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Mott: Hofburg, Elate ‘Both On Course’ For Travers, Personal Ensign

Grade 1 stakes-bound Hofburg and Elate came out of their Sunday breezes in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said from his barn the day after the duo worked five furlongs on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga. Hofburg, pointing towards the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 25, was credited […]

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Channel Maker, Glorious Empire Dead Heat In Bowling Green

After 1 3/8 miles of Saratoga’s Mellon turf course, Channel Maker and Glorious Empire were unable to be separated at the wire; placing judges declared the finish a dead heat in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes. Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire led all the way, and Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable’s Channel Maker came rolling […]

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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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Good Samaritan Confirmed For Whitney; Yoshida Likely To Stay On Turf For Now

Last year’s Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner Good Samaritan is on target for the Grade 1 Whitney, while Yoshida, also nominated to the 91st running of the Whitney, is likely to stay on the turf for the interim, pointing for the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on August 11, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said from his barn Friday morning. […]

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Hofburg Will Use Curlin Stakes As Springboard To Travers

Juddmonte Farm’s Hofburg could strike an imposing figure in the $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga Race Course as he looks to use Friday’s stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles as a springboard to next month’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers. From the Hall of Fame barn of Bill Mott, the homebred colt by Tapit will […]

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Elate Takes Delaware ‘Cap Off The Layoff

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Elate made her 2018 debut a successful one on Saturday, easily taking the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G2) under Jose Ortiz. The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was initially last in the compact field, made a strong middle move to take command and was geared down late to cross the wire […]

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Elate Leads Field Of Nine In Delaware Handicap

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Elate tops the 81st renewal of the $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap at Delaware Parkthis Saturday. The mile-and-a-quarter filly and mare summer classic has attracted a field of nine. The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has not been out since finishing fourth in the mile-and-an-eighth Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff at […]

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Hager Ventures Out With Taproot Bloodstock

Phil Hager has made a career out of doing his best work away from the spotlight. That fact made stepping out on his own to form Taproot Bloodstock a bold step, not only for creating a new business, but being the face of it. Still, Hager said he hopes to keep a similar mentality in […]

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‘Try To Get It Behind Me’: Mott To Serve Seven-Day Suspension For 2014 Positive

Trainer Bill Mott has been engaged in a legal battle with the New York State Gaming Commission for nearly four years, regarding a positive test for Saratoga Snacks in September of 2014. The horse was found to have overages of both banamine and lasix in its system, but there was not enough blood to provide […]

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Royal Ascot Lineup: American Horses To Watch

The exciting Royal Ascot meet kicks off on Tuesday with several American contenders bidding for overseas glory. For the first time, NBC will cover the action on Saturday, while NBC Sports has coverage of the Tuesday through Friday races. The race schedule, along with the prominent American horses in those races, is as follows: Day […]

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