English Channel

No ‘Illusion’: Former Claimer Could Provide Owners A Storybook Finish

An Ontario-bred claimer, four local owners, an astute conditioner and a Grade 1 dream – English Illusion and his connections are hoping for a storybook finish in the Pattison Canadian International. Owned by 4U Thoroughbred Racing Stable (Ron McRae, brothers Dave [Ron’s son-in-law] and Steve Robinson, along with Rob Loescher [Dave and Steve’s cousin]), English […]

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‘Gratifying’ Hirsch Win Puts Channel Maker Firmly Into Mott’s Breeders’ Cup Contingent

Channel Maker came out of his 4 ½-length score in the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on September Super Saturday in good order, according to his Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott Sunday morning. The 4-year-old English Channel gelding broke sharp and fended off a stretch-drive challenge from even-money favorite Robert Bruce, earning […]

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Channel Maker Turns Back Robert Bruce In Joe Hirsch

Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable’s Channel Maker took the lead at the start and carried it all the way to the wire in Saturday’s Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Cup, earning his first top-level victory at odds of 9-2. Jose Ortiz guided the 4-year-old son of English Channel to the nearly five-length triumph over even-money […]

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Fan Favorite Heart To Heart Looking For Firmer Ground In Shadwell Turf Mile

Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart continued to train up to the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile next month at Keeneland, breezing four furlongs in 48.10 seconds Sunday at Belmont Park. Trainer Brian Lynch said the 7-year-old son of English Channel has continued to look good in recording his fourth work at Belmont since running sixth […]

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Channel Cat Wins Dueling Grounds Derby; Osare Takes Oaks As Kentucky Downs Handle Soars

Record-setting trainer Todd Pletcher picked a great time to win his first race at Kentucky Downs since 2010 as Calumet Farm’s Channel Cat outfought the late-running Cullum Road to win the $400,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby by a head on Wednesday’s penultimate card of America’s most unique race meet. Winning the $300,000 Fifth Third […]

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Voodoo Song Puts Undefeated Saratoga Record On The Line In Bernard Baruch

Barry K. Schwartz’s Voodoo Song will try to keep his undefeated record at Saratoga Race Course intact on Monday when he breaks from the rail in a field of six in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon turf. Last year, the popular New York-bred English Channel colt […]

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‘Real Fighter’ Voodoo Song To Be Aimed At Breeders’ Cup Mile

Barry K. Schwartz’s Voodoo Song came out of his gate-to-wire win in the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap in good order, trainer Linda Rice said Sunday morning. The 4-year-old English Channel colt bested a six-horse field over a one-mile inner turf course that has taken heavy rain throughout the Saratoga meet, earning his first career Grade […]

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Channel Maker, Glorious Empire Dead Heat In Bowling Green

After 1 3/8 miles of Saratoga’s Mellon turf course, Channel Maker and Glorious Empire were unable to be separated at the wire; placing judges declared the finish a dead heat in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes. Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire led all the way, and Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable’s Channel Maker came rolling […]

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Fahan Mura Continues Love Affair With California Turf In Osunitas

Fahan Mura, a four-year-old filly who’s found a home competing over the grass in California, scored her fifth victory in as many starts Friday in the Golden State as she led from wire-to-wire to win the featured $82,125 Osunitas Stakes for older fillies and mares on Friday at Del Mar. Taking command shortly after the break and […]

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Franco Sweeps Belmont Stakes On Three-Win Saturday

Jockey Manny Franco capped a three-win day on the penultimate card for the Belmont Park spring/summer meet with a sweep of both stakes for owner Barry K. Schwartz on Saturday, winning the $150,000 Forbidden Apple with Voodoo Song and the $100,000 Rockville Centre aboard La Fuerza. Franco, who stands third in the jockey standings with […]

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