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Repeated injuries have track officials concerned DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) – Deaths and injuries to horses on Del Mar’s new turf course has led the track north of San Diego to reduce racing on the surface by about one-third for the rest of the summer meet that ends Sept. 3. Nine horses have died since […]

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NEW YORK (AP) – Todd Pletcher and D. Wayne Lukas are among a group of high-profile horse trainers urging a gradual elimination of race-day medication in the United States. Their proposal announced Friday calls for a ban on race-day mediation for 2-year-olds beginning next year, followed by a ban on medication for all horses in […]

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Lucy’s Bob Boy back in training after poor showing last month in Charles Town Classic

CHARLES TOWN – Talented West Virginia-bred racehorse Lucy’s Bob Boy has returned to training following a disappointing last-place finish last month in the $1.5 million Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, his trainer said. Sandra Dono said the 5-year-old chestnut gelding will be pointed toward reprising his role this summer, and also later this fall, as […]

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Favorites have tough time in open stakes on Classic undercard

CHARLES TOWN – In the trio of open stakes races leading up to the Charles Town Classic, much of the speculation was that each of them would be captured by a prohibitive favorite with two of them being sent out by the same conditioner. But favorites had a difficult evening last Saturday, evidenced by Imperative’s […]

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Down Town Allen, In the Fairway win restricted stakes

CHARLES TOWN – She’s back. Multiple stakes winner and champion West Virginia-bred older female Down Town Allen has picked up this spring where she left off last fall, topping her rivals while sprinting on her home track. The 7-year-old bay mare, owned and trained by John A. Casey, earned her 20th career victory – including […]

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Lucy’s Bob Boy aiming for lucrative ‘Classic’ payday CHARLES TOWN – If trainer Sandra Dono had any lingering doubts about the health of Lucy’s Bob Boy’s hooves, the chestnut gelding has done a lot to lay those concerns to rest with a stunning performance in his first race in four months. Now the question becomes […]

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Giovanni Boldini named West Virginia Horse of the Year

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Charles “Buck” Woodson knew as soon as he laid eyes on him that the leggy dark brown colt was destined for great things. How correct his breeder has turned out to be. Giovanni Boldini, born in 2011 on Woodson’s 40-acre Buckstud Farm near Charles Town, was named West Virginia-bred Horse of the Year […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A bill that would strip statutory requirements for lottery funding earmarked for horse racing purses and make that funding subject to regular appropriation by lawmakers could put existing casino gaming in Jefferson County at risk and decimate the area’s economy, a leading state senator said. Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Jefferson, said […]

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Brother Derek joins Naylee Farm stallion roster

SUMMIT POINT – Five-time graded stakes winner Brother Derek has arrived at Naylee Farm and will take up residence this year standing at stud in West Virginia. The 100-acre thoroughbred breeding and foaling operation in Jefferson County owned by Rene Moore has leased Brother Derek for one year from Airdrie Stud in Kentucky to compliment […]

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Spa Creek remains undefeated on the year

Perhaps with the harsh winter finally behind, at least until the next arctic vortex arrives, Charles Town offered a trio of cards late last week that were more than mildly competitive. Several other West Virginia-breds opted to display their talents at other warmer venues, perhaps at tracks that are not accustomed to seeing them. On […]

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