Summer Stakes

Graded Stakes Triple Nets Irad Ortiz Jockey Of The Week Title

With more stakes wins than any other jockey, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for September 9-16, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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Decorated Invader Overcomes Slow Start To Win Summer Stakes

West Point Thoroughbreds, William Freeman and William Sandbrook’s Decorated Invader proved a deserving 2-1 favorite in Sunday’s Grade 1 Summer Stakes, overcoming a slow start and rallying the stretch to win by about two lengths. The 2-year-old son of Declaration of War, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Christophe Clement, covered a mile over Woodbine’s […]

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Keep On Truckin Brings Mature Mind, Youthful Spirit To G1 Summer Stakes

Following two outstanding efforts to launch his career, Ontario-bred Keep On Truckin faces his stiffest challenge to date when he goes postward in Sunday’s Grade 1, $250,000 Summer Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event that’s part of a stellar stakes-stacked weekend at Woodbine. After a July 7 debut in a five-furlong race […]

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Fields Shaping Up For ‘Win & You’re In’ Natalma, Summer Stakes At Woodbine

The Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which offers the winner a fees-paid berth for the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita, a Grade 1, $2 million race on November 2, will not be the only race run here this weekend which is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series. On Sunday, the Natalma […]

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Juvenile Champ Avie’s Flatter Will Be Fresh For Queen’s Plate

Avie’s Flatter will be looking to end a puzzling drought for Coronation Futurity winners in the Queen’s Plate as no horse since Norcliffe in 1976 has come back from success in that 2-year-old fixture to win Canada’s most prestigious race. But the Ivan Dalos homebred, conditioned by Josie Carroll, certainly would be no surprise to […]

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Lecomte: War Of Will ‘Couldn’t Have Been More Impressive’ On The Dirt

With Road to the Derby Kickoff Day five weeks away, trainers have already started making plans with some of their highly regarded soon-to-be 3-year-olds. Trainer Mark Casse is pointing impressive maiden winner and Grade I-placed War of Will to the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes on January 19 at the Fair Grounds. Owned by Gary […]

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Heavily Favored Fog Of War Fights His Way To Summer Stakes Triumph

Peter M. Brant’s Fog of War was the even money favorite for Sunday’s Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine, and managed to deliver a one-length win despite some traffic problems in the stretch. The juvenile son of War Front, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown, covered a mile over the firm turf in […]

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Weekend Lineup: Breeders’ Cup Qualifiers Up And Down The Slate

It’s a big weekend of high-class turf racing north of the border and overseas, with eight of those races being “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup. Plus ready or not, it’s time once again to jump on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, as Churchill Downs hosts the Iroquois and Pocahontas […]

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Untamed Domain Unstoppable In Summer Stakes

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Untamed Domain (3-1) came flying down the center of Woodbine’s stretch to win Sunday’s Grade 2 Summer Stakes by a half-length over the favored (8-5) Hemp Hemp Hurray. The juvenile son of Animal Kingdom, ridden by Joe Bravo for trainer Graham Motion, covered a mile over the firm turf in 1:34.73, earning […]

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Weekend Lineup: Milers And Juveniles

This weekend’s racing action features five North American opportunities to earn automatic berths into the Breeders’ Cup this fall at Del Mar. The G3 Iroquois Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs is a “Win and You’re In” to the BC Juvenile, and offers a full field of ten 2-year-olds. Saratoga Special runner-up Hollywood Star is the […]

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