Ballerina

Abel Tasman Eyes Distaff; Elate May Be Headed To Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bob Baffert didn’t bring a Triple Crown winner with him, and he didn’t even have a 3-year-old for the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course, but he still showed up for the races on Travers Day. And so did the two horses he sent out, with Abel Tasman edging Elate by a head and winning […]

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Marley’s Freedom Completes Baffert, Smith Double With Ballerina Win

Cicero Farms’ Marley’s Freedom kicked clear in the final eighth of a mile to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths, at 9-5 the third consecutive favorite to win a G1 on the Travers undercard. The 4-year-old daughter of Blame covered seven furlongs over Saratoga’s fast main track in 1:21.39, giving trainer […]

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Runhappy Named Title Sponsor Of 149th Travers

Champion sprinter Runhappy, currently standing at Claiborne Farm, will be the title sponsor of the 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 25, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today. As part of an expanded relationship with NYRA, Runhappy has also been named presenting sponsor of the Grade 1, […]

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By The Moon Gets Easy Fractions, Fights Down The Lane For Ballerina Victory

Samantha Siegel’s By The Moon avenged her half-length defeat in last year’s Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes by pulling out a victory in the 2017 running, simultaneously earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. The 5-year-old Indian Charlie mare got out of the gate well and was allowed to lead the […]

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Weekend Lineup: Travers Day At The Spa

Saturday’s high-powered card at Saratoga features four Breeders’ Cup Challenge races as well as the $1.25 million Travers Stakes, and the day’s racing closes out with another Breeders’ Cup berth on the line in Del Mar’s G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes. The action kicks off with champion Songbird facing off with Forever Unbridled in the G1 […]

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Travers: Discounted Grandstand Tickets Available In Advance

 The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that fans who purchase Travers Day grandstand admission tickets in advance will save $5 off the price of admission the day of the event. Advance grandstand admission tickets are $10. Pending availability, grandstand admission on Travers Day, Saturday, August 26, will be $15. A limited number of […]

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Whitney, Travers Highlight 2017 Meeting At Saratoga

The 2017 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will again be highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney and the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, the centerpieces of two of the biggest days in North American racing. The 40-day meet, which includes 69 stakes worth $18.775 million in purses, will run from Friday, July […]

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Sheer Drama ‘Going A New Way;’ En Route To Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Sprint

Grade 1 winner Sheer Drama had her final work Friday morning for the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina on August 26 at Saratoga. The Ballerina is a designated “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita November 4. With jockey Joe Bravo in the saddle, Sheer Drama covered […]

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Sarah Sis Targets G1 Ballerina For Next Start

Joe Ragsdale’s multiple Grade III stakes winner Sarah Sis has her sights set on bigger prizes next out, according to trainer Ingrid Mason. The daughter of Sharp Humor has won half her 10 starts, including her last two – the $75,000 Panthers Stakes and Grade III $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows. The Arlington International […]

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Hilda’s Passion romps in Ballerina; Sassy Image bolts, far back

Trip handicappers who anticipated that a speed duel in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga between Tar Heel Mom and Hilda’s Passion would set things up perfectly for the late-running Sassy Image were foiled on Saturday as Hilda’s Passion grabbed an easy lead and was never seriously threatened en route to a daylight victory. Tar […]

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