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Durcan Retires from the Saddle

Jockey Ted Durcan, 44, announced his retirement from the saddle on Sunday. During a 25-year career, the County Mayo-born rider booted home two Classic winners, Light Shift (Kingmambo) in the G1 Oaks in 2007 and 2009 G1 St Leger hero Mastery (GB) (Sulamani {Ire}). Durcan will remain part of Sir Michael Stoute's team at Newmarket. "It's not something I've rushed into," said the seven-time UAE champion jockey. "It's been at the back of my mind for a while now. I'm 45 years old at the end of the month and...

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Dream Upset In February S.
Dream Upset In February S.

Nonkono Yume (Jpn) (Twining) sprang a mild upset in Sunday's G1 February S., a 'Win and You're In' contest for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic, in the process lowering the colours of G1 Dubai World Cup aspirant Gold Dream (Jpn) (Gold Allure {Jpn}) under Ryan Moore. Gold Dream was making his first start since taking the G1 Champions Cup on Dec. 3. He was off a step slow and so too was Nonkono Yume, and the latter tacked onto the back of the favourite as they raced near the rear...

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Piggott Classics Still Shine Bright

The beautifully evocative photograph of Lester Piggott and Vincent O'Brien in last Thursday's TDN brought the memories flooding back, memories which warmed the latest bleak winter morning. The road to the Classics starts generally later in the spring in Europe than it does in the U.S., and at this time of year a catalyst to prompt reflections on Classic days past never goes amiss. As we gradually count down towards Derby Day 2018, we approach the 50th anniversary of the victory of the horse whom Lester Piggott has described as...

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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 the Lexington S. wins. DeRosa: Saturday - Noble Indy settled for third after some traffic trouble in the stretch of the Risen Star, while Choo Choo was fifth in the El Camino Real Derby. Bankroll: $770. GIII Southwest S. - I went into the Smarty Jones opposing Mourinho but left Oaklawn thinking he'd be...

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Belmont EHM Quarantine Update

Officials at the New York Racing Association and New York State Gaming Commission received laboratory confirmation Saturday afternoon, verifying the suspect case of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) that led to the quarantine of Barn 10 at Belmont Park late Thursday. The EHM case was confirmed through both nasal swab and blood testing on a 4-year-old filly who began exhibiting neurologic symptoms Thursday. The filly, trained by Tom Albertrani, was euthanized Friday as her condition deteriorated. A full necropsy is underway at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following the development...

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Owner Caesar Kimmel Passes Away

Known for owning fast horses and a mischievous side that led him to slip a number of salacious names by The Jockey Club, owner Caesar Kimmel died Saturday in Delray, Florida. He was 91. His son, trainer John Kimmel, said he had a stroke about three months ago and died peacefully in his sleep early Saturday morning. "He was an amazing person," said Jimmy Toner, one of Kimmel's primary trainers. "One of a kind. There was only one Caesar. He enjoyed life. He was a very good family man and...

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Feb. 19 Insights

4th-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 4:30 p.m. ET Dell Ridge Farm's TOUCH OF GRACE (Tiznow) debuts in this test for trainer Chad Brown. The $275,000 KEESEP buy is out of Canadian Horse of the Year and three-time Sovereign Award winner Sealy Hill (Point Given), who was bred back to Medaglia d'Oro after producing Touch of Grace and sold for $750,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. Touch of Grace is a half-sister to Canadian champion Hillaby (Distorted Humor); and GSWs Belle Hill (Sky Mesa) and Gale Force (Giant's...

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Young Guns — Harvey Bell

Young Guns is a series where we endeavour to find out more about some of the young professionals in the industry. Today we speak with Tattersalls Bloodstock Executive and Auctioneer Harvey Bell TDN: What was your path into the industry? HB: Although I grew up just outside of Newmarket my family had no previous involvement in racing. Our neighbours ran a small farm at Millfields Stables--I began mucking out for pocket money and quickly gained more of an interest in the horses I was working with. At 18, I travelled to...

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Thewayyouare Dead

Thewayyouare (Kingmambo-Maryinsky {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells), the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner who sired the globetrotting Group 2 winner Toast of New York, has died at Haras de Corlay Stud aged 13, the stud announced on its Facebook page. From a regal family, being a half-brother to champion filly and stakes producer Peeping Fawn (Danehill) and a grandson of the champion producer Blush With Pride (Blushing Groom {Fr}), Thewayyouare won four of five juvenile outings including the Criterium de Saint-Cloud for trainer Andre Fabre. After an abbreviated and unproductive 3-year-old...

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Promising Run Tough As Nails in Balanchine

Heavily favoured in the international markets, Godolphin's Promising Run (Hard Spun) looked beaten on multiple occasions in the stretch run of Saturday's G2 Balanchine S., but the homebred 5-year-old displayed considerable determination when push came to shove and stuck her lead over the line ahead of the classy Furia Crusada (Chi) (Newfoundland). The Mick Channon-conditioned Opal Tiara (Ire) (Thousand Words {GB}) enjoyed a perfect journey, but found no extra in the final eighth of a mile and settled for third in defence of her title. Last-out winner of her seasonal...

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