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The 16-race "Kentucky Derby Championship Series" kicks off this weekend with the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course. It’s fitting that the kick off was during Mardi Gras week in the Big Easy and the thoroughbred racing world will be tuned in to the Fair Grounds this weekend. Points to the top four finishers of the race will be distributed on a 50-…

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The Derby trail winds down south to the Gulf Coast and Tampa Bay Downs this weekend for the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis. The 1 1/16-mile affair will be contested by seven colts seeking valuable Derby points. Last year’s Davis runner-up Tapwrit, ended up going on to become the Belmont Stakes winner. The race is worth 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and is …

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The second annual Pegasus World Cup delivered again with increased handle, a crowning moment for a thoroughbred champion and smiles all around. Some backdrop after having a week to digest the made-for-TV event in year two….. Frank Stronach definitely knows how to throw a party. With stars from the music world like Ludacris, Pharell and Post Malone (really, I’m not su…

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Neither a blustery wind nor a wide post would deter the 2017 Horse of the Year as his racing career came to a rousing conclusion late Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park. As daylight waned at the South Florida track, Gun Runner defeated his 11 rivals and took down the $7 million prize as the winner of the second annual Pegasus World Cup Invita…

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.  – Chapter two of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational is all about Gun Runner. The second annual edition of Frank Stronach’s brainchild will be run Saturday afternoon in South Florida, with the 2017 Horse of the Year installed as the 4-5 heavy favorite. The son of Candy Ride is hoping to ride off as the sun sets on the Gulfstream track, a winner…

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The post position draw for this Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational has been set with Gun Runner the heavy 4-5 favorite in his last career race. The $16 million race will be held for the second time at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The nationally televised race on NBC will feature the top five finishers from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, won by Gu…

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We’re just over a week away from the second annual Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan. 27, the race that will be the feature event on a big card at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The made-for-TV event was the brainchild of Frank Stronach, who raised the purse $4 million in 2018 to $16 million. It is currently thoroughbred horse racing’s biggest purse.…

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It’s time to start paying attention to the 3-year-olds and Saturday’s Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds is the latest Derby trail race with Kentucky Derby points at stake. A full field is scheduled to leave the gate at 6:03 p.m. ET from the New Orleans track in Race 9. The entries are looking to capitalize on the 10-4-2-1 Derby points available to the top four finishers. Th…

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It was a year of dominating performances in thoroughbred horse racing. You could even call it a tale of two seasons, with Arrogate dominating the first half of the year with two captivating victories and Gun Runner solidifying his claim to Horse of the Year in the second half. The 3-year-old season did not provide us with a Triple Crown chance with three different wi…

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In November, the Racing Kreskin reviewed his 2017 racing predictions which ended up being a respectable .500 batting average. That matched his high water marks of 2010 and 2012, but stalled in getting that elusive 6-out-of-10 that would set a personal record. It’s time to start channeling our inner Kreskin to take a look at the upcoming 2018 racing season.  We’ll keep s…

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Seasons greetings race fans, it's that time of year where we dance around the Festivus Pole and discuss Thoroughbred Racing’s Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances. Whether it’s time to gather round the table and enjoy a wonderful Festivus meal and a few Festivus ales we're ready to unveil the 2017 Racing Festivus for the rest of us... “Feats of Strength”  A…

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The traditional running of the Clark Handicap on the day after Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs is set for this afternoon under the Twin Spires. Bob Baffert ships in Hoppertunity (3-1) to face off against Diversify (5-2) in the nine-horse field going 1 1/8-miles in Race 11 on Friday. The two main contenders will start from opposite ends of the gate, with Hoppertunity lea…

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The annual Racing Kreskin predictions are in the books with the Gun Runner victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic two weeks ago. The crystal ball emerged last December with a look at how we thought the 2017 racing year would progress. The Racing Kreskin was trying to improve on last year’s .350 batting average and started slowly before making a big run at the 2016 mark. L…

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This year’s Breeders’ Cup world championships held at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club appears to have come off as a huge success. Handle was up, the Classic delivered and the weather was absolutely impeccable where the turf meets the surf. Some thoughts (and the goods and bads) from an East Coast guy on his first ever visit to Del Mar. Del Mar was number one on my ra…