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Faster Fillies? Average Race Times Decrease For Filly Stakes, But Not Colts

A look at the average winning times of four Grade 1 stakes races produced a startling revelation: in both the Mother Goose and the Kentucky Oaks, final times have decreased by between one to two seconds since 1960. According to thoroughbredracing.com, the equivalent races for colts (Belmont and Kentucky Derby) initially showed via the average final […]

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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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Homeland Security Battles To Zagora Victory Closing Day At Belmont

Homeland Security held off Golden Attitude to capture the featured $125,000 Zagora, one of three stakes on Closing Day of the Belmont Park Fall Meet. Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, the Chad Brown trainee picked up her second career stakes score with a stalking trip in the 1 1/2 miles turf marathon […]

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Belmont Stakes Winner Tapwrit Retired To Gainesway For 2019

Belmont Stakes winner and millionaire Tapwrit has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Gainesway for a $12,500 stud fee in 2019. A gray son of three-time leading sire Tapit, Tapwrit was a $1.2-million yearling purchase by Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert V. LaPenta at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Tapwrit […]

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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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