Daughter of Secretariat’s Owner Writes Book to Add to Horse’s Legend

By Fred Hiers
February 11, 2012
There is no shortage of Secretariat stories. Horse racing fans who watched the super horse win the Triple Crown at Belmont and exercise riders and jockeys who rode him or were beaten by him have contributed to the legend’s stature.

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Grade II Winner Backtalk to Vinery Forida

By Blood-Horse Staff
November 14, 2011
GoldMark Farm’s Backtalk, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Smarty Jones, has been retired from racing and will stand the upcoming breeding season at Tom Simon’s Vinery Florida near Summerfield, Fla. His fee is $3,500.

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Longshot Vexor Springs Nashua Suprise

By Jack Shinar
October 2, 2011
Vexor, the longest shot in the field at odds of 18-1, outlasted Trinniberg for a three-quarters-length victory in the $150,000 Nashua Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park Oct. 2 (VIDEO). Ridden by David Cohen, Goldmark Farm’s 2-year-old Vexor gave trainer John Kimmel his second win in the Nashua, following Break Water Edison’s triumph in 2008.

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Wild Fire

by Nancy Ihasz
September 29, 2011
Artist Statement: I had the privilege of being invited to attend the viewing of the original Horse Fever herd. I was in awe of the horses, the art work and the artists. I silently thought I would have loved to be a part of Horse Fever never realizing I would have the opportunity to do just that ten years later. In the early 70’s I was always day dreaming about being somewhere else. When the song Wildfire came out I romanticized leaving my current situation by imagining I was riding off on a horse named Wildfire.

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Heavy favorite Culotte Pulls Clear in the $50,000 Opelousas Stakes

By Sure Bet Racing News
September 8, 2011
Opelousas, LA – Culotte ($3.00), patiently ridden by veteran Gerard Melancon, grabbed the lead from early pacesetter Coteau Kitten in the upper stretch, then pulled clear from that rival under moderate urging to record a popular three-length victory in the $50,000 Opelousas Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Thursday evening.

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Ocala Company Touts Smaller-Scale Biomass-to-Power System

By Carlos E. Medina
May 28, 2010
Anyone familiar with horses knows about the manure. But what they may not realize is the big money it costs to have this byproduct of the horse industry carted off and disposed. An Ocala-based company is hoping to make that manure an asset and put it to work. Planet Green Solutions has designed, developed and is now starting to manufacture a compact gasification system that will extract hydrogen from manure…

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Kentucky Derby notes: Trainer Tom Amoss’ Backtalk ‘fit and ready’

By Bob Fortus
April 29, 2010
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Backtalk is in.
After a few days of wondering if Backtalk would draw into the Kentucky Derby field, trainer Tom Amoss, a New Orleanian, learned Wednesday morning he’ll be running the colt in the race Saturday after all.

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Backtalk Still Looking for a Kentucky Derby spot

Associated Press
April 28, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two was the prominent number as the field was set for the Kentucky Derby. Two horses dropped out minutes before the Wednesday morning entry deadline for Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race. Sunland Derby winner Endorsement broke his right front ankle after his workout and may have surgery Thursday. Trainer Todd Pletcher opted not to run Interactif.

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Backtalk Looks to Follow Smarty’s Hoofprints

By Alan Porter
March 5, 2010
One of last year’s top juveniles recently reappeared in black-type company in the one-
mile Sportsman’s Paradise Stakes The race at Delta Downs witnessed Bashford Manor (gr. III) and Sanford Stakes (gr. II) winner Backtalk face the starter for the first time since his disappointing effort in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) last October.

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Double Espresso wins the 2010 Pan Zareta Stakes

By Cindy Pierson Dulay
February 10, 2010
The first stakes race on Louisiana Derby Preview Day was the $60,000 Pan Zareta Stakes for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. After 2 horses scratched out, only four went to post with Dubai Majesty sent off as the even money choice, exiting a nose defeat in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint last out.

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