Smiling Tiger

American Graded Stakes Standings brought to you by Keeneland: A 1-in-2000 Chance

Of the 79 individual winners of American Graded Stakes run thus far this year, only 16 of those top-class runners managed to duplicate that feat with at least one additional win at the highest level. Thus it is quite an achievement to breed, raise, sell, or own one of those multiple G1 winners, given that […]

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Big Drama Dominates the Sprint

By Scott Jagow Big Drama led virtually gate to wire to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Saturday at Churchill Downs. The four-year-old broke well from the inside post in the six furlong race, took the lead heading into the far turn and held off late challengers to win by a length and a half.  The […]

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Breeders’ Cup Notes: BC Sprint

PRESS RELEASE An update on the contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, to be run November 6th, post time 5:20 PM ET: Atta Boy Roy The Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint contender tack-walked at Trackside Training Center on Monday morning, part of his usual routine following a pre-race work. Trainer Valorie Lund said the 5yo […]

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Smiling Tiger Wins Ancient Title Stakes, Earns BC Spot

By Scott Jagow Three-year-old Smiling Tiger shrugged off an early battle with veteran Cost of Freedom and surged home for a narrow victory in the Grade 1, $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Hollywood Park’s Oak Tree meet Saturday.  Supreme Summit closed well late to take second. The half-length win gave Smiling Tiger an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup […]

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Destination Louisville brought to you by Vinery LTD: Juvenile Hall

What did we learn last weekend about the upcoming Breeders’ Cup championships at Churchill Downs Nov. 5-6? Well, for starters, it’s going to be a very interesting Juvenile this year, thanks to a pair of exciting New York-based colts, one of whom, Uncle Mo, posted a very fast and impressive victory on Saturday in the […]

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From sprints to routes, Jersey Shore to where the Turf Meets the Surf, there is a wide offering of graded stakes this weekend. The Grade 2 Cougar II Handicap will be run at Del Mar on Friday with Richard’s Kid entered as a prep in defense of his Pacific Classic title. Trainer Bob Baffert […]

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By Ray Paulick Trainer Jeff Bonde got his first Grade 1 victory Sunday at Del Mar when Smiling Tiger took advantage of a bad start by odds-on favorite Cost of Freedom and posted a wire-to-wire 1 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Bing Crosby under Victor Espinoza. Smiling Tiger went right to the front […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

In anticipation of a huge Memorial Day weekend—18 graded stakes!—there will be only three graded stakes races presented this weekend, all on Saturday. Belmont has the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay, a 1 3/8-mile turf marathon for fillies and mares, three and up. Christophe Clement has an uncoupled entry of The Gaillimh Girl and Tarrip, […]

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