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News - 2017 Archive

August 14, 2017

Dear Partners and Friends, 

For those of you who didn't catch it live, IRISH FREEDOM didn't just WIN his comeback race last night at Del Mar, he was magnificent!!!

If you haven't seen the race, see below and be prepared to be dazzled. IRISH broke poorly (last) and had to be used hard five wide as he made his way to the leaders. IRISH continued to race widely around the first two turns and down the backstretch being asked to improve his position the whole time. Despite the rough start IRISH had caught up with all but the front runner as they approached the turn for home and then he inhaled the leader and drew off with nothing but hand urging.

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August 14, 2017

Dear Partners and Friends,

For those of you who don't follow the Ragozin Sheets, a "4" puts IRISH in the KEEN ICE territory and ICE is third choice to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Also a 99 Beyer.  

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August 10, 2017

Dear Partners and Friends, 

The Saratoga Select Sale was likely our best ever.

Our plan coming into the sale was to vet all of the classic distance colts but to also focus on fillies. Our hope this year for DDX was to buy about three fillies and we have now done that. Fillies by Malibu Moon, Bernardini and Ghostzapper. We are plenty excited about all three.

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August 10, 2017

Article via Blood-Horse

Operation purchased three fillies during the Aug. 7-8 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale.

Donegal Racing, best known for campaigning the likes of grade 1-winning males such as Dullahan, Keen Ice, and Paddy O'Prado , branched out this summer by adding fillies to the roster.

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August 7, 2017

Dear Partners and Friends, 

Three races: Three second place finishes. 

Donegal earned over a quarter of a million dollars Saturday ($291,560 to be exact) and it still felt like losing.

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August 1, 2017

Dear Partners and Friends, 

Some important race updates!
PUCA: Her race did not fill (only three entered), so we will look for a new spot.
BELTANY and ARKLOW both run on Friday.

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July 31, 2017

Article via timesunion, Tim Wilkin

The only time he ever ran at Saratoga Race Course, Keen Ice made people cry.

And that's because he won.

Confused? Keep reading.
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July 30, 2017

Dear Partners and Friends,

KEEN ICE will run in the WHITNEY this coming Saturday, August 5. ICE will be trying to win back to back Graded Stakes here in New York as he returns to the scene of his greatest triumph.

Was it a tough call? Of course it was. But if we are going to beat Gun Runner (ranked second in then world on dirt) now is the time. ICE loves it here and Todd says he has never trained this well since he has had him.

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July 29, 2017

Article via BloodHorse

Donegal Racing and Calumet Farm's grade 1 winner Keen Ice completed his major preparations for the Aug. 5 $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course with a half-mile work July 29.

The recent three-length winner of the Suburban Stakes (G2) July 8 at Belmont Park, Keen Ice took to the main track early Saturday in company with graded-stakes placed stablemate Patch, finishing just ahead of his workmate to cover the distance in :49.09 and galloped out strongly past the wire. 

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July 25, 2017

Dear Partners and Friends, 
DONEGAL FILLIES GO THURSDAY
AIFE (Race 3) and FAHAN MURA (Race 10) go to the races here at Saratoga on Thursday. Both are training well and are aggressively placed, though AIFE'S race came up stronger than expected with a Chad Brown contender.
If you would like tickets for the races on Thursday please let me know TODAY and we will make it happen.

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