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Uncle Benny Circles Futurity Field To Earn Breeders’ Cup Spot On Future Stars Friday

Ara Aprahamian’s Uncle Benny launched from last to first to win the 127th running of the $150,000 Futurity on Sunday at Belmont Park by a half-length in 1:11.26 for the six furlongs on the Widener turf listed as good. As part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series, the Futurity victory will […]

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Wow Cat And Farrell Set For Rematch In G1 Beldame

Peter Brandt and Vendaval Stud’s Wow Cat leads a group of eight fillies and mares looking to test each other in Saturday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame at 1 1/8 miles at Belmont Park. Wow Cat, a 4-year-old Chilean-bred filly by Lookin At Lucky, is trying to advance off her third-place finish in the Grade 1 […]

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Carvajal Hoping Vosburgh Launch Pad To Sprint Success For Imperial Hint

Returning off of his effortless victory in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on July 28, in what was one of the most impressive performances this summer at Saratoga Race Course, Raymond Mamone’s multiple graded stakes winner Imperial Hint will try to extend his victory streak to three in Saturday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh […]

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Evenly-Matched Field Set For G1 Allen Jerkens; Eight Seeking First Grade 1

Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy has attracted a strong field of nine – eight in search of their first Grade 1 and one looking to add another to his resume – in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course. The 34th running of the race, formerly the […]

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Pletcher Looks For Seventh Jim Dandy Victory With Vino Rosso

A field of five 3-year-olds will be sent from the gate in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets. The 55th running of the 1 1/8-mile route will be broadcast on Saratoga Live from 6-7 p.m. nationally on FS2 from 4-7 p.m. and shown regionally on MSG+, FOX Sports Prime Ticket and […]

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Oaks Winner Takes On Juvenile Filly Champ In Acorn Stakes

Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl will try to maintain her perfect 3-year-old season in the one mile, Grade 1, $700,000 Acorn presented by Nassau County IDA, as part of a field of seven in Race 4 on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park. The multiple Grade 1 winner will make her Belmont debut […]

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Mike Smith’s Bid For Racing History A Long Time In The Making

Mike Smith was a ninth-grade student when he decided to become a jockey. The son of a rider – with an uncle who trained and grandparents who owned racehorses – he appeared destined to fall in love with the sport. The rest would be up to him. Smith left his home in Roswell, New Mexico […]

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‘Faith In My Horse’: Frey Excited For First Grade 1 Mount In Belmont Stakes

Of the more than 4,100 races jockey Kyle Frey has ridden, the 150th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, will be the most significant ride of his life. Frey, 26, will be riding in his first Grade 1 on Saturday, June 9, when he is given a leg up by […]

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Peter Pan Attracts Well-Matched Field Of 8 Sophomores At Belmont

Saturday’s Grade 3, $350,000 Peter Pan at Belmont Park has long been a historic race for 3-year-olds on the New York racing circuit. In addition to honoring a champion, the 1 1/8-mile race has served as a stepping stone towards a start in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, which will have its 150th […]

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