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Impressive Charlatan Adds to Baffert’s Derby Hopefuls

Son of Speightstown won Feb. 16, just two days before Justify made his 2018 debut. Trainer Bob Baffert always has one waiting in the wings. And when it comes to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), he regularly has a colt or two in his back pocket. Think back to, well, just two years ago. Baffert won his second Triple Crown with a colt named Justify, who made his debut Feb. 18 that year. It’s no surprise that he…

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Industry Personalities to try NHC Charity Challenge

NTRA Press Release – Industry personalities will compete in mandatory NHC races Feb. 8. While the 21st NTRA National Horseplayers Championship Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Caesars Entertainment and Bally’s will crown the best handicapper in the sport, industry accolades will be on the line as a cross section of notable journalists, analysts, and personalities compete in the Runhappy/NTRA NHC Charity Challenge presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka on Saturday, Feb. 8…

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Authentic Runs Away With Derby Points In Sham Stakes

Although extremely green late, Bob Baffert’s Authentic stamped himself as a top tier Derby contender with a powerful gate to wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke the Kentucky-bred colt by Into Mischief got a flat mile in 1:37.57. Sent from his rail post position, Authentic was all business on the front end until he approached the furlong pole, when he began to race erratically, altering course and nearly brushing the inner…

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The Kenny Rice Horse Racing Show – Episode 54

On episode 54 of the Horse Racing Show, Kenny Rice covers the end of the 2019 horse racing season culminating in the Eclipse Awards and looks ahead to the 2020 season with the Pegasus World Cup. He brings in this year’s Eclipse Award-winning breeder George Strawbridge, one of the sport’s great renaissance men, and talks with Jack and Laurie Wolf of Starlight Racing about their shared experiences in the business…

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Brothers hired as strategic advisor for Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

Donna Brothers, the former jockey and NBC reporter, has been hired by the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition as a strategic advisor, the organization announced on Monday. The hiring of Brothers was announced four days after the coalition’s steering committee held its first meeting since the organization was formed in November of last year to devise strategies to reduce injuries at racetracks. According to the announcement, Brothers will “bring decades of rich experience in multiple facets of the industry” to the coalition’s…

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Authentic a Formidable Presence on 2020 Kentucky Derby Trail

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2020 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the key races, usually from the previous weekend, who could make an impact on the Triple Crown races. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey), and pedigree. This week we take a closer look at Authentic, winner of the $100,500 Sham Stakes Jan. 4 at Santa…

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Authentic’s ‘timing is good’ on his way to Kentucky Derby 2020

On flashy 3-year-old Authentic’s way to the winner’s circle Saturday, trainer Bob Baffert joked with jockey Drayden Van Dyke: “Do you think he’s a little bit too much horse for you?” Van Dyke was quick to answer: “No, no, no — he’s not.” It was just another Saturday on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail in California, and to no surprise that combination of jockey and trainer prevailed when Authentic took them all the way in the Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park.

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Evolution of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance: Founded in 2012 to Tackle Important Issue

When news broke early this decade of poor situations for multiple retired racehorses, concerned horsemen came together to create the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) to raise the standard of racehorse aftercare. Organized by Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing, the first meeting to start the process of creating the TAA took place during Belmont Stakes weekend in 2011 with the group then meeting again at Keeneland that fall. In February 2012, the creation of TAA was announced with some major names…

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2019 Fall Newsletter

Starlight Sales Update Starlight Racing has been active at the annual yearling sales and we are excited to have added some promising horses to the roster. We have teamed with  SF Bloodstock again this year and bloodstock agents Frank Brothers, Donato Lanni and Henry Field have worked together to select some rising stars–fingers crossed, of course! Their work is not done, however, as they will also be active at the upcoming Fasig Tipton October yearlings sale looking for the next best…

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