Met Mile

‘Consistent Brilliance’: Spendthrift Acquires Breeding Rights To Mitole

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to leading sprinter and miler Mitole, who earned his third Grade 1 win of 2019 in the form of a stakes-record performance in Saturday’s $600,000 Forego S. (G1) at Saratoga. A winner also of this year’s prestigious Metropolitan H. (G1) at Belmont and Churchill Downs […]

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Mitole Rebounds To Dominate Forego

His seven-race win streak may have come to an end last out when defeated in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt, but William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole got back on track this Saturday with a dominant performance in the Grade 1 Forego. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya broke on top but settle just off the pace of […]

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50-Year Flashback: Arts And Letters’ Travers Makes Banner Year For New York Sports

As a 2-year-old, Arts and Letters was good but not outstanding, winning two of his six starts. It was as a 3-year-old in 1969-50 years ago this summer-that the chestnut colt bred and raced by Hall of Famer Paul Mellon, trained by Hall of Famer Elliott Burch and ridden by another Hall of Famer in […]

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Baffert: Whitney Winner McKinzie ‘Got A Little Bit Faster Once We Named Him’

For Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, McKinzie’s victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney was especially satisfying as it demonstrated the 4-year-old’s full potential and also served as a tribute to his friend, the late racing executive Brad McKinzie. “He got a proper Grade 1 race, as they say in England,” said Baffert. “The plan […]

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McKinzie Headed To Whitney, Game Winner Rebounding Into Travers

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won three editions of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course and plans on adding a fourth when he sends last year’s Champion Two-Year-Old Game Winner to the Spa following an effortless victory in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby on Saturday. Baffert and […]

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Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings Unchanged: McKinzie On Top, Thunder Snow Second

For the fourth consecutive week, Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie (258 votes) has been voted the top horse in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings. McKinzie, trained by Bob Baffert, won the Alysheba Stakes (G3) at Churchill and most recently was second in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park on June […]

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Bricks And Mortar, Mitole Maintain Top Spots In NTRA Poll

With the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes producing an upset winner in Hunter O’Riley this past Saturday, there was relatively no movement in this week’s edition of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Multiple Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar (27 first-place votes, 354 points) retained his lead position atop the poll, a spot he has […]

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Whitney, Pacific Classic On The Table For Thunder Snow’s Next Start

Third last out in the Met Mile, Godolphin’s Thunder Snow could target major races on both coasts for the remainder of 2019. The 5-year-old son of Helmet is under consideration for either the G1 Whitney at Saratoga (Aug.3) or the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar (Aug. 17), trainer Saeed bin Suroor told attheraces.com. “Thunder […]

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Mitole Stretches His Speed To Hold Off Favored McKinzie In Thrilling Met Mile

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole proved in his last start that he could stretch his speed to seven furlongs, and this Saturday he stretched it even farther to win a talent-laden edition of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Eskendereya colt and Ricardo Santana were sent to post at 7-2, rated […]

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Weekend Lineup: Bring On The Belmont

This week features the final leg of the Triple Crown when the 151st edition of the Belmont Stakes headlines a card with eight Grade 1 races at Belmont Park on Saturday. In addition to the “Test of the Champion”, fans will get to watch Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes […]

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