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Texas 2008 Champions Announced

The Texas Thoroughbred Association honored its top performers of 2008 at its annual Horse Racing/Breeding Conference and Annual Meeting in Dallas Jan. 9-10. The winner of the prestigious T.I. "Pops" Harkins award went to John Adger, racing manager of Bob and Janice McNair's Stonerside, which was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley last year.

Icabad Crane Wakes Up in Tesio Stakes

Icabad Crane Wakes Up in Tesio Stakes

Launching a strong bid from between horses on the final turn, favored Icabad Crane ran down the front-running Mint Lane in the final sixteenth of a mile to register a head victory in the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes on opening weekend at Pimlico April 19. The triumph could provide trainer H. Graham Motion and owner Earle I. Mack with a prospect for the May 17 Preakness (gr. I) over the track.

Z Fortune Seeks Redemption in Arkansas

Z Fortune Seeks Redemption in Arkansas

Last year, Steve Asmussen and Robby Albarado teamed up with eventual Horse of the Year Curlin to clobber eight other contenders in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I). On April 12 at Oaklawn Park the trainer/jockey duo will collaborate again with Zayat Stables' Z Fortune, but this time their starter has a lot to prove.

Asmussen Enters a Pair in WinStar Derby

Asmussen Enters a Pair in WinStar Derby

These days, much of Steve Asmussen's focus is on his pair of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, Pyro and Z Fortune. But on March 16, Asmussen has an opportunity to score some serious earnings with another pair of 3-year-olds, as he will enter Poni Colada and Ablaze With Spirit in the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park.

Southwest a Real Corker

Southwest a Real Corker

Denis of Cork came with a three-wide move into the stretch and ran away with the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) to score a 2 1/4 length win Feb. 18 at Oaklawn. The $250,000 mile race for 3-year-olds was run in 1:37.59.

Bob Black Jack Stacks Up in SM Dash

Bob Black Jack Stacks Up in SM Dash

Odds-on choice Bob Black Jack re-broke in upper stretch after being headed by Winsome Charm, leaving his challenger behind while winning the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash by 3 1/2 lengths in a Cushion Track-record time for six furlongs at Santa Anita Jan. 26.

Horse Trainer Breeder / Owner
Ablaze With Spirit Steven M. Asmussen
  • Heiligbrodt Racing Stable
  • Donald R. Dizney
Banker's Way Blake Rust
  • Henderson, Charles, Rust, Mike and Peggy
  • Richter Family Trust
Cape Time Andres Gonzalez
  • Ramon O. Gonzalez, Jr.
  • Padua Stables
Capetown Royal Henry Dominguez
  • George E. Coleman
  • M. G. G. Holdings
Deputyville Gary C. Contessa
  • Winning Move Stable
  • Steve Prather
Liberty Bull Thomas M. Amoss
  • Kenneth Maier
  • Lawrence A Levin & Janis L Levin
No Jepordy Anthony Adamo
  • Michael J. Gill
  • Derry Meeting Farm
Poni Colada Steven M. Asmussen
  • Zollars, Bob and Wagner, Mark
  • Hopewell Investments LLC
Screen to Screen Bob Baffert
  • Pegram, Glasscock & Ol Memorial Stable
  • Karl M. Hohensee
Winsome Charm Craig Dollase
  • Class Racing Stable
  • Eddie G. James

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