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Classic Conundrum: Final Round Of Preps Serves Up More Questions Than Answers

With five weeks to go, the picture of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is muddier than ever. There was a 45-1 upset in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in which the favored Diversify faded to finish fifth, and Accelerate ran his lowest Beyer figure of the year when he won the Awesome Again. Additionally, potential […]

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McKinzie, Smith Give Baffert A Third Pennsylvania Derby Win

Trainer Bob Baffert has liked McKinzie from the start, but a hind ankle injury forced the 3-year-old son of Street Sense to miss out on this year’s Triple Crown challenge. Baffert, of course, sent out Justify for his history-making run, but now that the Triple Crown winner has been retired McKinzie stepped up to fill […]

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Lukas: Bravazo ‘A Picture Of Consistency’ Going Into Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby

Calumet Farm’s  Bravazo galloped “about a mile and a half” according to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas who watched his colt circle the track from atop his pony early Thursday morning. The 3-year-old colt by Awesome Again will make his ninth start of the year in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, and will try to win his first […]

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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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‘Stronger Every Day’: Mena Back Working Horses At Churchill Downs

It has been a welcomed sight for many horsemen and jockeys on the backstretch of Churchill Downs as journeyman rider Miguel Mena returned on horseback after fracturing eight bones in his right ankle and heel six months ago. “It feels great to be back on horses and here at the track each morning,” Mena said. […]

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Catholic Boy Blows By Mendelssohn, Adding Travers To His Grade 1 Tallies On Dirt And Turf

The 149th running of the G1 Travers was extremely contentious on paper, with a pair of Breeders’ Cup winners in the mix as well as a classic-winning filly, but it was the 7-1 shot Catholic Boy who blew away the field to win by four lengths this Saturday at Saratoga. The 3-year-old son of More […]

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‘More Important Knowing What You Can’t Do’: Lukas Saddles 20th Travers Starter With Bravazo

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will hit a milestone on Saturday when Bravazo becomes his 20th horse to compete in the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga. Through the Triple Crown trail and beyond, Bravazo has remained sound through his 12 career starts. The Awesome Again colt – the only active 3-year-old to have […]

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Lukas: Bravazo ‘Better And Stronger Right Now Than Any Time This Summer’

Calumet Farm’s Grade 1 Travers starter Bravazo is the lone active 3-year-old who can claim a start in all three Triple Crown races this year. Sixth in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Preakness, Bravazo’s gutsy finish outside Tenfold in the foggy, sloppy stretch in the Preakness came within a half-length of ending Justify’s […]

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Good Magic Draws Post Nine, Wonder Gadot Post Two For 149th Travers Stakes

It seems only fitting that the top trainer at Saratoga Race Course this year should have the top two horses in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday, when Chad Brown will saddle 2-1 early favorite Good Magic and second choice Gronkowski in the 149th running of the Mid-Summer Derby. The Brown trainees […]

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NYRA: Tickets Going Fast For Travers’ Day Card Featuring Six Grade 1 Races

The 149th edition of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers will be filled with intrigue as fans await to see whether a filly can be the first to capture the race since World War I. When Wonder Gadot, named for the actress who played Wonder Woman in the recent hit movie, enters the starting gate […]

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