Hopeful Stakes

Basin Runs Away With Hopeful, Tops Asmussen Trifecta

Jackpot Farm’s Basin (3-1) took to Saratoga’s sloppy main track with ease on Monday, skipping over the surface to win the Grade 1 Hopeful by 6 1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old and jockey Jose Ortiz completed seven furlongs in 1:23.48, giving freshman sire Liam’s Map, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, a first Grade 1 […]

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Green Light Go Trying To Remain Unbeaten In Closing Day Hopeful At Saratoga

Stronach Stables’ Green Light Go headlines a competitive field of seven assembled for Closing Day’s 115th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful over the main track at Saratoga Race Course on Monday. The seven-furlong event is the first Grade 1 on the calendar for juvenile males and has been a resume builder for […]

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Weekend Lineup: High-Class Juvenile Racing Tops Holiday Schedule

The summer meets at Saratoga and Del Mar will finish with a flourish this Labor Day weekend — a combined five Grade 1 races are on tap coast-to-coast, with an emphasis on 2-year-olds. Plus, the Colonial Downs meet in New Kent, Va., continues with the Virginia Derby, Gulfstream Park hosts a pair of $200,000 races […]

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Closing Weekends At Saratoga, Del Mar Spotlight Juveniles With Breeders’ Cup Hopes

Long known for its 2-year-olds, Saratoga’s closing weekend could showcase racing’s newest stars in Monday’s $350,000 Hopeful and Sunday’s $350,000, both run at seven furlongs. The Hopeful will see Anderson Stable’s By Your Side and Stronach Stable’s homebred Green Light Go, the winners of the local Sanford (G3) July 13 and Saratoga Special (G2) August […]

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‘We’re Going To Savor This’: Mind Control, Sacco Get Hero’s Welcome At Monmouth Park

Hail the conquering hero Mind Control, who left his weekend guest accommodations in John Kimmel’s barn just before 9 a.m. after pulling off the upset in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes presented by Runhappy and en route to his home at Monmouth Park. “My staff tacked up the barn and everyone is really […]

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Green Light Go Earned 84 Beyer In Saratoga Special, Pointed To Champagne

After recording an 84 Beyer Speed Figure for his 3 ¾ length triumph in Saturday’s Grade 2 Saratoga Special, conditioner Jimmy Jerkens reported Stronach Stables’ 2-year-old Green Light Go, now unbeaten in two starts, exited his victory in good order. The Stronach Stables homebred successfully won his debut wire-to-wire on July 4 at Belmont Park […]

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‘Total Package’: Juvenile Dennis’ Moment Scores 19 1/4-Length Win At Ellis

Call it a Moment to remember in Saturday’s seventh race at Ellis Park. Albaugh Family Stables’ 2-year-old Dennis’ Moment romped to a 19 1/4-length victory in a maiden race populated with well-intended youngsters. The son of the WinStar stallion Tiznow powered the seven furlongs in 1:21.95, only three-fifths of a second of the 3-year-old Josh’s […]

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Sanford Winner By Your Side Takes Aim On ‘Prestigious’ Hopeful

Anderson Stables’ By Your Side is doing well after improving to 2-for-2 in his career following a three-length win in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford for 2-year-olds, trainer Eddie Kenneally said Sunday morning. The Constitution colt earned a 74 Beyer Speed Figure after staying just off pacesetter Tomato Bill’s early fractions in the six-furlong sprint […]

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Bonus Offered To Juveniles By Runhappy At Saratoga In 2020

A $100,000 bonus will be paid to any offspring of champion sprinter Runhappy who wins an unrestricted maiden race during the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course in 2020, when his progeny will race for the first time as 2-year-olds. The bonus will be paid by Jim McIngvale, whose colors Runhappy carried while winning seven […]

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Returned To Sprinting, Mind Control ‘Full Of Himself’ For Woody Stephens

A talented field of 11 will square off in Saturday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Woody Stephens presented by Mohegan Sun, a seven-furlong sprint for sophomores on Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day, at Belmont Park. The Woody Stephens presented by Mohegan Sun is one of an unprecedented eight Grade 1 races on the card for the Grade 1, […]

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