slam’ of Triple Crown records

The best of all time just got even better. Secretariat, the larger-than-life thoroughbred from nearly four decades ago, has finally been given his due by the people now in charge at Pimlico, the race track where the Preakness Stakes takes place. It was in 1973 when Secretariat was at his record-busting best. He had set […]

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It’s a nearly perfect racing storm

Believe You Can comes to the races with a white bridle. And a diminutive redhaired jockey. And she is owned by a horseman who was once the governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Almost black in color, Believe You Can is a striking filly even without the white triangle that adorns her forehead. Better yet, […]

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Paynter had never raced at age two. To get ready and be at least slightly prepared for the grueling Belmont Stakes he had only raced four times in his life. Four races to gird him for the 1 1/2 mile “Test of Champions”, as the Belmont Stakes has been called. One of those four races […]

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Bewitch starred

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With Calumet Farm, one of thoroughbred racing’s real icons, back in the news lately it brings to mind a filly the one-time fortress sent out to beat its own Triple Crown champion, Citation. Calumet is within a long javelin throw of stylish Keeneland Race Course on the outer rim of Lexington, Ky. The stakes-winning “factory” […]

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Trainer Zito sees Dialed In sidelined with injury again

It was last spring and a dark bay colt named Dialed In had just won the 2011 Florida Derby. Nearly all the winners of the annual Florida Derby are aimed at the Kentucky Derby by their owners and trainers. That was the plan for the impressive looking Dialed In. His trainer is the raspy-voiced, born-to-racing […]

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While much of the nation’s attention focused on I’ll Have Another’s failed bid to become thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner when he scratched out of the Belmont Stakes and was subsequently retired, local owners and trainers were content to earn their share of minor spoils in overnight events at Charles Town.        With […]

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Olden Times was overshadowed by stablemate Swaps

The owner-trainer combination of Rex Ellsworth and Mesh Tenney basked in the California sunshine throughout the 1950s. Those two dapper horsemen did as much winning in their own backyard as any of their Golden State brethren. When they joined efforts to race a thoroughbred named Swaps, their fame grew a little bit longer and larger. […]

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