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House Passes Legislative Fix to Help PA Breeding Program

Legislation to address an unintended consequence of a law enacted earlier this year to modernize the state’s horse racing industry that has held up more than $6 million in payouts to winning thoroughbred horse breeders and owners won House passage on Monday. The bill, approved by a 192-0 vote, now goes to the Senate where proponents are hoping for quick passage …

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Al’s Gal Breaks Through in E.P. Taylor

It took Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 5-year-old mare Al’s Gal 26 starts to earn her first graded win, but it was a whopper Oct. 16 at Woodbine. The daughter of English Channel  trained by Mike Maker was part of a cavalry charge to the wire in the final stages of the $500,000 E. P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) and she just got …

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Catalogued PA-Breds in Fasig-Tipton October Sale

Session 1 Monday October 24, 2016 at 10 a.m. Hip no. 4 Dark Bay or Brown Filly, 5/12/15, by Jump Start (1999) – Immune to Gloom (2001) by Citidancer; Thomas G. McClay; Darby Dan Farm, Agent; Registered PA-Bred. Hip no. 65 Dark Bay or Brown Filly, 5/11/15, by First Samurai (2003) – Keiai Tokyo (2008) by Medaglia d’Oro; C Biscuit …

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Trace of Grace Scores Front-Running Victory in Plum Pretty

Penn National-based trainer Bernie Houghton brought two horses to run in Saturday’s $100,000 Plum Pretty Stakes at Parx Racing. The most prominent was 5-year-old Bound, who won last year’s Plum Pretty and captured the $121,000 Northern Fling at Presque Isle Downs this summer. Bound beat just one horse as the 5-2 second choice on Saturday, but Houghton still went home …

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PA-Breds Perform at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic Fall Yearling Sale

On October 4th at Timonium, breeders, bidders, and consigners alike gathered for the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic fall yearling sale. This year, 267 yearlings sold for $6,356,600 – more than a million dollars more than last year’s gross receipts (Mitchell). The second highest-selling yearling was a PA-Bred by Uncle Mo, consigned by Darby Dan Farm, that sold for $290,000 to Charles Zacney – …

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PA Breeders Meet with Tedd Nesbit

PA Breeder Dick Wukich  (middle) along with Carmen Shick (left) meet with House Representative Tedd Nesbit (right) in reference to Pennsylvania thoroughbred breeding issues. We thank Representative Nesbit for his continued interest in the breeding industry and for taking the time to meet with the breeders.

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Alphabet Soup: Granny’s Kitten by a neck

Jockey Florent Geroux, aboard Granny’s Kitten, cut the corner into the stretch of the Alphabet Soup Handicap at Parx Racing on Saturday, then outfought determined pacesetter I’ll Call to win the $100,000 turf stakes for Pennsylvania-breds by a neck. Sent off favored in the 10-horse field, Granny’s Kitten paid $4.80 and was timed in 1:43.21 for 1 1/16 miles. The …

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Diamond Dollar Heads One-Two Finish for Potts in Mark McDermott Stakes

Trainer Ron Potts finished one-two in Sunday night’s $100,000 Mark McDermott Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-olds when the filly Diamond Dollar ran down pacesetter Sixers City in deep stretch. It was the second straight year Potts and owner The Elkstone Group have won the six-furlong McDermott at Presque Isle Downs. “One went and the other one sat,” said Potts. “She did …

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Tulsa Queen Upsets Mrs. Henry Paxson Memorial

Tulsa Queen, the longest shot among five Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-old fillies and last after the opening half-mile, surged into contention, split horses, and drew off to a 5 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Mrs. Henry Paxson Memorial Stakes. Ridden for the first time by David Delgado, Tulsa Queen ($29.40) was still a maiden after three outings. A daughter of Cactus Ridge …

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Al’s Gal Takes Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon

FRANKLIN, Ky. – Kentucky Downs’s meet titlists – owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trainer Mike Maker, and jockey Florent Geroux – put an exclamation point on their successful meet on closing day Thursday when Al’s Gal took the $199,700 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon. Hustled out of the gate by Geroux, Al’s Gal was more forwardly placed than usual in the …

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