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Karak First Winner For Karakontie; Filly Headed To Royal Ascot

Trainer Wesley Ward sent out yet another stellar looking 2-year-old on Saturday as Breeze Easy’s Karak took the Belmont Park opener over the Widener turf course, providing Karakontie his first victory as a stallion. Ward plans on sending Karak to the Group 2, $128,000 Norfolk at Royal Ascot. Ward and Breeze Easy teamed up to […]

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First Starter Marks First Winner For Spendthrift’s Wicked Strong

Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Wicked Strong was represented by his first winner in the opener Sunday at Keeneland when his two-year-old filly Secretly Wicked won on debut in a $60,000 Maiden Special Weight race. Owned and trained by Jack Hancock, the chestnut filly overhauled the pacesetter on the turn and proved best in the stretch […]

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‘Extra Special’: Cherie DeVaux Saddles First Winner Friday At Gulfstream

Cherie DeVaux saddled the first winner of her training career at Gulfstream Park Friday, visiting the winner’s circle with Traveling ($25.80) after Race 6, a mile turf race for $50,000 maiden claimers. Traveling, a 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat who had run three prior races, was DeVaux’s 29th starter. “I’m very excited. It […]

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Lucky 13: Irishman Egan Rides First North American Winner At Laurel

Jockey David Egan, England’s champion apprentice of 2017, registered his first North American victory when Mohan Stable’s Bobby G galloped to a 5 ½-length win in Friday’s fourth race at Laurel Park. Making his 12th career start and first since being claimed for $5,000 off a 13 ½-length win Feb. 2 by trainer Jose Corrales, […]

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‘It Felt So Good To Win Here’: Firsts All Around On Saturday At Santa Anita

Multi-cultural firsts were the order of the day Saturday at Santa Anita. Posting their first victories at The Great Race Place were jockeys Andrea Atzeni, Jean Diaz Jr. and Shane Foley. The 27-year-old Atzeni, a native of the Mediterranean island Sardinia, won the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes for trainer Simon Callaghan on True Valour […]

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‘Can’t Beat This Feeling’: Jockey Virginia Tormey Celebrates First Career Winner

Jockey Virginia Tormey, 23, earned her first career victory Friday when she guided Miss Chuckie H to win the first race at Turfway Park by 8 ½ lengths. Breaking from post seven, Tormey positioned Miss Chuckie H just outside the leader before taking over on the turn of the 6 ½ furlong test for older […]

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Agent Nakatani Celebrates Jockey Angel Cruz’ First Victory

It was business as usual Sunday morning for 23-year-old Santa Anita newcomer Angel (pronounced AIN-jell, as in a celestial being) Cruz and his 26-year-old agent, Matt Nakatani, son of Corey Nakatani. Cruz won his first race at Santa Anita Saturday with only his second mount this meet, piloting The Hunted to an impressive 5 ¼-length […]

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Freshman Sire Alpha Gets First Winner At Belmont Park

Albie made a successful career debut when he charged from just off the pace to capture a maiden special weight contest on the turf at Belmont Park on Sept. 23. The chestnut colt became the first winner for his dual Grade 1-winning sire, Alpha, whose first crop are hitting the racetrack this year. Breaking alertly under jockey […]

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Verrazano Gets First Winner In Chile

Verrazano posted his first winner anywhere in the world on Aug. 18 when Copia Ciega (Verrazano x Dharana, by Street Cry) scored an impressive debut victory at Hipodromo Chile in Santiago. A homebred for Haras Dona Icha trained by Carlos Hernandez Urbina, she powered clear to win the five-furlong dirt maiden race by more than four […]

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Super Ninety Nine Sires First Winner At Laurel Park

Little Miss Raelyn took to the front and never looked back to win a waiver maiden claiming race on Sunday at Laurel Park and become the first winner for her sire, Super Ninety Nine. The debuting filly completed the five-furlong race in 59.10 seconds over a fast main track under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. Bred […]

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