breeders’ cup classic

Accelerate Installed 8-5 Favorite In ‘Win And You’re In’ Pacific Classic

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate drew post 5 Tuesday afternoon and was installed the 8-5 favorite to beat seven rivals Saturday in the 28th running of the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Post positions for the 1 1/4-mile headliner for 3-year-olds and up were drawn at The Brigantine restaurant overlooking the racetrack with connections of […]

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‘No Problems’ In Accelerate’s Final Work Toward Pacific Classic

John Sadler-trained Accelerate, the likely morning line favorite for Saturday’s$1 million TVG Pacific Classic and race-nominated The Lieutenant and Unique Bella logged final works Sunday for the signature event of the Del Mar summer season. With assistant trainer Juan Leyva up, the 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky was timed in 1:26.00 for seven furlongs after covering the […]

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Total Of 15 Nominated To $1 Million Pacific Classic

Fourteen older males and champion 4-year-old filly Unique Bella have been nominated for the 28th running of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 18, as the deadline passed at midnight Thursday. The connections for all 15, six of which have been cross-entered in other stakes races next weekend, have until Tuesday to decide regarding the 1 ¼-mile signature event […]

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Gunnevera Back In Action For Friday Allowance, Preps For Woodward Stakes

Salomon Del Valle’s Gunnevera is set for a return to action Friday at Gulfstream Park, where he is scheduled to face four rivals, including Chilean Derby champion Leitone. A multiple graded-stakes winner, Gunnevera hasn’t raced since exiting an eighth-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) with a nasty hoof injury. The Kentucky-bred 4-year-old was […]

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Tapwrit ‘Struggled With The Track,’ Will Be Trained Toward Woodward

Following Tapwrit’s distant fourth-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney after thunderstorms delayed the start contributing to a sloppy track, trainer Todd Pletcher made no excuses for the 4-year-old son of Tapit, who still remains in search of his first win since capturing the last year’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. “He seemed to come out of the race […]

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‘Pretty Special’ Diversify A Late Blessing For Violette

In describing Laura Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ Diversify following his dominant victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney, trainer Rick Violette could have easily been talking about himself. “He was tired, but content,” Violette said Sunday morning. “He’s a pretty happy camper.” The same could be said for Violette, who has overcome health issues in recent years and right […]

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Diversify Shakes Loose For Sloppy Whitney Score; Mind Your Biscuits Second Again

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ Diversify led a New York-bred exacta in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, leading the field throughout to cross the wire 3 1/2 lengths in front of Mind Your Biscuits. After waiting out a lengthy rain delay in the paddock, the 5-year-old gelding by Bellamy Road clocked nine furlongs over Saratoga’s sloppy […]

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‘Part Of The Family’: Mind Your Biscuits Preparing For Whitney Showdown

New York-bred Horse of the Year Mind Your Biscuits, the 2-1 morning-line second choice in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney at Saratoga, continues to instill confidence among his connections that he is the horse to beat in the historic 1 1/8-mile “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on […]

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‘Big Horse’ Good Magic Exits Haskell In Good Order, On To Travers

The van carrying 2018 Haskell Invitational hero Good Magic departed Monmouth’s backstretch at 6:30 A.M. Monday and he was back in Chad Brown’s barn after the uneventful four-hour trip to Saratoga. Brown reiterated that he is targeting the $1.25 million Travers next for the 2018 Haskell victor, who on Sunday earned a spot in the starting gate for the $6 […]

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Champion Good Magic Cruises In The Haskell

Stonestreet Stable and e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Good Magic showed he is the best 3-year-old colt in training on Sunday, cruising to an easy win in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the heavily-favored son of Curlin sat just off the pacesetter and breezed by in the far turn, never really threatened […]

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