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Intrepid Heart Returns Lows to Oaklawn Winner’s Circle

Robert and Lawana Low won a pair of graded Triple Crown preps at Oaklawn Park a year ago with Magnum Moon (Malibu Moon) and the couple's colors were back in the winner's circle in Little Rock Monday with the impressive debut of Intrepid Heart (Tapit). The gray sophomore was tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' after his scintillating 7 3/4-length victory (video) on the GIII Southwest S. undercard. "It exceeded our expectations to be quite honest," the Lows' racing manager Jacob West said Tuesday. "We knew he was training well coming...

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The TDN Derby Top 12 for Feb. 20

We've had this year's first significant shift in the GI Kentucky Derby Top 12 rankings, with a new leader bulling his way to the top of the crop. Expect the thawing trend to continue as the stakes action heats up, with eight high-ranked hopefuls expected to start on either the weekend of Mar. 2 or 9. 1) WAR OF WILL (c, War Front--Visions of Clarity {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells) O-Gary Barber. B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY). T-Mark Casse. Sales History: $175,000 RNA Ylg '17 KEESEP; €250,000 2yo '18 ARQMAY. Lifetime Record:...

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Mating Plans: Merry Fox Stud

With a broodmare band approaching 20, Craig Bennett's Merry Fox Stud boards mares at Fittocks Stud in England, Ireland's Ballylinch Stud and also at Haras du Buff in France. "All the mares are already in situ in the respective countries in which they will be covered this season," says Bennett's matings advisor Gary Hadden. "It's extra important in the year of Brexit but Craig likes to have all the mares in the country where the stallions are so he is not travelling young foals." Among the jewels of this particular...

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Osarus Will Offer 93 Breeze-Ups in April

The Osarus La Teste Breeze-Up Sale catalogue, consisting of 93 lots, is now available. The sale will begin at La Teste Racecourse beginning at 12:30 p.m. local time on Apr. 11, with the breezes scheduled for 2:30 p.m. the previous day. Of the lots on offer, 83 are eligible for owners' premiums in France and all of the breezes may be viewed live at www.france-sire.com. Individual breeze videos will be posted at www.osarus.com later on. A wide variety of 64 sires are represented, with the highlights including an Epaulette (Aus)...

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Bissett Crowned Employee of the Year

Catriona Bissett, who works for Nick Alexander of Kinneston Stables, was crowned Employee of the Year at the 2019 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards in London on Monday night. The event was hosted by the British Horseracing Authority in conjunction with the Racing Post. Bissett, known as 'Catch', was presented with her trophy by Sir Anthony McCoy at an event at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, in front of a specially-invited audience from across the racing industry. She was given a cheque for £30,000, half of which...

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Super Saver’s ‘Rising Star’ Super Steed Pulls Off Southwest Shocker

Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson's Super Steed (Super Saver), tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' after breaking his maiden in a Churchill Downs optional claimer last November, rebounded from a pair of off-the-board stakes efforts with an emphatic victory as a 62-1 outlier in the GIII Southwest S. at Oaklawn Park Monday. "He's a nice horse," said winning trainer Larry Jones. "It's been a while since [jockey] Terry [Thompson] and I have been in this position. This is wonderful." Super Steed settled near the back of the pack as Gray Attempt...

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Mia Tesoro Team Eyes Australia Date

Deron Pearson's homebred listed heroine Mia Tesoro (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who ran a career best second in the G2 Balanchine at Meydan on Valentine's Day, is set to head to the covering sheds trainer Charlie Fellowes announced. A winner of the Listed Nottinghamshire Oaks S. last summer, the 6-year-old is likely to be covered by Australia (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), winner of the G1 English and G1 Irish Derbies and G1Juddmonte International in 2014. Mia Tesoro's record currently stands at 27-5-4-3, $143,365. "She's been amazing," said her trainer Fellowes. "To...

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Tapit Colt Turns Heads in Hot Springs; Named Newest ‘Rising Star’

Robert and Lawana Low's Intrepid Heart (Tapit) caught a ride to Hot Springs from Palm Beach Downs along with trainer Todd Pletcher's other runners competing in graded stakes later on the card, and he stamped himself as one who could be making an impact in big races like those in the future with a powerful debut romp that garnered the 'TDN Rising Star' distinction. Representing the same connections as last year's local GII Rebel S. and GI Arkansas Derby hero and fellow 'Rising Star' Magnum Moon (Malibu Moon), the 9-10...

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Ascot Inks Two New Media Rights Deals

Ascot Racecourse has entered into two new international media rights deals with At The Races (ATR) and SIS, respectively, allowing them exclusive rights to show live racing coverage for betting purposes, as well as into licensed betting offices within their territories from Mar. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2021. The deals cover Royal Ascot and all other fixtures held at the racecourse except for British Champions Day. International pari-mutuel betting rights across the world-excluding the UK, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, and Australia-were awarded to At The Races, who is also...

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Pedigree Insights: Blue Point

In view of breeders' seemingly unquenchable thirst for fast and precocious stallions, I half-expected Godolphin to add not only Harry Angel (Dark Angel {Ire}) but also Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal) to its Darley stallion roster for 2019. However, Charlie Appleby, the trainer of Blue Point, clearly thought that Blue Point, winner last year of the G1 King's Stand S., still had more to offer and the handsome son of Shamardal has remained in training. Judging by the 5-year- old's return to action in last Thursday's G2 Meydan Sprint, the decision...

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