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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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California dreamin’ with WinStar’s Tiznow

Most of us can empathize with those who experience back trouble. Stiff backs, back spasms, trouble sleeping, and all the rest of the aches and pains associated with advancing age. But we don’t usually think of back problems sidelining a thoroughbred and keeping him from training. When thoroughbreds can’t properly train they lose their conditioning. […]

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On the weekend between Memorial Day and this Saturday’s [cleeng_content id="t1" price="0.15" description="Read it now!"]Belmont Stakes in which I’ll Have Another will look to become thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, Charles Town offered a pair of cards with contrasting track conditions. One night after a series of heavy thunderstorms roared through the Mid-Atlantic region […]

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Exterminator raced for eight years for his fiery owner

The story of thoroughbred Exterminator takes a little longer than usual. The rangy chestnut actually raced for eight years and was retired only because he came back lame after finishing third in his 99th race. Ninety-Nine races! Over an eight-year career that lasted from 1917 to 1924. Eight years on the tracks of North America […]

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Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister deepens Derby waters

Meticulously bred. Trained by media-savvy Bob Baffert. Was not raced as a two-year-old. Comes to this week’s Kentucky Derby after a successful splash in the waters of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Bodemeister is his name. And with Baffert as one of his cheerleaders his name will be bandied about over the television airwaves […]

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Many sides to any Kentucky Derby

Pageantry owns the stage at any Kentucky Derby. The wait and the buildup for that pinnacle of racing are like blowing up a balloon until it pops. The pressure is out in the open. It’s there in the proud and the beautiful, there to be seen more than anything else. Even those persons whose daily […]

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Sunday Silence. Blacker than a seam of bituminous coal in Cucumber, West Virginia. Sire of thoroughbreds in Japan that won over $800 million. Engaged in a rivalry in 1989 with the highly-touted Easy Goer. Widely seen by race writers and industry people east of the Mississippi River as not the equal of his long-time rival […]

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Blue Grass winner Dullahan joins other Derby favorites

Dullahan looks the part of a star. Alert and well-muscled. Long-striding and so elegant in looks he could come out dressed in long tails and spats in a movie starred in by dancer Fred Astaire. Dullahan is so eye-appealing he wouldn’t even need the wide white blaze he has that runs the length of his […]

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While the Grade II, $1 million Charles Town Classic clearly and deservedly took center stage last Saturday evening, it was hardly the only notable race on a stakes-filled card and it may have company from one or two preceding stakes races on the undercard that could eventually earn Graded status. Although there were two horses […]

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Unbeaten Gemologist now casts a large shadow as Derby nears

Even along the shedrows at Charles Town or Mountaineer Park in Chester the denizens believe that “the rich get richer.” They were shown the worth of that bromide when WinStar Farm’s unbeaten goliath of a three-year-old, Gemologist, won the Grade I Wood Memorial stakes in preparation for the fast-approaching Kentucky Derby. WinStar Farm in the […]

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