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Runaway Lute Leads Holiday Fall Highweight At Aqueduct

A wide-open field of nine horses will battle it out for Thanksgiving spoils in the 105th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight going six furlongs on Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The traditional centerpiece of a 9-race Thanksgiving holiday card with a special 11:50 a.m. first post-time, the Fall Highweight will be featured along […]

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Irad Ortiz To Pilot ‘Level-Headed’ Sippican Harbor In Juvenile Fillies

Lee Pokoik’s Sippican Harbor, a stylish winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway, put in her final Breeders’ Cup prep this morning covering seven furlongs in 1:28.65 seconds under exercise rider M.C. Brock at Belmont. “She’s a willing work horse but I did work her in company with a turf horse that needed a work and […]

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‘Sensational Mind’ Gives Sippican Harbor A Leg Up On Other Juvenile Fillies

Trainer Gary Contessa is enjoying a resurgent 2018 campaign with 46 wins on the season, already 12 more victories than he recorded a year ago. The veteran conditioner reflected on his success during Thursday’s nightcap at Belmont Park as Poshsky splashed to victory in the slop to provide Contessa with his 13th win of the […]

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Flattered By Restless Rider, Sippican Harbor ‘Just So Good Right Now’

The two-length winner of Saratoga’s Grade 1 Spinaway, Sippican Harbor is on track for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies next month at Churchill Downs. Trainer Gary Contessa watched his star pupil breeze six furlongs in 1:13.81 over Belmont’s training track on Monday, her third work since the Spinaway. “She’s just so good right now,” said […]

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‘Sky’s The Limit’: Franco Rides 1,000th Winner Friday At Belmont Park

Jockey Manny Franco piloted his 1,000th career winner in Race 8 Friday at Belmont Park, riding New York-bred Courageous Bet ($14.60) to a 1 ¼-length victory in a six-furlong starter allowance on the inner turf for trainer Gary Contessa. It was Franco’s second win on the nine-race card, having won Race 6 aboard Illudere ($8.30), […]

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Bloodlines: ‘More Improvement To Come’ For Spinaway Winner Sippican Harbor

The result of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga was a positive milestone for second-crop sire Orb (by Malibu Moon), whose 2-year-old daughter Sippican Harbor came from last to first and won the stakes by two lengths. This filly had won her maiden in masterful style by 17 lengths in her previous start for […]

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‘Thrilling’ Sippican Harbor Will Train Up To Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Lee Pokoik’s Sippican Harbor is in good shape following her impressive last-to-first, two-length win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga, trainer Gary Contessa said Sunday morning. The 2-year-old filly by Orb won her second straight start after breaking her maiden by 17 lengths on August 12 at Saratoga. The victory came after placing fifth […]

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Sippican Harbor Surprises At 16-1 In Spinaway

Joel Rosario earned his second graded stakes win in a row at Saratoga on Saturday when he guided 16-1 longshot Sippican Harbor to a come-from-behind victory in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes. Owned by Lee Pokoik, the 2-year-old daughter of Orb covered seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:23.72, crossing the wire about […]

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Doc’s Products, Inc. Presents How To Fix: The ‘Territorial’ Horse With The Traffic Cone

In this month’s edition of How To Fix, we ask the experts for their thoughts on horses who are aggressive about the space in front of and inside their stall. It’s not uncommon on a racing barn to see one stall with a traffic cone in front, warning workers and visitors not to walk too […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Uncle Sigh Has Found Another Gear

It’s not often a horse rises to run in an American classic race, falls to a claimer, and then comes back up into the stakes ranks again. But that’s exactly what Uncle Sigh has done. On the eve of Whitney Stakes Day at Saratoga, the 7-year-old gelding finished a respectable second in his 31st career […]

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