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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

The Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received star treatment as he arrived for the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

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Blood-Horse | 7 hours ago

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off his final two mounts of the day by Del Mar stewards July 29, after riding favored Tequila Mary to a fifth-place finish in a five-furlong maiden claiming event.

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Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago

London Tower dug in gamely down the lane to turn back the challenge of Galina Point and win the $125,400 Eternal Search Stakes July 29 at Woodbine.

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DRF | 8 hours ago

The imposing London Tower outran a game Galina Point in the stretch to take the $125,400 Eternal Search Stakes on Wednesday night at Woodbine.

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DRF | 8 hours ago

It has been 11 years since trainer Trond Smedshammer stood in the winner’s circle with Windsong’s Legacy after winning the Hambletonian. On Friday night at the Meadowlands, the accomplished horseman will send out Donatomite in what he hopes will be a final prep for the main event on August 8.

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Blood-Horse | 8 hours ago

Darley America will no longer have a string at the Aiken Training Track near Aiken, S.C., and their operations there will shut down Sept. 1.

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DRF | 9 hours ago

The pick six at Del Mar paid $57,658 to 34 ticket-holders on Wednesday on a day when trainer Doug O’Neill won four of the races.

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DRF | 9 hours ago

Trainer Doug O’Neill set a Del Mar and personal record on Wednesday, winning five races on a single card.

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Blood-Horse | 9 hours ago

Doug O’Neill’s afternoon at Del Mar went as well as it possibly could July 29. Of the six starters the 47-year-old conditioner sent out Wednesday, five ran first, which set the record at Del Mar for most wins in a single day.

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Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago

Spendthrift Farm’s two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Benjamin Warren’s upstart 5-year-old Warren’s Veneda will take another run at each other in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Del Mar.

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Blood-Horse | 10 hours ago

Grade II winner Moulin de Mougin has been retired according to owners Jan Van de Bos and Robert Naify, who bred the mare and raced her in the name of their Ran Jan Racing.

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Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago

American Pharoah arrived on the East Coast safe and sound July 29, after traveling from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s California base to Monmouth Park where he will run in the Aug. 1 Haskell Invitational (gr. I).

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Blood-Horse | 12 hours ago

Robert LaPenta’s March will try to secure a third straight graded stakes win when he starts in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.

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Farm Press Releases

Arrowfield Stud | 2 days ago

A pair of juveniles on opposite sides of the country have taken Beneteau’s first season total of winners to a round dozen – one more would bring him level with table leader Rothesay…

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John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm has promoted Robert Hammond to Vice Chairman of the historic Lexington-based Thoroughbred operation. Hammond had been serving as Darby Dan’s Farm Manager for the last five years…

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Many of More Than Ready’s offspring have found a home on the turf, and Shore Runner looks like that type following his gutsy victory in the $100,000 Lucky Coin S…

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Isabella Sings, Eskendereya’s first winner as a sire in 2014, got her first stakes win on Sunday with a front-running, three-quarter length win in the $60,000 Little Silver S…

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Conquest Pacemaker sprung out of the gate on top and never looked back en route to a 1 ½-length score in the $125,000 Toronto Cup…

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Quick Dagger fought his way to a head victory in $75,000 Turf Express S. Saturday evening at Evangeline Downs to become the 80th lifetime stakes winner for Northern Afleet…

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Thoroughbred Bloggers

Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol’s Madefromlucky could double his lifetime earnings with a victory in Saturday’s rich West Virginia Derby (G2)…

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Stormy Regatta’s scintillating stretch run proved just enough to give the 3-year-old Cheyenne Stables filly a nose victory in the $60,000 Little Silver S…

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Cheyenne Stables’ 3-year-old filly Stormy Regatta looks for her first stakes victory in Sunday’s $60,000 Little Silver S. at 1 1/16-miles on the Monmouth Park turf course…

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European Racing News

Racing Post | 4 hours ago

ANDREA ATZENI, the man of the moment last weekend when winning the Qipco King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, has been given an eight-day ban for failing to pull up a horse who was subsequently found to be lame.

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Racing Post | 4 hours ago

ANDREA ATZENI, the man of the moment last weekend when winning the Qipco King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, has been given an eight-day ban for failing to pull up a horse at Glorious Goodwood.

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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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