McKinzie, Code Of Honor Retain Tops Spots In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie maintains his lead over William S. Farish’s 3-year-old Code of Honor and Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s 4-year-old Vino Rosso in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, with each horse holding onto the same positions as last week. Trained by Bob Baffert, McKinzie (261 votes), […]

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Mott On Classic: Tacitus Done For The Year, Elate To Be Cross-Entered

Bill Mott has ruled 3-year-old Tacitus out of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, according to drf.com, but the Hall of Fame trainer may still have two entrants for the $6 million contest. “We’re going to give him some time, let him grow,” Mott said of Tacitus, a Tapit son out of champion Close Hatches. Other […]

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Blue Prize Shocks Elate For Spinster Repeat

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) ran down odds-on favorite Elate in the final sixteenth of a mile, winning the 64th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) by a half-length before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 10,303 at Keeneland. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV and ridden by Joe Bravo, Blue Prize earned a fees-paid berth […]

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Elate Joins Top 10 Of Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s 5-year-old homebred mare Elate, winner of the Fleur de Lis (G2) and the Delaware Handicap (G2), has jumped into the Top 10 in the latest poll of the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, while Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie remains in first place. Elate (90 votes), a […]

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‘I Liked What I Saw With The Blinkers’: Tacitus Aims For Jockey Club Gold Cup

On Sunday morning at his Saratoga barn adjacent to the Oklahoma training track, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott reflected on a tough Saturday at the races that saw Tacitus run second in the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers and Elate complete the exacta in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti. “We didn’t […]

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Midnight Bisou Runs Down Elate In Personal Ensign

Two of this year’s top distaffers started in Saturday’s Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, and the pair met at the head of the lane for an all-out battle to the wire. Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou laid her heart on the line to nose out 4-5 favorite Elate in […]

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Asmussen, Mott Each Hold Strong Hand In Personal Ensign At Saratoga

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou, undefeated in five starts this season, looks to keep her perfect record intact while seeking her first career victory at Saratoga Race Course in Saturday’s Grade 1, $700,000 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti. The 70th running of the 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign for fillies […]

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Sistercharlie, Elate Join NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

The successful return of reigning champion turf female Sistercharlie (IRE) to the races and Elate’s overwhelming display of class helped launch the two distaffers into the top ten of this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. In her first start since capturing the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs last November, Peter Brant’s […]

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Elate Geared Down At The Wire In Easy Delaware Handicap Repeat

Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s homebred Elate made it back-to-back wins in the G2 Delaware Handicap this Saturday, posting another convincing victory in the Delaware Park feature race. The 5-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare was geared down in the final sixteenth of a mile by jockey Jose Ortiz, completing 1 1/4 miles in 2:02 2/5. […]

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