Michael Dubb

One More Race for the Partners in a `Horse of a Lifetime’

After Uni (GB) (More Than Ready)'s five-year-old campaign which concluded in the Champion Turf Female award, bloodstock advisors suggested to the partners in her ownership group that it might be time to retire and sell her. After all, the owners had probably already gotten more than they had bargained for: they  had campaigned her at 3, 4, and 5, and watched her win three Grade I stakes as well as Grade II, Grade III and Listed events. But, "Sol and I are and Bobby are racing guys," said Michael Dubb...

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First Samurai Filly Remains Unbeaten in Miss Grillo

Plum Ali remained undefeated and picked up her second straight stakes win with a convincing score in Sunday's GII Miss Grillo S. on the Belmont turf. Unveiled going two turns over the Saratoga lawn July 23, the $65,000 Keeneland September buy rallied to a two-length success. Shipped south to Kentucky Downs for the Mint Juvenile Fillies S. Sept. 7, the chestnut overcame a troubled start and uncorked a powerful late run to score going away by 2 3/4 lengths. Hammered down late to even-money favoritism, Plum Ali traveled last of...

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First Samurai Filly Glides Home at Kentucky Downs

Duly favored after an easy two-length win going 1 1/16 miles at Saratoga on debut July 23, she made the jump up to black-type company look easy at Kentucky Downs Monday. Well off the pace while saving ground against the fence, she continued to rate patiently at the half-mile mark in :48.23. Set down for the drive and shifted out to the center of the course through the long Kentucky Downs stretch, the chestnut seized command inside the final 300 yards and quickly put the race to bed, winning with...

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Whether Wrestling or Horse Racing, Caruso Has Excelled at Highest Levels

What Mike Caruso missed most when his collegiate wrestling career was over was the competition, the fierce desire to win and the nervous excitement that would build up in him before every match. It wasn't just that he was good, it was that he felt he had to win every time. Forty-three years after he last wrestled and wrapped up his third NCAA championship, Caruso has recaptured those feelings, discovering them in horse racing. "I get butterflies in my stomach before every race," he said. "That means it is meaningful....

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Fourstardave Possible for Uni

Reigning champion turf mare Uni (GB) (More Than Ready), who finished third in her seasonal debut in the June 27 GI Just A Game S., may make her next start against colts in the GI Fourstardave S. Aug. 22 at Saratoga Race Course. The Chad Brown trainee, who suffered her only loss of 2019 in last year's Fourstardave, wrapped up her championship-earning season by taking the GI First Lady S. at Keeneland in course-record time and the GI Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita. "The only Grade I going a...

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Anna House Set to Reopen June 22

The Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) is set to reopen its Belmont Park daycare center Anna House June 22 with strict new safety protocols in place. The childcare and early-childhood education facility designed for the families of backstretch workers, most of whom are based at Belmont Park, has been closed since Mar. 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers and staff at the facility are currently undergoing training on the new protocols, which will utilize the health guidance established by the New York State Department of Health, the U.S. Centers...

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Should Servis, Navarro Owners Pay Restitution?

The Week in Review They have come at us one by one, saying they are shocked, they are disgusted, they love the animal, they love the sport and they had no idea they had been employing drug cheats. That's what we have heard from the owners who employed Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro and have spoken up in the aftermath of indictments that are not only shocking but threaten to do severe and irreparable damage to the sport. How could an owner employ someone who performed training feats that were,...

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Dubb on Servis Indictment: It’s Beyond Sickening to Me

Michael Dubb, a member of the New York Racing Association Board of Trustees and one of the more prominent owners who employed trainer Jason Servis, said he was sickened that he was involved with the now indicted trainer. "I've wanted to be someone who didn't just take from the game, but gave back," he said. "To be involved with something that brings a black eye to the game is, beyond words, sickening to me" Dubb said he had about 25 horses with Servis and said they were being dispersed to...

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Mr. Monomoy Injured, Off Derby Trail

Mr. Monomoy (Palace Malice), whose win in the GII Risen Star S. signaled that he was a major threat for the GI Kentucky Derby, has suffered a mild injury and won't return to the races until this summer. "He came out of a gallop two days ago with some heat in his ankle," trainer Brad Cox said. "We took some x-rays and found that there was some roughening in the P1 (first phalanx) area. He'll need 60 days off and is on his way to WinStar to recuperate. He is...

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British Idiom and Storm the Court Named Top Juveniles

Modestly bred, British Idiom (Flashback) brought only $40,000 as a Fasig-Tipton October yearling in 2018, but by the time she debuted at Saratoga in August, the chestnut had attracted powerhouse connections in Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables and trainer Brad Cox. Backed to narrow favoritism in that six-furlong career bow, she pressed the pace and drew off to a 3 1/2-length score. Adding Lasix and stretching out to two turns in the GI Darley Alcibiades S. Oct. 4 at Keeneland, she was a powerful victress,...

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Dubb Appeals Sanford Disqualification

Michael Dubb, who heads the ownership group that campaigns Magna Light (Magna Graduate), has filed an appeal with the New York State Gaming Commission on Magna Light’s disqualification in the GIII Sanford S. Saturday at Saratoga. The Rudy Rodriguez trainee set the early pace and still had a comfortable lead by midstretch, but veered out sharply before bearing back in, impeding Percolator (Flashy Bull), who hit the wire third, according to the stewards (video). He was disqualified from first and placed third. "It’s the only process available to us that...

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