Woody Stephens Stakes

Hog Creek Hustle Really ‘Something Special’ For Trainer Foley, Owners

Something Special Racing’s Hog Creek Hustle became the third Grade 1 winner to have raced at Ellis Park as a 2-year-old last year when the 18-1 shot captured Saturday’s $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes by a neck over Nitrous at New York’s Belmont Park. It was the first Grade 1 victory for trainer Vickie Foley, who […]

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Hog Creek Hustle Leads Parade Of Longshots In Woody Stephens

Something Special Racing’s Hog Creek Hustle overtook favorite Honest Mischief and pacesetter Strike Silver in the final furlong and outkicked a charging Nitrous by a neck to capture the 35th running of the seven-furlong Grade 1, $400,000 Woody Stephens presented by Mohegan Sun on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont Park, N.Y. Off at 18-1, Hog […]

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Baffert Has Formidable Contingent Pointing To Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Remaining on target for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on June 8 is multiple graded stakes winner McKinzie. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram, and Paul Weitman, has made three starts this year for trainer Bob Baffert, beginning his 2019 campaign with […]

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Stephen Foster, Zenyatta Among Six Grade 1 Stakes Downgraded For 2019

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association presented on Friday its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2019, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 27 and 28 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 807 U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and […]

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Connections ‘Still Having Fun’ With Bargain-Buy Woody Stephens Winner

When Still Having Fun rattled off wins in a pair of 3-year-old stakes at Laurel Park over the winter, his connections began to dream big and wonder how far the bargain $12,000 yearling would be able to stretch his talent. Considering a race such as the Preakness Stakes (G1) was nothing out of the ordinary […]

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Mike Smith Show Continues At Belmont As American Anthem Takes Woody Stephens

No rider at Belmont Park is hotter than Mike Smith right now; the Hall of Famer has already won four races half-way through the card. In the G2 Woody Stephens, Smith gave a textbook ride to Bob Baffert trainee American Anthem, who drove away in the lane to score by 3 1/4 lengths. A 3-year-old […]

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Ten Sophomores Will Face American Anthem In Competitive Woody Stephens

With a field of 11 talented 3-year-olds, the Grade 2, $500,000 Woody Stephens going seven furlongs, one of 10 stakes races on Belmont Stakes Day, is set to be one of the most competitive races on the card. Shipping in from California for China Horse Club and Head of Plains Partners is American Anthem. A […]

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Conquest Mo Money To Skip Belmont, Will Run In Woody Stephens Instead

Conquest Mo Money, who recently finished seventh in the G1 Preakness Stakes, will not run in the G1 Belmont Stakes June 10, the Daily Racing Form reports. The 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo will instead start in the G2 Woody Stephens Stakes at seven furlongs earlier on the Belmont card. Other runners possible for the Woody Stephens […]

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Smarty Jones Winner Uncontested Off Derby Trail, To Be Aimed At Shorter Races

Uncontested will target shorter races after fading in the final quarter-mile to finish eighth in Saturday’s G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, trainer Wayne Catalano said Sunday morning. Following a record-setting wire-to-wire victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes, the son of Tiz Wonderful finished sixth as the Southwest favorite after surrendering the lead turning for […]

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Tom’s Ready Flies Through Traffic To Capture Woody Stephens

G M B Racing’s Tom’s Ready was the 1 1/4-length winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park, flying through traffic from dead last to earn his very first graded stakes victory. The sophomore son of More Than Ready, 12th in the Kentucky Derby, turned back to cover seven furlongs in 1:21.38 for […]

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