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Local Hope Spun To Run Takes On ‘Wide Open’ Field In Pennsylvania Derby

Robert Donaldson’s Spun to Run will make his second Grade 1 start in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for Parx Racing-based trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero. The Hard Spun colt won the Smarty Jones at Parx Sept. 2 by a head after a stretch battle with Grey Magician. The Smarty Jones was the first graded stakes […]

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Jerkens ‘Can’t Knock’ Preservationist Ahead Of Jockey Club Gold Cup

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens hopes that the next couple of weekends are prosperous ones for his barn with two of his stable stars slated for Grade 1 action at Belmont Park. Coming fresh off a victory in the Grade 1 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets, Preservationist is targeting next Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold […]

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$510,000 Quality Road Colt Tops Sunday’s Session At Keeneland September

Trade continued at a brisk pace on Sunday at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, with the session headlined by the sale of a Quality Road colt for $510,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing. Select Sales, agent for Machmer Hall, consigned the top-priced yearling, who is a half-brother to Grade 3-placed Stainless. Out of the […]

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Spun To Run Battles Back To Beat Gray Magician In Smarty Jones Stakes

Robert P. Donaldson’s Spun To Run proved a valiant competitor in Monday’s Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx, battling back along the rail to defeat Gray Magician by a nose on the wire. Sent off as the 7-5 favorite, the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun ran 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track […]

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Motion Duo Headed For Saturday’s New Kent County Virginia Derby

The 17th running of the $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby (Gr. 3) on the Secretariat Turf Course at Colonial Downs, scheduled for this Saturday August 31, could feature a pair of Graham Motion trained three-year-olds in the field and another pair in under card stakes. “I’m inclined to enter both English Bee and Shootin […]

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Green Light Go Earned 84 Beyer In Saratoga Special, Pointed To Champagne

After recording an 84 Beyer Speed Figure for his 3 ¾ length triumph in Saturday’s Grade 2 Saratoga Special, conditioner Jimmy Jerkens reported Stronach Stables’ 2-year-old Green Light Go, now unbeaten in two starts, exited his victory in good order. The Stronach Stables homebred successfully won his debut wire-to-wire on July 4 at Belmont Park […]

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Green Light Go Makes It Look Easy In Saratoga Special

Stronach Stables’ homebred Green Light Go made short work his six rivals in Saturday’s G2 Saratoga Special, settling off the pace and pulling away in the stretch run to win by 3 3/4 lengths as the 3-2 favorite. The juvenile son of Hard Spun, ridden by Junior Alvarado for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, covered 6 1/2 […]

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A Thread Of Blue Goes All The Way In Saratoga Derby Invitational

Leonard Green’s A Thread of Blue was sent off as a 13-1 chance in Sunday’s $1 million Saratoga Derby Invitational, but the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun managed to hold his lead all the way around the turf course to win by a length over Digital Age (9-2). Ridden by Luis Saez for trainer Kiaran […]

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‘Why Not Try?’: Trainers Guerrero, Vera Seek Haskell Invitational Upsets

The TVG.Com Haskell Invitational has generally been a favorite bettor’s haven through the years. Of the 51 runnings of Monmouth Park’s signature race, 25 have been won by favorites – a 49 percent clip. But there have been exceptions to that, and trainers Juan Carlos Guerrero and Miguel Vera are counting on the Saturday, July […]

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Aptly-Named Hard Legacy Gives Norm Casse First Graded Win In Regret

Marylou Whitney’s homebred Hard Legacy gave trainer Norm Casse the first graded stakes win of his young career on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, taking the G3 Regret field from gate to wire to triumph by just over a length. The 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, ridden by Julien Leparoux, completed nine furlongs over the […]

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