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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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Another Canadian looks to Kentucky

The lure of the Kentucky Derby is so strong it reaches to Canada and other countries as well. Owners and trainers begin searching for ways to get their two-year-old thoroughbreds through the jumble of pathways that might get them to the “Derby”. Racing schedules are made firm. Yet “firm” in thoroughbred racing means until an […]

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Racing folklore topped by Silky Sullivan

Folklore and embellished tales of physical strength and compassion for the underdog are a part of America’s society. 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 is exclusive, , click “buy” and view it […]

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Bruised foot sends Uncaptured off schedule for ‘Derby’

With single digit temperatures calling the Eastern Panhandle home and stinging fingers and faces alike, the May 3rd Kentucky Derby seems far off in the green of spring. 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 […]

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Glorious Song was first Canadian millionaire

A thoroughbred racing rarity was the rangy bay filly/mare Glorious Song. She was the first Canadian thoroughbred to ever take down earnings of over $1 million. That made some history. But that was not her most noteworthy accomplishment. Taking her dues from the females in America in enough stakes and handicap races to earn her […]

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Manila raced for owner, history

Thoroughbred breeder Eduardo Cojuangco was tied to the Ferdinand Marcos regime in the Philippines. When the deposed dicator left the 3,000-island country on a plane under the heavy clouds of malfeasance, Cojuangco was with him. After his forced departure from his homeland, Cojuangco found money hard to come by, so he sold the thoroughbred, Manila, […]

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Montano gets Eclipse award

Charles Town’s leading rider, Jose Montano, established an incredible precedent last Saturday night when he was honored as the Eclipse Award winner as champion apprentice jockey for 2012. Montano, who won nearly 200 races as an apprentice in 2012 and rode primarily for Charles Town’s leading trainer, Jeff Runco, became the first Charles Town-based jockey […]

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Princes, paupers alike rallied

He was small and not much on looks. And for years, he was like them. Just an afterthought. Little attention. Practically no success came his way. The times were lean. Or they were worse. It was the mid-1930s and The Great Depression had its economic grip on the country. Too many people were out of […]

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From Kentucky to Japan, Paradise Creek became world traveler

Paradise Creek led an interesting life. His early days were spent in Kentucky. His owner was Bert Firestone who had arranged the breeding of his sire, Irish River, and his mother, North of Eden. Firestone owned Gulfstream Park in Florida at one time and often kept what he considered his best foals to race under […]

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Secretariat’s son Risen Star was himself a ‘star’

Secretariat ran off and left them on the race track. “Big Red” dominated the competition in the 1973 three-year-old Triple Crown races. His celebrity status transcended thoroughbred racing, reaching through society’s channels to housewives, elementary school children, and even intellectuals generally confined to their ivory towers. Secretariat had only one other competitor for “best thoroughbred” […]

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