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Close Hatches Doing Well After Mother Goose; Mott Making Plans

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was delighted this morning with the way Close Hatches emerged from her 7 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Mother Goose. “She looks great; I’m happy,” said Mott of the Juddmonte Farms color-bearer, who with the victory earned her first Grade 1 in three consecutive tries. “[Yesterday] she just […]

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Close Hatches Closes the Door on Mother Goose Field

Close Hatches barreled into the lead on the far turn and was never threatened as she rolled to easy 7 ¼-length victory over prohibitive favorite Dreaming of Julia in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park. With Joel Rosario in the irons, the daughter of First Defence raced in fourth, just off the […]

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Midnight Lucky Rolls to Impressive Acorn Victory

Midnight Lucky took command at the top of the stretch and drew off to a commanding 6 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 G1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park. It was the first Grade 1 win for the daughter of Midnight Lute, who won for the third time in four lifetime starts. A field of six […]

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Field of 11 Fillies Set for Kentucky Oaks

The top 3-year-old fillies from all corners of the country, headed by Dreaming of Julia, the 21 ¾-length winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), and Eclipse Award winner Beholder passed the  entry box Tuesday morning for Friday’s 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I). The Oaks, to be contested at […]

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Close Hatches Turns in Sharp Oaks Work

Juddmonte Farms’ undefeated Close Hatches (No. 5) had her first Churchill Downs work in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Oaks, breezing a half-mile in :47.80 over a fast track under exercise rider Joanna Trout. The move was the second fastest of 81 at the distance. Working during the training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and […]

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Black-Eyed Susan Next Stop for Emollient

Emollient, who captured the G1 Central Bank Ashland Stakes by nine lengths, will make her next start in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 17, according to trainer Bill Mott. In an interview in the Daily Racing Form, Mott indicated that since the daughter of Empire Maker had run two races in the […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Juddmonte’s Fabulous Fillies

Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm has long been a fixture among the leading owners and breeders in both North America and Europe. The operation had a banner year in 2012, led by the exploits of the undefeated Frankel. After such a tremendous year, one may have thought that 2013 would be a bit slower for […]

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Close Hatches Prevails in Gazelle

With just two prior starts on her resume, a fast and determined Close Hatches proved she belongs among the leaders of the 3-year-old filly division Saturday, turning back a strong challenge by Princess of Sylmar to win the 118th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Gazelle at Aqueduct Racetrack. Ridden by Joel Rosario, the daughter of […]

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Close Hatches Impresses in GP Allowance Win

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s arsenal of 3-year-old filly talent continued to get deeper Sunday at Gulfstream Park as Juddmonte Farm’s Close Hatches passed her first distance test with flying colors drawing off to 1 ¼ length victory over Catalyst Stable and partners’ Kimberly Jean in the third race ‘a other than’ allowance test […]

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