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Schnell Spends Every Moment Alongside Ogden Phipps Hopeful Escape Clause

Don Schnell, trainer and co-owner of 5-year-old Manitoba-bred Escape Clause, spends every waking moment with the hard-knocking mare, who will make her 32nd career start at her 10th different track on Saturday when she bursts from the gate in the Grade 1, $700,000 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park. Assiniboia, Century Downs, Canterbury, Zia Park, Northlands Park, […]

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Escape Clause Gets Rematch With Midnight Bisou In Ogden Phipps

Multiple Grade 1 winner Midnight Bisou, who is a perfect three-for-three so far this year, leads a talented field of seven entered for the 51st running of the Grade 1, $700,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday at Belmont Park. The Ogden Phipps is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re […]

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Escape Clause To Get Another Crack At Midnight Bisou In Ogden Phipps

A game runner-up effort behind Midnight Bisou in the G1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn convinced trainer Don Schnell to give Escape Clause another crack at her three-time G1-winning multimillionaire rival in the G1, $700,000 Ogden Phipps on Belmont Stakes Day, June 8, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Owned by Schnell in partnership with Barry Arnason and […]

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Turf Paradise-Based Escape Clause To Become Trainer’s First Grade 1 Starter In Apple Blossom

Canadian star Escape Clause arrived Monday night after a 21-hour van ride from her base at Turf Paradise in Phoenix to run in Sunday’s $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. Owner-trainer Don Schnell said Escape Clause left Sunday morning and the lengthy trip, approximately 1,300 miles, was […]

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Canadian Star Escape Clause Confirmed For Apple Blossom

There will be even more Canadian flavor in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., after owner/trainer Don Schnell said that multiple stakes winner Escape Clause would run in the 1 1/16-mile race April 14. Escape Clause has been a win machine in Canada and the Pacific and Mountain […]

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Dream Tree, Escape Clause, Marley’s Freedom And Paradise Woods In Epic Santa Monica

In what shapes up as a truly star-studded affair, Dream Tree, Escape Clause, Marley’s Freedom and Paradise Woods headline a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs. Although she flopped as the 3-5 favorite in the opening day Grade 1 La Brea at the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I’ve Bought A Lot Of Slow Ones, Too’

It was his 898th training victory, but easily the one that meant the most to Canadian-born Don Schnell. His Escape Clause won the G3 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday by 5 ½ lengths, then jogged back to meet her owner and trainer in the winner’s circle for his first graded stakes […]

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Escape Clause Exits La Canada Score ‘Well,’ Targeting Either Buena Vista Or Beholder Mile

Escape Clause already has accomplished something that escapes most horses: winning 19 races, done in a career of 28 starts. The five-year-old mare bred in Manitoba, Canada, captured Saturday’s Grade III La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita by 5 ½ lengths under Tyler Baze for owner/trainer Don Schnell and thus cemented her standing as one […]

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Consistent Escape Clause ‘Just Galloping’ In La Canada Victory

The pride of Western Canada, Manitoba-bred Escape Clause took full command midway around the far turn en route to a resounding 5 ½ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita—her first ever graded stakes win. Owned and trained by Don Schnell and ridden by Tyler Baze, Escape Clause, who […]

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Speedy Fahan Mura, Escape Clause Rate Top Chances In Robert J. Frankel

A pair of speedsters, Pennsylvania-bred Fahan Mura and Manitoba-Canadian-bred Escape Clause would appear to rate good chances in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Named in honor of the legendary late Hall of Fame conditioner, the Frankel has attracted a wide open field of eight fillies and mares aged […]

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