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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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Stellar Field Of Six Fillies And Mares Set For Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa

A small but stellar field featuring a quartet of Grade 1 winners are set to gather for the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The 29th running of 1 1/16-mile Ballston Spa for fillies and mares 3 and up on the turf is one of seven stakes, six of […]

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Strike Charmer Upsets Lady Eli’s Comeback In Ballston Spa

Donald and Donna Adam’s Strike Charmer defeated fan-favorite Lady Eli by three-quarters of a length in the latter’s comeback race from a battle with laminitis, handing her the first defeat of her career. Strike Charmer captured Saturday’s G2 Ballston Spa in a sharp final time of 1:38.77 for 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga’s firm turf, […]

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Weekend Lineup: All Eyes On The Spa

A total of six Grade 1 races highlight Saturday’s card at Saratoga, four of which are listed as Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Races for this fall at Santa Anita. Highlighting the card is the Travers Stakes with a full field of 14 scheduled to make the gate, and following that race will […]

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Lady Eli ‘Right On Target’ With ‘A+’ Work At Saratoga

In company with stablemate Mrs McDougal, the undefeated Lady Eli turned in an ‘A+’ work this morning over the turf course at the Oklahoma training track, covering five furlongs in 1:01 as she remains on schedule for her return in the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa on August 27. Clockers caught the 4-year-old […]

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