Sword Dancer

Lawrence Rewarded With ‘Dream-Come-True Season’ After Working To ‘Understand’ Glorious Empire

Glorious Empire won five of nine starts in Europe, but after winning just one of his first 10 races in North America, it seemed as though the son of Holy Roman Emperor would never realize his full potential. Claimed out of his seventh North American start for $62,500, the Irish-bred gelding won at first asking […]

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Sword Dancer Winner Annals Of Time Out For Remainder Of 2019

An unspecified injury will preclude Grade 1 Sword Dancer winner Annals of Time from returning to the races in 2019, trainer Chad Brown told drf.com on Sunday. A decision has not yet been made on whether the 6-year-old son of Temple City will race next season. “The horse needs a couple of months off, he’s […]

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Annals Of Time Gives Brown Fourth Win On Travers Card In Sword Dancer

Seth Klarman and William Lawrence’s Annals of Time gave trainer Chad Brown his fourth win on the Travers card this Saturday at Saratoga, closing down the center of the course to win the Grade 1 Sword Dancer by a neck. The 6-year-old son of Temple City, ridden by Javier Castellano as the 5-2 post-time favorite, […]

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Glorious Empire Makes A Statement In Front-Running Fort Lauderdale Win

Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire proved his mettle once before at the sport’s highest level, winning the G1 Sword Dancer for trainer James Lawrence. After a 13th-place showing in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, run over a very soft turf, the 7-year-old was overlooked in Saturday’s G2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at odds of 7-1 as rain hit […]

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‘Guns Loaded’: Former Claimer Glorious Empire Ready For Breeders’ Cup Turf

Matthew Schera’s Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire, undefeated in three starts since opening his 7-year-old season this spring at Laurel Park, emerged from his latest work in good order and will ship this week for his Breeders’ Cup debut. Glorious Empire breezed seven furlongs in 1:27.60 over the all-weather surface Saturday at the Fair Hill […]

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Pletcher Hoping Return To Belmont Helps Hi Happy Find The Winner’s Circle

La Providencia’s multiple graded stakes winner Hi Happy breezed four furlongs over Belmont’s main track Saturday morning in his final major training session ahead of next weekend’s Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic for trainer Todd Pletcher. The 6-year-old Argentinian homebred covered the distance in 49.55 seconds, his second work since finishing fourth in […]

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‘Just Really Special’: $62,500 Claim Glorious Empire Headed For Breeders’ Cup Turf

Matt Schera’s Glorious Empire, front-running upset winner of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer, is expected to return to New York for his final prep before the Breeders’ Cup. Trainer James “Chuck” Lawrence II said Sunday morning that he planned to bring the 7-year-old gelding to Belmont Park for the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe […]

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Glorious Empire Leads Sword Dancer Upset

Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire upset the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at odds of 15-1 on Saturday, leading all the way from gate to wire to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The 7-year-old son of Holy Roman Emperor gave trainer Chuck Lawrence his first top-level win, completing 1 1/2 miles over Saratoga’s firm turf in 2:24.41. […]

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Motion Off The Duck At The Spa, Points Spring Quality To Sword Dancer

After going 0-for-27 for the 2018 Saratoga meet, trainer Graham Motion picked up his first win in Saturday’s first race and is hoping that will set the tone for the remainder of the summer. Getting Motion off the duck was first-time gelding Arch of the Diver, who scored by 9 ½ lengths in a 1 […]

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Runhappy Named Title Sponsor Of 149th Travers

Champion sprinter Runhappy, currently standing at Claiborne Farm, will be the title sponsor of the 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 25, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today. As part of an expanded relationship with NYRA, Runhappy has also been named presenting sponsor of the Grade 1, […]

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