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Accomplished ‘Rising Stars’ Stretching Out for Razorback

A pair of 'TDN Rising Stars', each already graded stakes winners at sprint trips, will tackle two turns for the first time in their respective careers in Monday's GIII Razorback H. at Oaklawn Park. Coal Front (Stay Thirsty), winner of the GII Amsterdam S. and GIII Gallant Bob S. at three, turned in a very disappointing effort first off a 13-month layoff, finishing a distant fifth as the 2-1 favorite in the GIII Bold Ruler H. at Aqueduct last November. Shipped out to trainer Todd Pletcher's Florida string thereafter, the...

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Gray Attempt Looks to Take Next Step in Southwest

Dwight Pruett's speedy Gray Attempt (Graydar), who bested five returning rivals in the Jan. 25 Smarty Jones S., will look to see out an additional sixteenth against a formidable field in Monday's GIII Southwest S. at Oaklawn. The Jinks Fires pupil was a second-out winner sprinting at Churchill Nov. 25, and defeated a competitive group in front-running fashion in the six-panel Sugar Bowl S. at the Fair Grounds Dec. 22. He took up his preferred spot at the head of affairs in the short-stretch, one-mile Smarty Jones, and dug in...

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TwinSpires.com Road to the Triple Crown Throwdown: Southwest

Ed DeRosa of TwinSpires.com takes on TDN's Steve Sherack and Brian DiDonato as they handicap each prep race leading up to the GI Kentucky Derby. The three will make $100 Win/Place bets--highest bankroll after Arkansas Derby/Lexington day wins. DeRosa: Saturday - Kingly (+$150) was second best in the El Camino Real Derby, Owendale was eighth in the Risen Star. Bankroll: $680. GIII Southwest S. - In the Southwest, there is a lot of pace, including from Smarty Jones S. winner Gray Attempt. There was some concern about him handling two...

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McPeek Duo Prep for Graded Stakes

Trainer Kenny McPeek, who looks to be holding a hot hand for upcoming graded events in Florida, sent his two star sophomores, Signalman (General Quarters) and Harvey Wallbanger (Congrats), to work Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park. The GII Kentucky Jockey Club winner Signalman breezed five furlongs in 1:00.11 (3/37). He is targeting the GII Fountain of Youth Mar. 2. "He worked good. I was happy with it," said McPeek. The GII Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull winner Harvey Wallbanger went a half in :50.67. He is being pointed to the GI Florida...

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Espinoza Returns to the Saddle Monday

After nearly a seven-month absence, Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza will return to the saddle Monday at Santa Anita. He's been named to ride Gallantlystreaming (Ire) in the first race for Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler. The 46-year-old has been sidelined due to a fractured vertebra in his neck which was sustained in a morning workout at Del Mar July 22. "At first, I thought I was done, I really did," Espinoza said. "At that point, I was thinking this is it, that my health has to...

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Hronis and Reddam Win TOC Awards

For the second consecutive year, Hronis Racing LLC was recognized as leading owner via total purse earnings by the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Hronis Racing also led all owners by number of California wins and number of stakes wins. Reddam Racing LLC brought home the award for most California starts. Hronis Racing runners earned a total of $3,838,910 in California last year, with 40 victories from 253 starts, including 12 stakes wins. Reddam Racing made 300 California starts in 2018 for earnings of $3,000,690. Both winners will be recognized at...

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Monday’s Insights: Commissioner’s Half-Brother Debuts in Hot Springs

3rd-OP, $93K, Msw, 3yo, 1m, 3:08 p.m. Todd Pletcher unveils a half-brother to his former pupil, MGSW and GI Belmont S. runner-up Commissioner (A.P. Indy), in INTREPID HEART (Tapit). Purchased for $750,000 at OBS April after breezing in :10 2/5, the gray is also a half to GSW & GISP Laugh Track (Distorted Humor); and the dam of Pletcher-trained brothers Vino Rosso (Curlin), winner of last term's GII Wood Memorial S., and GSP 'TDN Rising Star' So Alive (Super Saver). The Robert and Lawana Low colorbearer is out of the...

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KER Welcomes Carolyn Conley to Team

Former jockey agent Carolyn Conley will join Kentucky Equine Research (KER) as Thoroughbred Specialist effective Feb. 18. In addition to serving as agent for Brice Blanc and Stewart Elliott in California, Conley also hosted racing coverage and reported live on location for HorseRacing TV. She has also been a print journalist for the Dubai Racing Club and was a former exercise rider at both Southern California and Washington tracks. In her new role, Conley will work with Thoroughbred trainers, owners, and managers to match their stables with the proper equine...

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Mubtaahij to Stand in Argentina

Mubtaahij (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), winner of the GI Awesome Again S. and of the G2 UAE Derby, will begin his stallion career at Haras Abolengo, one of the most important argentinian farms, the same farm that bred champion and successful stallion Candy Ride (Arg) (Ride the Rails). Mubtaahij will join Abolengo's stallion roster in association with his owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, who will support him with his broodmare band in Argentina. "Alejandro García Romero, manager of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa in Argentina, presented me with the opportunity...

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KEEP Representatives Meet With Kentucky Legislators

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), a not-for-profit grassroots organization that serves as Kentucky's equine economic advocate, held its third annual KEEP Day in Frankfort Feb. 12. Representatives of the horse industry, ranging from racetrack and sport horse organization executives to administrators and students from equine academic fields to small horse operation owners, met with legislators. Topics discussed included the industry's support for House Bill 175, which would make sports wagering legal in Kentucky, and Senate Bill 81, which would provide equine program funding at public institutions in the state....

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