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Belmont Double Nets Irad Ortiz His 2,000th Career Victory On Saturday

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. added to an impressive month when he notched his 2,000th career victory on Saturday at Belmont Park. The 26-year-old piloted Gambler’s Fallacy (No. 8) to the winner’s circle in the sixth race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance on the inner turf, giving him his second straight win on the day and the […]

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Travers-Bound Gronkowski Pleases Brown With ‘Strong Work’ On Sunday

Grade 1 Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski breezed five furlongs in 1:01.44 on the Saratoga main track Sunday morning, completing his fourth work at Saratoga leading up to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 25. Trained by Chad Brown, Gronkowski worked five furlongs for a third straight week, going over a track listed as good. Jose Ortiz, who […]

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Tapwrit ‘Struggled With The Track,’ Will Be Trained Toward Woodward

Following Tapwrit’s distant fourth-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney after thunderstorms delayed the start contributing to a sloppy track, trainer Todd Pletcher made no excuses for the 4-year-old son of Tapit, who still remains in search of his first win since capturing the last year’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. “He seemed to come out of the race […]

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Hofburg Takes Aim On Travers After Five-Length Curlin Victory

It’s on to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers for Juddmonte Farm’s Hofburg, who cruised to a five-length victory in his prep for the Midsummer Derby, taking Friday’s $100,000 Curlin for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga Race Course. The Curlin marked Hofburg’s first start since finishing third to Justify in the Grade 1 Belmont on June […]

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Baffert On Justify: ‘We’re In A Holding Pattern’

Triple Crown champion Justify made his first appearance at Del Mar on Monday morning, a “meet and greet” with the San Diego County media conducted by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Justify looked as imposing as he had at all points through six straight victories in a career begun early this year with the […]

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Good Magic Continues Haskell Preparations; Gronkowski Still Not Ready To Breeze

Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic continues to train forwardly ahead of his return in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on July 29 at Monmouth Park. The chestnut colt by Curlin most recently worked five furlongs in 1:00.86 over the Belmont main track on Saturday. “Good Magic is training well and breezed yesterday really well,” said trainer Chad Brown. Brown added […]

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First Gronk, Now Lebron: Phoenix Names $1.2 Million Juvenile For Another Star Athlete

Phoenix Thoroughbreds seems to have the market cornered on naming their horses after star athletes. First, New England Patriots football star Rob Gronkowski had a son of Lonhro named in his honor, who would go on to run second in this year’s Belmont Stakes. Now, Phoenix’s Triple Crown dreams are turning to juvenile “Lebron J.” […]

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‘Minor Setback’: Gronkowski Misses Scheduled Breeze, Jim Dandy Not Ruled Out

Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski has been aiming for the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 28, but a missed breeze this weekend could interfere with those plans, reports drf.com. Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the 3-year-old son of Lonhro most recently breezed a half-mile in :49.24 at Belmont Park on June 23. “Gronkowski had […]

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Pletcher ‘Pleased’ With Tapwrit’s Preparations For Suburban

Multiple graded stakes winner Tapwrit visited Belmont’s main track Sunday morning to put the final touches on his preparation for Saturday’s Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban at 1 ¼ miles on Stars & Stripes Day. The 2017 Belmont Stakes winner breezed in company with one-eyed fan favorite Patch. The pair completed five furlongs in 1:00.71 with Tapwrit galloping out well ahead of his […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Controversy And Celebration

The 150th Belmont Stakes is in the books, and it provided a rare outcome with Justify becoming only the 13th horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. But of course it did not come without controversy. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the running of the […]

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