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Despite Slow Work, Lukas Sees Bright Future For Bravazo

Calumet Farm’s Grade 1 Travers-bound Bravazo was feeling fine following Wednesday morning’s breeze, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. The son of Awesome Again worked a half-mile in 51.60 seconds over the Oklahoma training track. Lukas said the time wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, but the 82-year-old conditioner said he will […]

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‘Big Horse’ Good Magic Exits Haskell In Good Order, On To Travers

The van carrying 2018 Haskell Invitational hero Good Magic departed Monmouth’s backstretch at 6:30 A.M. Monday and he was back in Chad Brown’s barn after the uneventful four-hour trip to Saratoga. Brown reiterated that he is targeting the $1.25 million Travers next for the 2018 Haskell victor, who on Sunday earned a spot in the starting gate for the $6 […]

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Bravazo, Lone Sailor Arrive At Monmouth For Sunday’s Haskell

Bravazo and Lone Sailor, two of the seven combatants for the Sunday’s $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational, arrived on the Monmouth Park backstretch Saturday morning after their separate van rides from Saratoga Race Course. “The trip was about four hours and Bravazo was awesome the entire way,” said Arielle Witkowski, who is looking after the colt on behalf of Hall of Fame trainer […]

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6-5 Morning Line Favorite Good Magic To Break From Post Six In Haskell

Good Magic, the reigning 2-year-old champion male horse, will look to regain his winning ways when he headlines a field of seven top-flight sophomore runners in Sunday’s 51st renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. The Eclipse Award-winning Good Magic, a Stonestreet Stables homebred who is owned by e Five […]

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Pletcher Looks For Seventh Jim Dandy Victory With Vino Rosso

A field of five 3-year-olds will be sent from the gate in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets. The 55th running of the 1 1/8-mile route will be broadcast on Saratoga Live from 6-7 p.m. nationally on FS2 from 4-7 p.m. and shown regionally on MSG+, FOX Sports Prime Ticket and […]

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Bravazo Demonstrates ‘Shake-The-Trees’ Work In Haskell Preparation

Calumet Farm’s Bravazo put in his final work leading up to next Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, clocking 48.77 seconds for a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track listed as good. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the work was just what his colt needed. “What we’re trying to do is just put him […]

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Racing Club-Owned Warrior’s Club ‘The Real Deal,’ Says Lukas

Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Warrior’s Club has raced on the grandest of stages throughout his 24-race career including the undercard of the Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Belmont Stakes (GI) but the colt hopes to rebound from a disappointing effort in the Met Mile (GI) three weeks ago in Saturday’s $75,000-added Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes at his home track […]

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Warrior’s Club Takes On Chief Cicatriz In Kelly’s Landing

Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Commonwealth Stakes (Grade III) winner Warrior’s Club will face off against impressive Aristides (GIII) winner Chief Cicatriz in Saturday’s $75,000-added Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs The Kelly’s Landing, which attracted a field of 10 sprinters, is one of three stakes races on Churchill Downs’ 12-race closing day card. The seven-furlong Kelly’s Landing will go […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Four Horsemen Of The Belmont?

Perhaps even more than usual, the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes is represented by the most recognizable names in the sport of horse racing. Many of the top jockeys have mounts but check out the trainers’ list — a collection of current and sure-to-be Hall of Famers, plus others who have resumes befitting the […]

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Romans: ‘Very Few People Know How To Prepare’ For A Mile And A Half

Free Drop Billy had an uneventful morning galloping 1 5/8 miles under Juan Segundo during Churchill Downs’ 7:30-7:40 a.m. slot restricted to Belmont Stakes horses – and that’s the way trainer Dale Romans wants it. “Very uneventful,” Romans said. “He did what he was supposed to do, and he did it the way he’s supposed […]

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