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ITBOA Hosting Online Auction

The Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is currently conducting an online auction of seasons to more than 180 stallions from 16 states. Proceeds from the online auction will fund three stakes races for all 2020 offspring of stallions whose seasons are sold at this auction: the 2022 Stallion Futurity and two 2023 Stallion Stakes races for 3-year-olds, one for colts and one for fillies. The auction began Dec. 8 and closes Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. CDT. A list of the stallions donated and details of the auction are...

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Renovations Underway at Indiana Grand

Renovation on the one-mile dirt racetrack at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino is currently underway and the $700,000 project is expected to be completed in March 2019 when the barn area opens for training. Gerry Porcelli, former track man for the New York Racing Association for more than 40 years and Butch Lehr, who served as track man for Churchill Downs for more than 45 years, are working in conjunction with Indiana Grand's track superintendent Roy Smith on the project. "We are right on schedule," said Smith. "We've been busy...

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Scat Daddy Colt Shows Promise at Golden Gate

Anothertwistafate (Scat Daddy) may have disappointed in his first racetrack appearance at Santa Anita last month, but the juvenile made amends with an effortless four-length maiden victory at his home base of Golden Gate Fields Sunday. "I was actually relieved," trainer Blaine Wright said of the win Monday. "He didn't show a whole lot the first time we ran him, but that was probably my fault. Yesterday, he showed us the kind of horse we thought he was all along." Bidding on behalf of Canadian owner Peter Redekop, bloodstock agent...

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NYSCG Updates Claim Price Rule, Advances Safety Standards

The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) voted by unanimous voice vote Monday to tweak a claiming price rule enacted in 2012 that had aimed to dis-incentivize owners and trainers from entering lame or uncompetitive horses in lower-level races that had been bolstered by gaming-inflated purses. The new rule will allow for some flexibility in setting claiming prices that are below the required 2:1 standard mandated by the NYSGC. It reads as follows, with the new language that was added to the existing rule highlighted in bold: "The minimum price...

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Elser Gearing Up for Gallop Year Two

Last spring, consignor Kip Elser and a longtime client came into the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale with five horses and an old idea made new again. The five 2-year-olds bypassed the typical pre-sale breeze and instead galloped down the lane during the auction's under-tack preview show. The experiment proved enough of a success that the two men have purchased another group of yearlings this year intent on repeating the scenario at the 2019 Gulfstream sale. "We very happy with the first year," Elser said. "We were very well received--both in the...

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Street Sense Colt Has the Right Answer at Gulfstream

8th-Gulfstream, $40,300, Msw, 12-9, 2yo, 6f, 1:12.90, ft. FINAL JEOPARDY (c, 2, Street Sense--Addison Run {SP}, by Unbridled's Song), a $110,000 Keeneland November weanling, bound home a much-the-best winner of his debut at Gulfstream Park Sunday. The bay colt, sent off at 4-1, was outfooted early and settled at the back of the field through an opening quarter in :22.35. He was still last after a half in :46.44, but was angled to the center of the track at the top of the stretch and closed with a vengeance, soaring...

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Zacney Dreaming Big With Jaywalk and Maximus Mischief

Owner Chuck Zacney had quite the run in 2005 when Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet) won the GI Preakness S. and GI Belmont S. and was named champion 3-year-old male. He's had a good horse here and there over the next many years, but nothing like the duo he's ready to launch in the major races for 3-year-old fillies and colts next year. He's the co-owner of both GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Jaywalk (Cross Traffic) and undefeated GII Remsen S. winner Maximus Mischief (Into Mischief) and, yes, he's dreaming...

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Gunnevera Confirmed for Pegasus

Salomon Del Valle's Margoth has purchased a spot in the $9-million GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational, confirming MGSW/MGISP Gunnevera (Dialed In) for the Jan. 26 fixture at Gulfstream Park. Gunnevera, who finished third in the 2018 renewal of the Pegasus, was last seeing finishing second behind Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky) in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 3. "I'm paying all the money myself," said Del Valle, a Venezuelan businessman who entered Gunnevera in a partnership in last year's Pegasus. "I'm happy to be in the race." "I have a...

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NYRA Corrects Running Times for Cigar Mile Card

Following a review of the Dec. 1 GI Cigar Mile H. card at Aqueduct, in conjunction with Teletimer, the official timing system for New York Racing Association (NYRA) racetracks, the running times of three one-mile races on the main track, including the GIII Go For Wand H., have been adjusted, it was announced Sunday. The Teletimer system initiates timing of each race when the first runner crosses the timing beam, however, due to an auxiliary starting gate incorrectly parked on the outside fence of Aqueduct's main track during the first...

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Pharoah’s Sister Chasing Yesterday Proves She’s a Star

As a half-sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), Chasing Yesterday (Tapit) has been in the limelight since she first stepped hoof in the Bob Baffert barn. Displaying her talent from the start with a 'TDN Rising Star'-worthy debut win and a pair of listed stakes tallies, the Summer Wind Equine homebred moved out of her esteemed sibling's shadow and proved to be a top class racehorse in her own right Saturday when passing her two-turn test with a gritty victory in the GI Starlet S. at...

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