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Economic Model Makes the Grade in Hal’s Hope

Klaravich Stable and William H. Lawrence's Economic Model (Flatter) won the 2016 Easy Goer S. and had placed no fewer than four times at graded level, including a runner-up effort behind champion Drefong (Gio Ponti) in that year's GI King's Bishop S. But if Saturday's GIII Hal's Hope S. is any indication, there could be much bigger and better to come for the 5-year-old, who outslugged the classy comebacker Irish War Cry (Curlin) to score by 1 3/4 lengths. The race was marred by a single-horse fall on the far...

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Good Magic Leads Fountain of Youth Workers

Champion juvenile male Good Magic (Curlin) was among a number of sophomores who breezed Saturday with an eye towards next week's GII Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream Park. Unseen since breaking his maiden in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables colorbearer went four furlongs by himself at Palm Meadows in :48.30 (5/56) (XBTV Video). Also out for spins Saturday were a trio of Dale Romans trainees who worked at Gulfstream: Grade I winner and last-out GII Holy Bull S. runner-up Free Drop...

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A Second Emir’s Trophy for The Blue Eye

The two-time champion older horse in Qatar, The Blue Eye (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) got a terrific ride from off the pace by perennial leading jockey Harry Bentley and outfinished 2016 Qatar Derby hero Noor Al Hawa (Fr) (Makfi {GB}) to win Saturday's US$1-million Emir's Trophy for the second time in three years. US raider Money Multiplier (Lookin At Lucky) was enterprisingly ridden by Frankie Dettori and held on for third, just ahead of 2017 Qatar Derby victor Mac Mahon (Ity) (Ramonti {Fr}). Away without incident, The Blue Eye landed in...

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CHRB Offers EHV-1 Update

The California Horse Racing Board issued the following update Friday evening regarding a recent case of EHV-1 at Los Alamitos: A 10-year-old horse used to pony horses at Los Alamitos Race Course was euthanized after developing severe neurological signs, subsequently testing positive for the "wild-type" strain of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Even though the pony horse was exhibiting neurological signs, the "wild-type" strain is generally considered less virulent than the neurological strain EHV-1. The pony was used to accompany Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos during the races. He last...

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Sunlight Shines In Silver Slipper

Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Sunlight (Aus) (Zoustar {Aus}) justified favouritism for the G1 Golden Slipper on Mar. 23 with a win in Saturday's G2 Silver Slipper S. at Rosehill. Sunlight initially took a tow into the race from 'TDN Rising Star' Estijaab (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), but that pair were soon overwhelmed by another 'TDN Rising Star', Neutrality (Aus) (Sebring {Aus}), who made a bold move approaching the 600 to assume the lead. Estijaab on the rail reclaimed the lead from Neutrality as they straightened while Sunlight moved three-wide for...

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Louisiana Vet Gets 15 Months in Prison in Demorphin Case

A Louisiana veterinarian has been sentenced by a federal judge to 15 months in prison and fined $10,000 for his role in selling dermorphin, an unapproved opioid drug 40 times more powerful than morphine, for the purpose of improving the performance of racehorses at various Louisiana tracks between 2010 and 2012. In addition, the Nebraska pharmacy that was found guilty of repackaging the synthetic version of dermorphin--which in its natural form is derived from secretions of South American tree frogs--was sentenced to five years of corporate probation and ordered to...

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Big Plans For Big-Spending Phoenix

Look back at the big talking points in the Thoroughbred industry last year, and at or near the top of the list has to be when Kerri Radcliffe materialized seemingly out of nowhere at Fasig-Tipton's Gulfstream sale and spent $1.55-million on a pair of 2-year-olds for the unheard-of Phoenix Thoroughbreds. As the sales season wore on and Radcliffe continued to make headlines-the top lot at breeze-up sales in the U.S. and France and again at Arqana's August yearling sale, plus a 1-million gns colt at Tattersalls and the $3-million Nickname...

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Devise Earns Elusive Group 1 Ring

After the injury induced scratch of Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi {GB}), a winner of the 2017 G1 New Zealand Oaks, the runner-up in that contest deputized admirably, as Devise (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}), became her sire's ninth Group 1 winner when she pulled off a half-length score in the 1600-metre G1 Haunui Farm WFA Group One Classic at Hastings on Saturday. Tabbed the second choice at 14-5 after 11-5 crowd's pick, New Zealand Champion Sprinter Start Wondering (NZ) (Eighth Wonder {NZ}), the 4-year-old mare established an ideal stalking trip in fifth...

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Luck On Smash’s Side

Brave Smash (Jpn) (Tosen Phantom {Jpn}), placed in some of Australia's most important contests over the past few months, at last broke through at the top level and likely secured a spot at stud in Saturday's G1 Futurity S. at Caulfield. Breaking prominently alongside Showtime (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), Brave Smash and Craig Williams allowed that rival to take a clear lead down the side of the course while saving ground on the fence. Still on Showtime's heels while the Guineas winner Mighty Boss (Aus) (Not A Single Doubt {Aus}) moved...

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Revolution Game In Oakleigh Score

China Horse Club et al's Russian Revolution (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) built on his early promise at three last year with a win in the G1 Galaxy H. in the autumn, thus securing his spot at stud at Newgate Farm. The team's decision to keep him in training at four, however, paid off on Saturday when the bay added another top-class trophy to his mantle with a win in the G1 Oakleigh Plate. He also led home the exacta for his champion sire when overhauling the pacesetting Snitty Kitty (Aus) late...

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