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War Story Gritty To The Wire In Monmouth Cup

Imaginary Stable and Glen Ellis’ War Story hadn’t won a race since March of 2018, but the gutsy chestnut didn’t let that stop him from prevailing in Saturday’s G3 Monmouth Cup. Despite being passed at the head of the lane, the 7-year-old son of Northern Afleet dug in gamely to defeat Bal Harbour by a […]

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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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Pletcher: Coal Front Finally Getting The Credit He Deserves Ahead Of Metropolitan

It is a tribute to the strength of the field for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap that a horse who hasn’t lost since last winter and whose most recent effort toppled an international gathering of standouts is no better than fifth choice on the morning line for the historic eight-furlong test. Earning […]

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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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Belmont Stakes: Spinoff ‘Stayed Steady’ In Final Work, Intrepid Heart ‘Went Smoothly’

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he was pleased with the final breezes from a bevy of Belmont Stakes Racing Festival contenders on Saturday morning at Belmont Park. Visiting the main track shortly after the renovation break were Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets contenders Intrepid Heart and Spinoff along with Grade 1 Runhappy Metropolitan contender Coal […]

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‘Big Work’ From Spinoff Has Pletcher Trainee In Good Form For Belmont Stakes

It was a busy Saturday morning at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher as he breezed a number of stakes contenders in preparation for upcoming assignments in the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival set for Thursday, June 6 – Saturday, June 8. Wertheimer and Frere’s homebred Spinoff will make his next start in the Grade 1, […]

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Pletcher-Trained Coal Front ‘Going According To Schedule’ For Met Mile

Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front continued his preparations for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap when he breezed four furlongs in 50.55 seconds on Friday morning at Belmont for trainer Todd Pletcher. The move was the son of Stay Thirsty’s second work since an overseas triumph in the Group […]

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Coal Front Gives Pletcher, Ortiz First Dubai Winners In Godolphin Mile

It was Jose Ortiz’ first-ever start on Dubai World Cup night, and he had a tough task with the 12th post position in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile. Riding Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front, Ortiz was pushed four-wide down the backstretch and was still wide around the turn, but the pair […]

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OBS Spring 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale Catalog Now Online

The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 Spring Sale of Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com.┬áThe online catalog’s main page contains a link to a sortable master index providing searchable pedigree and consignor information as well as access to pedigree updates occurring since the catalog […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Tapit Takes Command

Following a relatively even-spread January, February’s graded stakes calendar saw assertive performances by the leaders of several divisions to gain separation against their peers, including a surge to the top of the sire standings by Gainesway’s cornerstone resident Tapit. Tapit doubled both his graded stakes winners and wins in February from two to four, vaulting […]

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