More Than Ready

Speedy Enola Gray Retired, Will Be Bred In 2019

Nick Alexander’s homebred mare Enola Gray has officially been retired from racing, according to drf.com, and will be bred in 2019. The 5-year-old daughter of Alexander’s stallion Grazen won six stakes races over her career, including the Grade 3 Wilshire at a mile on the turf. “It was one thing after another,” said trainer Phil D’Amato. […]

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Uni Springs Last To First In De La Rose

A strong closing kick took Uni from last to first to win the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose by a head over stablemate Precieuse and five others in 1:40.09 over the soft inner turf under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The English-bred filly by More Than Ready won her third start and […]

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Travers ‘In Play’ For Belmont Derby Hero Catholic Boy

Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational winner Catholic Boy breezed four furlongs on the Saratoga Race Course main track on Sunday as trainer Jonathan Thomas mulls his options with the 3-year-old. Working under exercise rider Tracy Price, Catholic Boy ran the opening quarter-mile in 23 4/5 seconds and wrapped up his move in 48 3/5. The breeze was Catholic Boy’s […]

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‘What Racing Is All About’: Thomas Thrilled By Catholic Boy’s Belmont Derby Success

Catholic Boy came out his victory by a head over Analyze It in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational in good order, trainer Jonathan Thomas said by phone Sunday morning. For the second straight race, Catholic Boy got the best of Analyze It, fighting back against his rival to regain the lead in the final jumps. […]

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Catholic Boy Battles Back Again, Nails Photo Over Analyze It To Win Belmont Derby

The last time Catholic Boy and Analyze It met in the Pennine Ridge, Analyze It took the lead only to have Catholic Boy wrest is back from him in the final strides. In Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational, those two made the turn for home in unison, leading to a thrilling stretch battle. Catholic […]

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Sir Truebadour Gives Asmussen Record-Equalling Fifth Bashford Manor Win

Whispering Oaks Farm LLC’s Sir Truebadour led every step of the way in Saturday’s 117th running of the $100,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III) on closing day at Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet to beat Mr Chocolate Chip by two lengths and give Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen an impressive fifth win in the nation’s […]

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Brown Longshot Funtastic Leads Gate-To-Wire In United Nations

Three Chimneys Farm’s Funtastic surprised at 23-1 in Saturday’s Grade 1 United Nations Stakes, leading the field of nine from gate-to-wire under Antonio Gallardo. A 4-year-old son of More Than Ready, Funtastic was the longest odds of the four Chad Brown trainees in the race. He held off favored stablemate Money Multiplier by a half-length […]

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Belmont Derby: ‘Reliable’ Catholic Boy Breezes, Pletcher Pair ‘Holding Form’

Grade 3 Pennine Ridge winner Catholic Boy put the final touches on his Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational preparations with a four-furlong breeze Saturday morning over the Oklahoma turf course at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Jonathan Thomas, the 3-year-old More Than Ready ridgling went in company with Eagle Pass, an unraced 3-year-old […]

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Motion Trying For First Queen’s Plate With Sam-Son Contenders

Trainer Graham Motion, who has won some of Thoroughbred racing’s most high-profile events, including the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, will have two chances to reign victorious in the upcoming Queen’s Plate, a race he’s long dreamed of winning. “It’s definitely a race that’s been on my radar, a race that I’d love to […]

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Catholic Boy Re-Rallies To Defeat Analyze It In Pennine Ridge

Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm, and Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Catholic Boy was impressive in Saturday’s Grade 3 Pennine Ridge, leading until the top of the stretch, checking hard at the eighth pole, and re-rallying down the center of the course to best the previously undefeated Analyze It (1-5 favorite) by a neck on […]

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