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Belmont Park: After ‘Subpar’ Breeze, Catholic Boy To Miss Kelso Handicap

Dual Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy would’ve been the likely favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, but he won’t be in the field, trainer Jonathan Thomas tells the Daily Racing Form. “His last breeze was a little subpar for him,” Thomas told DRF. “We found a little area that he’s a […]

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Basin Runs Away With Hopeful, Tops Asmussen Trifecta

Jackpot Farm’s Basin (3-1) took to Saratoga’s sloppy main track with ease on Monday, skipping over the surface to win the Grade 1 Hopeful by 6 1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old and jockey Jose Ortiz completed seven furlongs in 1:23.48, giving freshman sire Liam’s Map, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, a first Grade 1 […]

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Sadler Pleased With Catalina Cruiser’s ‘Game Win’ In O’Brien

Catalina Cruiser and Giant Expectations both exited their stretch battle in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade I Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del mar in good health, their respective camps reported Sunday. With the nose victory in the O’Brien, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Catalina Cruiser’s connections – trainer John Sadler […]

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Sadler ‘Doing What’s Best’ For Catalina Cruiser, Cuts Him Back To Seven Furlongs

The San Diego Handicap and Pat O’Brien Stakes would seem an odd couple of events for a horse to undertake, let alone win, in any Del Mar summer meeting. The San Diego Handicap is around two turns, 1 1/16th miles and serves as the major prep for the TVG Pacific Classic. The Pat O’Brien is […]

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Catalina Cruiser Ruled Out Of Pacific Classic, To Be Kept At One-Turn Distances

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser will not contest this weekend’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar, reports horseracingnation.com. The 5-year-old son of Union Rags is undefeated in two starts this year, the G2 True North and the G2 San Diego Handicap, but trainer John Sadler has opted to keep the horse at shorter distances through the remainder […]

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Stewart: ‘Keeping Our Options Open’ With Stephen Foster Winner Seeking The Soul

Veteran trainer Dallas Stewart was back to work Sunday at Churchill Downs to figure out the next option for Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster Presented by GE Appliances (Grade I) winner Seeking the Soul. “We got back at it at 5 a.m. this morning and looking forward to the future,” Stewart said. “He bounced out of […]

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Stephen Foster: Seeking The Soul Grabs Another Major Prize Beneath Twin Spires

Charles Fipke’s homebred Seeking the Soul was the surprise winner of the 2017 G1 Clark Handicap at nearly 8-1 odds, but 18 months later the 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul did it again beneath the Twin Spires as the 9-2 co-second choice. In this Saturday’s edition of the G2 Stephen Foster Handicap, Seeking the Soul […]

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Mitole Stretches His Speed To Hold Off Favored McKinzie In Thrilling Met Mile

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole proved in his last start that he could stretch his speed to seven furlongs, and this Saturday he stretched it even farther to win a talent-laden edition of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Eskendereya colt and Ricardo Santana were sent to post at 7-2, rated […]

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Catalina Cruiser Sets Stakes Record In True North

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser got the job done in Friday afternoon’s Grade 2 True North Stakes, rebounding off-the-board finish in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile to best Strike Power by about a half length. The 5-year-old son of Union Rags was sent to post as the 8-5 favorite under jockey Joel Rosario, and completed the […]

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Met Mile Sets Thunder Snow Against McKinzie, Coal Front In Nine-Horse Field

Annually one of the country’s most highly anticipated races, Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap offers a rousing renewal in 2019. The ‘Win and You’re In’ for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile has attracted an epic field of nine including five Grade/Group 1 winners, six millionaires and the world’s richest horse. […]

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