Dixie Stakes

World Approval Stalks Pace, Draws Away Solidly To Take Dixie

World Approval stalked an early lead successfully to take the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes under Julien Leparoux on Preakness Saturday at Pimlico. The Mark Casse trainee sat outside early frontrunner Security Risk behind an easy pace and took command heading into the stretch, winning comfortably by 2 1/4 lengths. “He was relaxed and I knew he […]

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World Approval Approaching Millionaire Status In Dixie Stakes Preparations

Live Oak Plantation’s World Approval, winner of last year’s United Nations Handicap (G1) at Monmouth Park, can bust through millionaire status in the G2 Longines Dixie Stakes at Pimlico on the Preakness Stakes undercard. The nearly white 5-year-old gelding was scratched from Churchill Downs’ Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) because of soft turf conditions after two […]

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Trio Of Grade 1 Winners Headline Loaded Field For Dixie Stakes

Grade 1 winners Force the Pass and Grand Arch head a solid field of older turf horses running in the $250,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (G2) on the Preakness undercard Saturday. The 115th running of the mile-and-a-sixteenth race drew 13 horses, 10 of them graded stakes winners. Force the Pass won the Belmont Derby (G1) at […]

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Ironicus Captures Dixie In Stakes Debut

Javier Castellano has been having a good weekend at Pimlico. After several stakes races on Friday and Saturday, the jockey guided Ironicus to a late-charging victory in the Grade 2, $300,000 Longines Dixie Stakes Saturday afternoon, the race directly preceding the 140th Preakness Stakes. “This race set up perfectly for us,” Castellano said. “In his […]

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Utley Scores First Stakes Win in Dixie

Globe-trotting Utley got up late under Edgar Prado at 7-1 to win the Grade 2 Longines Dixie Stakes by a length at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. The winner sat well off a pace set by Fredericksburg, who ran through fractions of :23.87, :47.90, and 1:12.54. Hey Leroy finished second, while Chamois came in third. […]

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Dixie Stakes Attracts Optimizer, Howe Great to Competitive Field

The undercard on Preakness Day offers more than $1 million in stakes purses with the $300,00 Longines Dixie Stakes (G2) serving as the centerpiece. Pimlico’s oldest stake, the Dixie was first run in 1870 as the Dinner Party Stakes and was won by the horse Preakness, who is the namesake of Old Hilltop’s signature race. […]

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Hudson Steele overpowers Dixie foes

Hudson Steele took command at the top of the stretch and drew off to easily win the $300,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico May 19. Humble and Hungry was second, with Forte Dei Marmi third. Final time for the nine-furlong turf contest was 1:47.29.

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Dixie Stakes headlines Preakness undercard

Headed by the oldest stakes race in Pimlico Race Course’s storied history, the Preakness undercard offers stakes purses worth nearly $1 million. The $300,000 Dixie Stakes (G2)–first run in 1870 as the Dinner Party Stakes and won by the horse Preakness–tops the list with 11 runners scheduled to go immediately before the Preakness Stakes. In […]

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The Rail: Paddy O’Prado in recovery

After a triumph in the Dixie Stakes, the race just prior to the Preakness Stakes, Paddy O’Prado was acting normally, or so it seemed. It turned out that the 2010 standout had actually suffered a career-ending injury when he fractured the upper part of the outside sesamod bone on his right foreleg. Now the multiple […]

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Paddy O’Prado suffers foot bruise

After winning the Dixie Stakes on the Preakness undercard, Paddy O’Prado will be checked by a veternarian in Kentucky on May 22nd. “It looks like a bruised (right) foot,” trainer Dale Romans said. “We couldn’t see anything major. He’ll be checked out by a vet in Kentucky.”

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