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‘Need To Give Him A Rest’: Country House Won’t Race Again In 2019

Trainer Bill Mott told drf.com that the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not race again this season, because he has been unhappy with the colt’s progress since being moved up via the historic disqualification of Maximum Security on the first Saturday in May. Country House was originally ruled out of the Preakness and the […]

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Elate Finds Her Way Back To The Winner’s Circle In Fleur De Lis

Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s homebred Elate hadn’t won since last July, but the 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro found her way back to the winner’s circle with a big effort in Saturday’s Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. Ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Bill Mott, Elate was stuck down inside […]

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Fresh Off La Troienne, She’s A Julie Takes Aim At Fleur De Lis But Will Have To Face Elate

Grade 1 La Troienne winner She’s a Julie will clash with Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s two-time G1-winning mare Elate in Saturday’s 44th running of the $250,000 Fleur de Lis Presented by Budweiser (GI) at Churchill Downs. For the fifth year in a row, the 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge […]

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Seeking The Soul, Yoshida Await Gift Box In Grade 2 Stephen Foster

Hronis Racing LLC’s Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box will invade from the West Coast to take on Grade 1 winners Seeking The Soul and Yoshida in Saturday night’s 38th running of the G2 Stephen Foster. The 1 1/8-mile Stephen Foster is the richest of six graded stakes races on Saturday’s special 11-race night racing […]

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Mott: ‘The Trip Made The Difference’ For Tacitus

On the morning after Belmont Stakes favorite Tacitus closed strongly but still was beaten by a length, trainer Bill Mott remained disheartened but philosophical. “I think the horse ran okay. We were the recipient of a wide trip and the winner got a golden trip. I think the trip made the difference. He was wide. He was […]

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Sir Winston Gives Casse A Second Classic In Belmont Stakes

An historic disqualification and a loose horse were the highlights of this year’s first two Triple Crown races, so racing fans were holding their collective breath as the field headed to the post for this Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. The third jewel provided no such theatrics, but did produce a 10-1 upset in the […]

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War Of Will Finally Off The Rail For Belmont; Tacitus Installed As 9-5 Favorite

War of Will is preparing to become the only horse to start in all three legs of the 2019 Triple Crown, and he will leave the Belmont Stakes starting gate from post position nine in the 10-horse field. Drawn on the rail in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the 3-year-old son of War […]

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Tacitus ‘Very Level And Very Even’ In Final Belmont Stakes Workout

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Tacitus, with Jose Ortiz up for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.42 over Big Sandy on Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. Working in company with Juddmonte maiden Tide of the Sea [1:01.50], Tacitus finished up strong […]

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Belmont Notes: Master Fencer ‘Energized,’ Sir Winston Worked ‘The Right Way’

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, trained by Koichi Tsunoda, was in good order on Friday morning at Belmont, where he continues to prepare for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. Master Fencer paddock schooled at 6:30 a.m. before heading out to the Belmont main track with the accompaniment of a […]

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‘I Liked The Rhythm Of It’: Tacitus Puts In Another Solid Breeze Toward Belmont

Grade 2 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus breezed over the main track at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday at Belmont Park, working in company with Multiplier. Both horses covered five furlongs in 1:00.16 with Tacitus, piloted by Jose Ortiz, galloping out strong in front of his graded stakes winning stablemate in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 […]

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