Charlton Baker

Honor Up Edges Syndergaard In New York-Bred Say Florida Sandy

Saratoga Seven Racing Partners’ Honor Up used a five-path trip in deep stretch to overtake a group of rivals with more extensive stakes experience, edging Syndergaard by a neck to win the second running of the $100,000 Say Florida Sandy for New York-bred 4-year-olds and up on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Making just his second […]

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Gold For The King Proves Deserving Favorite In Thunder Rumble

Francis Paolangeli’s homebred Gold for the King, sent to post as the prohibitive 1-5 mutuel favorite, romped to an authoritative score in Sunday’s $125,000 Thunder Rumble at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Charlton Baker, Gold for the King successfully defended his title in the seven-furlong New York Stallion Series sprint with an impressive stalking performance under […]

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‘In-Demand’ Franco Preparing For Another Successful Winter Meet At Aqueduct

There was a time not long ago when if you wanted to meet the leading jockey of every New York Racing Association (NYRA) individual meet dating back to 2016, you could accomplish the task by inputting a single address into your GPS. As a seven-pound apprentice, jockey Manny Franco made his professional debut at Parx […]

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Belmont’s Sunday Card Features Double Pick 6 Carryover Of $89,989

The Pick 6 sequence went unsolved for a second straight day Saturday at Belmont Park, resulting in a double carryover of $89,989 heading into Sunday’s card. Saturday’s sequence commenced with the first of two straight wins for jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., who piloted Fierce Scarlett (No. 6) to a win in Race 5, returning $4.30 […]

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Joking Gets Back On Track For Friday’s True North Stakes

It’s been a while, about 20 months, since Joking was seen in the winner’s circle after the Grade 1 Vosburgh, which punched his ticket to the 2016 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint for owner-trainer Charlton Baker. Joking never got a chance to run in the Breeders’ Cup. The now 9-year-old son of Distorted Humor developed […]

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Frost Wise Looks To Build On 16 1/4-Length Win In Thursday’s Bay Ridge Stakes

George and Stephanie Autry’s Frost Wise looks to build on a career best 88 Beyer Speed Figure last out as the filly makes her stakes debut in the $100,000 Bay Ridge on Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Originally slated for December 29, the 1 ⅛ mile route race for older New York-bred fillies and mares was […]

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Brown, Castellano Send Out Back-To-Back Winners On Empire Showcase Day

Trainer Chad Brown and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano teamed up Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park for back-to-back wins on Empire Showcase Day, a unique 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses. Peter Brant’s Fifty Five got the duo off to a sharp start in the $200,000 Ticonderoga, […]

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Vosburgh Winner Joking Recovered From Illness, Returns To Training At Belmont

Talented sprinter Joking, who captured the G1 Vosburgh Stakes last fall, has returned to Belmont Park and has begun jogging for owner-trainer Charlton Baker. According to the Daily Racing Form, the 8-year-old Distorted Humor gelding began jogging two weeks ago. Baker said that he will begin galloping in a week or so, and could possibly return to […]

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Manny Franco Rides Four Winners In A Row Saturday At Aqueduct

Jockey Manny Franco has been on fire at Aqueduct this weekend, and on Saturday scored four consecutive winners over the inner track. Kicking off the streak with Hard Study in the second race, he captured the third aboard Send It In, the fourth with Cloud Computing, and the fifth with Final Chapter. Franco’s winners payed […]

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Joking Spikes Temp, May Miss Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Vosburgh Stakes winner Joking will not run in Saturday’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint after developing a temperature. According to the Daily Racing Form, the 7-year-old gelding came down with a temperature after arriving at Santa Anita last Friday. Owner – trainer Charlton Baker told the DRF, “The horse came up with a temperature when he came here, it went […]

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