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Zenyatta, winner of 19 straight races in 20-run career, enters hall of fame

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.--Trainer John Shirreffs took a year and a half to meticulously prepare the filly Zenyatta for a debut late in her 3-year-old season in 2007. She proved to be worth the wait.

Zenyatta went on to a historic career that was celebrated with her induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Friday.

"She won ...Read more

Surprise addition of Exaggerator sets up Derby, Preakness winners for rematch in Haskell

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In an unexpected twist to an already jam-packed slate of weekend racing, Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator is now expected to join Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and graded stakes winner Gun Runner in the starting gate for Sunday's Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

The addition of Exaggerator to the Haskell lineup means the Jersey...Read more

Chrome's fans want another win on menu

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You know you're big when someone names a food item after you. So, how big must you be if they name an entire food competition after you?

Such is life for California Chrome, considered the most popular horse currently racing in the world. He's certainly the richest, having won about $12.5 million.

Saturday at Del Mar, the winner of the 2014 ...Read more

Champions California Chrome, Songbird headline weekend stakes

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The richest racehorse in North American history is set to make his first start since garnering that lofty prefix. He will face, among others, the Grade I-winning amazon whose only career losses came at the hands of his Triple Crown-winning former stablemate.

The meeting of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome against the chestnut beast that...Read more

Tom McCarthy, trainer of General Quarters, dead at 82

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Trainer Tom McCarthy, who became a sentimental favorite when he conditioned former claimer General Quarters to victory in the 2009 Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, died on Thursday after a battle with melanoma. McCarthy was 82.

A retired school teacher and principal, McCarthy became the darling of the 2009 Kentucky Derby season with his one-...Read more

Necropsy: Horse Homeboykris died of heart attack, had high level of anti-inflammatory drug

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Homeboykris, one of the two horses who died on Preakness Day, was running with an elevated level of the anti-inflammatory drug Dexamethasone in his blood, according to a necropsy released today by the Maryland Racing Commission.

But the commission's chief veterinarian, Dr. David Zipf, said the medication violation "would not have contributed to...Read more

California Chrome, Tepin among plethora of stars in first half of 2016

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Forgive the Thoroughbred racing fanbase if it emerged from the first half of 2016 utterly spoiled.

Before the calendar could flip to summer, followers of the sport were treated to an overflow of talent from all ends of the spectrum, be it the sustained brilliance from established stars like California Chrome, Tepin and Beholder to the ongoing ...Read more