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Blood-Horse’s Alicia Hughes Wincze writes about World Approval and Saturday’s $250,000 Longines Dixie at Pimlico. Read her story here.

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by Brian Bohl for NYRA Phillips Racing Partnership’s Bellavais will look to capitalize on class relief and a cutback in distance as part of a talented field of eight 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s fourth running of the $100,000 Soaring Softly at seven furlongs on the Belmont Park Widener turf. Bellavais

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How cool is this? Full brothers tackle each other (and Twilight Eclipse) in Churchill Downs’ Louisville Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf. From Churchill’s PR team: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 17, 2017) – Five-year-old Bullards Alley, the 2016 Louisville Handicap victor, is slated to compete against his 4-year-old full

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From Indiana Grand’s media department SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – May 16, 2017 – Turf racing is back at Indiana Grand. A pair of turf races were held on the Tuesday, May 16 racing program, marking the first time on the grass this season. Trainer Phil Sims swept both events to record a

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Always Dreaming continues to dream of the U.S. Triple Crown while preparing for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes but, across the Atlantic, the picture for the original Derby in England remained in soft focus after weekend races on both sides of the Channel. A European invader took the Grade I Man o’

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From Keeneland’s publicity department LEXINGTON, KY (May 16, 2017) – Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward won 11 races during Keeneland’s Spring Meet to lead all trainers. On Tuesday, he sent out six of those winners, including European champion Lady Aurelia, for half-mile works over the firm turf course here in preparation

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by Heather Pettinger for NYRA The guys proved no match for John D. Murrell’s Zhukova on Saturday at Belmont Park, as the 5-year-old Irish mare dominated her male competition in the Grade 1, $400,000 Man o’ War for 4-year-olds and up at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf course.

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by Heather Pettinger for NYRA Lael Stable’s Hawksmoor broke on top and never looked back to register her first U.S. victory by a head in the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at 1 1/16 miles on the grass on Saturday at Belmont Park. Hawksmoor,

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FRANKLIN, Ky. (Saturday, May 13, 2017) —Kentucky Downs’ five-date all-turf meet in September has topped the 2017 HANA Racetrack Rankings for the third consecutive year. The rankings, in their ninth year, are based on an algorithm using factors indicative of horseplayer betting value, gleaned from both empirical and academic study,

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Trainers: Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3% 1 Michael J. Maker 189 38 31 36 $2,174,686 20% 105 56% 2 Mark E. Casse 172 35 19 15 $1,514,165 20% 69 40% 3 Chad C. Brown 121 32 26 15 $2,383,667 26% 73 60% 4

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