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Graded Stakes Triple Nets John Velazquez Jockey Of The Week Title

The only jockey to win three graded stakes last week, John Velazquez was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for August 19-25, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North […]

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Significant Form Gets Perfect Stalking Trip To Win Ballston Spa

Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form got a perfect trip from Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Ballston Spa by a neck, posting a 7-1 upset in the afternoon’s first turf stakes. The 4-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, trained by Chad Brown, covered 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga’s firm course in […]

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Rushing Fall ‘Just Didn’t Breeze Well,’ Held Out Of Ballston Spa

There have been very few bad days in the life of multiple Grade 1 winner Rushing Fall, both in her competitive outings and in her routing preparations. So when the daughter of More Than Ready turned in a lackluster half-mile workout on August 17, trainer Chad Brown took that as a sign he needed to […]

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Weekend Lineup: Blockbuster Travers Card

A wide-open field of 12 is set to go to post in the 150th running of the Travers Stakes, the headliner on Saturday’s Saratoga Race Course card featuring seven stakes races, including six Grade 1’s. Saturday’s Travers Stakes will be televised live on FOX from 5-6 p.m. ET. Undercard coverage will also be televised on […]

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‘Magical Meet’: Brown Saddles 41st Winner To New Saratoga Record

Chad Brown bested his own previous record for wins by a trainer in a single Saratoga meet when Spirit Animal, ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, captured Race 6 on Saturday, marking his 41st victory. Brown, who won 40 races in capturing the 2016 training title, had shared the single-meet wins record with Todd […]

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‘We’ll Be Back’: Leading Trainer Brown Shakes Off Disappointing Travers Day

The leading trainer at Saratoga Race Course sent out 12 runners on Travers Day, and came away with one victory, in the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa with Quidura. His two favorites in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers ran off the board, with second-choice Gronkowski eighth and post-time favorite Good Magic […]

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Quidura Never Headed In Ballston Spa

Peter Brant’s Quidura took the lead at the start and never relinquished it in Saturday’s Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes, cruising under the wire a two-length winner for jockey Jose Ortiz. One of three trained by Chad Brown in the race, albeit the 7-2 second choice, the 5-year-old daughter of Dubawi covered 1 1/16 miles […]

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No Dozing The Sleeper Pick In Forego; Hawksmoor Should Handle Soft Turf In Ballston Spa

Mr and Mrs. M. Roy Jackson’s No Dozing put in his final work before Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga, breezing four furlongs in 51.22 seconds on the Oklahoma training track Monday morning. The Forego is a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile this fall at Churchill Downs. Trainer Arnaud Delacour […]

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Lady Eli Makes Ballston Spa Her Third Win In A Row

Sheep Pond Partners’ Lady Eli has now won her last three races in a row, two years after winning her battle against laminitis. On Saturday, the 5-year-old daughter of Divine Park captured the G2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga by 1 1/2 lengths, beating Dickinson to the wire in a final time of 1:39.70 for 1 […]

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Weekend Lineup: Travers Day At The Spa

Saturday’s high-powered card at Saratoga features four Breeders’ Cup Challenge races as well as the $1.25 million Travers Stakes, and the day’s racing closes out with another Breeders’ Cup berth on the line in Del Mar’s G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes. The action kicks off with champion Songbird facing off with Forever Unbridled in the G1 […]

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