Horse Racing

Gun Runner probably could have run through a wall of monster trucks down the Churchill Downs stretch Saturday night and still have won the Stephen Foster Handicap by about five lengths, instead of the seven by which he did dominate this Grade 1 event. Make no mistake, Gun Runner has, with experience and age, developed
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gun Runner further established himself as the next-best horse this side of Arrogate with a thoroughly dominating performance Saturday night in the 36th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. “Nice horse, huh?” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Gun Runner for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm.
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Tapit keeps finding higher bars to clear. For three consecutive years, he has broken the single-season earnings record for a North American-based sire while leading the continent’s general sire list — this, after coming out of the gate by establishing what was then an earnings record for a freshman sire. The sire of several champions
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Mastery, a Grade 1-winning son of Candy Ride, has officially been retired from racing a day after arriving at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., and will debut at stud during the 2018 breeding season. Mastery was undefeated in four starts, including wins in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Los Alamitos and the Grade 3
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As a native Californian filled with empty regional arrogance derived from accidents of weather and geography, I was appalled at the results of the 2017 Triple Crown. I mean, New York, wall to wall. Really? Talk about greedy. New York’s already got Sardi’s and Seventh Avenue, “Hamilton” and the Guggenheim, Cloisters and Lincoln Center. What
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If I wanted to reach for one word to describe the 2017 Triple Crown season, it would be “inconsistent.” Always Dreaming, so impressive burning off all the other pace pressure in winning the Kentucky Derby by almost three lengths, finished eighth in the Preakness, beaten 14 lengths. Cloud Computing, beaten seven lengths when third in
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