Today’s Edition

‘Rising Star’ Mihos Gearing Up for Sophomore Campaign

Centennial Farms' Mihos (Cairo Prince), tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' after his maiden-breaking score at Aqueduct Nov. 24, recorded his first work at Palm Meadows Training Center Monday, going four furlongs in :50.00 (17/22). The bay colt could be in line for a first stakes assignment in the one-mile Mucho Macho Man S. Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park. "He worked well," trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Monday afternoon. "He worked with a stablemate of his, Illudere (Ghostzapper), a decent 3-year-old. The track looked like it was a little on the slow...

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2019 Kentucky Sires Part I: First Covers

Welcome to the first in our series sifting the value among Kentucky sires for 2019. It's worth noting straightaway that we'll take a separate a look at the regional market, once we have assessed the Bluegrass stallions. We'll go through these according to the stage they have reached in their careers: moving on next, for instance, to those with first foals due in the new year, and winding up with those supported by an established population of runners. In each case, we'll finish up by awarding a few medals for...

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Op/Ed: Heroes Come Both Great and Small

As a sideline to my role with TDN, I dabble in breeding the odd slow horse and do a fairly moderate job of being a trainer's wife. Our stable is one of the smallest yards in the largest training centre in Britain. I love living in Newmarket. It revolves around Thoroughbreds, from the training of them on the Heath in the heart of town to the breeding of the next batch of superstars and also-rans on the stud farms in surrounding villages. Racehorses have been trained here for almost 400...

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Pedigree Insights: Admire Mars

When it comes to Japanese racing, Deep Impact has long appeared to be here, there and everywhere. In recent months the perennial champion sire has been responsible for eight of the 17 contestants in the G1 Shuka Sho, for six of the 18 runners in the G1 Mile Championship and for five of the 12 high-class contenders for the G1 Tenno Sho. It therefore seems a little surprising that the Japanese superstar had only one representative in last Sunday's G1 Asahi Hai Futurity S. and only two in the previous...

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Gimme Five: Rod Street

What was you favourite racing moment of the year? RS: The ITV images of the brothers Sheikh Hamad and Sheikh Fahad Al Thani high-fiving over HM The Queen as Roaring Lion won the QEII on QIPCO British Champions Day. Name a horse that stood out for you in 2018 RS: Roaring Lion. From The Craven Stakes in April to the Breeders' Cup in November, he danced all the dances. As tough as he was talented. And an outstanding achievement by a breeder, owner or trainer? RS: The continuing seam of...

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Murtagh Setting Sights On More Group Success

When Royal Diamond (Ire) (King's Best) sprang a surprise to win the G1 Irish St. Leger at The Curragh in 2012, history records that former top jump jockey Tommy Carmody was the trainer. However it was Johnny Murtagh who was a major decision-maker in the horse's training regime at Murtagh's own Curragh-based yard, and it was a victory that made his decision to begin the process of changing from jockey to trainer an easier one. Murtagh took over the license from Carmody for the 2013 season but continued to ply...

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Don’t Discount State’s Leverage in $424M Pimlico Plan

Did the state of Maryland really need to spend $426,335 on a comprehensive, year-long study to tell us that razing outmoded Pimlico Race Course and replacing it with a gleaming, paradigm-shifting $424-million multi-use racetrack and entertainment destination will uplift the community and preserve the huge economic infusion the GI Preakness S. annually provides to Baltimore? The ambition and scope of the Phase Two vision released last week by the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) is truly stunning and innovative. This would be America's first real 21st Century racetrack, with an accent...

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Malatino Represents New Blood, New Ideas

Robin Malatino is many things. Conventional is not one of them. It's a philosophy she's followed throughout her business career and one that has never seemed to fail her. Now the senior vice president of Malatino and Associates at Morgan Stanley in Celebration, Florida, she was also the CEO of the Saratoga Beverage Group, the company behind Saratoga Spring Water. Malatino and her husband Anthony led a group that saved the company after Evian decided to close it down in 1992, 120 years after its founding. The same company Evian...

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Audible Upended in Harlan’s Holiday

While Audible (Into Mischief) seemed all but unbeatable in Saturday's GIII Harlan's Holiday S., returning to the Gulfstream Park strip over which he romped in both the GII Holy Bull S. and GI Florida Derby earlier this term, it was another sophomore--Sir Anthony (Mineshaft)--who stole the show. Sir Anthony belied 35-1 odds when annexing Arlington's Bruce D. Memorial S. in August, and resurfaced in a state-bred allowance at Hawthorne Oct. 5, getting the job done by a head. The chestnut added another Hawthorne score Nov. 1, and prepped for this...

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Tapit’s Dream Pauline Hangs On in Sugar Swirl

Stonestreet Stables's regally bred 'TDN Rising Star' Dream Pauline (Tapit--Dream Rush) continued her promising ascent up the class ladder Saturday with a first graded success in the GIII Sugar Swirl S. at Gulfstream. Moving in to second down the backside behind an opening quarter of :22.73, the 7-5 chalk took over past a half in :46.26. She opened up some into the straight, but grew a bit leg weary late, only to be saved by the wire from Stormy Embrace (Circular Quay)'s advances. A six-length debut romper at Aqueduct last...

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