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Ohio Derby purse increased to $500,000 3:30 am

On the heels of two banner years, Thistledown has increased the purse for the Ohio Derby to a record high of $500,000. The 81st running of the 1 1/16-mile Ohio Derby will take place on Saturday, June 20. This marks the second year in a row that the purse for the Ohio Derby has seen a significant increase, up from just $100,000 in 2013. In addition, daily purses at the 90-year-old track will...

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Smith: 'Shared Belief is as classy as classy comes' 3:30 am

Shared Belief and Smith have proven quite the dynamic duo (Benoit Photos) Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been quick to put last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) -- in which Shared Belief (Candy Ride) suffered his first career loss after being slammed out of the gate by eventual winner Bayern (Offlee Wild) -- behind him and move on. Shared Belief proved he's done the same...

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Frankyfourfingers holds winning hand in Maktoum Challenge Round 2 3:30 am

Frankyfourfingers holds on from Prince Bishop to set a new track record (Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club) Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum's Frankyfourfingers (Sunday Break), a good second in Round 1 of the Maktoum Challenge (UAE-G2) on January 8, went one better in Thursday's $250,000 Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (UAE-G2). Under a front-running ride by Mickael...

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Oaklawn Park raises overnight purses 3:30 am

Oaklawn, having just enjoyed strong across-the-board business in the month of January, announced it is raising overnight purses between $1,000 and $3,000 per race effective Thursday, February 12.This increase gives Oaklawn the highest daily purse structure in America at this time of year."To be able to increase purses this early in the season is a testament to the quality racing we've been...

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Noseda looking forward to Sloane Avenue's dirt debut in Donn 3:30 am

Although he is based in Europe and considered to be a foreigner in Gulfstream Park's Saturday's $500,000 Donn H. (G1), trainer Jeremy Noseda is no stranger to American racing.On Saturday, Noseda, who began his training career in California, will saddle the four-year-old Sloane Avenue (Candy Ride) in what will be the chestnut colt's first start on a conventional dirt surface. While some would...

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Lochte faces difficult task in GP Turf defense 3:30 am

Lochte stunned the Donn Day crowd last year in the Gulfstream Park Turf (Adam Coglianese Photography) Donn H. (G1) winner Lea (First Samurai) is not the only horse defending a title at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, as Lochte (Medaglia d'Oro) seeks to make it two in a row in the $300,000Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1) over nine furlongs.Lochte was a 39-1 outsider when he...

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Mr. Z clocks five furlongs for Southwest 3:30 am

Mr. Z. will face graded rivals for the eighth time while attempting to earn his first stakes victory in the Southwest (NYRA/Adam Mooshian/Adam Coglianese Photography) Grade 1-placedMr. Z (Malibu Moon) took another step toward the $300,000 Southwest S. (G3) on February 16 at Oaklawn Park with a five-furlong workout just after the track opened Wednesday morning.Trained by...

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Mirahmadi named announcer at Monmouth 12:30 am

Monmouth Park has announced that Frank Mirahmadi will become its new track announcer when the 2015 racing season kicks off on May 9."Frank is an exceptional talent and we're delighted that he will be joining the Monmouth Park team," said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack. "His style and accuracy will be a perfect fit for Monmouth and I'm sure everyone on-...

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