Story | Jan 17, 2015 | 7:39 PM
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Story | Jan 30, 2015 | 10:23 PMCutty Shark punched his ticket to next month's $250,000 General George Handicap (Grade 3) at Laurel Park with a victory in Friday's feature at Laurel, a $47,000 optional allowance test. Trained by Donald Barr and ridden for the first time by Xavier Perez, Cutty Shark covered 7 furlongs in 1 minute, 23.41 seconds, the same distance as the General George on Presidents Day, on Feb. 16. It was the fifth Laurel score for Cutty Shark, who also finished second in the City of Laurel Stakes and third in the Fire Plug Stakes. Friday he broke sharply, contested the pace between horses and then edged away to win by a neck. The son of Old Fashioned paid $5.40 as the betting favorite and boosted his earnings to nearly $175,000. "We lost a lot of training days with him because of the weather," Barr said. "I don't feel like he was at his best today. It was an ad-lib training job but he still ran a 1:23 and he should be better in the General George." Barr captured the 1995 General George, then a Grade 2, with Who Wouldn't. Extrasexyhippzter, who was making his first start since Preakness day 2014, turned in a very game second, and Never Stop Looking, who won the Fire Plug at Laurel on Jan. 3, finished a length farther back in third. All three are possible for the Presidents Day classic.
Story | Jan 16, 2015 | 2:09 PM
Elegant gowns and black ties will be the primary fashion choice Saturday night as Gulfstream Park hosts the 44th annual Eclipse Awards at its Sport of Kings Theater. The dinner and ceremony, considered the Academy Awards for thoroughbred racing, is...
Story | Dec 19, 2014 | 11:41 AM
Derby is a magic word in racing. This is true even when it's attached to a relatively insignificant stakes like Saturday's Tropical Park Derby. The final derby of 2014 has a modest purse of $75,000 but it still attracted an overflow field of 16, although...
Story | Dec 31, 2014 | 1:05 PM