Full Sister To Destin, Creative Cause Steps Up In Fair Grounds Oaks

One of the more intriguing entrants on Louisiana Derby Day, Apr. 1, is sophomore filly Vexatious in the Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks. In a trio of starts, the impeccably bred bay filly has shown flashes of promise for the top connections of trainer Neil Drysdale and owner Calumet Farm, while facing solid […]

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Pletcher Brings Strong Record To Sam F. Davis With Two Entrants

Todd Pletcher tackled the (now)-Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes for the first time in 2000 with Impeachment, when Tampa Bay Downs raised the purse money for the race from $25,000-added to $40,000-guaranteed. The winner, trainer Ken McPeek’s Go Lib Go, had won the Grade III Tropical Park Derby at Calder two starts earlier, but […]

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Arrogate Breezes Under The Wire Well Clear In Fastest Travers Ever

The betting public at Saratoga, a crowd of 48,630, had had little doubt in the ability of Juddmonte Farm’s Flintshire, making him the 1-5 favorite in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer the race before the marquee event of the upstate New York track’s biggest day of the year. For the Travers itself, Juddmonte’s entry Arrogate was […]

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Communication Breakdown: Castellano, Agent Parting Ways

Javier Castellano, Eclipse Award winning jockey the past three years, is splitting with longtime agent Matt Muzikar at the end of the current Saratoga meet, Daily Racing Form reported on Wednesday. “Any relationship needs good communication,” Castellano was quoted as saying, “and we didn’t have it; that’s part of the problem.” Castellano, currently third in […]

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Exaggerator Draws Post Seven Of 14 In Travers Stakes

Big Chief Racing, Rocker O Ranch and Head of Plains Partners’ Exaggerator drew the center post number 7 of the 14-horse G1 Travers field at Saratoga this Saturday. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by jockey Kent Desormeaux, the sophomore son of Curlin enters the Travers off a strong victory in the Haskell Stakes at […]

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Exaggerator Leads 22 Nominations To Aug. 27 Travers Stakes

Led by Grade 1 Preakness and Haskell Invitational winner Exaggerator and the 1-2 finishers in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Creator and Destin, a total of 22 3-year-olds were nominated to the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 27 at Saratoga Race Course. Exaggerator, who as a 2-year-old won the […]

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Maiden No More: Laoban Posts Shocking Upset In Jim Dandy

McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable’s Laoban posted a shocking upset when leading gate-to-wire to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, winning by just 1 1/4 lengths over a field of talented sophomore contenders. The son of Uncle Mo covered nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:48.39, proving trainer Eric […]

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Weekend Lineup: Triple Crown Rematches In The East, Beholder Center Stage In The West

As if any showdown could top what California Chrome and Songbird displayed for racing fans last weekend, the racing secretaries have seen fit to try to do just that this weekend. A pair of Triple Crown rematches highlight the weekend on the east coast, along with the appearance of Flintshire at Saratoga, while on the […]

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Creator, Destin Clash Once Again In G2 Jim Dandy

Creator and Destin have had a brief freshening since their memorable stretch battle in the Belmont, as has Jim Dandy hopeful Governor Malibu, trained by Christophe Clement, who was a troubled fourth in the “Test of the Champion” on June 11. Also making his first appearance since Belmont Stakes Day is Race Me Home, who […]

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American Pharoah
Drape: Despite Thrilling Finish, Belmont Stakes ‘A Letdown’ After American Pharoah

There has been plenty of discussion over the past several months about an ‘American Pharoah effect’ in horse racing – would those fans drawn to the sport because of the Triple Crown winner’s exploits remain involved, and could racing continue to attract new ones? Although it may be too early to definitively answer those questions, […]

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