Phipps Stable

Performer Returns Running at Belmont

3rd-Belmont, $67,900, Alw (C), Opt. Clm ($80,000), 10-17, 3yo/up, 1m, 1:33.93, my, 1 3/4 lengths. PERFORMER (c, 4, Speightstown--Protesting {GSP, $213,050}, by A.P. Indy) made light work of his first start since taking the GIII Discovery S. last November, galloping home as easy as you please in a one-mile Belmont allowance Saturday afternoon. Quickly into stride beneath Joel Rosario, the attractive chestnut colt raced a touch keenly from third while hugging the rail through solid opening splits. Rosario decided he could wait no longer rounding the turn and allowed the...

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McGaughey Looks to Add to Whitney ‘Honor’ Roll

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Following the draw for the GI Whitney S. Wednesday morning, trainer Shug McGaughey answered more questions about his previous Whitney winners than this year's runner, Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}). McGaughey, a member of racing's Hall of Fame since 2004, will try for his fourth victory in Saratoga's premier dirt race for older horses Saturday with William Farish's 4-year-old homebred colt. The chestnut drew in the middle of the strong five-horse field, that features Tom's d'Etat (Smart Strike), who has won four straight stakes, and...

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What’s in a Name: Top Seed

by Andrea Branchini 6th-Gulfstream, $43,000, Msw, 2-5, 4yo/up, 6f, 1:10.10, ft. TOP SEED (c, 4, Orb--Trophy Wife, by Giant's Causeway) Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $25,800. O/B-Phipps Stable (KY); T-Claude R. McGaughey III. The pedigree of recent Gulfstream winner TOP SEED contains more views about family and marriage than a book by Dr Phil. His dam TROPHY WIFE is out PLEASANT HOME, who is by SEEKING THE GOLD. Honesty and positive vibes in abundance. The name of the colt is a bit risque, but everyone in the family is entitled to have...

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McGaughey Suspended 15 Days by Ohio Authorities

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey has begun serving a 15-day suspension handed down by the Ohio Racing Commission after a horse he trained tested positive for the prohibited medication hydrochlorothiazide. The suspension began Feb. 6 and runs through Feb. 20. McGaughey was also fined $500. The test came from a Sept. 9, 2019 race at Belterra Park and with the mare Tactical Affair (Tapit). Tactical Affair, who is owned by Phipps Stable, won the Sept. 9 allowance race, but has been disqualified and placed last. According to Bill Crawford,...

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