Pennsylvania Derby

Math Wizard ‘Moving Forward,’ Headed To Breeders’ Cup Classic

Math Wizard, who pulled off a 31-1 upset victory in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx in his most recent start, breezed three furlongs in 35.80 seconds Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a scheduled start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 2. “It went […]

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Maximum Security Back On Work Tab, Targeting Oct. 26 Bold Ruler Stakes

A colic episode precluded Maximum Security from entering the starting gate for the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby last month, but the 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day appears to be recovering nicely as he graced the Monmouth Park work tab on Saturday morning. Clocked in 52.80 seconds for a half, Maximum Security actually breezed an […]

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‘Trying To Save Him For Next Year’: Mr. Money Targeting Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Chester Thomas, the two-time Ellis Park leading owner from nearby Madisonville, Ky., had no plans to run his 3-year-old standout Mr. Money in the Breeders’ Cup for much of the year. But plans changed after Mr. Money’s streak of four straight impressive victories in Grade 3 stakes was tripped up in the final strides of […]

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Trainer Saffie Joseph Focuses On Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls Math Wizard, Chance It

After saddling Chance It to a dazzling victory in Saturday’s $400,000 In Reality Division of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park merely a week after sending out Math Wizard for an upset score in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx, up-and-coming trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.’s future would seem very bright. The […]

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‘Priceless Feeling’: Saffie Joseph Celebrates First Grade 1 Win In Pennsylvania Derby

Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. was back to work Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park after Math Wizard provided him with his first Grade 1 stakes victory with his 31-1 upset score in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx. Joseph sent Chance It to the track to prepare for a start in next Saturday’s $400,000 In […]

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Math Wizard Springs 31-1 Upset In Pennsylvania Derby

Saffie Joseph, Jr. is well aware of what it means to win his first Grade 1 race in North America. The Barbados native had a lot of success in his home country, becoming the youngest trainer ever to saddle a Triple Crown winner at the age of 22. Ten years later, co-owner Joseph sent out […]

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Pumpkin Rumble Eclipses Course Record In Alphabet Soup Handicap

Canadian shipper Pumpkin Rumble surged from off the pace to win the $104,850 Alphabet Soup Handicap by a half-length in course-record time under Luis Saez Saturday at Parx Racing. The 8-year-old gelding by English Channel, making his first start in the U.S. for trainer Kevin Allard in the first of seven stakes on the Pennsylvania […]

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Weekend Lineup: Pennsylvania Derby, Cotillion Spotlight Top 3-Year-Olds

The sophomore division is back in the forefront this weekend with both the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby for 3-year-olds and Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies highlighting Saturday’s card at Parx. The Pennsylvania Derby anchors a one-hour broadcast by NBC Sports, airing nationally on NBC from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. NBC Sports will […]

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Pennsylvania Derby: Casse Anxious For War Of Will To Regain Top Form

The last time the racing world saw War of Will, the 3-year-old colt was a fading fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. That was in late July and after that race trainer Mark Casse thought it was time to regroup. That time is done. War of Will, who earlier […]

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Improbable, Mr. Money Arrive At Parx For G1 Pennsylvania Derby

Seven out-of-town runners – four from California and three from Kentucky – pulled into the Parx Racing stable area late Wednesday morning in advance of engagements on Saturday’s monster card led by the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby and Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes. The group included the two favorites for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, Improbable and Mr. Money, […]

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