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‘Big Work’ From Spinoff Has Pletcher Trainee In Good Form For Belmont Stakes

It was a busy Saturday morning at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher as he breezed a number of stakes contenders in preparation for upcoming assignments in the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival set for Thursday, June 6 – Saturday, June 8. Wertheimer and Frere’s homebred Spinoff will make his next start in the Grade 1, […]

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New York-Breds Take Center Stage On Monday’s Big Apple Showcase Day

New York-breds will take center stage on the Memorial Day holiday slate Monday at Belmont Park as the New York Racing Association hosts its annual Big Apple Showcase Day, featuring an 11-race all New York-bred card, including six stakes races worth $900,000 in purses, highlighted by the $200,000 Commentator and $200,000 Critical Eye. Harold Lerner, […]

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Pat On The Back Seeks Sixth Stakes Win In Friday’s Affirmed Success

Stakes action at Belmont Park gets started on Opening Day, Friday April 26, when eight New York-breds will assemble for the $100,000 Affirmed Success over the main track. Making his 2019 debut in the six-furlong sprint is Pat On the Back, who won the Empire Classic over the Belmont Park main track two starts back. […]

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First Starter Marks First Winner For Spendthrift’s Wicked Strong

Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Wicked Strong was represented by his first winner in the opener Sunday at Keeneland when his two-year-old filly Secretly Wicked won on debut in a $60,000 Maiden Special Weight race. Owned and trained by Jack Hancock, the chestnut filly overhauled the pacesetter on the turn and proved best in the stretch […]

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Harvey Wallbanger Fastest Of 99 Half-Mile Workers At Gulfstream

Harvey Wallbanger, winner of the $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull (G2) in his most recent start, breezed a half-mile in 47.10 seconds at Gulfstream Park early Saturday morning in preparation for a start in next Saturday’s $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1)`. The son of Congrats’ breeze was his sixth workout since scoring a 29-1 upset […]

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Harvey Wallbanger, Maximus Mischief Rematch Possible In Fountain Of Youth

Harvey Wallbanger emerged from his 29-1 upset victory in Saturday’s $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull (G2) in good shape, trainer Ken McPeek said Sunday morning, and could be headed for a rematch with beaten favorite and previously undefeated Grade 2 winner Maximus Mischief in four weeks. Harold Lerner, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables, Scott Akman and Paul […]

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Harvey Wallbanger Up The Inside For 25-1 Upset In Holy Bull

Last of the nine-horse field in Saturday’s G2 Holy Bull at first call, Harold Lerner, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables, Scott Akman and Paul Braverman’s Harvey Wallbanger found room at the rail to cross the wire just over a length in front. The 3-year-old son of Congrats, ridden to victory by Brian Hernandez, Jr., surprised bettors […]

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Pat On The Back Turns The Tables In Empire Classic; Castellano Hits 5,000 Wins

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano notched three wins, including his 5,000th victory in North America aboard Runaway Lute in the $150,000 Hudson Handicap, on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to steal the show on Empire Showcase Day, an 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses. […]

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WinStar Farm Sets 2019 Stud Fees, Led By Pioneerof The Nile At $110,000

WinStar Farm announced 2019 stud fees for its 22-stallion roster today, again headed by Pioneerof the Nile who will stand for a fee of $110,000 S&N this upcoming breeding season. WinStar also welcomes two new stallions to its roster in Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby (G1), and Jim Dandy […]

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Cajun Firecracker Upsets Fully Loaded In FSS Dr. Fager Division

Shadybrook Farm’s Cajun Firecracker upset heavily favored Fully Loaded in Saturday’s $100,000 Dr. Fager Division of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes. Trainer Michael Yates’ homebred colt scored at odds of 7-1, a small price compared to the odds that were stacked against his sire Cajun Breeze’s stallion career. A tough-as-nails warrior who had amassed earnings of nearly […]

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