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An American Dream Come True
by Glenye Cain Oakford

There would be no Little Mike if a mare hadn’t fallen for Carlo Vaccarezza, and there would be no Little Mike if Vaccarezza hadn’t fallen for a stallion. The way Vaccarezza tells it, his decision to breed those two horses was more impulse than plan, but it resulted in the best horse he’s ever bred--and one of the world’s most versatile turf runners.

Click here to read the entire article written by Glenye Cain Oakford exclusively for TCI.

Horse Racing Headlines

Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago

Jockey Jon Court, 56, scored the 4,000th win of his career when he guided Erik Orantes’ City Without Pity to victory in Turfway Park’s fourth race Dec. 3.

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DRF | 10 hours ago

Colonel Samsen made an impressive late move as he rallied to win the $75,000 Gold Rush on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

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DRF | 10 hours ago

There is a single-ticket jackpot carryover of $89,411.16 awaiting pick six players on closing day Sunday at Del Mar, and since the pool must be paid out, it’s essentially a pick six carryover, period.

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Blood-Horse | 11 hours ago

Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum’s Vale Dori continued to impress on U.S. soil with a clear victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 2 at Del Mar.

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DRF | 11 hours ago

The least experienced runner in Saturday’s $302,415 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar turned out to be best. Annals of Time, making his fourth career start, overcame a wide post to rally between horses in the final furlong and win his first stakes in the Grade 1 race for 3-year-olds on turf.

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Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago

With a deft ride from jockey Javier Castellano, Klaravich Stables William Lawrence’s Annals of Time turned the tables on Chad Brown stablemates Beach Patrol and Camelot Kitten to win the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Dec. 3 at Del Mar.

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DRF | 12 hours ago

Garett Skiba won the Conquer the Crown contest Saturday on the opening day of Gulfstream Park’s championship meet. Skiba earned a Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge seat plus an additional $14,500, including a BCBC travel award.

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DRF | 12 hours ago

The stakes will only get bigger for Vale Dori in the coming year, but she showed she’s headed in the right direction on Saturday at Del Mar by making her final start of 2016 a significant one as she earned her first graded stakes victory since arriving on these shores in the Grade 2, $201,035 Bayakoa Handicap.

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DRF | 12 hours ago

Babybluesbdancing, the only two-time winner in the race, put her seasoning to good use, staving off two late-running challengers to win the $50,000 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante for Illinois-bred 2-year-old fillies by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course.

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Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago

Royal Posse had to work hard for it this time, but the 5-year old gelding came away with another victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the centerpiece of a nine-race $1 million Claiming Crown card on the Dec. 3 card.

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DRF | 12 hours ago

Trainer Gerald Bennett experienced the highs and lows of racing at two different tracks during a 15-minute span Saturday, as Chance of Luck remained undefeated by taking the $60,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and the stakes winner Fast Flying Rumor endured a brutal trip while finishing sixth in the $107,800 Claiming Crown Canterbury Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

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Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago

It wasn’t the smoothest of starts, but it was a stellar finish for King and His Court, who came from last to take the $125,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine Dec. 3.
 

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DRF | 12 hours ago

The favored King and His Court proved his Coronation Futurity triumph was no fluke by doubling up in dramatic fashion in the $145,050 Display Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine.

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Farm Press Releases

Annals of Time threaded his way between horses and exploded to the lead in the stretch of Saturday’s $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) to score a 1 1/2-length victory…

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Arrowfield Stud | 1 day ago

Stratum Star and Scales Of Jusrice sealed the Redoute’s Choice dynasty’s dominance of Perth’s Masters Series with a 1-2 finish in Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic G1…

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Beasley, a 2-year-old Shackleford colt, was tested sternly in his maiden special weight debut Thursday at Aqueduct…

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Sumaya U.S. Stable’s Protonico has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, KY for 2017…

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Arrowfield Stud | 6 days ago

Hannah Marks is in her second year on the Godolphin Flying Start programme, where she is…

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Arrowfield Stud | 6 days ago

Rock Magic, Heavenly Blue, Zinzi & Canny Rocket didn’t miss their cue to tell the Arrowfield graduate story last weekend…

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Thoroughbred Bloggers

Curlin was represented by his seventh G1 winner Saturday when Connect won the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct, and this is a notable achievement for a stallion with only four crops of 3-year-olds to race through 2016. Furthermore, each of those crops has contained a classic horse — the goal of owners and breeders. Palace Malice, from Curlin’s …

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Brody’s Cause is one of two sons of Giant’s Causeway for the Albaugh Family Stable to enter stud in Kentucky in 2017. He’ll stand at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift for $12,500 and is priced attractively for a dual G1 winner. The other, Not This Time, was covered here. Dennis Albaugh, an Iowa billionaire, first got …

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The Albaugh Family Stable was preparing to support its dual G1 winner Brody’s Cause at stud in ’17 at Spendthrift when the bad news hit that its promising classics contender for ’17, Not This Time, had hurt a tendon, was done, and would go to stud, too, at Taylor Made. Both colts are sons of …

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European Racing News

Racing Post | 2 hours ago

IT’S one of the best Sundays of the year as Fairyhouse stage three Grade 1 races, headlined by the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle

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Racing Post | 2 hours ago

THE two superpowers of Irish racing, Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins, have shared the last four runnings of the Drinmore between them but Mullins has no representative this time

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European Racing | Royal Ascot | 3 years ago

Ascot Racecourse is possibly the most famous horse racing track in the world, and home to the year’s most celebrated event, the Royal Ascot 2013. All you need to know here. The Ascot Racecourse is as famous as it is old. First established in the 1700s by Queen Anne of England, it has been the […]

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