Texas Red’s Success No Surprise to Mayberry Farm’s Margarita Urtubey

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Texas Red may have surprised his rivals in last year’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita, upsetting 10 rivals by 6 ½ lengths at odds of 13-1, but the talented son of Afleet Alex did not sneak up on Margarita Urtubey. As the assistant trainer to Jeanne Mayberry at Mayberry Farm in Ocala, Fla., Urtubey gets her hands on her share of fashionably-bred youngsters. Her job is to teach them how to become racehorses. Texas Red, who is expected to square off against Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in Saturday’s historic renewal of the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, owes his foundation to Mayberry and Urtubey. A winner in three of eight lifetime starts for owners Erich Brehm, Wayne Detmar, Lee Michaels, Dr. Gene Voss and trainer Keith Desormeaux, Texas Red has already banked more than $1.6 million and is fresh … [Read more...]

Spendthrift Farm’s Breeding Programs a Boon to Small Breeders

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With innovative programs targeted to help the “little guy” breeder, B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., has paved the way for small-scale operations to have access to some of the finest stallion blood in the Thoroughbred industry. A scarcity of small breeders enjoying success at the top level of the industry sparked the creation of Spendthrift Farm’s Breed Secure and Share the Upside programs. To minimize commercial breeders’ risk, Spendthrift Farm four years ago introduced its Breed Secure program, which allows breeders to delay payment of stud fees to eligible stallions. Under the program, breeders don’t pay stud fees until the sale of the resulting foal as a weanling or yearling (breeders’ discretion) at public auction, and only if the sale is profitable. Once the foal is sold, Spendthrift receives the stud … [Read more...]

Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Drills at Del Mar

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (with Martin Garcia aboard) worked four furlongs in :47.60 at Del Mar Sunday morning. Owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat were on hand as their superstar readies for his next appearance. While American Pharoah tops a list of 16 horses nominated to the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Aug. 29, trainer Bob Baffet indicated that he will make a decision on the Triple Crown winner’s next start following a scheduled breeze in one week. … [Read more...]

Illinois-bred The Pizza Man Delivers in Arlington Million

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The Pizza Man became the first Illinois-bred runner to win the Arlington Million, the state’s most prestigious race, with a shining performance in front of the home crowd on Saturday at Arlington Park. The recipient of a well-timed ride from Florent Geroux, Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man collared pacesetter Shining Copper in the stretch and held at bay a late rally from Big Blue Kitten to win the Arlington Million by a neck at the wire.  The Pizza Man traveled the 1¼-miles over a rain-soaked course (officially listed as yielding) in 2:02.20 for trainer Roger Brueggeman. “I’m always confident when I ride him,” Geroux said. “He loves to win and knows where the wire is. It looked like he was struggling over the very soft track, but when I put him outside he started to hold up and grabbed the bit again and I was thinking, ‘oh boy, … [Read more...]

Rejuvenated Tom Brady Poised To Lead New England Patriots To Super Bowl After Historic Performance

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Big-game quarterback Tom Brady helped the New England Patriots flip the postseason script on the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. Clutch second-half play from Brady, already a two-time Super Bowl MVP, carried the Patriots to a come-from-behind win in a chippy AFC divisional-round playoff contest at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots had dropped two of their previous three playoff contests to the Ravens, including a surprising loss in the AFC Championship game two years ago ahead of the Ravens’ subsequent Super Bowl victory. (to continue reading CLICK HERE) … [Read more...]

Aaron Rodgers Will Lead Green Bay Packers To NFC Championship Game

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The Dallas Cowboys will square off against the Green Bay Packers for the first time in the postseason since “The Ice Bowl” in 1967 when they meet in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field. While success in the trenches will be among the keys to success in this one, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, despite a nagging calf injury, must continue playing at a high level for Green Bay to turn back Dallas, the NFL’s best road team, and advance to the NFC Championship game. The Packers (12-4) are undefeated at home this season, while the Cowboys (12-4) are a perfect 8-0 on the road. This contest marks just the third time in NFL history that an unbeaten road team meets an unbeaten home team in the playoffs. Rodgers, like his teammates, plays better at home, and with temperatures expected to be below 20 degrees at kickoff, the … [Read more...]

Jim Rome’s Shared Belief Should Be Horse Of The Year

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With his gritty victory in the Malibu Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, Shared Belief once again demonstrated why he is the best horse in training and should be Horse of the Year over Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome. Owned by sports talk radio and TV personality Jim Rome (Jungle Racing) in partnership with Alex Solis III, Jason Litt, KMN Racing and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief has lost just once in nine career starts, banking more than $2 million. (to continue reading CLICK HERE) … [Read more...]

Jacksonville Jaguars On Track For a Return To Relevancy In 2015

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This week’s Thursday Night Football matchup pitting the Tennessee Titans against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field is perhaps the worst prime-time matchup in history. The Week 16 contest, the final Thursday night game of the season, features two teams with identical 2-11 records playing only for pride and to avoid finishing in the AFC South cellar. Despite the less-than marquee billing, tonight’s game is important for the Jaguars. Jacksonville must finish this rebuilding year strong in order to prove to a long-suffering fanbase that there is legitimate hope for a return to contention next season for head coach Gus Bradley‘s squad. (to continue reading CLICK HERE) … [Read more...]