Jose Lezcano

Final Frontier Turns The Tables In Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

Making his first start since finishing second to Shekky Shebaz in the Lucky Coin this summer at Saratoga Race Course, Godolphin homebred Final Frontier turned the tables on his rival to capture the fourth running of the $150,000 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational on Saturday at Belmont Park. Breaking alertly from post 3 at 3-1 with […]

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Alms Grinds Out Matron Victory

Godolphin homebred Alms remains undefeated after a last-to-first performance in Saturday’s Grade 3 Matron Stakes at Belmont, earning her second straight win at odds of 3-5. The juvenile daughter of City Zip, ridden by Jose Lezcano for trainer Mike Stidham, ran six furlongs over the firm turf in 1:09.30. Alms defeated 11-1 frontrunner Time Limit […]

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Tuggle Gets Second Chance On Turf In Pilgrim Stakes

August Dawn Farm’s Tuggle will hope for a smooth trip in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for juveniles at Belmont Park. Trainer Jeremiah Englehart captured the 2018 Pilgrim for the same connections with Forty Under, who went on to finish sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. The veteran […]

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Significant Form Headlines Noble Damsel At Belmont Park

Set to make her first start since winning the Grade 2 Ballston Spa on Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course, Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form will look to capture her third graded stakes this year headlining a field of six in Saturday’s G3, $200,000 Nobel Damsel for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up on the […]

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Marconi Goes The Distance In Grand Prix American Jockey Club

Marconi overcame a slow start to lead a talented six-horse field through a romping wire-to-wire score in Saturday’s inaugural $300,000 Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational at Belmont Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 4-year-old Tapit colt broke poorly under Jose Lezcano in the 1 ½-mile marathon for 4-year-olds and upward, but quickly found his […]

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Varenka, Wildlife Hoping To Make The Grade In Lake Placid Stakes

Augustin Stable’s homebred Varenka headlines a talented field of eight sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile inner turf test at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Graham Motion, the Ghostzapper bay is out of stakes winner Dynamic Cat, who has produced four stakes winners, including Grade 3-winner Dynamic Holiday. […]

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Holiday Disguise Seeking Third Stakes Win Of 2019 In Union Avenue

Lady Sheila Stable’s Holiday Disguise has bested her New York-bred counterparts in stakes company twice this year and will look to replicate that feat when she tackles an eight-horse field in Thursday’s $100,000 Union Avenue at Saratoga Race Course. The Linda Rice-trained Harlan’s Holiday mare enters the 6 ½-furlong main track event for fillies and […]

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Henley’s Joy ‘On Target’ For Saratoga Derby, To Be Joined By New Stablemate Kadar

Trainer Mike Maker will be represented by a pair of strong contenders in the second leg of the Turf Trinity in the $1 million Saratoga Derby set for Sunday, August 4, when he saddles Henley’s Joy and newcomer Kadar. Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy was a three-quarter length winner of the first leg of the […]

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Lezcano Earns First Belmont Riding Title; Brown, Klarman Repeat

Trainer Chad Brown registered his fourth consecutive Belmont Park spring/summer individual meet title in runaway fashion with 38 wins, while Jose Lezcano captured his first New York riding title with 44 victories as the 48-day meet concluded on Sunday. Klaravich Stables posted 12 wins to lead all owners, compiling earnings of more than $1.5 million. […]

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Voodoo Song Will End Nine-Month Layoff In Friday’s Forbidden Apple

Barry Schwartz’s Grade 1 winner Voodoo Song will race off a nine-month layoff, taking on six other graded stakes winners in Friday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Forbidden Apple going one mile over the inner turf at Saratoga. Trained by Linda Rice, the New York-bred son of English Channel hasn’t raced since finishing 12th in the Grade […]

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