Ortiz Barn Shines Bright with Undefeated Filly

John Ortiz draws the analogy of playing cards to what it feels like going into a stakes race at Saratoga. Everyone keeps their hand close and you never can tell who might be bluffing. But the trainer of Brightwork (Outwork) may have let his poker face slip when he spoke with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the paddock ahead of the GIII Adirondack S. on Sunday. "I walked in there confident and with a smile," Ortiz shared. "Irad had worked her and I said, 'You know what you've got and I...

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Mel Giddings Enjoys First Saratoga Summer With Her Own Stable

Melanie Giddings had originally planned on a no-stress summer when she decided to move her fledgling stable from its home base at Palm Meadows up to New York for the Saratoga meet. "I had said, 'Why don't we just go up to Saratoga and enjoy ourselves?'" Giddings recalled with her signature easy smile. "No pressure, no nothing. Just take the horses there and see what we can do." Those expectations went out the window pretty quickly when a filly named Maple Leaf Mel (Cross Traffic) landed in her barn. The...

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Trainer Dallas Keen Retires

Dallas Keen, the Texas-based conditioner who has been training since 1986, has reportedly retired and will work alongside his wife, Donna Keen, at Remember Me Racehorse Rescue, according to Daily Racing Form. Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), Remember Me is a well-known and high-profile retraining and rehoming program that often features bridleless horses. "I just want to make a difference with horses, especially off-track Thoroughbreds," Keen told DRF. "They're a little different than other horses. They're high-spirited. It's amazing how well they adapt to their second career. It's...

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Dollar, Wall Join British EBF Trustees

The British EBF, British horseracing's most active sponsor, has welcomed the appointment of two new Trustees to its board this month. Julian Dollar, the general manage of Newsells Park Stud since 2006 and prior to that the manager at Castleton Lyons in Kentucky, has joined the EBF as a trustee. He was also the assistant manager to Chris Richardson at Cheveley Park Stud. Currently standing at Newsells Park are A'Ali, Without Parole and Nathaniel. Joining Dollar as a trustee is recently retired Newmarket trainer Chris Wall, who will bring race...

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Foley Family Teaching New Lessons at Old School Stable

It was a day Greg Foley will never forget when his stable got to the winner's circle for not just one, but two stakes wins last Saturday at Ellis Park. The barn's beloved Bango (Congrats) added to his already impressive resume when he took the Kelly's Landing S. Not long after, Stitched (Mizzen Mast) pulled a 46-1 upset in the GII Wise Dan S. to give Foley his second career Grade II victory. "It was an exciting day for sure," Foley said later the following week. "It was one of...

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On TDN Writers Room, Attorney Alan Pincus Finds Fault with Early HIWU Regulations

Attorney Alan Pincus Discusses HIWU Suspensions on the TDN Writers' Room.

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Belmont-winning Trainer Jena Antonucci on the TDN Writers' Room

Jena Antonucci became the first female trainer in history to win a Triple Crown race when her trainee Arcangelo claimed the GI Belmont S. The history-making horsewoman joined this week's TDN Writers' Room to discuss her journey to the big stage.

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Played Hard Carries the Rigney Motto to Ogden Phipps

One short elevator ride from the top of the Churchill Downs grandstand down to the ground floor was all the time it took for Phil Bauer to officially become a Grade I-winning trainer. On Kentucky Oaks Friday, Bauer was watching from upstairs as his trainee Played Hard (Into Mischief) took the lead going into the stretch of the GI La Troienne S. and, with Johnny Velazquez aboard, fought off last year's Oaks victress Secret Oath (Arrogate) to win by a neck. When Bauer and an elated crew of Rigney Racing...

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Two Phil's Carries the Flag for His Chicago Home Team

This week, Larry Rivelli is counting himself lucky in more ways than one. Before this year, he had never seriously considered ever running a horse in the Kentucky Derby, but here he is now in Barn 1 at Churchill Downs with a 12-1 morning line contender. After training for more than two decades, Rivelli is sharing his first Derby journey with an ownership group that he calls family. Two Phil's (Hard Spun), the winner of the GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks and a seasoned veteran among the Derby contenders with eight...

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Norm Casse Enjoying the Ride with First Oaks Filly

Norm Casse lived in Louisville throughout most of his childhood, but one spring, he spent a few months in Ocala with his father. Norm was responsible for getting himself up and out the door for school each morning while his dad was busy at the training center. One morning, as Kentucky Oaks day dawned, Norm's alarm never rang. It was well into the morning before Mark Casse burst into his son's room in a panic. "Norman, why aren't you at school?" he cried. [Elite_video_player id="2" html5videos_hd="" html5videos_videoThumbnails_jpg="" html5videos_title="Norm Casse on...

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Colebrook Sends Two Runners to Blue Grass Debut

Five weeks ago, Ben Colebrook had to jump through quite a few hoops to make sure he could see both of his top 3-year-old colts make the starting gate on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Without so much as pausing to get his picture taken after Raise Cain's (Violence) victory in the GIII Gotham S., the conditioner hopped on a plane bound for Kentucky to saddle Scoobie Quando (Uncle Mo) ahead of a runner-up effort in the John Battaglia Memorial S. at Turfway just over four hours later. This...

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Keeping Up With Jones

British horseracing may have its fair share of issues, but that does not appear to be a deterrent to a swathe of young trainers, and one of the newer names to appear in race cards is Jack Jones, who has just celebrated his first full year with a licence. A former point-to-point rider who has cut his teeth by working for a wide variety of trainers internationally, including David Simcock, Richard Spencer, Ger Lyons, Mikel Delzangles and Chris Waller, Jones has notched four wins so far in 2023 from 14...

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