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In Old-School Move, Biancone Using Gulfstream Allowance as Belmont Stakes Prep

While it seems that some trainers cannot have enough time off between races, Patrick Biancone will go against conventional wisdom Wednesday at Gulfstream. He has entered Sole Volante (Karakontie {Jpn}) in a $55,000 allowance race he will use as a prep for the GI Belmont S. run just 10 days later. "What, you never heard of Woody Stephens?" Biancone joked. Stephens was never shy about running horses back on short rest and in 1982 won the GI Metropolitan H. with Conquistador Cielo on a Monday and then the Belmont five...

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Open Letter to the Industy: #FreeDataFriday: Volume 34

UNDERSTANDING TAKEOUT Ogden Mills Phipps, former chairman of both The Jockey Club and New York Racing Association and a legendary owner and breeder, heartily advocated for lower takeout nearly five decades ago. In December 1976, Blood-Horse outlined the Phipps plea, a source of great concern given the rising competition in the New York market. "With continuing declines in track attendance and mutuel handle, Thoroughbred racing is faced principally with twin threats, witnesses at an Aqueduct hearing stressed. There are the existing off-track betting structure, which has hurt track management and...

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Pletcher Saddles 50th Winner for Constitution

2nd-Gulfstream, $44,000, Msw, 5-9, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :52.63, ft. HYPERFOCUS (c, 2, Constitution--Discreet Meating, by Hat Trick {Jpn}) became the 50th worldwide winner for his second-crop sire, who scored both of his top-level victories at Gulfstream for winning trainer Todd Pletcher. Sent off at 5-2 in this career bow, the $100,000 KEESEP purchase raced off the fence in mid-pack as Breakthrough (Nyquist) and Peppi (Cajun Breeze) dueled through a swift first quarter in :22.07. Aggressively ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., the bay ranged up outside the top two turning for...

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Saturday’s Racing Insights: $1.2M Medaglia d’Oro Tries GP Turf

1st-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo, 8fT, 12:45 p.m. ET HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud's HERO D'ORO (Medaglia d'Oro) gets a chance at redemption while trying the turf for the first time. A disinterested 10th in his career debut on the main track here Feb. 29, the $1.2-million Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream graduate gets the services of Irad Ortiz Jr. for this return. Out of After Thought (Fusaichi Pegasus), the Chad Brown trainee is a half-brother to a pair of stakes winners on the turf--Annulment and Youngest Daughter. This is the family...

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GSW Global Campaign wins 2020 Debut

11th-Gulfstream, $41,000, Alw (C), Opt. Clm ($75,000), 4-25, 4yo/up, 7f, 1:21.71, ft. GLOBAL CAMPAIGN (c, 4, Curlin--Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy), named a 'TDN Rising Star' off a debut victory over track and trip last January, bounced back from a fifth to Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}) in the GII Fountain of Youth S. to defeat next-out GI Belmont S. winner Sir Winston (Awesome Again) in the GIII Peter Pan S. Connections passed on the Belmont and the $250,000 KEESEP yearling was last seen finishing third in the GII...

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Apr. 26 Insights: Mott Unveils Curlin Filly

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 8th-GP, $60K, Msw, 3yo, f, 7f, 4:25 p.m. Bill Mott sends out first-timer and WinStar homebred PARIS LIGHTS (Curlin) in this test. Her dam Paris Bikini (Bernardini), a $425,000 purchase at Keeneland January in 2016, is a three-quarter sister to Grade III winner and dual Grade I-placed America (A.P. Indy). The latter is the dam of the now 2-year-old colt Virtuous Intention (Curlin), who fetched $1.5 million from West Point, Woodford, Siena, Valdes, Singleton, Sandbrook & Freeman at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. This is...

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American Pharoah Colt Wins on Debut in Hallandale

5th-Gulfstream, $38,000, Msw, 4-25, 3yo, 7f, 1:23.25, ft. BASQUIAT (c, 3, American Pharoah--Divalarious {SP}, by Distorted Humor) was legged up for this debut at Payson Park, closing a formidable worktab with a strong five-furlong move in 1:02 2/5 over the deep surface Apr. 19. The second betting favorite at 19-10, about $3,400 less than 9-5 Ashiham (Tapit), the Brant homebred was asked for a bit of speed by the comebacking Irad Ortiz, Jr. and raced prominently early on behind Chasing Anna (Fast Anna) before taking back into fourth while racing...

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Friday’s Racing Insights: No Nay Never Filly Makes U.S. Debut

8th-GP, $46k, AOC, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, post time: 4:46 p.m. ET NOPE (IRE) (No Nay Never) made five European starts for Alpha Racing and trainer Jessie Harrington, defeating the boys in a Fairyhouse maiden at second asking before concluding that portion of her career with a close fourth in the G3 Oh So Sharp S. at Newmarket in October. A half-sister to European MGSP Wall of Fire (Ire) (Canford Cliffs {Ire}), the 135,000gns Tattersalls October yearling is out of a daughter of Jewel In the Sand (Ire) (Bluebird), winner...

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Open Letter to the Industry: #FreeDataFriday – Pandemic Exposes Broken Model

This text is an abridged version of today's Free Data Friday release from the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation. Read the full version here. As the famous proverb goes--the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now. Despite few tracks going forward in recent weeks and little to no competition for wagering, Oaklawn and Gulfstream have reduced purses, blaming the loss of subsidies from now shuttered casinos and the lack of on-track handle. Oaklawn set a new record for single day handle last Saturday, with...

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Pricey Paynter Filly Wins Well First Out at Gulfstream

4th-Gulfstream, $38,000, Msw, 4-12, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:11.78, ft. SARATOGA AFFAIR (f, 3, Paynter--Mallory Street {SP, $111,837}, by Street Sense) cost three times as much as the next-priciest Paynter juvenile last term when she brought $450,000 at OBSAPR off a strong :10 flat breeze. She was given a 7-2 chance off an upbeat-looking worktab at Palm Meadows, and was spotting most of her well-bred foes a race or two worth of experience. Off towards the back of the pack, the bay was scrubbed on to sit midpack among a strung-out...

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Sunday’s Racing Insights: Salty Maidens on Tap at Gulfstream on Easter Sunday

4th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:27 p.m. The rail-drawn THE GIRL HERSELF (American Pharoah) gets her career started. Todd Pletcher also saddled the Michael Tabor colorbearer's half-sister Circular Quay (Thunder Gulch) to a win in the 2006 GI Hopeful S. and runner-up finish in that term's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The Girl Herself worked a four-furlong bullet in :49 (1/13) at Palm Beach Downs Apr. 5. Nikki and Papa (Mineshaft) takes on maidens for the first time after a pair of graded attempts, including a third-place finish after ducking...

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Thursday’s Racing Insights: $1-Million Quality Road Filly Debuts at Gulfstream

10th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1mT, 5:38 p.m. ET MIGHTY ROAD (Quality Road), a $220,000 KEESEP yearling turned $1-million OBSAPR breezer (:9 4/5), makes her debut for trainer Chad Brown and owner HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud over the Gulfstream lawn. The 3-year-old filly is a half-sister to graded winner Decelerator (Dehere). Mighty Road's dam Paris Rose (Accelerator) is a half-sister to GI Test S. heroine Fabulously Fast (Deputy Minister) and Paris Notion (Dehere), dam of MGISW City of Light (Quality Road). TJCIS PPs

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