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Last Gunfighter is still unbeaten

CHARLES TOWN — One of those thoroughbreds whose credentials might be enough to warrant a decision by Chad Brown to bring him to Charles Town for Saturday’s Grade II “Classic” is the attention-getting colt named Last Gunfighter. It wasn’t that long ago when the dark brown four-year-old wasn’t much more than a maiden possibly headed […]

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Black Onyx joins Kentucky Derby trail

Sterling Racing Stables leader Sam Herzberg and his trainer, Kelly Breen, had an outline they wanted to follow for their long-striding three-year-old, Black Onyx. The nearly black thoroughbred is the son of Rock Hard Ten, whose sons are often late developing because of their large size and penchant for long-distance races. Herzberg and Breen were […]

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Game On Dude comes back to Charles Town

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Hear the Ghost joins the trail to the Kentucky Derby

Before the March 9 San Felipe Stakes in California, Hear the Ghost had raced only twice in his brief career. He had never been around two turns. His earlier competition in winning a maiden race and then finishing a close-up second in his only other try wasn’t nearly the same caliber as Goldencents and Flashback, […]

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Local ‘Classic’ comes on April 20

While the serious stakes schedule does not get officially under way here until April 20 when the track hosts the Grade II, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic, local owners and trainers again had the chance to see their horses compete in the $35,000 Ides of March Handicap, a two-turn sprint for older horses last Tuesday […]

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Another Claiborne star is War Front

Claiborne in central Kentucky recently celebrated its 100th year as a thoroughbred farm. It has been 100 years and counting of accumulating the best stallions, the highest quality broodmares and a top-echelon list of graded stakes winners on the country’s race tracks. Claiborne Farm received congratulations on its first 100 years from some of the […]

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He was more productive as a sire

Mr. Prospector’s progeny won more race money several times If there were a contest where the points to be earned came mostly from appearance and size, those judging Mr. Prospector would hardly take a second look. The brown colt had no white socks, no white blaze on his forehead, and no look of groomed royalty […]

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Money, money everywhere around Giant’s Causeway

No matter what the visually spectacular Giant’s Causeway did on the race track (where he earned over $3 million in just 13 lifetime races) or does as a world-class sire, he will always be thought of in terms of the money that surrounds him and his very existence. Giant’s Causeway is a tall and robust […]

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Inspirational Black Tie Affair spent time in Jefferson County

When the tall and talented Black Tie Affair was five years old, he was moving through the graded races in the Midwest like a threshing machine harvesting wheat in a flat Illinois field. The dappled gray colt impressed his trainer as much as he impressed the betting public with a winning streak that reached six […]

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Itsmyluckyday progresses toward ‘Derby’

Plans are in place for the three-year-olds. Races in Florida at Gulfstream and Calder. Races in Louisiana at the Fair Grounds and Delta Downs. Races in California at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. Races in Kentucky at Keeneland and Turfway Park. Races in Arkansas at Oaklawn Park. And races in New York at Aqueduct. All […]

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