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Best of the Breeders’ Cup Turf contests came from Conduit

The fastest times ever run in any of the Breeders’ Cup Turf races were reeled off by a thoroughbred that might not have survived birth. The story of the early-life problems of the Irish thoroughbred Conduit were at the usually placid Ballymacoll Stud Farm in County Meath. Conduit was foaled in March of 2005, the […]

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A quality on-track career, personable ways characterized Princess Rooney

After being pensioned as a broodmare, the even-keel disposition of Princess Rooney was as important to Gentry Farm in Lexington as her quality on-track performances had been to owner Paula Tucker and trainer Neil Drysdale. After delivering seven foals, Princess Rooney didn’t produce a youngster for two straight years. In those two years, she willingly […]

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Three thoroughbred race tracks — Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Penn National Race Course, and Sam Houston Race Park in Texas — have announced a plan to coordinate their night-racing post times beginning on Dec. 26. The tracks will arrange a post-times schedule that eliminates conflicts between their live-racing signals. The new schedule will […]

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Fetching $5.75 million, Round Pond set auction record

Was Round Pond really worth the $5.75 million she brought at a Fasig-Tipton auction back in 2007? There were two bidders that were embroiled in the heated exchanges that quickly led to that record figure. They were heavily-financed rivals. And not friendly ones at that. The quick-paced bidding was between John Ferguson, the bloodstock manager […]

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Escena started racing at age two and kept on improving on the track until her able career reached its apex when she thrived at age five. Her trainer was Bill Mott, a man with a life story that could have been portrayed best back in the day of character actors like Mickey Rooney, Glenn Ford, […]

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Showing Up was not robust, he just won

Both sides of the family tree of the thoroughbred Showing Up were loaded with horses that had thrived in turf races. Nellie Cox was the breeder of the slightly-built chestnut, who was also a grandson of the much-publicized, muchly successful Mr. Prospector. Fortunately enough for Nellie Cox and later the Lael Stable, it was trainer […]

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Puttingonthemist had the work ethic and character of her trainer, Kathy Ritvo

Puttingonthemist is a thoroughbred you’ll never likely to come across. She never accomplished enough to leave the claiming ranks. Was never seen by millions because she never paraded to the post in a fillies and mares Triple Crown race or any Breeders’ Cup event. What sets Puttingonthemist apart from many other thoroughbreds was her conditioning […]

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This ‘Dream team’ had Royal Mountain Inn, Tagg, and Krone

This is a factual story of a thoroughbred with a long list of injuries, a trainer who purposefully kept his light under a bushel basket, and a female jockey with the spunk and drive to overcome her injuries. Royal Mountain Inn was the thoroughbred with problems enough to limit him to only three races as […]

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Owners and trainers throughout the Eastern Panhandle were hoping the Thanksgiving holidays would provide a little more gravy from their runners last week. Charles Town offered a solid Wednesday card.Oddly enough, none of those four races was captured by the favorite and one of them truly lit up the toteboard. In the featured race, Empress […]

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Mucho Macho Man and trainer are both true life/death survivors

If you are writing horse stories for nine-year-olds, you place in your first paragraph that thoroughbred trainer Kathy Ritvo and her pupil Mucho Macho Man were meant to be together. If you were commissioned to write articles about thoroughbreds and trainers for BloodHorse or the Daily Racing Form, you would inform the reader in your […]

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