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Candy Ride Colt Gets the Prize at Fair Grounds

3rd-Fair Grounds, $43,000, Msw, 2-16, 3yo, 6f, 1:09.85, ft. GET THE PRIZE (c, 3, Candy Ride {Arg}--Hondo's Way, by Giant's Causeway) strode home a dominant 2 3/4-length winner of his debut at Fair Grounds Saturday. The bay colt, an 8-1 shot, was away well and was soon at the head of affairs, setting fractions of :22.04 and :45.73 with New Frontier (Speightstown) in close attendance. He extended his advantage down the lane and continued to find more even as Bourbon Calling (Dialed In) closed late for second. New Frontier was...

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Kitten’s Joy Filly Runs to the Buzz in Dirt Debut; Named ‘TDN Rising Star’

Shadwell homebred Karama (Kitten's Joy) entered her Saturday debut with some hype and upbeat breezes over the Gulfstream main track, and came out of it with the 'TDN Rising Star' distinction. Pounded down to 9-5 despite a pedigree that seemed to lean particularly towards turf, she zipped right out to a clear advantage through opening splits of :22.42 and :45.07. The chestnut was still in command past the quarter pole, and was always doing plenty to fend off High Road (Quality Road) by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:23.19. Karama hails...

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Paynter On the Rise

When WinStar Farm's Paynter got off to a slow start with his first crop in 2017, some reasoned his offspring would just need time to develop. That made sense. He himself didn't break his maiden until a first-out win in February of his 3-year-old year, and progeny by his sire, Awesome Again, typically need time to come around. Others thought the writing was simply on the wall. Now, after a strong 2018 and a fast start to the new year, it's looking more and more like the first group got...

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Starring Role for War of Will in Risen Star

The road to the GI Kentucky Derby continues through New Orleans this weekend as the streaking War of Will (War Front) headlines a full field of sophomores entered for Saturday's GII Risen Star S. The Gary Barber colorbearer, a €250,000 ARQMAY juvenile purchase, made it a perfect two-for-two on dirt with a tour-de-force, four-length win over Hog Creek Hustle (Overanalyze) in the GIII Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds Jan. 19. The bay will move in one slot to post 13 as the Bob Baffert-trained Kingly (Tapit) will instead remain in...

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Experimental Free Handicap Discontinued

The Jockey Club announced Friday that it has discontinued its Top 2-Year-Old Rankings, also known as the Experimental Free Handicap, for 2019. It cited "waning relevance and interest." The Experimental Free Handicap, based on England's Free Handicap ranking, was first published in 1933 as a hypothetical ranking of 2-year-olds at the distance of 1 1/16 miles. It was typically released in late January or early February of that crop's 3-year-old season. A release from The Jockey Club noted that seven of the 13 Triple Crown winners were ranked at the...

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Leading First-Season Sire Verdicts

In the first of a series, we ask key industry players for their verdict on the 2019 champion first-season sire. First in line is breeze-up consignor Roger Marley. TDN: Who do you think will be leading first-season sire? RM: From what I saw at the yearling sales and from what we've had through our hands so far, I can see it being decided between the top two in the betting, Muhaarar (GB) and Gleneagles (Ire). Going round the sales last year it was their stock that stood out among this...

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NYRA Launches ‘Ship & Win’ Programs

The New York Racing Association has created shipping incentive programs at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park for horsemen based at Fair Hill Training Center, Oaklawn Park, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs. Horses based in Fair Hill, in Elkton, Maryland, who register an official start during the Aqueduct spring meet, from Apr. 5 through Apr. 20, or during the Belmont spring/summer meet, from Apr. 26 through July 7, will see their owners credited with an $800 shipping stipend, excluding stakes races. A first-time starter must have their previous three workouts...

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Not That Brady to Race for BCCA

Not That Brady (Big Brown), owned by Michael Imperio, Lianna Stables and trainer Rudy Rodriguez, will also be racing to benefit the Belmont Child Care Association when he runs in the Mar. 9 GIII Gotham S. at Aqueduct. The owners have committed 10% of the colt's Gotham earnings to BCCA. "My husband [Michael] and I thought it would be a great way to give back and it's something a lot of other owners do," said BCCA President Libby Imperio. "Barbara Banke has always been very generous donating percentages of her...

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Fires, Gray Attempt Staying in High Gear for Southwest

William "Jinks" Fires has a problem right now that every Thoroughbred trainer would love to have. He has a 3-year-old colt who doesn't want to stop running. Gray Attempt (Graydar) is on a three-race winning streak, most notably capturing the Sugar Bowl S. at Fair Grounds Dec. 22 prior to annexing the Smarty Jones S. on opening day at Oaklawn Park Jan. 25. He is due back in the Hot Springs oval's GIII Southwest S. Monday, and a positive outcome in that race could further fuel the GI Kentucky Derby...

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Another Family Member Joins Stronach Legal Fray

Frank Stronach's youngest granddaughter has just joined the family fray that involves a complex series of lawsuits and counter-suits over control of The Stronach Group (TSG), the billion-dollar family empire whose portfolio includes six United States racetracks and a Thoroughbred breeding, racing, and training division. The Globe and Mail was first to report Feb. 14 that Selena Stronach, 18, went to Ontario Superior Court of Justice last week "with a suit aimed at maintaining a jet-set lifestyle and limiting the role of her aunt Belinda Stronach," who is Frank Stronach's...

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