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NYRA Releases Stakes Schedule Worth $18.65 Million For Belmont Spring/Summer Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the stakes schedule for the 51-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet, featuring 58 total stakes races worth $18.65 million starting Friday, April 24 through Sunday, July 12. The meet will offer 11 total Grade 1 contests and five races with purses of $1 million or higher, with […]

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Mitole Confidently Ridden For Breeders’ Cup Sprint Victory

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Met Mile winner Mitole (9-5) was confidently handled to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, settling off the pace of speedy 3-2 favorite Shancelot and running down that rival in the stretch to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya, trained by Steve Asmussen and […]

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Mitole ‘Really Proud Of Himself’ After Bullet Gate Work At Santa Anita

Met Mile winner Mitole served notice on Monday that he’s ready to take on all comers in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in two weeks’ time. The 4-year-old Eskendereya colt posted a bullet five-furlong move from the gate at Santa Anita Park, turning in a sharp final time of 58 4/5 seconds, according to drf.com. “He hasn’t […]

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‘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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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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