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Under the Radar: Lookin at Lucky

In this new series we ask agents and others who book a lot of mares for their clients which sires might be flying slightly under the radar in this breeding season. Who might be getting overlooked in the rush for the new, hot thing? Read on. John Greathouse, III LOOKIN AT LUCKY, Ashford Stud, $20,000 I love Lookin At Lucky. Although I'm not really sure he should be under the radar any more after having the GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner in Accelerate. Not too many stallions in Kentucky have...

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#JustifyandI Contest Winner Announced

Matthew Phillips has been named the winner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and EquiLottery Games #JustifyandI selfie promotion. Phillips, of Gentryville, Indiana, earned a free trip for two to Miami for the Eclipse Award Ceremony. Phillips's winning submission was snapped in the aftermath of Justify's stirring 2 1/2-length victory in the GI Kentucky Derby over a rain-soaked Churchill Downs track last May. "We are thrilled the winner of this contest is a horse racing fan who clearly follows the sport," said EquiLottery Games CEO Brad Cummings. "Our goals with...

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Horse Health: Microchipping a Superior Form of Identification

Microchipping is quickly becoming the global industry standard for equine identification, especially those being used for competition purposes. The FEI (the International Equestrian Federation--the international governing body of equestrian sports) began integrating microchips into the registration and identification process of horses competing internationally in 2013, and countries such as Australia, Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland and New Zealand have been using microchips in Thoroughbreds for years. This past year the U. S. Equestrian Federation and U. S. Hunter Jumper Association began requiring horses be microchipped in order to compete in...

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Darby Dan Stallion Seasons Added to Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser

Darby Dan Farm has donated seasons to Shackleford, Tale of Ekati, Bee Jersey and Sky Kingdom to the Jockeys and Jeans Stallion Season Sale, adding to an already packed list of stallion seasons on offer. Hosted by Starquine.com, the sale will be held Jan. 16-18 and 100% of all funds raised will go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The PDJF is a 501 c 3 non-profit which makes monthly payments to over 60 former jockeys who suffered catastrophic, career ending injuries.

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Lion Taming Shows Even Stallions Can Start Over

He wasn't just any horse. In 2010, he finished midfield in the GI Kentucky Derby. To those who have taken American Lion in hand now, however, that's the whole point: no horse is just any horse. Because they believe every retired Thoroughbred needs treating like a champion. Each one is bred on the same premise: in the hope that they, too, can become graded stakes winners and maybe even go to stud, as did this son of Tiznow at Darby Dan seven years ago. But it's not as though a...

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California Mares No Match for the Assiniboia Assassin

For much of her career, Escape Clause (Going Commando) has spent her time at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba, beating up on the outclassed rivals that dared to face her in small stakes on the Western Canadian circuit. Then, after her eighth straight win, one of which was in a two-horse field, trainer Don Schnell had a thought: why not see what she can do against stakes-quality mares in the U.S.? Schnell sensed his mare had progressed so much last year that she was ready for a new challenge. He...

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The Week in Review: Retooled Version of Integrity Act in Works for 2019

When the 115th United States Congress ended Jan. 3, the federal bill that would have established an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program for the sport expired along with the legislative session. The Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 never advanced past the Congressional subcommittee level. But at least that was a step further than the similar Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 ever made it. In the end--like 21,806 other pieces of legislation that were introduced but never came up for a vote in the last...

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Under the Radar: Munnings

In this new series we ask agents and others who book a lot of mares for their clients which sires might be flying slightly under the radar in this breeding season. Who might be getting overlooked in the rush for the new, hot thing? Read on. Phil Hager MUNNINGS, Ashford Stud, $20,000 My business is pretty diversified between racing clients and commercial clients, and I love stallions that can accomplish a lot of goals without breaking the bank. In my opinion, Munnings is a horse that you can use in...

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Proven Strategies: No Horsing Around with Independent Contractors

"Proven Strategies" is a new regular series in the TDN, presented by Keeneland. It is written by Len Green of The Green Group and DJ Stables, who won the 2018 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Jaywalk (Cross Traffic). by Len Green, John Wollenberg & Agnieszka Kagan It is not uncommon for pinhookers or trainers to employ seasonal workers at sales or around the racetrack. Some of these employees may be considered as independent contractors. The perception that employers are attempting to circumvent paying payroll taxes by classifying workers as...

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McKinzie ‘Very Doubtful’ for Pegasus

MGISW McKinzie (Street Sense) is unlikely to head to Gulfstream for the Jan. 26 GI Pegasus World Cup. Trainer Bob Baffert told the TDN Saturday that it is "very doubtful" that his horse will go in the $9 million race. Owners Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman had not paid the $500,000 fee necessary to earn a berth in the race, but one was available as Gulfstream management is listing only 11 starters for a race that can include as many as 12. McKinzie ran 12th in the GI...

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