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Catalina Cruiser Targets True North On Belmont Stakes Undercard

Overshadowed by his Breeders’ Cup Classic-winning stablemate Accelerate in 2018, Catalina Cruiser is readying for a return to the races in three weeks’ time. The 5-year-old son of Union Rags is being pointed to the G2 True North over 6 1/2 furlongs on the Belmont Stakes undercard, trainer John Sadler told horseracingnation.com. “He looks really […]

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‘Really A Champion’: Sadler Shifts Focus To Accelerate After First Breeders’ Cup Win

The wait is over for highly respected trainer John Sadler, but he wasn’t all that interested in talking about winning his first Breeders’ Cup race after years of trying. Zero for 44 tries was a thing of the past, and Sadler wants to leave it there. Instead, he was talkin’ horses. And, though his Classic […]

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City Of Light Leads Gate-To-Wire In Dominating Dirt Mile Victory

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren’s City of Light added a third Grade 1 win to his resume in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Saturday, taking the lead at the start and never relinquishing it to cross the wire a 2 3/4-length winner. The 4-year-old son of Quality Road, ridden by Javier Castellano at […]

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Dirt Mile Notes: Undefeated Catalina Cruiser Takes On Millionaire City Of Light

Bravazo – Years from now, racing fans will use Calumet Farm’s Bravazo as the answer to a trivia question when they ask, “Who was the only other horse along with Justify to compete in all three legs of the 2018 Triple Crown?” The Awesome Again colt, who finished second in the Preakness Stakes during his […]

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West Coast Classic Contenders: ‘Super-Duper’ Work For Accelerate, Baffert Duo Sharp

There were more significant workers at Santa Anita Saturday morning than there is spittin’ in a Clint Eastwood Western. With the weather clear, the track fast, the sun shining through azure skies and the 35th Breeders’ Cup less than a week away, Nov. 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs, horses expected to participate were out […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Presented By Adequan: Classic Preps

Three of the leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Accelerate, McKinzie and West Coast – had their final serious preps at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday. Meanwhile in Louisville, Ky., whose Churchill Downs hosts the two-day championships on Nov 2-3, a plane carrying 22 European horses, including two-time Prix de l’Arc […]

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‘We’ve Got A Good Shot’: Sadler Could End Breeders’ Cup Drought This Year

John Sadler is not openly offended or even noticeably miffed when gently reminded he has never won a Breeders’ Cup race from 41 starters during an otherwise stellar career that began four decades ago. He deals with the issue straight on, and is optimistic the drought might very well end two weeks hence. The 52-year-old […]

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Both Accelerate, West Coast ‘On Schedule’ For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Accelerate, who enhanced his status for Horse of the Year honors with an authoritative 2 ¼ length triumph as the 3-10 favorite in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes, came out of the race fine and it’s on to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3 for trainer and owner Hronis Racing. “At first blush he looks […]

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Yoshida Debuts In Seventh On NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Japanese-bred Yoshida, winner of last Saturday’s Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and now a dual Grade 1 winner this year on turf and dirt, debuted in seventh place in this week’s NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll. Multiple Grade 1 winner Accelerate retained the top spot overall for the third consecutive week with eight first […]

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Hronis Brothers Net Fourth Del Mar Title In Past Six Years

For the fourth time in the past six years, Kosta and Pete Hronis were Del Mar owner champions after yet another stellar summer at the shore for the brothers from Delano, CA. The pair, who fly their silks under the name Hronis Racing, won a meet-leading total of 11 races along with $1,277,954 in purses, […]

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