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Hofburg, Western Invader Prime Attraction Top G2 Fayette Field On Keeneland Closing Day

Juddmonte Farms’ Hofburg and West Coast invader Prime Attraction headline a field of seven entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 61st running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2), the closing-day feature of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet. Run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, the Hagyard Fayette for 3-year-olds and up will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with […]

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‘Better Chance Than Drosselmeyer Did’: Connections High On Yoshida Heading Into Classic

On a blustery Monday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires, Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) hopeful Yoshida (JPN) worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 in preparation for the 1 ¼-mile race on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Yoshida, the two-length winner of the Woodward Stakes (GI) on Sept. 1 at Saratoga, began his work at the five-furlong pole in company with 2017 […]

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‘Gratifying’ Hirsch Win Puts Channel Maker Firmly Into Mott’s Breeders’ Cup Contingent

Channel Maker came out of his 4 ½-length score in the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on September Super Saturday in good order, according to his Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott Sunday morning. The 4-year-old English Channel gelding broke sharp and fended off a stretch-drive challenge from even-money favorite Robert Bruce, earning […]

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Channel Maker Turns Back Robert Bruce In Joe Hirsch

Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable’s Channel Maker took the lead at the start and carried it all the way to the wire in Saturday’s Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Cup, earning his first top-level victory at odds of 9-2. Jose Ortiz guided the 4-year-old son of English Channel to the nearly five-length triumph over even-money […]

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Baffert-Trained McKinzie Tops Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby

Parx Racing will be the place to be this Saturday for the 39th Running of the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the final stop for the 3-year-old Division before they move on to the Breeders’ Cup on November 3 at Churchill Downs. The Pennsylvania Derby will highlight a spectacular day of racing as one […]

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Woodbine Mile: Good Samaritan Back To Turf Roots, Seeks Win And You’re In Spot

Bill Mott has been a going concern in several previous Woodbine Miles, sending out Geri to win the inaugural edition in 1997; Courageous Cat (2011) and Lea (2015) to finish second; and Long On Value to end a troubled third last year. On Saturday, Mott will be looking to make his presence felt with Good […]

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No Definitive Plans For Yoshida’s Next Start; Colt Exits Woodward In Good Condition

Yoshida came out of his win in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said from his barn Sunday morning at Saratoga. Making his debut on dirt after his first 10 races came on turf, Yoshida rallied from 10th at the half-mile mark before gaining ground and surging in the stretch to defeat […]

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Turf To Saratoga Dirt A Winning Recipe Once Again: Yoshida Powers To Woodward Victory

The turf-to-dirt angle at Saratoga has been strong this meet, at least in Grade 1 company. Last weekend it was Catholic Boy coming from turf to dirt in the Travers; this Saturday, WinStar, China Horse Club, SF Racing and Head of Plains’ Yoshida followed the same path to the G1 Woodward and came out on […]

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Abel Tasman Eyes Distaff; Elate May Be Headed To Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bob Baffert didn’t bring a Triple Crown winner with him, and he didn’t even have a 3-year-old for the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course, but he still showed up for the races on Travers Day. And so did the two horses he sent out, with Abel Tasman edging Elate by a head and winning […]

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Abel Tasman Keeps Elate At Bay Once Again In Personal Ensign

The China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm’s Abel Tasman faced off with Elate at Saratoga once again this Saturday, and once again Bob Baffert-trained Abel Tasman came out on top. The 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road, ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, won by a neck as the 3-5 favorite, completing nine furlongs over […]

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