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Pablo Barrios earns Challenge Series Leading Rider Award for second consecutive year

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  After dominating the Hagyard Challenge Series for the second year in a row, Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios has captured the $50,000 Leading Rider Award. He and his talented mounts earned the winning honors in four of the seven Lexington …

White Rose escapes five-horse scrum, wins $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager by a nose

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  Jake Ballis and Rashard Lewis’ White Rose emerged from a five-horse scramble in the final 50 yards to win the 23rd running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager for fillies and mares by a nose over Caroline Thomas …

Taris captures $250,000 Lexus Raven Run after dominating performance at Keeneland

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  Commonwealth New Era Racing’s Taris demolished a field of 10 rivals in winning the 16th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) for 3-year-old fillies by nine widening lengths before a crowd of 24,257 on an overcast Saturday …

Holiday Star surges at sixteenth poll, captures half-length victory over Red Rifle in Sycamore

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  Augustin Stable’s Holiday Star surged past the pace-setting Red Rifle at the sixteenth pole and went on to score a half-length victory in the 20th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 8,529.   …

‘Year of the Horse’ makes exhibit of Chinese ink paintings perfect for Kentucky Horse Park

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  As the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington hardly needs a reason to celebrate equine culture, but the coincidence of this year being the Year of the Horse on the Chinese lunar calendar and the University of Kentucky playing …

Honey Lake pulls away in late going to capture Diamond A Purse at Keeneland

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G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Honey Lake took command entering the far turn and drew off to win the featured $60,000 Diamond A Purse for fillies and mares by 8 3/4 lengths before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 7,901.   Trained …

Early bird ticket prices offered Oct. 31-Dec. 15 for the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

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  Tickets for the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which is presented by Land Rover, will go on sale at 9 a.m.Oct. 31. The event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington April 23-26.   Rolex Kentucky is one …

Canadian equestrian Angela Covert to provide color commentary for 2014 NHS live webcast

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  The National Horse Show has announced popular Canadian equestrian Angela Covert has joined the commentary team for this year’s live webcasts ational Horse Show main events. She will be partnered with play by play man Brian Lookabill for the …

Commission selects Beshear aide Jamie Link as executive director of Kentucky Horse Park

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The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has announced selection of Jamie Link as the new executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park.   Link is currently the deputy chief of staff for Gov. Steve Beshear. A start date will be set …

Right foot fracture knocks two-time defending champion Wise Down out of Breeders’ Cup

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  Morton Fink, owner of Wise Dan, the two-time defending Breeders’ Cup Mile (GI) winner and reigning two-time Horse of the Year, informed Breeders’ Cup officials on Monday that Wise Dan has developed a non-displaced fracture at the bottom of …

Christopher Payne takes home $10,000 USHJA Leading Professional Rider Award

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  After winning this year’s first USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Christopher Payne took over the top of the Leading Rider standings and never relinquished it. The talented professional of New Hope LLC went on …

Emotional Kitten surges late, tracks down Northern Passion to capture Cherry Valley

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  Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Emotional Kitten surged to the lead at the eighth pole en route to a 1½-length victory over Northern Passion to win the $66,000 Cherry Valley Purse for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon …

Trainer’s conservative approach is central
to Don’t Tell Sophia’s rags-to-riches story

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  By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   Phil Sims often has told the story about purchasing a certain young Thoroughbred who evolved into a star. On Oct. 5, the racehorse trainer told it again in front of the Keeneland crowd …

Crown Queen turns back late bid from Ball Dancing to take Queen Elizabeth II Challenge

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  Besilu Stables’ Crown Queen stormed to the front inside the eighth pole and fought off a late bid from Ball Dancing to win the 31st running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) …

Free as a Bird rushes past Richies Sweetheart to capture Buffalo Trace for fillies and mares

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  Elizabeth Valando’s Free as a Bird rocketed past pace-setting Richies Sweetheart at the sixteenth pole and held off a late bid from favored Ageless to win the 18th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County for fillies and …