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Game on Dude takes up residence at Old Friends 9:30 am

Game on Dude competed only three times in Kentucky but will enjoy his retirement in the Bluegrass State  (Benoit Photos) Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, announced Friday that multiple Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Game on Dude has been retired to the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Kentucky.Campaigned by trainer...

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O'Neill prohibited from entering horses in Breeders' Cup 9:30 am

Due to the recent administrative action by the New York State Gaming Commission, Breeders' Cup Ltd. has informed trainer Doug O'Neill, and has notified the California Horse Racing Board, of the provisions of the Breeders' Cup Convicted Trainers rule. Under that rule, adopted in 2010 and amended in 2012, Mr. O'Neill will not be permitted to pre-enter horses in the 2014 Breeders' Cup World...

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Sancal: 'It's just amazing...unbelievable' to earn first Keeneland win 9:30 am

Trainer Murat Sancal earned his first Keeneland victory when he sent out Grand Elmendorf to win the 10TH race on Friday, opening day of the fall meet. Grand Elmendorf, ridden by Julien Leparoux, nosed out stablemate The Conception to win the 1 1/8-mile race that was transferred from the turf course to the wet-fast main track following periodic heavy rain. Her time was 1:52 2/5."It was amazing,"...

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Alcibiades, Phoenix winners eyeing Breeders' Cup starts 9:30 am

Peace and War (outside) just beat fellow mud-encrusted Top Decile in the Alcibiades (Keeneland/Coady Photography) Trainer Olly Stevens admitted Saturday morning that there was "a bit of a celebration last night" in honor of Peace and War's victory in the Grade 1 Alcibiades on opening day ofKeeneland's fall meet on Friday."We have had a few close calls, but that was my...

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Sprint champion Amazombie to join Old Friends roster 9:30 am

Sprint champion Amazombie will live out his days at Old Friends Farm in Kentucky (Benoit Photos) Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, announced Sunday that 2011 champion male sprinter Amazombie, who was retired from racing earlier this year, will be pensioned at theOld Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky.It was announced...

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Don't Tell Sophia BC bound; Close Hatches fine 9:30 am

Don't Tell Sophia will be trainer Phil Sims' first starter at Santa Anita (Oaklawn Park/Coady Photography) In 2010, a year after winning his first Grade 1 race with Hot Cha Cha in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, trainer Phil Sims confided that he had another good one in the barn just getting ready to start her career."I just had a gut instinct about her," Sims...

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Euro Charline forced to miss Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup 9:30 am

Lameness has sidelined Euro Charline for the remainder of the year (Four Footed Fotos) Euro Charline, who figured to be a heavy favorite in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup atKeeneland, will miss the race after developing lameness in her right hind ankle. The Beverly D. winner came out of her stall slightly lame Monday morning at Belmont Park, prompting...

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Speed Seeker added to QE II field after three defections 9:30 am

Grade 1 winner My Conquestadory will miss the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup after being retired (Keeneland/Coady Photography) Ontario Colleen winner Speed Seeker has been added to the roster of invitees to Saturday's $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup byKeeneland Racing Secretary Ben Huffman.Speed Seeker has won two of her three career races and is trained...

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