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Lone Star Park Racing Club Seeks Members

The Lone Star Park Racing Club is accepting members for the 2019 season which runs Apr. 18 through July 21. The minimal investment is $500 and 150 shares will be sold. Membership can be purchased online by clicking here. In addition to being part owner in a racehorse, membership perks include free admission for club members and a guest for the season, a parking pass, barn tours, e-mail updates and more.  

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The “Pedal Down” Approach That Produced Accelerate

On the face of it, the way Mike Abraham came up with an Eclipse champion suggests only the futility of all the agonized judgement that typically consumes him--no less than any other breeder--in making plans and decisions. After all, he bought the dam of Accelerate (Lookin at Lucky) more or less on a whim, an opportunist $25,000 impulse for a mare he hadn't even been to see in the back ring. And she was only sent to Lookin At Lucky, for the mating that produced a GI Breeders' Cup Classic...

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The Casse Brothers and Their Derby Horse

If a Derby favorite emerged from the pack this past weekend in the form of the GII Risen Star winner, Gary Barber's War of Will (War Front), the race did more than propel a new potential superstar to the front of the pack: it also demonstrated the bond and unique working relationship between Mark and Justin Casse. Lucas Marquardt caught up with the brothers at the Casse Training Center in Ocala to talk War of Will, Derby, and how they think their late father, family patriarch Norm Casse, would feel...

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Outstanding Groom & Media Finalists Announced for Sovereign Awards

Amanda Erwin has been chosen as the 2018 Outstanding Groom Award winner fo the 2018 Sovereign Awards. She has worked for trainer Mike Keogh for over 17 years and rubbed the likes of Canadian champions Wando and Woodcarver. The finalists have also been decided for the media awards. In the writing category, the top three are Dave Briggs for "Horse of the Year Pink Lloyd: A Hero for Our Times," Chris Lomon for "Born the Beat the Odds," and Hayley Morrison for "Hail to the War Horses." In the digital...

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Gotham Challenge Returns

The Gotham Challenge returns as part of the 2019 NYRA Handicapping Challenge series. The live-money challenge, with a $500 entry fee, of which $250 will be allocated to the prize pool and $250 for each player's live bankroll, will see contestants compete on races from Aqueduct, Gulfstream Park, and Tampa Bay Downs. For the first time in a NYRA Handicapping Challenge, entrants will be able to register and compete online in the Gotham Challenge via NYRA Bets. In order to enter and play online, contestants must be registered NYRA Bets...

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Railbird Festival Coming to Keeneland

AC Entertainment will host Railbird Festival at Keeneland Aug. 10-11. Musical acts will be announced at a later date, but will include rock, Americana, folk, bluegrass and mare. Bourbon, craft beer and local food will also be part of the event. "With all of our festivals, we aspire to create an experience that stands apart from others--that is a true celebration of place, of the richness and uniqueness of a community," said Ashley Capps, president of AC Entertainment. "That, for us, is at the heart of any truly great festival...

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Racing Commission Approves New Ky Downs Owners

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs. It was announced in mid-November that Kentucky Racing Acquisition, LLC, a new company co-founded by Winchell and Falcone, had agreed to purchase all the assets of Kentucky Downs from parent company Kentucky Downs Partners, LLC, the investment group that has owned the racetrack since 2007. The sale of the track and year-round entertainment center to Winchell and Falcone is expected to close around Mar. 1....

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Exclusive Quality Relocating to West Virginia

Leading Florida sire Exclusive Quality has been acquired by Ronney Brown and Nicole Freeland's Pellinore Lane Farm and will stand at the Charles Town, WV, stallion station for the 2019 breeding season. The stakes-winning son of Elusive Quality, who has total progeny earnings of nearly $13 million, will stand for a fee of $1,000. "Not only is Exclusive Quality a proven commodity who ranks among West Virginia's top three active sires by progeny earnings for 2019, but he's as versatile as they come," Brown said. "Colts or fillies, dirt or...

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Intrepid Heart Returns Lows to Oaklawn Winner’s Circle

Robert and Lawana Low won a pair of graded Triple Crown preps at Oaklawn Park a year ago with Magnum Moon (Malibu Moon) and the couple's colors were back in the winner's circle in Little Rock Monday with the impressive debut of Intrepid Heart (Tapit). The gray sophomore was tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' after his scintillating 7 3/4-length victory (video) on the GIII Southwest S. undercard. "It exceeded our expectations to be quite honest," the Lows' racing manager Jacob West said Tuesday. "We knew he was training well coming...

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The TDN Derby Top 12 for Feb. 20

We've had this year's first significant shift in the GI Kentucky Derby Top 12 rankings, with a new leader bulling his way to the top of the crop. Expect the thawing trend to continue as the stakes action heats up, with eight high-ranked hopefuls expected to start on either the weekend of Mar. 2 or 9. 1) WAR OF WILL (c, War Front--Visions of Clarity {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells) O-Gary Barber. B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY). T-Mark Casse. Sales History: $175,000 RNA Ylg '17 KEESEP; €250,000 2yo '18 ARQMAY. Lifetime Record:...

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