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While the first two runnings of the Charles Town Classic may have offered a serious local flavor with Researcher winning for then-trainer Jeff Runco and last year’s edition marked the first time the race or any race at the historic oval had ever been graded, last Saturday night’s fourth running of the $1 million Charles […]

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Charles Town Classic shows Grade II wares on Saturday in million dollar stakes feature

This Saturday, the fourth running of the Grade II, $1 million Charles Town Classic awaits older handicap horses. The nine-furlong event has quickly developed into one of the premier races on the East Coast due to its enhanced purse and the absence of the famed Pimlico Special. Last year marked the first time Charles Town […]

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Nasty, but fast, that was Triple Crown winner Count Fleet

In all the Triple Crown events of the modern era, the pre-race happenings are all the same. In the paddock at Churchill Downs, the outdoors at Pimlico, or at Belmont Park, the scene is painted with a trainer in his unaccustomed suit and tie, and an owner in a more expensive suit and a $150 […]

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Frank Whiteley, Jr. had been at Charles Town. Been there long before slots, and simulcasting, and Grade I races. Frank Whiteley, Jr. left the Jack’s Little Green Cards of Charles Town and trained thoroughbreds so well at the sport’s high-end tracks that he was eventually voted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in sumptuous […]

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Isn’t He Clever is the Southwest’s hope in The Derby

The Great Southwest is many things, but in the history of the thoroughbred horse racing industry that area hasn’t stamped out many Kentucky Derby entries. Sunland Park in extreme southeastern New Mexico is the nerve center for thoroughbred racing in the thinly populated desert area miles outside of El Paso and just north of Juarez, […]

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They saw Candy Spots’ unusual markings on the lead in the Preakness

Willie Shoemaker had been brooding for two weeks about his loss aboard the large California chestnut, Candy Spots. “The Shoe” and owner Rex Ellsworth’s irregularly marked three-year-old had come into the Kentucky Derby with an unbeaten record. There had been six races and six wins in Candy Spots’ past. And the colt and Shoemaker were […]

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Reneesgotzip just might live up to her peppery name

So far this year, Reneesgotzip has been able to keep to a course that will take her to Churchill Downs the first week in May. Should she continue training well for Peter Miller, and should her health remain just where she is — on the uptick and ready for the best race of her young […]

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Charles Town offered the second round of eliminations in its starter handicap tournament that will culminate with a $50,000 championship on Saturday, April 14 on the undercard of the Charles Town Classic. One thing was certain after the first of the two second-round preliminaries — trainer Scooter Davis appears to hold most of the cards. […]

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As white as pasteurized milk, Hansen is going to Louisville

What better day to be foaled than Jan. 1? That actual birth date gives a thoroughbred a full 365 or 366 days to move toward maturity before the recognized birthday of all thoroughbreds in North America. The snow white Hansen was foaled on Jan. 1, 2009. He isn’t very big, isn’t very tall or weighty. […]

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Creative Cause gives owner, trainer hopes for Louisville in early May

We don’t live in a carefree world where making a decision with gobs of money involved is of little concern. Wouldn’t it be a dream come true to authorize an acquaintance to buy at auction a never-raced thoroughbred you had never seen? Heinz Steinmann had checked the lineage of a gray thoroughbred he thought might […]

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