Pennsylvania Derby

Sans Saudi Cup Invite, Millionaire Math Wizard Will Target Oaklawn’s Razorback

Trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. is disappointed that his stable star Math Wizard has not been extended an invitation to the $20 million Saudi Cup next month, but he’s been busy making other plans for the 4-year-old son of Algorithms. According to, Joseph will point the colt to the Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Stakes at Oaklawn […]

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Math Wizard ‘A Long Shot’ For Pegasus; Saudi Cup The Main Goal

Math Wizard, an invitee to the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 25, returned to the worktab Sunday morning. The 4-year-old son of Algorithms, who missed a workout last weekend due to a slight fever, breezed a half-mile in 48.21 seconds under assistant trainer Sabine Langvad. The move, accomplished in company […]

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‘Why Not?’: Math Wizard Joins Prospective Field For Pegasus World Cup

Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby winner Math Wizard could make his next start in the 2020 Pegasus World Cup, trainer Saffie Joseph told The 3-year-old Algorithms was most recently fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and in his first work since covered an easy three furlongs in :36.20 on Sunday at Gulfstream Park. “After talking with […]

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Clark, Cigar Mile Next Targets For Maximum Security En Route To Pegasus World Cup

Two-time Grade 1 winner Maximum Security will be targeting the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at the beginning of 2020, but connections have yet to decide on a prep race between now and then. According to, the options include the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill on Nov. 29, or the G1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct […]

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Math Wizard ‘On Time’ For Breeders’ Cup Classic; No Rider Yet Named

Math Wizard breezed a half-mile in 46.48 seconds Saturday at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a planned start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 2. Saturday’s workout with Edgard Zayas up was the second since the Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained 3-year-old colt’s 31-1 upset victory in the $1 million Pennsylvania […]

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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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