Henley's Joy

'Henley' Fits Perfectly in Turf Trinity

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY--Back when the New York Racing Association announced its bold new initiative for 3-year-old turf horses in the summer, a trio of big-money events dubbed the "Turf Trinity," many quipped that it would quickly be reconsidered as the "Chad Brown Trinity", due to the perennial leading trainer's particular dominance with grass horses. It only took one race in the series, however, to throw a wrench in that assumption, as longshot Henley's Joy (Kitten's Joy) upset the Belmont Derby at over 20-1 for Jeff Bloom's Bloom Racing Stable and...

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Historic Aiken Training Center Battles to Restore Past Glory

For one weekend, it seemed like the good old days for the Aiken, South Carolina Training Center. In fewer than 24 hours, starting with the July 5 evening card at Prairie Meadows, horses that had trained at Aiken won the GIII Cornhusker H., the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational, the GI Belmont Derby Invitational and the GIII Kent S. For a training center whose horse population now peaks at about 110, it was a tremendous accomplishment. But such a run of success was not unusual. That is if you take a...

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