Abel Tasman

West Coast, Abel Tasman Lend Star Power To Santa Anita Opener

Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has two of his primary champions awaiting action opening weekend of Santa Anita’s blockbuster 22-day Autumn Meet, West Coast in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and Abel Tasman in Sunday’s Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 […]

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Abel Tasman Jumps Ahead Of Monomoy Girl In Top Thoroughbred Poll

Reigning Eclipse Award Champion Abel Tasman moved from fifth to fourth position in this week’s NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll, supplanting 3-year-old filly sensation Monomoy Girl, who finished first in Saturday’s $1 million Cotillion Stakes at PARX only to be disqualified and placed second. Both Monomoy Girl, who is ranked fifth in this week’s poll, […]

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Monomoy Girl, Abel Tasman Matchup Looms In Breeders’ Cup Distaff

A scintillating matchup between divisional leaders Monomoy Girl and Abel Tasman makes the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff one of the most compelling of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races to be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The $2 million Distaff, run at 1 1/8 miles, figures to serve as the perfect supporting […]

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Yoshida Debuts In Seventh On NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Japanese-bred Yoshida, winner of last Saturday’s Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and now a dual Grade 1 winner this year on turf and dirt, debuted in seventh place in this week’s NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll. Multiple Grade 1 winner Accelerate retained the top spot overall for the third consecutive week with eight first […]

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Abel Tasman, Catholic Boy Join NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll

Eclipse Champion Abel Tasman (fifth), multi-surface specialist Catholic Boy (sixth) and sprinter Catalina Cruiser (ninth) vaulted into this week’s NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll following impressive weekend victories. For the second week in a row, the NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll was led by the west coast-based older horse Accelerate, who accumulated nine first place […]

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Abel Tasman Eyes Distaff; Elate May Be Headed To Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bob Baffert didn’t bring a Triple Crown winner with him, and he didn’t even have a 3-year-old for the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course, but he still showed up for the races on Travers Day. And so did the two horses he sent out, with Abel Tasman edging Elate by a head and winning […]

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Marley’s Freedom Completes Baffert, Smith Double With Ballerina Win

Cicero Farms’ Marley’s Freedom kicked clear in the final eighth of a mile to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths, at 9-5 the third consecutive favorite to win a G1 on the Travers undercard. The 4-year-old daughter of Blame covered seven furlongs over Saratoga’s fast main track in 1:21.39, giving trainer […]

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Abel Tasman Keeps Elate At Bay Once Again In Personal Ensign

The China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm’s Abel Tasman faced off with Elate at Saratoga once again this Saturday, and once again Bob Baffert-trained Abel Tasman came out on top. The 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road, ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, won by a neck as the 3-5 favorite, completing nine furlongs over […]

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Weekend Lineup: Travers Showdown

Saturday’s Travers card at Saratoga offers a number of intriguing lonshots across six Grade 1 stakes, as well as a chance to see some of the industry’s stars lay their hearts on the line. Kicking off the afternoon is the G1 H. Allen Jerkens, in which the speedy G3 Amsterdam winner Promises Fulfilled takes on […]

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Grade 1 Personal Ensign Gearing Up To Be ‘The Bill And Bob Show’

The “Bill and Bob Show” is set for Saturday’s Grade 1 $700,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course on a star-studded racing program on Travers Day. Hall of Famer Bill Mott sends out Elate against fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert’s Abel Tasman in a field of six fillies and mares going 1 ¼ miles […]

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