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Royal Delta aiming for Dubai after return to Mott stable

Royal Delta, the 3-year-old Empire Maker filly purchased for $8.5 million by Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stable days after her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs, has returned to the Payson Park stable of trainer Bill Mott, ending weeks of speculation about whether Mott would keep the filly in his care or […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Who Should Win Training Award?

If the past is any indication, most Eclipse Award voters will be casting their ballots for either Todd Pletcher or Steve Asmussen as the outstanding trainer of 2011.  With one month left in the year, the two men are battling for top honors in the money won category, which seems to be the most important […]

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Trainer Bill Mott has November to remember

New York Times turf writer Joe Drape looks at trainer Bill Mott’s sizzling November performance.  Mott won six graded stakes this month – including the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Ladies’ Classic – to vault him into fourth place in the national trainer standings with $10.3 million in purse earnings.  Drape says Mott’s patient approach is […]

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To Honor and Serve will vacation at Live Oak before 4-y-o campaign

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – To Honor and Serve, who on Saturday gave Hall of Famer Bill Mott his first victory in the Cigar Mile since it was renamed in 1997 for the trainer’s champion charge, was reported to be resting comfortably on Sunday morning as he awaited a van to owner Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak […]

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To Honor and Serve lights up the Cigar Mile

To Honor and Serve powered home for an easy two-length win over the late-charging Hymn Book in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct. Calibrachoa finished third. To Honor and Serve, a 3-year-old son of Bernardini, gave trainer Bill Mott his second Cigar Mile win. To Honor and Serve, who was ridden to victory […]

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Falls City gives Arena Elvira fourth consecutive win

Carolyn Wilson’s Arena Elvira outdueled longshot Afleeting Lady in deep stretch to grind out a win in the 96th running of the $193,725 Falls City Handicap (Grade II) for fillies and mares by a neck on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott and ridden by Junior Alvarado, Arena Elvira […]

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Bill Mott hopes to stay ‘$7 million hot’ in Falls City Handicap

Trainer Michael McCarthy, who runs Todd Pletcher’s Kentucky operation and has entered Super Espresso in the $150,000 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs, put it best when describing Bill Mott’s recent success. “The only comment I can give you is that Billy Mott has been very good at Churchill lately. He’s about $7 million hot […]

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Haynesfield, To Honor and Serve square off in Cigar Mile

Inaugurated in 1988, the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap quickly established itself as one of the most significant events on the nation’s racing calendar, and Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, seven horses will be seeking to write their own unique history in its 21st running. The $250,000 race, the centerpiece of the Big A’s HolidayFest, will […]

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Arena Elvira back for more in Friday’s Go For Wand

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Three weeks after posting her first graded success in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap on November 4, Arena Elvira will look to close out her 4-year-old campaign with a victory in the Grade 2, $150,000 Go for Wand Handicap for fillies and mares, a one-turn mile race scheduled for […]

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To Honor and Serve points to Cigar Mile Handicap

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is likely to have a pair of runners for Aqueduct Racetrack’s holiday weekend stakes, with multiple Grade 2 winner To Honor and Serve being pointed to Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 Cigar Mile Handicap and Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm winner Arena Elvira eyeing Friday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Go for […]

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