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Justify Defeats Bolt D’Oro Under Masterful Ride In Santa Anita Derby

He’s been highly touted for weeks now, but Justify finally had the chance to prove himself in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy, winner of both of his career starts thus far, took the lead out of the gate and cruised around the track all alone on the front […]

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Mind Your Biscuits Flies By X Y Jet For Golden Shaheen Repeat

For the second year in a row, Mind Your Biscuits will be leaving the UAE with some new hardware for his trophy cabinet. The 5-year-old son of Posse came flying from last in Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Shaheen to cross the wire a head in front of a very game X Y Jet. Trained by […]

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‘Extremely Impressive’ Justify Wins Santa Anita Allowance By 6 1/2 Lengths

In one of the most impressive efforts by any 3-year-old, anywhere this year, Bob Baffert’s striking chestnut colt Justify thoroughly dominated four other sophomores by 6 ½ lengths Sunday at Santa Anita as he stretched out to a flat mile in a $56,000 first condition allowance.  With the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby looming on April […]

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Stallwalkin’ Dude Gets 20th Career Victory Under 134 Pounds In Fall Highweight

Head of Plains Partners and David Jacobson’s Stallwalkin’ Dude overtook Ready for Rye in the stretch and fended off Threefiveindia’s challenge to win the 104th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap for 3-year-olds and up Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at Aqueduct racetrack. The veteran Stallwalkin’ Dude, who made his 59th career start, stayed […]

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Japanese-Bred Yoshida Game In Hill Prince

Yoshida found a narrow opening in midstretch under Manny Franco and out-kicked his rivals to win the Grade 3, $500,000 Hill Prince Saturday at Belmont Park. Lucullan finished second, beaten a neck, with 6-5 favorite Bricks and Mortar a half length back in third, Frostmourne fourth and pace-setting Secretary of War fifth in the field […]

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Uni Gets First North American Win In Sands Point

Michael Dubb and Head of Plains Partner’s British-bred filly Uni scored her first North American stakes win Saturday at Belmont Park, capturing the Grade 2, $400,000 Sands Point with a strong closing run in the middle of the stretch to win by a neck over front-running multiple-graded stakes winner La Coronel. The win was the […]

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Coal Front Stays Unbeaten With Frontrunning Amsterdam Victory

Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front led the field wire-to-wire in Saturday’s G2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of Excitations to earn his first graded stakes win. The sophomore son of Stay Thirsty is now unbeaten in three career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. Ridden by John Velazquez […]

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Mike Smith Show Continues At Belmont As American Anthem Takes Woody Stephens

No rider at Belmont Park is hotter than Mike Smith right now; the Hall of Famer has already won four races half-way through the card. In the G2 Woody Stephens, Smith gave a textbook ride to Bob Baffert trainee American Anthem, who drove away in the lane to score by 3 1/4 lengths. A 3-year-old […]

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Versatile Illuminant Adds Monrovia To Her Resume

She won the G1 Gamely Stakes over 9 furlongs last year, but Eclipse Thoroughbreds, Head of Plains Partners and SF Bloodstock’s Illuminant successfully cut back in distance to capture this year’s G2 Monrovia Stakes over about 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course. The 5-year-old daughter of Quality Road, ridden by Flavien Prat, […]

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Japanese-Bred Yoshida Airs In James W. Murphy

China Horse Club, SF Bloodstock, Head of Plains Partners and WinStar Farm’s Yoshida was the easiest of winners in Saturday’s $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes, rallying from last of the 12-horse field to pull away in the stretch, crossing under the wire open lengths in front, geared down with his ears pricked under Joel Rosario. […]

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