Omaha Beach Never Had To Be Asked In Malibu Romp

Rick Porter’s Omaha Beach made it look easy for Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith on Saturday, cruising to the lead around the far turn and pulling away under a hand ride to win the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 3-year-old son of War Front covered seven furlongs over the fast […]

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Omaha Beach Takes On Roadster, Complexity In Opening Day Malibu

The morning line favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby, Richard Mandella’s Omaha Beach rates top billing in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Runhappy Malibu Stakes, one of four graded offerings on opening day at The Great Race Place. The Runhappy Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, has attracted a field of five, including this year’s Santa […]

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Grade 1 Winners Instagrand, Complexity Square Off In Sunday Allowance At Belmont

Accomplished graded stakes winners Instagrand and Complexity will square off in Closing Day Sunday’s third race, an allowance event going 6 ½ furlongs over the Belmont main track. Instagrand, an Into Mischief bay owned by Larry Best’s OXO Equine, has not raced since finishing eighth in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile on May 4 […]

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Returned To Sprinting, Mind Control ‘Full Of Himself’ For Woody Stephens

A talented field of 11 will square off in Saturday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Woody Stephens presented by Mohegan Sun, a seven-furlong sprint for sophomores on Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day, at Belmont Park. The Woody Stephens presented by Mohegan Sun is one of an unprecedented eight Grade 1 races on the card for the Grade 1, […]

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‘More Manageable’ Imperial Hint Makes Strong Impression; Game Winner Has Baffert ‘Excited’

Imperial Hint—TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint morning-line favorite Imperial Hint galloped 1¼ miles Wednesday morning under exercise rider Pedro Castillo. He looks to extend a three-race winning streak in which he has shown a marked ability to rate if needed. Swift enough to set the pace in virtually any scenario, including his one-length loss to Roy […]

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Brown Brigade Executes Penultimate Breeders’ Cup Works At Belmont

Continuing preparations for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 2-3 at Churchill Downs, Belmont fall meet-leading trainer Chad Brown sent a bevy of Breeders’ Cup contenders to both the main track and inner turf course for workouts Sunday morning. Impressive Grade 2 Miss Grillo winner Newspaperofrecord, pointing towards the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup […]

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‘Hopefully He Moves Forward’; Champagne Runner-Up Code Of Honor Will Contest Juvenile

W.S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor remains on track for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with his first work since finishing second to Complexity in the Grade 1 Champagne tentatively scheduled for Thursday or Friday, said Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey on Sunday morning. Code of Honor broke his maiden in gate-to-wire fashion on August […]

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Complexity Keeps It Simple With Front-Running Champagne Win

Favored at 5-2, Seth Klarman’s Complexity led from gate-to-wire in Saturday’s Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, cruising to a three-length win under Jose Ortiz. It was the second G1 on the day for Ortiz and trainer Chad Brown, who also won the Beldame with Wow Cat earlier on the card. Complexity, a 2-year-old […]

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