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Bernardini Filly Bellera Registers First Stakes Victory In Comely At Big A

Mathis Stables’ Bellera showed the form in which she started her career earlier this year, staying just off pacesetter Gold Standard until overtaking her from the outside at the top of the stretch and drawing away a 1 3/4-length winner in the 70th running of the $200,000, Grade 3 Comely for 3-year-old fillies on Friday […]

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Sadler’s Joy Scores His First Victory Since 2018 In Red Smith

Woodslane Farm’s Sadler’s Joy stayed off the pace and rallied late with a strong move from the outside to earn his first win since March 2018, outkicking Red Knight by two lengths to capture the 60th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Red Smith for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Sadler’s Joy, […]

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NYRA Renewing ‘Under 20’s Claiming Challenge’ For Small-Numbers Trainers At Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) today announced the return of the Under 20’s Claiming Challenge for the Aqueduct winter meet. The program, launched in 2018, will begin on December 12 and again remain open to local trainers with 20 or fewer horses. Trainers earn points based on their horses’ performances in all winners’ claiming […]

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Dream Bigger Wins Stakes Prep For NYSS Great White Way

Repole Stable’s Dream Bigger challenged pacesetter Moonachie up front, gained command out of the turn and held off Scilly Cay’s late charge to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Notebook by 1 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct Racetrack. The sixth running of the Notebook, for juvenile New York breds, saw Moonachie break well and surge to the front, with […]

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Lucullan Takes Knickerbocker At Belmont; Catholic Boy Fourth In Return

Godolphin Stable’s Lucullan utilized a patient trip to register his first career graded stakes win, running down pacesetter Dr. Edgar in the final furlong and prevailing against Olympico’s late charge to capture Monday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Knickerbocker by a length at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Lucullan, who had posted a runner-up and third-place finish […]

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Juvenile Fillies Berth, Kentucky Oaks Points On Line In Sunday’s Frizette At Belmont

Quality Response will look to extend her winning West Coast ways into her first graded stakes contest, shipping her 2-for-2 record to New York as part of a seven-horse field in the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette for juvenile fillies on Sunday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The 72nd running of the Frizette will offer […]

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Midnight Bisou Seeks To Maintain Perfect 2019 Record In Beldame

Midnight Bisou will look to improve to 7-for-7 in her 4-year-old campaign when she headlines a talented six-horse field in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Beldame at 1 1/8 miles at Belmont Park. The 81st running of the Beldame, for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, is one of four graded stakes on Saturday’s lucrative 11-race […]

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Sparkling Sky Hopes To Spring From Maiden Score To Graded Stakes Victory In Miss Grillo

Sparkling Sky will look to springboard off an impressive maiden-breaking win as she competes in her first stakes as part of an eight-horse field of juvenile fillies in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Miss Grillo at 1 1/16 miles on the Belmont Park inner turf. Owned by Barry Schwartz, Sparkling Sky was placed second in her […]

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Velazquez Poised To Set North American Record For Graded Stakes Wins

John Velazquez’s career features more milestones than the decommissioned Route 66. A small sampling includes his Hall of Fame induction in 2012; back-to-back Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Jockey in 2004-05; two Kentucky Derby victories, two Belmont Stakes triumphs and 16 wins in Breeders’ Cup races that are second-most all-time. Velazquez, who will celebrate his 48th […]

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