Jason Shandler

Jason Shandler is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by: Jason Shandler

Pluck Scores BC Juvenile Turf; Rough Sailing Euthanized

Team Valor International’s homebred Pluck came from last at top of the lane and used a devastating turn of foot to pick off his rivals in winning the $909,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) by one length Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.

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Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winners Will Meet Again in Saturday’s Haskell

Led by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brandswinner Super Saver and Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky, one of the deepest fields in the 43-year history of the IZOD Haskell Invitational was drawn July 29 at Monmouth Park. A field of eight 3-year-olds was entered for the $1 million Haskell on Aug. 1, a race that could go a long way in determining the 3-year-old champion. In a

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Rachel Alexandra Has to Work in Lady’s Secret Victory

Rachel Alexandra did what the fans at Monmouth Park came to see her do–win the $412,000 Lady’s Secret. But unlike what many expected, it was not a walkover for the reigning Horse of the Year, as she was made to work by pacesetter Queen Martha, who was game all the way before finishing three lengths short. Facing six rivals–none of them with a graded stakes win to their

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Kentucky Derby Winner Mine That Bird Entered on Turf This Weekend

With no logical dirt race to choose from, trainer D. Wayne Lukas has decided on the $175,000 Firecracker Handicap, a one-mile turf contest July 4 at Churchill Downs, as the starting point for Mine That Bird—or at least he is seriously thinking about it.

The 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands winner, Mine That Bird would make his first career start on turf in his 4-

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Thoroughbred I Want Revenge Recovering Well from Ligament Injury

When I Want Revenge came into the Aqueduct barn of Rick Dutrow Jr., in April, the trainer was hopeful but not overly optimistic the colt would be anything like he was before the injury that cost him about a year of training and nearly ended his career.

Scratched as the morning-line favorite only hours before the 2009 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) because of a filling in his front f

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Rachel Alexandra Faces Four in Fleur de Lis

Calvin Borel will remain aboard Rachel Alexandra when the reigning Horse of the Year shoots for her first win of the season in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) June 12 at Churchill Downs. She will face just four rivals in the nine-furlong event.

Majority owner Jess Jackson nominated Rachel Alexandra to four races June 12–the Fleur de Lis, the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr.

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Drosselmeyer Wins Belmont [Updated]

WinStar Farm’s Drosselmeyer gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first win in a Triple Crown race, as he wore down pacesetter First Dude and held off a late charge from Fly Down to win the $1 million Belmont Stakes under Mike Smith June 5.

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Lookin At Lucky Wins Preakness [UPDATED]

Lookin At Lucky, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, redeemed himself in the Preakness Stakes, as he took the lead at the top of the stretch and stubbornly held off pacesetter First Dude and a closing Jackson Bend under new rider Martin Garcia.

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