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PROTONICO'S MEDINA SPIRIT 2ND IN G1 BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC

on 11/09/2021 11:30 AM
PROTONICO's first crop phenom MEDINA SPIRIT finished a game 2nd in the G1 $6,000,000 Breeders' Cup Classic handily defeating ESSENTIAL QUALITY and HOT ROD CHARLIE for the second time this year. The G1 Kentucky Derby and G1 Awesome Again winner was also 3rd in the G1 Preakness S.  An honest and gritty runner, MEDINA SPIRIT has never been off the board in his ten lifetime starts ea...
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PROTONICO SIRE OF DUEL GRADED WINNER IN MEXICO

on 11/09/2021 11:18 AM
PROTONICO is the sire of impressive two-year-old filly SUPER IVONNE who has won both the Hipodromo De Las Americas (MEX G2) and the Hipodromo De Las Americas ( MEX G3). She was bred in Kentucky by Jacob Nance and Michelle Nance and purchased as a yearling by Don Fausto Racing at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale.
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PROTONICO's SPLASH OF TONIC JUST MISSES IN THE MISS INDIANA S.

on 11/09/2021 11:08 AM
In only her 3rd start, SPLASH OF TONIC , from PROTONICO's second crop to race, just missed in the MISS INDIANA S. at Indiana Grand. Beaten by a nose at the wire, the two-year-old bred by her owners Marvin Johnson and Bruce Murphy and trained by Johnson has amassed a record of 3-1-2-0. She broke her maiden in her second start by 6 3/4 lengths in the slop.
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CASTLETON/KILBOY BRED JACK CHRISTOPHER ROLLS IN THE G1 CHAMPAGNE S.

on 10/03/2021 7:04 AM
JACK CHRISTOPHER remained undefeated in a runaway win of the G1 Champagne S. at Belmont Park yesterday, soundly defeating G1 Hopeful S winner GUNITE and Hopeful runner-up WIT. The homebred Munnings - Rushin No Blushin colt stalked GUNITE through the first half mile as those two sailed well clear of the field. Jose Ortiz pushed the button at the 5/1...
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MEDINA SPIRIT ROLLS IN G1 AWESOME AGAIN

on 10/03/2021 6:48 AM
  Zedan Racing's MEDINA SPIRIT put in a commanding performance against accomplished older horses in Saturday's G1 Awesome Again S. at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert. While earning a berth in the G1 Breeders' Cup Classic, the dark bay once again showed the grit and raw talent that carried him past the post first in the G1 Kentucky Derby and solidified him as o...
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PROTONICO YEARLINGS SHINE AT KEENELAND SEPTEMBER

on 09/23/2021 12:42 PM
  Protonico was represented by three yearlings that made $100,000 or more at the 2021 Keeneland September Sale!   The Protonico - Matryoshka Doll filly from the immediate family of CURLIN"S VOYAGE, champion 2 and 3-year-old filly in Canada ($536,056) was purchased for $120,000 by Calumet Farm.   Hip 1164  Protonico - Matryoshka Doll filly &n...
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CASTLETON BRED 2YOS ON FIRE!

on 08/31/2021 1:00 PM
A Saratoga stakes winner and two TDN Rising stars represent the talented Castleton bred class of 2019 foals.   Castleton owned and bred CHI TOWN LADY (Verrazano - Toni's Hollyday filly) who broke her maiden in her first start at Keeneland in April for trainer Wesley Ward came back to win the Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga easily on August 18th to remain undefeated.  ...
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PROTONICO'S 2YO SPLASH OF TONIC BREAKS MAIDEN BY ALMOST 7 LENGTHS IN SECOND START

on 08/31/2021 10:30 AM
SPLASH OF TONIC (Protonico - Flower Child by Flower Alley) proved to be much the best in the slop at Indiana Grand yesterday in spite of a 4-5 wide trip. Bred by Marvin Johnson and Bruce Murphy and trained by Johnson, the bay 2yo filly took the lead in the maiden special weight event at the half mile pole and never looked back to win impressively in her second career start.
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MEDINA SPIRIT OUTRUNS ROCK YOUR WORLD IN SHARED BELIEF S.

on 08/31/2021 10:07 AM
Medina Spirit, coming off a three and a half month layoff, showed again when winning the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday the tenacity and grit that carried him to hit the board in six graded stakes earlier this year including crossing the line first in the G1 Kentucky Derby.    The dark bay/brown colt from Protonico's first crop led wire-to-wire to beat...
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CASTLETON'S CHI TOWN LADY DOMINATES SARATOGA'S BOLTON LANDING S.

on 08/19/2021 7:56 AM
  Neither a yielding Saratoga turf course nor a stumbling start could prevent Castleton and Gavin Tierney's homebred, Chi Town Lady, from keeping her record unblemished and becoming a first-time stakes winner in only her second start. The promising juvenile filly by Verrazano overcame early adversity and rallied from last to first to post a 1 3/4 length victory in the $120,000...
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GIO PONTI'S OLYMPIC RUNNER SETS NEW TRACK RECORD AT WOODBINE!

