Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Foot Bruise May Have Sistercharlie Out Of Flower Bowl, Could Train Up To Breeders’ Cup

Trainer Chad Brown didn’t let the proverbial grass grow under his feet after having five winners at Belmont Park on Saturday, sending out a loaded contingent to the actual turf Sunday morning in preparation for next weekend’s September Super Saturday and other stakes for the Fall Championship Meet. Three-time Grade 1 winner Sistercharlie breezed four […]

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Pletcher Hoping Return To Belmont Helps Hi Happy Find The Winner’s Circle

La Providencia’s multiple graded stakes winner Hi Happy breezed four furlongs over Belmont’s main track Saturday morning in his final major training session ahead of next weekend’s Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic for trainer Todd Pletcher. The 6-year-old Argentinian homebred covered the distance in 49.55 seconds, his second work since finishing fourth in […]

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‘Fit And Strong’ Gronkowski On Target For Jockey Club Gold Cup

Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Gronkowski put in his final work for the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 29, going five furlongs in 1:00.88 on Belmont Park’s main track Saturday morning. “He breezed great and is on target for the Gold Cup,” trainer Chad Brown said. “I think the horse is fit and […]

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Diversify Tops Gold Cup Nominees; Robert Bruce, Spring Quality To Turf Classic

New York-bred star Diversify tops a competitive group of 14 nominees released on Sunday as he looks to defend his title in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday, September 29 at Belmont Park. In all, 91 horses were nominated to five graded stakes on September Super Saturday, the first of two […]

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‘Just Really Special’: $62,500 Claim Glorious Empire Headed For Breeders’ Cup Turf

Matt Schera’s Glorious Empire, front-running upset winner of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer, is expected to return to New York for his final prep before the Breeders’ Cup. Trainer James “Chuck” Lawrence II said Sunday morning that he planned to bring the 7-year-old gelding to Belmont Park for the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe […]

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Million Winner Robert Bruce Extra ‘Special’ For Chilean Connections

Convento Viejo’s bloodstock advisor Luigi D’Alessandri believes that there is a lot of potential for growth on a worldwide scale for the Chilean breeding and racing industry. Such beliefs were solidified following a victory with Robert Bruce (CHI) in the Grade I Arlington Million on Saturday, the first ever by a Chilean bred horse in the Chicagoland’s marquee race. […]

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Fanciful Angel Killed In ‘Freak Stall Accident’ At Palm Meadows

The 5-year-old gelding Fanciful Angel, second in both the Arlington Million and Joe Hirsch in 2017, passed away at Palm Meadows on Saturday due to a “freak stall accident.” Bloodstock agent Brad Weisbord announced the news via Twitter on Sunday. Sad to report we lost FANCIFUL ANGEL yesterday in a freak stall accident at Palm […]

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Heart To Heart ‘Comfortable,’ Oscar Performance ‘Great’ In Keeneland Works

Trainer Brian Lynch put his two Breeders’ Cup grass hopefuls through half-mile works Sunday morning over a firm Keeneland turf course. Working first with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard was Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart, who covered the distance in :49.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20. Next up was Amerman Racing’s three-time Grade 1 winner Oscar Performance, who covered […]

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Oscar Performance Returns To The Work Tab At Keeneland

Amerman Racing’s Oscar Performance, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), worked a half-mile in :49.60 on his own Sunday morning over a Keeneland turf course labeled firm. It was the first work back for Oscar Performance since finishing third in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) in his first start against older […]

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Beach Patrol Named Fasig-Tipton Turf Horse Of The Month For September

Beach Patrol’s dominant five-length victory Saturday over stablemate Fanciful Angel in Belmont Park’s $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic has earned the 4-year-old colt Fasig-Tipton Turf Horse of the Month for September honors on the all-things grass-racing website, TurfTalk360.com. Owned by James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners and Head of Plains Partners, Beach Patrol went a year […]

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