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Uncle Mo’s Barretts 2YO Topper Successful in Los Al Stakes Unveiling

Galilean, the $600,000 topper at April's Barretts Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training off a :21 1/5 quarter-mile breeze, began to repay that investment with a hard-fought debut victory in Saturday's Barretts Juvenile S. Taking the bulk of tote attention, the bay was banged at the start, but quickly recovered to chase the pace through splits of :21.65 and :44.86. Clear in midstretch despite traveling on his wrong lead, the chalk cut it close late, but found the line a neck to the good of Seven Scents (Goldencents) in 1:15.28....

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Uncle Mo Filly Flies Home to Take Selima S.

A debut winner at odds-on going two turns on the Delaware turf Aug. 30, Monkeys Uncle found herself much further back early in this shorter affair, but the result was the same. Dropped back to second last from her high draw, the Jackson colorbearer still had a ton to do midway along the bend. She came alive while well out into the course, and gobbled up foes with an impressive turn of foot to reach contention as they straightened. Taking over in midstretch, she idled a bit in the late...

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Street Sense’s McKinzie Back to Winning Ways in PA Derby

Making his first start since suffering the first 'defeat' of his career in the GII San Felipe S. better than six months ago, 'TDN Rising Star' McKinzie (Street Sense) belied his inactivity with a comfortable 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday's GI Pennsylvania Derby, giving trainer Bob Baffert his third win in the race in the last five years (subsequent GI Breeders' Cup Classic hero Bayern, 2013; champion West Coast, 2017). "If anything can take the sting of a Triple Crown horse retiring (recent retirement of Justify), it is a horse...

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Midnight Bisou Put Up Over Monomoy Girl in Cotillion

In a couple of previous head-to-head battles, Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) had easily handled Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute), besting her by 4 1/4 lengths in the GI Kentucky Oaks in May ahead of a three-length success in the GI CCA Oaks in July. Monomoy Girl was heavily favored to continue her domination in Saturday's $1-million GI Cotillion S. at Parx, but she got to wandering about in the final sixteenth of a mile and was demoted to second for carrying out Midnight Bisou, who couldn't quite get past late. "It was...

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Goldencents Filly, Danza Colt top Saturday KEESEP Session

A filly from the second crop of Goldencents and a colt from the first crop of Danza were responsible for the $65,000 co-toppers during the penultimate session of the marathon Keeneland September Sale Saturday. A total of 187 head changed hands during the first of two Book 6 sessions for gross receipts of $2,228,600. The average and median were $11,918 and $7,000, respectively, while the RNA rate was 19.4%. For the sale, 3,571 yearlings have changed hands for a combined $375,806,200 at an average of $137,507 and median price of...

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Will Take Charge Filly Earns Rising Stardom at Churchill

Newcomer Take Charge Angel (f, 2, Will Take Charge--Georgie's Angel, by Bellamy Road) backed down to 7-5 favoritism for this unveiling, looked like a winner every step of the way at Churchill Downs Saturday and garnered 'TDN Rising Star' status in the process. Away on top, she sat second one off the fence under a tight Shaun Bridgmohan hold through splits of :23.42 and :47.80. The dark bay seized command in between foes heading for home, found another gear when asked for more at the head of the lane and...

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Mucho Macho Man Filly Headlines Single-Session Book 5

After a banner day at the races Thursday with two impressive new winners, young sire Mucho Macho Man had a good day at the sales Friday with a $170,000 filly from his second crop topping the single-session Book 5 of Keeneland September. A total of 287 yearlings changed hands Friday for a gross of $5,313,000, an average of $18,512 and a median of $11,000. There were 54 youngsters who failed to meet their reserves for an RNA rate of 15.8%. Friday's session was the 11th of 13 for the marathon...

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Team Valor Purchases The Black Album with Eye on BC ok

Team Valor International has acquired recent G3 Prix La Rochette winner The Black Album (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and will point him to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Nov. 2. It was the juvenile's third win in four starts. "This colt is just the right size for American racing, with tremendous athleticism," Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin said. "He has the ability to lay handy, pounce instantly when asked and moxie to hold off all challengers the length of the stretch. What's so darn exciting about this guy is...

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Shirley Day Smith Passes Away

Shirley Day Smith, who spent more than 60 years as the administrative assistant in the press office for the New York Racing Association and its predecessors, died Sept. 20 after a brief illness at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY. She was 99-years-old. Smith had retired from NYRA in the mid-1990's. "Shirley was loved by everybody," former NYRA publicity director Glen Mathes said. "And I'd venture to say she helped more people than anyone in the history of horse racing. That was certainly true when it came to members...

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Q & A: Shug McGaughey & Randy Romero

Over 34 years and hundreds of races, the Breeders' Cup has provided many a thrill and many a great race. But virtually everyone agrees that one race stands alone--the 1988 Distaff won by Personal Ensign. It may have been the greatest Breeders' Cup race ever run. This year marks the 30th anniversary of that race. In the latest Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made, we looked back at this great race with trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Randy Romero. Excerpts from that podcast are below: TDN:...

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