Linda Rice

Knee Chip Sidelines Kid Cruz

Grade 3 winner Kid Cruz, most recently fourth in the Grade 1 Travers on August 23, will miss the rest of the year after having surgery next week to remove a chip from his left knee. Trainer Linda Rice said Friday that Dr. Patty Hogan is scheduled to perform the operation on Tuesday at her […]

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Rice Hopes to Make Travers History With Kid Cruz

A talented field of 10 is set to line up Saturday in Saratoga’s signature race, the Grade 1 Travers Stakes. Among the contenders are the Bob Baffert-trained Bayern, winner of the G1 Haskell Invitational; Wicked Strong, winner of both the G1 Wood Memorial and G2 Jim Dandy; and Tonalist, winner of the G1 Belmont Stakes. […]

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Bayern 2-1 Morning Line Favorite as 10 Enter Travers

Grade 1 winners Tonalist and Wicked Strong will renew their budding rivalry on racing’s biggest summer stage, joined by fellow Grade 1 heroes Bayern and Mr Speaker among 10 horses set to gather for the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.Regarded as the centerpiece of […]

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Palace Rules in Vanderbilt

Palace, who was claimed for $20,000 in 2012, became a Grade 1 winner on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course by making an inexorable rally to overtake free-running pacesetter Happy My Way and capture the 30th edition of the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. Backed as the 2-1 second choice in the six-furlong race […]

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Kid Cruz Rolls Late in Dwyer

Kid Cruz notched his fourth stakes win and first in a graded event on Saturday’s Stars & Stripes Day at Belmont Park, coming from off the pace to reel in entrymate Captain Serious in the final yards and win the 97th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Dwyer by three-quarters of a length. With Irad […]

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Rice to Send Platoon of Runners for New York Stallion Series

Trainer Linda Rice will send out three runners apiece in the New York Stallion Series Spectacular Bid and the New York Stallion Series Cupecoy’s Joy on Sunday at Belmont Park. The Cupecoy’s Joy, for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at seven furlongs, will feature the Rice-trained trio of Miss Narcissist, Champagne Ruby, and Bella the […]

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Belmont Park: Palace Pulls Off Upset of True North

Palace took advantage of a perfect setup to capture the Grade 2, $250,000 True North on Friday at Belmont Park. Trained by Linda Rice for Antonino Miuccio, Palace tracked the early pace set by stablemate Marriedtothemusic, who led the field through blistering fractions of 22.13 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.44 for a half. […]

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Kid Cruz Out of Belmont, May Point to Easy Goer

After speaking with the owners this morning, trainer Linda Rice said Kid Cruz has been withdrawn from consideration for Saturday’s 146th Belmont Stakes. Rice said Kid Cruz, campaigned by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable, will be pointed to either the $150,000 Easy Goer on the Belmont undercard or the Grade 3, $200,000 […]

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Salsa! Can Preakness Contender Named for NFL Player Dance to Victory?

If 20-1 longshot Kid Cruz pulls off an upset in Saturday’s Preakness, the winner’s circle could become a Salsa line. The colt gets his name from New York Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz, who is famous for his Salsa touchdown dance. Kid Cruz has also taken up the mantle of the “local horse” in this […]

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