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Bast Grinds Down Comical To Win Chandelier

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez is now the all-time leading graded stakes winner in North America, following his 661st graded victory aboard Bast in Friday’s Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita. The previous record was held by Jerry Bailey. “This means a lot. (Jerry Bailey) is a guy who I rode with for […]

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‘A Jockey’s Race’: Preservationist Ramping Up For Jockey Club Gold Cup

In a short period of time, Preservationist has made enough noise to establish himself as a major force in the handicap division, but a victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup could put him atop the older horse division. Saturday’s lucrative Jockey Club Gold Cup Day card features four graded stakes, including […]

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Jerkens ‘Can’t Knock’ Preservationist Ahead Of Jockey Club Gold Cup

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens hopes that the next couple of weekends are prosperous ones for his barn with two of his stable stars slated for Grade 1 action at Belmont Park. Coming fresh off a victory in the Grade 1 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets, Preservationist is targeting next Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold […]

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Decorated Invader Overcomes Slow Start To Win Summer Stakes

West Point Thoroughbreds, William Freeman and William Sandbrook’s Decorated Invader proved a deserving 2-1 favorite in Sunday’s Grade 1 Summer Stakes, overcoming a slow start and rallying the stretch to win by about two lengths. The 2-year-old son of Declaration of War, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Christophe Clement, covered a mile over Woodbine’s […]

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Preservationist Rejoins Top 10 In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Centennial Farm’s 6-year-old Preservationist, a gritty half-length winner of the Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday, soared back into the Top 10 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, claiming the No. 3 position, while Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, holds the top spot. Preservationist (189 votes), a bay son […]

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‘Exhilarating’ Woodward Win Makes Preservationist Possible For Jockey Club Gold Cup

Centennial Farms’ Preservationist exited his victory in the Grade 1 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets in good order according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who scored his second win in the 1 1/8-mile event for older horses at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. The 6-year-old son of Arch notched his first Grade 1 win in the […]

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Preservationist Bulls His Way To Woodward Victory

Centennial Farm’s Preservationist showed off his strength of will on Saturday, making his way through a narrow hole and fighting his way to the wire first in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes. The 6-year-old son of Arch and jockey Junior Alvarado were sent off at 3-1 after a fourth-place finish in the G1 Whitney, but […]

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‘Blossoming’ Tax, Distance-Bred Endorsed On Target For Travers

R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable’s Tax breezed a half-mile in a bullet 47.33 seconds on Friday morning in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, slated for Saturday, August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. The 1 1/4-mile Travers is the centerpiece of a card featuring […]

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Jim Dandy Top Two Tax, Tactitus Join Prospective Field For Travers

All was well with Tax following his second graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, where he broke on top and led the race into the first turn but was passed up by War of Will at the quarter-mile mark. Around the far turn, Tax was back in command and […]

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Tax Runs To His Workouts, Defeats Tacitus In Jim Dandy

R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable’s Tax had been touting himself in his morning workouts for the past month, including a recent 47.09-second half-mile as the bullet Saratoga work from 71 at the distance last Saturday. This weekend, the 3-year-old gelding delivered on that promise to win the […]

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