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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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Don’t tangle with Flat Out in the Gold Cup

The athletic stride of the photogenic thoroughbred Flat Out is the striking bay’s most useful weapon. He’s long and he’s going to win in any race that’s going to be decided in the final 75 yards of flank-to-flank combat. Now campaigning under the guidance of trainer Bill Mott, the lightly-raced six-year-old has made a tasty […]

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It’s the ones that can hold together long enough to have lengthy careers that are most remembered. Most of those with large followings have gained the respect and affection of the public because they campaigned for five or six years. The six-, seven-, or eight-year-old thoroughbreds have been fortunate to have their health. And they […]

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Jax and Jill disappoints in Laurel debut

At least one talented state-bred with serious aspirations of joining a Breeders’ Cup field some day ventured to nearby Laurel Park for a minor stakes. Having already won her first four previous starts by a combined 26 lengths for trainer Scott Lake and owner-breeder Robert Cole, Jr., Jax And Jill was looking to display her […]

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Groupie Doll carries streak to Breeders’ Cup Sprint

As the Breeders’ Cup weekend comes closer, one of the stars whose background and future will draw the heaviest focus is the precocious Groupie Doll. A rangy chestnut whose winning streak reached four when she powered through the Keeneland stretch to win the Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America on Saturday, Oct. 6, Groupie Doll […]

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Breakfast with football royalty
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Lucy’s Bob Boy gets win in Breeders’ Classic

CHARLES TOWN — On a mild Saturday, Charles Town hosted the latest edition of the $1.4 million West Virginia Breeders Classics, topped by the $500,000 West Virginia Classic and the $250,000 Cavada. Heading into the latest renewal of the West Virginia Classic, which had previously been captured by such state-bred stars as Onion Juice, Taylor […]

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Bridgetown earns oats at Keeneland with stretch run in Woodford Stakes

Ordinarily, none of Speightstown’s sons or daughters lags behind in any race. Those thoroughbreds are sprinters. They were bred to be sprinters. Few of them can be found being tried in any race that calls for going more than one mile. Speightstown was the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner at the six-furlong distance. His progeny […]

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From 10th place at Charles Town, Acclamation has won seven straight

Any of the sheltered-from-the-weather patrons that witnessed the running of the million-dollar, Grade III Charles Town Classic last year would never have foretold that one of that race’s also-rans would win all of his next seven races. Acclamation evidently had a fervant dislike for the slop that the 10 thoroughbreds faced in the 2011 Charles […]

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Little Mike had always been considered a sprinter. The bay five-year-old had done his best work at no more than nine furlongs and usually at a mile. His versatility shown through when he proved competitive on grass courses that were termed “firm”, “good”, “yielding”, or even “soft”. But Little Mike had more than a mile […]

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