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Countdown to Sunday's Woodbine Mile

The $1 million Woodbine Mile that will be run on Sunday is one of the richest races each year in all of Canada. (AP Images)"] But beyond the purse and the catchy name, the one-mile turf race annually is one of the best races in all of Canada and often identifies genuine contenders for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile. This has been true for the Woodbine Mile since it first was run in 1997. In that inaugural running, the US based GERI went on to finish a good second to Europe’s SPINNING...
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Stay Thirsty Captures 2011 Travers Stakes

By winning the $1 million Travers’ Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday, STAY THIRSTY confirmed the positive form he showed winning the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes on July 30. (Wikipedia Images)"] The Todd Pletcher trained son of Bernardini outdueled front running Preakness winner SHACKLEFORD and Belmont Stakes winner RULER ON ICE for the lead through a fast opening half mile clocked in 47.63 and took control of the 1-1/4 mile classic on the final turn. Once in the clear turning for home, Stay...
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Horse Racing Gets Excited About the 2011 Travers Stakes

All three of the horses pictured here will be running in this Saturday’s Travers Stakes. Will the winner be Shackleford, Ruler On Ice, or Stay Thirsty? (AP Images) The 2011 Travers Stakes is shaping up to be a heck of a horse race with the confirmation that two Triple Crown champions will be there along with the winners of the Jim Dandy Stakes and the Haskell Invitational. Post positions for the Travers Stakes will be drawn on Wednesday, August 24th at 11am and will be critical in...
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Horse Racing News: Bad Trainers, Super Horses, and Breeders’ Cup Controversy Grows

Could the Breeders’ Cup be history after 2012? If horse owners like billionaire Mike Repole have their way it could be. (AP Images) English Horse Trainer Banned Shocking news out of the U.K. as a well respected and successful horse trainer was banned from horse racing for four years. Howard Johnson, no relation to the pancake and hotel king, was charged with deadening nerves in one of his thoroughbred’s legs and doping three others with anabolic steroids. Tellingly, Johnson did not appeal...
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Think Of the Child Support Payments

2006 Preakness winner Bernardini doesn't get much alone time these days. (AP Images) It’s that time of year again as horse owners and trainers look at the new crop of thoroughbred yearlings and try and divine who will be the next Triple Crown, Travers Stakes, or Breeders' Cup champion. The prestigious Fasig-Tipton annual sales are in progress, and the company is celebrating its 91st year as the oldest American thoroughbred auction house. The auctions take place in historic Saratoga...
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The Grinder Inks Sponsorship Deal With Breeders' Cup

On Friday, Breeders' Cup Ltd announced that it had set up a sponsorship deal with Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. If you're wondering what a horse racing organization and Mizrachi have in common, just look for the dollar signs. The entire thing is being set up in an effort to attract poker players to pari-mutuel wagering on Breeders Cup championships days. This is probably a very effective idea as, especially in Florida, many race tracks hosts poker rooms. “We believe that there is a strong...
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Can Stay Thirsty Stay Hungry?

Stay Thirsty looking good coming down the stretch at the Belmont Stakes. (AP Images) In a year with no clear three year old champion it is not too much of a stretch to say that any horse is still a contender for Horse of the Year. With the Travers Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup still to go, Stay Thirsty with a high profile win could lay claim to that coveted end of year award. His win at last weekend’s Jim Dandy Stakes has now put him in a spot where anything is possible. Pedigree Stay...
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Three Horses That Can Win the Resorts Haskell Invitational Not Named Ruler On Ice or Shackleford

Even though Shackleford and Ruler On Ice will be in the spotlight they will have some   serious competition at the Haskell this Sunday. (AP Images) It looks as though the list of entrants to Sunday’s 1,000,000 dollar Resorts Haskell Invitational is almost finalized although it will not be official until Thursday. As noted last week the main drama will be provided by the match up of Triple Crown champions Shackleford and Ruler On Ice. However, there are some strong contenders in the rest of...
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Just Say Neigh to Drugs!

It will be interesting to see how the complete ban of race day drugs at the 2013 Breeders’ Cup will affect favorites and finishes. (AP Images) Big news in the world of horse racing as the Breeders’ Cup executive committee announced that beginning in 2012 race day drugs will no longer be allowed in certain races. Further, the committee announced that there will be a complete ban of race day drugs in all Breeders’ Cup races from 2013 onwards. The issue of race day drugs and in particular...
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July 4th Weekend Graded Stakes Horse Racing Results

A dozen Graded stakes were contested at four of America’s best tracks over the July 4 weekend and all deserve some follow up comments. (AP Images)"] At Belmont Park, Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 7/2           Suburban (Hdcp.)/II/300,000/3&up/1 1/8 mi: The winner was FLAT OUT, who never had won a Graded Stakes scored over HYMN BPOOK, who only recently earned his first stakes win.   While both horses have mutual licenses to improve, their 1-2 finish also showed how weak the race...
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