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New York-Breds Diversify, Mind Your Biscuits To Clash In Whitney

On Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious races will come down to a New York-style affair as New York-bred Horse of the Year candidates Diversify and Mind Your Biscuits top a field of eight in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney. The 91st running of the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, a […]

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Brown ‘Optimistic’ Gronkowski Can Make Travers Field After Saturday Work

Capping a two-win day on Saturday at Saratoga, led by Diana winner Sistercharlie, trainer Chad Brown was in good spirits Sunday morning, reporting that the 4-year-old Irish-bred was in fine fettle the morning after earning her second Grade 1 win of the year. Brown also said Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski came back from his workout Saturday in good order, as well as graded […]

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Weekend Lineup: Stephen Foster Night

This weekend’s graded stakes action is highlighted by the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening. The night’s card will also feature a parade by recent Triple Crown winner Justify, as well as the presentation of the Kentucky Derby trophies to his connections. Leading the field for the Stephen Foster is […]

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Walsh Confident Honorable Duty In ‘Top Form’ Heading Into Stephen Foster

Honorable Duty joined a list of 55 horses that eventual Horse of the Year Gun Runner defeated in 2017 after finishing second in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap presented by GE Appliances (GI) but trainer Brendan Walsh hopes the 6-year-old can redeem himself in Saturday’s 37th running of the 1 1/8-mile race at Churchill Downs. […]

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Justify Returns To Churchill Downs, Could Parade On Stephen Foster Night

Crowned racing’s 13th winner of the Triple Crown, the undefeated Justify returned to Churchill Downs’s Barn 33 on Monday afternoon. The chestnut son of Scat Daddy was greeted by his usual throng of media attention, but remained unfazed in the hands of trainer Bob Baffert’s top assistant Jimmy Barnes. According to, Justify could follow in […]

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Backyard Heaven Kicks Clear In Alysheba; Always Dreaming Fifth

After pressing the pace of Kentucky Derby champ Always Dreaming all the way around the Churchill Downs oval, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Backyard Heaven kicked clear in the stretch to win Friday afternoon’s Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths. The 4-year-old son of Tizway, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Chad Brown, covered […]

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