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The Kentucky Derby trail heads south to the gulf coast of Florida and Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday for the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis. The 1 1/16-mile affair will be contested by six colts and two geldings seeking valuable Derby points. The race hasn’t exactly produced any major Derby threats in recent years, with 2006 winner Bluegrass Cat finishing third in that year…

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The Derby trail starts to crank up on Saturday as it winds from coast to coast with the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream, the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita and the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct. The Withers will be run at 1 1/8 miles and the other two preps at 1 1/16 miles with each race worth 10-4-2-1 Derby points to the top four finishers. The three races will b…

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – As Irad Ortiz, Jr. approached the top of the stretch at Gulfstream Park, he urged Mucho Gusto, who shot to the lead and breezed to victory in the fourth annual $3 million Pegasus World Cup. Following the front running Mr. Freeze and Bodexpress throughout the race, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey swung the 4 year-old son of Mucho Macho Man out t…

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.  – The Pegasus World Cup took a big hit Thursday when the top two horses scratched from the race, leaving a wide-open field of 10 to compete for the $3 million purse. Morning line favorite Omaha Beach, who was to wrap up his career over the Gulfstream Park track, was scratched mid-afternoon on Thursday by trainer Richard Mandella, citing swelling …

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- The second annual Pegasus World Cup Turf has a tough act to follow after Bricks and Mortar, the 2019 Horse of the Year, won the inaugural race. This year’s Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf race will be run at 1 3/16-miles for a $1 million purse, a reduction from last year’s $7 million. A full field of 12, with one also eligible, is scheduled to l…

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We’re just over a week away from the fourth annual $3 million Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan. 25, the race that will be the feature event on a big card at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The race will be televised live by NBC, with programming starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Pegasus World Cup card will feature nine stakes races, five graded and $4…

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year from the 716. During my youth the Amazing Kreskin wowed television viewers weekly with his daring predictions and prognostications. An annual tradition here at the TBN racing corner, it’s that time for the annual racing predictions for the upcoming racing calendar. Once again, the Amazing Kreskin has loaned his crystal ball to the Racing…

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It was a strange and turbulent year in thoroughbred racing. There was no Triple Crown at stake, as each race in the 3-year-old series was won by a different horse, including the first disqualification of the winner in the Kentucky Derby since 1968. Bricks and Mortar had a season to remember on the grass in winning all six of his races, and is the likely Horse of the …

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The Eclipse Awards are doled out at Gulfstream Park at the end of January. But this column is not about that. The following is about some of the horses, tracks, trainers and racing managers that made an impact during my racetrack travels during 2019.  Best Track Visit. A rare August afternoon with no deadlines or races to cover at Saratoga Race Course with my 11-year…

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Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park will be the site of a big card featuring the signature event of the Fall meet in the Cigar Mile. The card, will also features the Grade 2, $250,000 Remsen for 2-year-olds, the Grade 2, $250,000 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies, and the Grade 3, $250,000 Go For Wand Handicap for older fillies and mares. The $750,000 Grade 1 Cigar Mile wi…

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The last big handicap race of the year is on tap on Black Friday under the Twin Spires. Churchill Downs in Louisville will be the site of a big card featuring the signature event of the Fall meet in the Clark Handicap. The Friday card will also features the Grade 2, $300,000 Revere Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/6 miles on the turf. The $600,000 Grade 2 Clar…

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The annual Racing Kreskin predictions made on New Year’s Day via long range crystal ball viewing wrapped up two weeks ago at the Breeders’ Cup. It’s that time of year to see if the Racing Kreskin performed his best Biff Tannen to rock the horse racing world. The Racing Kreskin was sniffing greatness in 2019, but in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be. Let’s review each …

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This year’s Breeders’ Cup world championships held at Santa Anita Park was one furlong away from an absolutely successful weekend. The breakdown of Mongolian Groom marred what was mostly a memorable weekend with signature moments throughout the two-day championships. Some thoughts on the return to Arcadia for the first time since 2016 … After a three-year hiatus fr…

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ARCADIA, Calif. – As the sun set behind the glimmering Santa Anita grandstand, a New York-based contingent behind the winner’s circle toasted its new Classic winner to large cheers. A roused Vino Rosso swept by the favored McKinzie for trainer Todd Pletcher’s first Classic win and jockey Irad Ortiz’ third Cup win of the day and fourth of the weekend. Owned by Repole …