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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Ghostzapper’s Versatility

May 5 was a monumental day for the Adena Springs stallion Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year by Awesome Again. Both Ghostzapper and Awesome Again were bred and raced by Frank Stronach, owner of the Paris, Ky., farm where they both stand. Ghostzapper’s daughter Stage Magic produced G1 Kentucky Derby winner Justify (by Scat […]

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Something Awesome Digs Deep For Charles Town Classic Triumph

Stronach Stables’ homebred Something Awesome dug in late to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Charles Town Classic by a head over War Story, earning the second graded stakes victory of his career. The 7-year-old son of Awesome Again, ridden by Edgar Prado for trainer Jose Corrales, covered 1 1/8 miles over the fast main track in […]

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Bravazo ‘Just Like We Wanted’ In Six-Furlong Derby Work

Calumet Farm’s Risen Star (Grade II) winner Bravazo breezed six furlongs in 1:15.40 Friday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI), which will be staged for the 144th consecutive year on Saturday, May 5. Bravazo breezed in company with stablemates Take Notice and Berko (1:16.40) through splits of :25.20, :37.80, :50.60 and 1:03, before finishing five […]

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Awesome Slew Looking To Add Grade 1 To Resume in Carter Handicap

Awesome Slew, most recently third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, will launch his 5-year-old campaign Saturday against 10 opponents in the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack. A three-time graded stakes winner, Awesome Slew is the 121-pound high weight in the seven-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up. The Carter was carded as […]

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Risen Star Winner Bravazo ‘Straight To The Derby’ After Troubled Trip In Louisiana

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas and Gary Stevens teamed up on Saturday in the Louisiana Derby with Risen Star winner Bravazo, but a troubled trip proved costly, according to drf.com. Lukas had the Calumet-owned son of Awesome Again shipped back to his home base at Oaklawn Park, where he is scheduled to return to the track on […]

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Something Awesome Stretching Out In Laurel’s Harrison E. Johnson

Stronach Stable’s homebred Something Awesome was up for the challenge when facing graded company for the first time, rallying from well back to win the seven-furlong General George (G3) Feb. 17 in just his third career stakes attempt. Four weeks later the 7-year-old gelding will break new ground again in his latest engagement, stretching out […]

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Bloodlines: Rachel Alexandra Winner Drums Up Hopeful Beat For Sire

A young stallion with his future on the brink and an older, proven star of the stallion ranks sired the winners of the two important 3-year-old preps at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 17. The once-beaten Monomoy Girl is a second-crop daughter of the Tapit stallion Tapizar, whose offspring so invigorated […]

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‘Strong’ Possibility Bravazo Will Return For Louisiana Derby

Following a narrow victory in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes, one might expect to see Bravazo return to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the Gr. II $1 million Louisiana Derby on Mar. 24 as Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said it would be a “strong” possibility. One could also expect to see the 3-year-old son […]

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Calumet’s Bravazo Takes Risen Star By A Nose Over Snapper Sinclair

None of the late-running colts could get to the leaders Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair down the lane in Saturday’s G2 Risen Star. That game pair of sophomores battled it out all the way to the wire, with Calumet’s homebred Bravazo just getting his nose down in front at odds of 21-1. Ridden by Miguel Mena […]

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Lukas Commits ‘Competitive’ Grade 1-Placed Bravazo To Saturday’s Risen Star

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas considered cross entering Gr. II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes entrant Bravazo in Oaklawn Park’s Grade III $500,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday Feb. 19, but the conditioner will opt to send the 3-year-old son of Awesome Again to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for Saturday’s race. “I’m committing him to the race […]

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