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Point of Entry to the Hirsch with four straight wins

There are thoroughbred sires whose sons and daughters physically mature at a leisurely pace. When they are aged four or even five, winning comes to them more often than in their first two years of racing. One such sire was Dynaformer, whose most talented son at age two and three was Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky […]

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“Hot Dixie Chick” sounds like it could be a Toby Keith single that the country singer could be telling the world about over your AM radio dial. But instead of being a high school flame of a none-too-settled football player, Hot Dixie Chick was an excellent thoroughbred sprinter for her owners, Jess Jackson and his […]

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Charles Town Oaks highlights stakes night

The $400,000 Charles Town Oaks to be run at seven furlongs will be the highlight of this Saturday’s five-race stakes card on Race for the Ribbon night at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The Charles Town Oaks is for three-year-old fillies. Four other stakes — three of them for two-year-olds — will be featured […]

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Some people of means collect treasured art pieces from around the world. Others with just as deep pockets tend toward sculpture or precious stones. When it comes to the many-layered world of sports, those who desire additional notoriety sometimes move toward thoroughbred racing. They find men with decades of experience in dealing with thoroughbreds. Putting […]

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Sportswriter finds his grass niche at Saratoga

One of the most popular race tracks in the land is Saratoga, an old-line expanse where the first races were held in 1862. Where the grandstand is basically the same structure it was 150 years ago. Where the immaculate dirt course is watched with experienced eyes and the two turf courses are nestled around a […]

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She was small. And she could get lost in a paddock full of other fillies, so common were her physical characteristics. Her first trainer was Max Hirsch, a man whose success was mostly unparalleled and who had few peers when it came to saddling Triple Crown winners. Hirsch trained for the King Ranch and its […]

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Rachel Alexandra and her first foal, Jess’s Dream

When competing on the race track against colts and older horses, Rachel Alexandra was a beloved figure. She was often the underdog. And just as often, she dashed off to well-received wins in the Preakness Stakes and the Woodward Stakes — both against long fields of colts. A rangy filly that measured 16 hands at […]

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Once his education had whittled the rough edges off his running style, the English steeplechaser Desert Orchid accomplished so much on the turf courses of his homeland that he became national hero. He fell more than a few times. But he was never hurt so seriously that his career as a jumper was in any […]

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Ack Ack and his trainer Whittingham, the ‘Bald Eagle’

Where do you find sprinters nowadays that can show the versatility and lasting stamina to go to the front and still have enough in reserve to win at one mile and a quarter? And how many countries, continents, and race tracks do you have to search to find a thoroughbred that can win on firm […]

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Russell Road shows form in Gall Memorial

For the third consecutive weekend, Charles Town hosted another stakes prep for the upcoming West Virginia Breeders Classics night and then on Sunday afternoon it was the two-year-olds who were on full display in a trio of maiden special weight events. Saturday night the track offered the latest edition of the $50,000 Frank Gall Memorial […]

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