blinkers

Game Winner Makes Short Work Of Los Alamitos Derby

Making his first start since a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Gary and Mary West’s champion Game Winner returned to the races this Saturday. Wearing a set of blinkers, the 3-year-old Candy Ride colt easily captured the G3 Los Alamitos Derby by five lengths, stopping the clock in 1:48.30 for nine furlongs over the […]

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$25,000 Claim, Ohio Derby Runner-Up Math Wizard ‘Improving Every Race’

Jockey Edgard Zayas was back at Gulfstream Park with a full book of mounts Sunday, less than 24 hours after he rode ex-claimer Math Wizard to a second-place finish behind Owendale in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio. Both Zayas, a nine-time graded-stakes winner with 1,363 career victories, and Math […]

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Bourbon War To Try Out ‘Short-Cup Blinkers’ In 144th Preakness

Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable’s Bourbon War will be sporting new attire when he goes to post in Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico with regular rider Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard. “We’re adding some short-cup blinkers to the mix this time. It’s nice to keep the rider atop just so he has […]

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Kentucky Oaks Notes: Liora In Blinkers For Friday Tune-Up

CHAMPAGNE ANYONE – Six Column Stables and Randy Bloch’s Champagne Anyone galloped a mile and three-eighths under Kara Lee for trainer Ian Wilkes. Winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, Champagne Anyone has had three local works since that victory and is scheduled for her final Oaks work this weekend.   CHOCOLATE KISSES – Debbie Oxley’s Honeybee […]

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Champagne Anyone Posts $17.20 Upset In Gulfstream Park Oaks

Six Column Racing and Randall Bloch’s Champagne Anyone, third in back-to-back graded events earlier at the Championship Meet, gave her connections reason to celebrate by rallying past pacesetter Cookie Dough in mid-stretch and holding off favored Dunbar Road for her first career stakes triumph in Saturday’s $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). The 49th running of […]

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Blinkers Off, Switch To Dirt Does The Trick For Kookie Gal In Soviet Problem

After beginning her career with two races on turf, Kookie Gal made a successful transition to dirt, easily winning the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes Saturday at Los Alamitos. Owned by breeders Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable and trained by Peter Miller, the 2-year-old daughter of Boisterous relaxed off the pace under jockey Flavien Prat, then […]

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‘Like The Old Collected’: Baffert Impressed By Chestnut’s Monday Breeze

Bob Baffert was ebullient after multiple graded stakes winner Collected worked six furlongs Monday morning in 1:11.40 under Joe Talamo at Santa Anita Park. The two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer is considering three options for the five-year-old son of City Zip: the Breeders’ Cup Classic; the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, both on Nov. 3; and Santa Anita’s […]

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Old Trainers Never Die, They Just ‘Smile’ On

Smiling Tigress lit up the tote board with a $54.60 mutuel after winning Saturday’s eighth race at Santa Anita by a half length under Tyler Baze for trainer David Bernstein. It was a feel good story all around. The three-year-old California-bred daughter of the Smiling Tiger was coming off four straight races in which she […]

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‘Now’s The Time To Take A Shot’: Looch Sends Uno Mas Modelo For Jockey Club Gold Cup

Trainer Anthony Quartarolo will saddle Uno Mas Modelo in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at 1 ¼ miles at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old Macho Uno gelding will stretch out from his regular role as a closer in sprint company. Uno Mas Modelo is coming off three straight wins, including two strong finishes […]

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Prat Completes Sunday Stakes Sweep With Maiden Bellafina In Sorrento

Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina, an $800,000 purchase last March, completed a sweep of Del Mar’s Sunday stakes doubleheader for jockey Flavien Prat as she led from wire-to-wire to win the Grade II $200,000 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies. Earlier in the program, Prat won the Grade III $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for three-year-olds. Bellafina, a daughter of Quality […]

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