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Favored Le Vent Se Leve Ties Track Record In Champions Cup; Pavel Last

Odds-on-favorite Le Vent Se Leve won this year’s Grade 1 Champions Cup in record-tying speed of 1:50.1 and extended his winning streak to four. He is the fourth 3-year-old to claim the race (including the Japan Cup Dirt) following Kurofune (2001), Kane Hekili (2005) and Alondite (2006). Scoring three consecutive wins in his three starts […]

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Pavel ‘Very Comfortable’ With Local Surface Ahead Of Japan’s Champions Cup

American trainee Pavel has settled right into the routine at Japan’s Chukyo Racecourse, according to Doug O’Neill’s assistant trainer Leandro Mora. “He kept his weight on, and he hasn’t lost any appetite which is a sign of a horse that’s a great traveler and knows what to do,” Mora said. On Sunday, the 4-year-old son […]

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Miller’s Four-Win Saturday Puts Him Atop Trainer Standings At Del Mar

Trainer Peter Miller saddled four winners on Saturday to open a six-win lead over his pursuers and appear to salt away his third straight Del Mar fall training championship and his fourth in the five years of the meet’s existence. Miller’s wins Saturday came with Gray Magician (2nd, Flavien Prat, $3.00), Acker (3rd, Rafael Bejarano, […]

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Pavel ‘In Fine Condition’ For Japan’s Champions Cup

The sole North American contender for this year’s Grade 1 Champions Cup in Japan, the U.S.-trained¬†Pavel arrived safely at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Wednesday. The Doug O’Neill-trained 4-year-old colt was then transported to the quarantine facilities at the JRA Horseracing School Quarantine Center, where he arrived at 10:35 a.m., completing about a […]

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Del Mar Cards Jimmy Durante, Seabiscuit Handicap On Saturday

A field of 13 was set for the $100,000 Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes and 12 for the Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap as entries closed and post positions drawn Wednesday for Saturday’s nine-race card at Del Mar, which includes the stakes double-header. The Jimmy Durante, which goes as the fifth race, is a mile […]

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Lava Man ‘Looks Phenomenal,’ Returns To Santa Anita Park

Fan-favorite racehorse-turned-stable pony Lava Man has once again returned to Santa Anita Park. The 17-year-old gelding underwent colic surgery on July 31 this year, and was sent back to trainer Doug O’Neill’s stable in late August. From there, the Hall of Fame racehorse was sent to a farm to continue his recovery. “Lava Man is […]

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I’ll Have Another Returning To America, To Stand At Ballena Vista Farm In California

I’ll Have Another, a U.S. champion and dual classic winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is returning to the United States, relocating to Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., for the 2019 breeding season after standing his first six seasons in Japan. After winning the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, I’ll Have Another […]

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Lakerball Upsets Surfer Girl At 33-1

At 33-1, the longest shot in a field of six juvenile fillies in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita, Lakerball sped to the lead from her outside post and held sway throughout under Mario Gutierrez, winning by a head as heavily favored Summering could manage no better than a third place finish under […]

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Monday’s Zuma Beach Draws Wide Open Field Of Eight Juveniles

In what appears to be a completely wide open contest, Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita has attracted a field of eight juveniles, with Bob Baffert’s Much Better, Jeff Bonde’s King of Speed, Jerry Hollendorfer’s More Ice, Doug O’Neill’s Takeo Squared and Jack Sisterson’s Ship of the Line all meriting serious consideration. MUCH […]

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Van Dyke, Miller Secure Meet-Leading Titles At Del Mar

Drayden Van Dyke went from six behind in the rider standings to one in front with a Del Mar record-tying seven wins on Sunday, Aug. 19, and tenaciously held on through the final 11 days of the meeting to secure his first major Southern California riding championship at the 79th Del Mar summer meeting. The […]

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