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Joseph Won’t Rush Belmont Stakes Decision For Winn Runner-Up Ny Traffic

John Fanelli, Cash Is King, LC Racing and Paul Braverman’s New York-bred Ny Traffic made the lead at the stretch call of Saturday’s Grade 3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., but could not hold off the rallying Maxfield in a solid second-place finish that garnered 20 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. […]

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Sir Winston, Perfect Alibi Gearing Up For Casse As Belmont Opening Approaches

Tracy Farmer’s Sir Winston, winner of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in 2019, is likely to make his return to Big Sandy in the $80,000 Flat Out set for Thursday, June 11, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Trained by multiple Hall of Famer Mark Casse, Sir Winston breezed five furlongs in 1:01.76 Friday on the […]

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Belmont Stakes: Tiz The Law Breezes For Tagg In Florida; Field Taking Shape

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, bred in New York by Twin Creeks Farm, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59.75 seconds on the Palm Meadows dirt in South Florida on Sunday in preparation for the Grade 1, $1-million Belmont Stakes slated for Saturday, June 20, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Tagg said the breeze went […]

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New Trainer Chichakly Has Simple Goal: ‘I Would Just Like To Race’

Amira Chichakly, a longtime assistant to recently retired trainer Gary Contessa, said she is looking forward to saddling her first starter when live racing is able to resume at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The veteran horsewoman spent 10 years working on and off with Contessa in addition to a one-year stint as an assistant […]

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At 19, Former New York Runner Bubba Sparks Still Finding Ways To Win In Retirement

Bubba Sparks had a nose for the wire on the racetrack, and at the age of 19 the New York-bred racehorse is still finding new ways to win at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) ‘Second Chances Program’ at Wallkill Correctional Facility in upstate New York. “He was a horse that always fought for it and […]

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Handal Says Fantasy Flop Won’t Define Kansas Kis’ Season

Trainer Ray Handal experienced the highs and lows of horse racing with shippers Kansas Kis and Timely Tradition on closing weekend at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The duo were the first starters for Handal since March 15, the last day of live racing in New York, when he saddled Timely Tradition for a victory in a […]

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Baker: ‘We’re Ready To Go When We Get The Green Light’

Trainer Charlton Baker said he is keeping his 30-horse barn fit and ready to race during the delay to the start of the Belmont Park spring/summer meet in Elmont, N.Y. “We’re maintaining their fitness and continuing to breeze them, so we’re ready to go when we get the green light,” said Baker. “I have a […]

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New York Race Track Chaplaincy Launches Fundraiser For Mothers On The Backstretch

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America (NYRTCA) is asking for support to make this Mother’s Day a special one by delivering ‘Baskets of Blessings’ to those ladies living and working on the backstretch at Belmont Park and the surrounding community. A donation of $100 will fund a special basket which will be lovingly prepared and […]

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Noda: NYRA’s Under 20s Claiming Challenge ‘Helped Out And Paid A Few Bills’

Trainer Orlando Noda is currently overseeing a barn of 14 horses at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., with half the stable showing up on the work tab Saturday morning led by popular New York-bred stakes winner T Loves a Fight, who covered five-eighths in a swift 1:00 flat. Claimed for $10,000 in May 2019, T Loves […]

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