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Gronkowski, Axelrod Aimed At Dubai World Cup With New Trainer Sandeep Jadhav

Phoenix Thoroughbreds has a pair of high-profile 3-year-olds who appear to be prime prospects for the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), the world’s richest race at $12 million. Multiple graded stakes winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) alumnus Axelrod and Belmont Stakes (G1) runnerup Gronkowski are headed to Dubai to join the yard of […]

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Classic Notes: Sloppy Track Has Accelerate Stick To Jog, Thunder Snow ‘Scary’ Good

Accelerate – Trainer John Sadler, in deference to track conditions, chose to send out his morning-line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic for a one-mile jog on the sloppy Churchill Downs main track Thursday morning. “No problem, just a matter of making sure he got the exercise in,” Sadler said. “I’m sure the track will […]

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Breeders’ Cup Classic: Baffert’s Duo En Route, Thunder Snow Should ‘Improve Again’

Accelerate – Trainer John Sadler’s morning-line favorite Accelerate galloped 1 1/2 miles Tuesday morning and stood in the gate as the 5-year-old colt moved toward Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Javier Meza, Accelerate’s regular exercise rider was in the saddle. Sadler reiterated his position on Accelerate far outside post in the 14-horse field by […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Presented By Adequan: Classic Preps

Three of the leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Accelerate, McKinzie and West Coast – had their final serious preps at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday. Meanwhile in Louisville, Ky., whose Churchill Downs hosts the two-day championships on Nov 2-3, a plane carrying 22 European horses, including two-time Prix de l’Arc […]

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McCarthy ‘More Than Pleased’ With Muddy Works From Axelrod, Vibrance

Trainer Michael McCarthy brought five Breeders’ Cup hopefuls to Churchill Downs Tuesday from his Southern California base and Saturday morning produced the first works. Working in company over a track labeled muddy, Axelrod (Classic-GI) and Vibrance (Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies-GI) covered a half-mile in :48.40. Fractions on the work were :12.20, 24.20, :36.20 and […]

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An Oversubscribed Classic: Who Is Guaranteed A Spot At Churchill Downs?

There are currently a total of 18 horses under consideration for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, but next Saturday’s field at Churchill will be limited to 14 starters with two also-eligibles. According to Breeders’ Cup regulations, oversubscribed races at the time of pre-entries (which were due on Monday afternoon) will be handled according to three […]

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Baffert-Trained McKinzie Tops Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby

Parx Racing will be the place to be this Saturday for the 39th Running of the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the final stop for the 3-year-old Division before they move on to the Breeders’ Cup on November 3 at Churchill Downs. The Pennsylvania Derby will highlight a spectacular day of racing as one […]

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Axelrod Explodes To Smarty Jones Victory

Parx Racing returned from its two and a half week break with two stakes on the Saturday program. The Grade 3 $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for three year-olds went convincingly to Axelrod, while Aztec Sense dominated in winning the $100,000 Sal DeBunda PTHA President’s Cup. Coming off a 12-1 upset victory in the G3 Indiana […]

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Axelrod Flies Late To Nail Photo In Indiana Derby

For the second year in a row, a Southern California shipper will be taking home the trophy for the G3 Indiana Derby. Slam Dunk Racing’s Axelrod came flying down the center of the track in the final eighth of a mile of the $500,000 contest, just getting his nose down first at the wire. Florent […]

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California Invaders Try To Knock Off King Zachary In Indiana Derby

A field of nine has been drawn for the 24th running of the Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby Saturday at Indiana Grand. The race, slated as the ninth on the 10-race card, will have an estimated post time of 9:48 p.m. ET. The first race post is 5:30 p.m. King Zachary comes into the race off […]

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