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Curlin Road Upsets Hard Aces In Cougar II Handicap At Del Mar

Curlin Road, claimed for $40,000 last April at Santa Anita, declared a generous dividend on his new owners’ investment with a courageous triumph in the featured Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at the marathon distance of a mile and one-half over Del Mar’s main dirt track Wednesday. Sent postward at 9-1 under jockey Flavien […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Accelerate Shines For Lookin At Lucky

The 4-year-old chestnut Accelerate certainly outperformed expectations with his victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap. Already a winner at the G2 level and now an earner of $607,480, Accelerate placed third in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last year, but few thought he had a chance against champion Arrogate. The gray son of […]

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Connections Hoping Hemsworth Regains Juvenile Form In Friday’s Curlin Stakes

Godolphin Racing’s Hemsworth will return to stakes company in attempting to recapture his juvenile form as part of a field of seven 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes Friday on Saratoga Race Course’s main track. Hemsworth broke his maiden in impressive fashion, winning the 2016 Grade 2 Nashua by 9 ½ lengths to close his […]

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Stellar Wind ‘Right On It’ As Accelerate’s Connections Get Back To Work For Hirsch

Accelerate’s victory over Arrogate in Saturday’s $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap – the biggest upset in Del Mar history and one of the biggest in racing annals – triggered a muted celebration that evening. “Pretty routine, went to Sbicca’s downtown, for an early dinner,” Sadler said. “We knew we had a busy next morning ahead and here […]

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Irish War Cry ‘Really Hasn’t Missed A Beat’ In Preparations For Haskell

Isabelle de Tomaso’s multiple Grade 2-winning homebred Irish War Cry continued preparations for his next start with a six-furlong breeze at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. Sunday morning. Both Irish War Cry and his workmate, 5-year-old Grade 1 turf winner Ascend, went the distance in 1:14 over Fair Hill’s dirt track. “I was very pleased with […]

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Soft Tissue Injury Forces Retirement Of Cigar Mile Winner Connect

Paul J. Pompa’s Connect has officially been retired, according to bloodhorse.com. The 4-year-old son of Curlin suffered a soft tissue injury while preparing for the Metropolitan Handicap, and will go to Lane’s End Farm to stand stud. Trained by Chad Brown, Connect won six of his eight career starts, including the Grade 1 Cigar Mile over […]

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Stellar Wind ‘Well Ahead Of The Curve’ For Clement Hirsch

Champion Stellar Wind, winner of the G1 Beholder Mile on June 3, pleased her trainer John Sadler with her work on Sunday at Santa Anita, according to drf.com. The 5-year-old daughter of Curlin is preparing for the G1 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30, a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ […]

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Whitney ‘Logical Next Target’ For Suburban Hero Keen Ice

Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Sunday morning that Keen Ice came out of his first win in nearly two years fine, following his victory in the Grade 2, $750,000 Suburban at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old son of Curlin earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure in recording his first win since the 2015 Grade 1 Travers, running down 1-2 favorite Shaman […]

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Keen Ice Finds His Form, Runs Down Shaman Ghost In Suburban Handicap

Known as the only horse to beat Triple Crown champion American Pharoah during his 3-year-old campaign, Donegal Racing and Calumet Farm’s Keen Ice had not found the winner’s circle since the 2015 Travers. Transferred to trainer Todd Pletcher after the 2016 Dubai World Cup, the colt had been hitting the board in good company but […]

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Shaman Ghost Seeks Third Straight Victory In Saturday’s Suburban Handicap

Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost will look to garner his third straight stakes win and continue his stellar 5-year-old campaign in headlining a field of six in the Grade 2, $750,000 Suburban Handicap as part of Saturday’s Stars & Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park. Shaman Ghost, trained by Jimmy Jerkens, has registered triple-digit Beyer Speed […]

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