Fair Grounds notes: Mylute will wait for Risen Star

By Marcus Hersh
January 15,2013

Tour Guide and Mylute are two of the more advanced early season 3-year-olds stabled this winter in New Orleans, but only one of them, at most, will contest the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes on Saturday, the centerpiece of Fair Grounds’ Road to the Derby Kickoff Day program.

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Backtalk to Bridlewood

January 2, 2013
Stallion Backtalk has been moved to and will be standing the 2013 breeding season at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala.
Backtalk is a multiple graded stakes winner having taken the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga and the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs at age two; and the Sportsmans Paradise Stakes at Delta Downs at age three.

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Travel plans set for Delta Jackpot participants

By Brisnet.com
November 13, 2012

Only four days remain until Delta Downs’ richest and most important race of the year, Saturday’s Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot, and an exciting group of young horses are making their way to the Bayou State for the $1 million event. There will be a special early post time on Jackpot Day of…

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Delta Downs: 88-card meet begins with the My Trusty Cat Stakes

By Mary Rampellini
October 17, 2012

Delta Downs in Vinton, La., opens an 88-date meet Friday night, beginning the countdown for its biggest card of the season, the $2.2 million Jackpot program of eight stakes on Nov. 17. Preps for the card’s richest offerings, the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs…

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How two training centers break yearlings

By Cynthia McFarland
September 15, 2012
“There are many strategies on how to break yearlings, but you’ll find once you get to the races, many of those horses have roots that trace back to training operations in Ocala,” noted Bryan Rice of Woodside Ranch. To learn about these strategies, we visited with two Ocala-area training centers…

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Red Smith, Knickerbocker Might be in Bombaguia’s future

By Brisnet.com
September 9, 2012
When Bombaguia was headed by Air Support at the wire in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green, it marked the third consecutive time trainer John Kimmel wound up on the losing side of a photo in a stakes. “But on the other side of the coin, they all ran pretty good,” said Kimmel, who saw Agilion…

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GoldMark’s Agilion Last to Best in Saratoga Debut

By Sarah Mace
August 13, 2012
GoldMark Farm’s Agilion, a 2-year-old daughter of Lion Heart, was a little slow to get into the game in her Spa debut on Monday, but made up for it in a big way in the end, rallying strongly in stretch to an open-length victory for trainer John Kimmel in a six-furlong maiden special weight for New York-bred fillies.

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FAEP – President’s Letter Aug 2012

Dear Fellow FAEP Members,

The middle of August in Ocala means ’balmy’ weather and the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company yearling sale. I find it to be a difficult time for positive, philosophical, and forward thinking. The following President’s Letter is my best effort.

The FAEP’s 8th Annual Promoting Excellence Symposium in Naples, FL is fast

Tiz Wonderful’s first winner impresses at Churchill

By SpendthriftFarm.com
June 21, 2012
Spendthrift Farm stallion Tiz Wonderful sired the first winner from his debut crop, when two-year-old filly Scammony earned an impressive debut victory in a $57,000 maiden special weight Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs. In a field full of well-meant debutantes…

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High Hopes for Dullahan

By Fred Hiers
May 3, 2012
GoldMark Farm in Ocala has had plenty of bright spots with Kentucky Derby-winning horses. The farm had connections to Thunder Gulch, which won the Derby in 1995, Grindstone (1996) and Charismatic (1999).Then there was Back Talk, among the 20 horses in the 2010 Derby. GoldMark manager Todd Quast hopes for a return to success Saturday…

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