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‘Obvious Choice’: Irad Ortiz To Be Named On Wonder Gadot In Travers

Trainer Mark Casse reported Monday morning that Saratoga Race Course’s current meet leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. will have the mount aboard Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot, set to become the first filly since 1979 to contest the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday. Ortiz was previously committed to ride Hofburg in the Mid-Summer […]

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Accelerate Supplants Justify As Leader Of NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Coming off his third Grade 1 win of the year in Saturday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar, the nation’s top older horse, Accelerate, knocked Triple Crown hero Justify out of the lead spot in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The 12 1/2-length Pacific Classic tour de force by Accelerate set off increased speculation that […]

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Catapult Splits Rivals For Del Mar Mile Win

Providing red-hot jockey Drayden Van Dyke with his fifth of seven victories during the afternoon, Catapult, longshot winner of the Eddie Read Stakes a month ago, proved that triumph was no fluke with a come-from-behind triumph in the featured Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile Sunday. Van Dyke, who had eight mounts, tied Hall of […]

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Lanerie Sweeps Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes With Tobacco Road, Serengeti Empress

Corey Lanerie swept Ellis Park’s pair of 2-year-old stakes but in completely different fashion Sunday: Serengeti Empress led all the way to an electrifying 13 1/2-length blowout over the late-running Include Edition in the $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante. A race later, Tobacco Road wore down stablemate Whiskey Echo to take the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile […]

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Utmost Denies Tiz A Slam In Sunday’s Sky Classic

Augustin Stable’s Utmost denied Tiz a Slam another graded stakes win as he out-finished the favourite in the $175,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Grade 2) on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. With the victory, trainer Graham Motion ran his Sky Classic win streak to three and overall total to four. His prior wins in the Grade 2 […]

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Eskimo Kisses Ran ‘Her ‘A’ Game’ In Alabama, Looks To Spinster Next

Eskimo Kisses was one cool and relaxed racehorse Sunday morning at Saratoga, the day after earning her first graded stakes victory in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama with a thrilling last-to-first journey. “She came back good with no problems,” said trainer Kenny McPeek. “She needed to run her ‘A’ game and she ran more than […]

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Bravazo Serves Notice With Bullet Breeze For Travers

Calumet Farm’s Bravazo turned in his final breeze before Saturday’s Grade 1 Travers early Sunday morning for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Taking to Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track just before 6 a.m., the 3-year-old Awesome Again colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.11 in tandem with 3-year-old maiden Royal Edition to his inside. The pair covered three furlongs in 35 2/5 […]

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Travers: ‘Nothing Fancy’ In Catholic Boy’s Last Work, Gronkowski ‘Stronger And Fitter’

With four graded stakes wins on his resume and more than $1 million in his bankroll, Robert LaPenta’s Catholic Boy is shaping up as one of the more intriguing contenders in what looks to be a wide-open Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The son of More Than Ready […]

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Hofburg Spikes Fever, Will Not Start In Saturday’s Travers Stakes

Hofburg, winner of the Curlin on July 27, is out of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers after spiking a fever, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course. Hofburg, owned by Juddmonte Farms, appeared to be rounding into top form following a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and a convincing […]

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Fatale Bere Runs Down Favored Ollie’s Candy In Del Mar Oaks

The Benowitz Family Trust, Head of Plains Partners, Mark Mathiesen and Mathilde Powell’s Fatale Bere came flying late at odds of 7-1 to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks by a neck over 9-5 favorite Ollie’s Candy. The sophomore daughter of Pedro the Great, ridden by Kent Desormeaux for trainer Leonard Powell, covered nine […]

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