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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.

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Horse Racing Headlines

TDN | 1 hour ago

Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 7:07 PM ET

Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir (Scat Daddy), winner of the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., looks to add a second…

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Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago

A deep and competitive field of 12 fillies and mares have been entered for the Dec. 27 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles on turf on opening weekend at Santa Anita Park.

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Blood-Horse | 2 hours ago

New York regulators have preliminarily adopted a new system of minimum penalties for multiple equine drug violations, similar to a point-type system that states have in place for motor vehicle drivers.

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DRF | 4 hours ago

Santa Anita’s winter-spring meet has been luring top trainers and horses in North America, since the track opened on Christmas Day in 1934. This meet, which begins Friday, Dec. 26, boasts 39 graded stakes, including eight Grade 1 stakes. Let’s use DRF Formulator to see which trainers have excelled at the meet in recent history, which angles have been most profitable, and which ones have been ones to avoid.

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DRF | 4 hours ago

Grade 2 winner Handsome Mike has been retired from racing and will make his debut at stud in 2015 at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla., for an advertised fee of $4,000.

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DRF | 5 hours ago

A competitive opening leg gives appeal to the pick three comprising races 5-7. An added benefit may be a solid ‘A’ in Leg 2, the Grade 1 La Brea, with TARIS, and then a contentious Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile with the promising HEART TO HEART as a key.

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DRF | 5 hours ago

Beginning Jan. 1, Laurel Park will change its first-race post time from 12:35 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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DRF | 5 hours ago

Daily purse distribution at Emerald Downs will increase approximately 20 percent for the 2015 season, according to a release from the track.

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DRF | 5 hours ago

The field is large, the contenders many, and the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at Laurel Park is well worth devoting some time to Friday afternoon.

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DRF | 5 hours ago

For the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career, Jimmy Takter is the Trainer of the Year as voted upon by the members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).

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DRF | 6 hours ago

With a pedigree that suggests she might be any kind on the grass, one can say Empress Maker has been a bit of a disappointment to this point in her career. But the well-bred filly continues to improve with every start and may just be ready for a breakthrough effort when closing out her 3-year-old campaign going 1 3/16 miles on the turf in Tuesday’s $37,000 headliner at Gulfstream Park.

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DRF | 6 hours ago

The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday proposed a rule that would require specific minimum penalties for horsemen who commit multiple medication violations.

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DRF | 6 hours ago

Photographer Barbara D. Livingston shares her favorite photos from 2014 and offers a year in review.

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Farm Press Releases

Line of David became just the fourth freshman stallion to sire a Grade 1 two-year-old in North America in 2014 when Firing Line ran second in the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)…

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Cassatt cruised to an easy 5 ¾-length victory in the $50,000 Tiffany Lass S. Sunday at Fair Grounds…

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Arrowfield Stud | 2 days ago

Exactly 51.07 seconds after 2YO filly Parcel sprang out of the gates at Bendigo, Leading First Season Sire Beneteau had his fourth winner…

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Arrowfield Stud | 2 days ago

Already sire of a Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner, Not A Single Doubt has unveiled a bright new prospect for the 2015 race…

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R Limo Joe drove right to the lead and kept on cruising, taking a $34,000 maiden special weight at Gulfstream by two lengths in his career bow on Dec. 19th…

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Harbour Island scored a front-running victory in a six furlong maiden special weight contest for 2-year-old fillies Thursday at Fair Grounds…

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Thoroughbred Bloggers

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) On Thursday, trainer Mallesh Narredu and his nephew jockey Suraj Narredu won the New Hope Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1 with Godspeed. Today they completed the Guineas double with Dr. M.A. Ramaswamy’s Be Safe (Holy Roman Emperor – Oriental Lady) winning the ABV Nucleas Indian 2000 Guineas, Gr.1. On Godspeed, Suraj […]

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When I was a little girl, my dad attended seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. We spent a summer living in a cramped dorm room with my brother and I sleeping on the floor and my mom trying to keep us occupied exploring the campus while my dad was in classes. One weekend, my dad had a […]

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By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Link to video of Indian 1000 Guineas at end of post.] Godspeed (Multidimensional – Almandine), despite wandering about a bit in the closing stages as she is wont to, held on determinedly by a neck to deny the odds-on favourite Maisha (Footstepsinthesand – My Pension) a victory in the New […]

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European Racing News

Racing Post | 8 hours ago

COLIN TIZZARD is convinced Cue Card is back to his pulsating best as he puts the finishing touches to his stable star in preparation for Boxing Day’s William Hill King George VI Chase.

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Racing Post | 11 hours ago

RUBY WALSH hopes the step up to 3m will suit Champagne Fever in the William Hill King George VI Chase on Friday after the grey jumped himself into contention after an impressive victory in the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase last month.

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European Racing | Royal Ascot | 2 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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