• La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 3 days ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 7 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 9 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 9 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 9 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 9 days ago
  • Separationofpowers (9-5) impresses in the Frizette at Belmont Park.Posted 10 days ago
  • Roy H (4-5) lives up to favoritism in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.Posted 10 days ago
Breeders' Cup 2017

HRN Original Blog:
The Gallop Out
Posted Saturday, October 07, 2017

If the best milers make the best stallions, then breeder’s need to look no further than the Breeder’s Cup Vegas Dirt Mile on October 3.

Unfortunately, there were only two “win and you’re in” races and Mor Spirit and Giant Expectations won them, so they have an all expense paid trip to Del Mar for the Vegas Dirt Mile. These two thoroughbreds are well deserved recipients. Particularly, Baffert trainee Mor Spirit. He has $1,658,400 in earnings. By Eskendereya, Mor Spirit, was seen last romping in the Metropolitan Handicap (Gr-1). With his highest speed figure of 129 and a record of 13: 6-5-0. Mor Spirit will probably go off as the favorite on October 3, in Del Mar. He is owned by Michael Peterson.

The Peter Eurton trainee, Giant Expectations is by Frost Giant and owned by Exline-Boarder Racing LLC and Gatto Racing LLC. With earnings of $253,200 and a record of 10: 3-3-1, Great Expectations has been having great workouts but does not have the resume of Mor Spirit.

I’ve spoken to the trainers or assistants of the some of rest of the horses listed and have been assured they are pointing to the Vegas Dirt Mile.

Jerry Hollendorfer is quite high on his trainee, graded stakes winner, Battle of Midway, who we last saw winning the Affirmed and coming in 3rd in the Kentucky Derby.The colt by Smart Strike is owned by Don Alberto Stable(who also owns Unique Bella) and Winstar Farm LLC. The colt has earned $550,000 with a record of 6:3-1-2. Battle of Midway has been working really well and would be one to keep an eye on.  His last race was the Oklahoma Derby where he came in 2nd. Prior to that, he won the Shared Belief Stakes.

When Mark Casse enters a horse in a race, there’s always need to pay attention, as is the case for Awesome Slew. Owned by Live Oak Plantation, The son of Awesome Again has banked $781,420 with a record of 14: 4-3-3. He last won the Ack Ack Stakes and prior to that came in 2nd in the Forego Stakes. Pay close attention to this Casse runner.

Accelerate, a John Sadler trainee is owned by Hronis Racing LLC. He was a total of

$607,480 in earnings with a record of 12: 4-3-5. This son of Lookin At Lucky is best known for beating Arrogate in the San Diego Stakes. After that race, he ran a decent 3rd in the Pacific Classic and is training up to the Dirt Mile. A plus is he likes the Del Mar surface.

I spoke to Chad Brown yesterday and he’s hyped up about his trainee, Practical Joke’s chances in the Dirt Mile. The Into Mischief colt has a total of $1,670,800 in earnings and a record of 10: 3-3-1. The bay colt is owned by Klaravich Stables, INC and William H. Lawrence. His highest speed figure is 112. He won last time out in the H.Allen Jerkens Stakes. This thoroughbred is no joke.

Another horse, Pavel, a Doug O’Neill trainee, who ran in the Jockey’s Club Gold Cup at Belmont came in a credible third. He had been pointing to the Vegas Dirt Mile but is now going into the Classic, according to trainer, O'Neill. Pavel is a half sibling to Cal fan favorite, Caracortado. His sire is Creative Cause. He’s only raced 4 times. He broke his maiden at first try then moved onto The Jim Dandy Stakes where he finished 4th. Doug O’Neill knew something about this gray horse he wasn’t telling anyone else because his next race was the Smarty Jones Stakes (Gr-3) which he resoundingly won. So, keep an eye on this possible wunderkind. He may surprise us all.

Posted Thursday, September 14, 2017
We last saw Unique Bella in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel as she put away future multiple Grade 1 winner Abel Tasman.
Posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Goldencents remains the only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile more than once.
Posted Saturday, September 02, 2017
Fox Hill Farm's Poetic will be following in big shoes when she takes the same path as Songbird, after breaking her maiden, running in the Del Mar Debutante today.
Posted Monday, August 28, 2017
Nearing the end of her racing career, we will remember Lady Eli’s courage both on and off the track and the sheer brilliance she exudes with every stride.
Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Don’t be surprised if we see the old Arrogate in the Breeders' Cup.
Posted Monday, June 26, 2017
A visit to Stonestreet means time well spent with Rachel Alexandra.
Posted Friday, June 23, 2017
Who can now say American horses cannot compete in Europe?
Posted Monday, June 05, 2017
Horses have a way of getting inside of us. Their exquisite performances on the track are memories that linger in our minds and hearts forever. Even though he has left the track for his new job at stallion duty at Taylor Made Farm, the brilliant chestnut with white stockings lives inside many of us, and now there is a new program that enables us to be part of Chrome’s enduring legacy: The People’s Horse. https://peopleshorse.com/
Posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Trainer Mark Casse is gearing up for a big weekend as Summer Luck and Corporate Queen are entered in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and 2 year-old Eclipse Champion, Classic Empire, will start in the Preakness Stakes. Noble Bird will run in the Pimlico Special and Casse has two entries in the Hilltop Stakes. And, that’s just at Pimlico. Actually, it’s another typical weekend for Casse Stables.
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Meet Mary Dixon Reynolds

Mary Dixon Reynolds’ passion for horses began at an early age. She grew up riding, showing, and training Arabians.The great Curlin brought her into horse racing and the celebrated filly, Rachel Alexandra, solidified her love of the sport, with its tradition, steeped in history. An amateur handicapper who had beginner's luck during her first outing to a racetrack, the now defunct, Colonial Downs, near Richmond, Va.

From a small town in the the Tar Heel state, Mary Dixon studied English literature and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for three years before graduating at Guilford College. She shares a passion for F. Scott Fitzgerald with her favorite writer, William L. Nack, whose books she possesses and are well worn from rereading.

Her love of sports was instilled in her by her physician father as they attended basketball and football games at his alma mater, Wake Forest University. She continues to follow the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels as well as the Carolina Panthers and San Antonio Spurs.

Mary Dixon first appeared on Horse Racing Nation as a guest columnist, writing articles about California Chrome, his fan base and Songbird. She aspires to bring new people into our sport and to promote thoroughbred aftercare, recognizing that for our sport to thrive, we must take care of our athletes after they leave the track

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