on 08/17/2021 8:27 AM
Gio Ponti's OLYMPIC RUNNER reigned supreme in the G2 King Edward Stakes at Woodbine last weekend while setting a new track record for one mile on the turf in 1:31.73. The 5yo son of triple Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti saved ground early then swept to the lead to win impressively raising his record to 23-5-7-2, $419,450. Congratulations to his owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark ...
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Crump Bio wins the 15th Annual Dr. Tony RYan Book Award

on 05/13/2021 9:15 AM
Veteran turf writer Mark Shrager has won the 15th Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, presented by Castleton Lyons, for Diane Crump, A Horse-Racing Pioneer’s Life in the Saddle. The winner was announced on May 10 via Zoom conference for the second straight year due to pandemic concerns. Previously, the by-invitation winner’s reception had been held on-site at the Ryan family’s Lexington-ba...
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PROTONICO GETS DERBY WINNER FROM FIRST CROP

on 05/03/2021 7:50 AM
  Hailing from the first crop of MGSW Protonico, Medina Spirit flew into the 147th Kentucky Derby like a stealth bomber and emerged victorious over a much heralded field of 19 top three-year-old colts. Let go at 12-1, the dark bay with a beautifully efficient running style, made the lead with John Velazquez on board and controlled the pace of the entire race, digging in ...
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2020 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Finalists Announced

on 04/22/2021 11:28 AM
Three finalists have been selected for the 15th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award from more than a dozen quality submissions published in 2020. These include two comprehensive biographies about barrier-breaking women and an engaging novel of hope and heartbreak. “This was the year of debut authors, including the fiction finalist," said judge Kay Coyte, a former Washington Post and rac...
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2020 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Semi-Finalists Announced

on 04/08/2021 12:28 PM
2020 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Semi-Finalists Announced   Even as a deadly pandemic stopped the world in its tracks, the business of horse racing continued—and thankfully, so too did the art of writing about it. The year 2021 brings with it the 15th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, once again recognizing the best long-form writing the world of racing has to offer. Despite the draco...
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GIO PONTI's GRAY'S FABLE MAKES ALL IN G3 APPLETON H.

on 04/02/2021 10:23 AM
Gio Ponti’s Gray’s Fable went wire to wire in a commanding performance winning the G3 Kitten’s Joy Appleton S. at Gulfstream last Saturday. The gray won easily by 2 going away in an impressive 1:32.64 for the mile on the turf. See replay here   https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/usa/gp/2021/3/27/6/kittens-joy-appleton-s-g3t       ...
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PROTONICO'S MEDINA SPIRIT LANDS G3 ROBERT B. LEWIS S.

on 02/04/2021 11:31 AM
  MEDINA SPIRIT went wire to wire in the G3 Robert B. Lewis S. at Santa Anita on 1/30/21 in a gutsy performance turning back challengers Roman Centurian and Hot Rod Charlie. MEDINA SPIRIT ran a closing 2nd to LIFE IS GOOD in the Sham S. last out which was his 2nd lifetime start. The win in the Robert B. Lewis S. moved MEDINA SPIRIT into 4th place on the current Kentucky ...
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PROTONICO'S MEDINA SPIRIT JUST MISSES IN THE G3 SHAM S.

on 01/07/2021 3:14 PM
  Baffert trained MEDINA SPIRIT closed fiercely on his heavily favored stablemate LIFE IF GOOD to just miss by 3/4 lengths in the G3 Sham S. at Santa Anita January 2, 2021. The colt from Protonico's first crop to race broke his maiden easily at first asking and was making his second start in the Sham earning a 99 Beyer. (Authentic ran a 90 Beyer when he won the 2020 Sham S.) ...
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BAFFERT FIRSTER AIRS FOR FRESHMAN SIRE PROTONICO

on 12/14/2020 11:07 AM
  MEDINA SPIRIT (2018 Protonico - Mongolian Changa colt) kicked clear for a dominating 3 length victory in Maiden Special Weight company at Los Alamitos on 12/11/20 in his career debut posting fractions of 22.2, 45.14, 56.8 and 1:02.93 for the 5 1/2 furlongs. Bred in Florida by Gail Rice, MEDINA SPIRIT is campaigned by Zedan Racing Stables. He is the third winner from 8 sta...
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BAFFERT FIRSTER AIRS FOR FRESHMAN SIRE PROTONICO

on 12/14/2020 10:50 AM
  MEDINA SPIRIT (2018 Protonico - Mongolian Changa colt) kicked clear for a dominating 3 length victory in Maiden Special Weight company at Los Alamitos on 12/11/20 in his career debut posting fractions of 22.2, 45.14, 56.8 and 1:02.93 for the 5 1/2 furlongs. Bred in Florida by Gail Rice, MEDINA SPIRIT is campaigned by Zedan Racing Stables. He is the third winner from 8 starters for PR...
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