Racing

Hembree Up Late In Nearctic

Hembree, finishing strongly down the centre of the track under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., was up in time to score by a neck in Saturday’s Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. The $268,700 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf stakes for three-year-olds and upward, attracted a field of 11 and Hembree was one of three Mike […]

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Lookin To Strike Fends Off Curlin’s Honor In Ontario Derby

Gary Barber’s Lookin to Strike was kept in striking distance of the leader throughout most of the Grade 3, $126,750 Ontario Derby, before seizing the lead and then keeping another Mark Casse trainee at bay in the 1 1/8-mile added-money feature, Saturday at Woodbine.  Ridden by Gary Boulanger, Lookin to Strike was strong down the lane […]

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Maker-Trained Millionaires Top Thursday’s Sycamore

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bigger Picture and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Oscar Nominated, earners of more than $1 million each, head a field of 13 entered Saturday for the 24th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) to be run Thursday for 3-year-olds and up going 1½ miles on the turf. The Sycamore at Keeneland will go […]

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Gosden, Dettori Just ‘Too Darn Hot’ In Darley Dewhurst Stakes

Too Darn Hot maintained his unbeaten record by pulling the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes out of the fire on the climb to the line at Newmarket. Frankie Dettori’s mount looked in a spot of bother in behind horses going into the dip but once switched out, the even-money favorite took off under Dettori to win […]

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Scaling Everest: Redzel Repeats In World’s Richest Turf Race

Redzel defeated favorite Shoals to win the Au$13 million (US$9.25 million) Everest Stakes at Royal Randwick, securing the 1200m (about six furlongs) victory for a second year in a row. According to news.com.au, the gelding paid $8.50 to win. “Three (in a row) would be too much to ask for. I’m going to lap up today. […]

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Chanteline Holds Off Belvoir Bay In Franklin County

Ten Broeck Farm’s Chanteline surged to the lead inside the sixteenth pole and held off a late bid from favored Belvoir Bay (GB) by three-quarters of a length to win the 22nd running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares before a Friday afternoon crowd of 17,192 at Keeneland. Trained […]

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Horse Of The Year: Does Accelerate Have A Chance At Title?

A victory by Accelerate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic would enhance his resume, but whether it would be enough to outpoll undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify for Horse of the Year honors ain’t necessarily so. “I’ll take my hat off to Accelerate,” said private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young. “He’s done something few horses […]

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Europeans Look To Regain Dominance Of Pattison Canadian International

Thundering Blue, coming off an impressive win in Sweden’s Group 3 Stockholm Cup International, heads a large and competitive field of 11 for Saturday’s Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack. The Pattison Canadian International, encompassing the full mile and a half layout of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, offers Grade 1 status and […]

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Strike Me Down Gives Sam-Son Big Chance For Fourth Ontario Derby Win

Strike Me Down, an Ontario-bred son of Tapit, will chase his first added-money score in Saturday’s Grade 3, $125,000 Ontario Derby for 3-year-olds, part of Woodbine’s stakes-stacked card that’s headlined by the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International. A Sam-Son farm homebred, Strike Me Down returns to the Toronto oval after two straight starts at Saratoga, […]

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Holding Gold Hopes For Firmer Ground In Grade 2 Nearctic

Holding Gold is back in town, hoping for firmer going in Saturday’s Grade 2 Nearctic at six furlongs on the turf course.  The $250,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong race for three-year-olds and upward, is the final leg of Woodbine’s inaugural three-race Turf Sprint Stakes series, which offers a $15,000 bonus to the owner and $10,000 to […]

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