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Basin Runs Away With Hopeful, Tops Asmussen Trifecta

Jackpot Farm’s Basin (3-1) took to Saratoga’s sloppy main track with ease on Monday, skipping over the surface to win the Grade 1 Hopeful by 6 1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old and jockey Jose Ortiz completed seven furlongs in 1:23.48, giving freshman sire Liam’s Map, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, a first Grade 1 […]

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Mind Control Nails Photo Finish To Defeat Shancelot In H. Allen Jerkens

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control posted an upset in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Hopeful as a 2-year-old, and now the sophomore son of Stay Thirsty has another upset win at the Spa on his resume with a 10-1 shocker in Saturday’s G1 H. Allen Jerkens. Sitting in a perfect tracking position in third […]

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Sanford Winner By Your Side Takes Aim On ‘Prestigious’ Hopeful

Anderson Stables’ By Your Side is doing well after improving to 2-for-2 in his career following a three-length win in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford for 2-year-olds, trainer Eddie Kenneally said Sunday morning. The Constitution colt earned a 74 Beyer Speed Figure after staying just off pacesetter Tomato Bill’s early fractions in the six-furlong sprint […]

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‘You Can’t Train Heart’: Mind Control On Target For Woody Stephens

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control proved his connections prophetic, posting a 1 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Bay Shore at seven furlongs under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. The Gregory Sacco trainee won the Grade 1 Hopeful in September at Saratoga, putting him on an early potential Derby trail, […]

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Juvenile: Mind Control’s Final Work ‘Couldn’t Have Gone Any Better’

Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes winner Mind Control put in his final breeze for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile under exercise rider Benny Sanchez on Friday morning at Monmouth Park, according to the Asbury Park Press. The juvenile son of Stay Thirsty will be the first Breeders’ Cup starter for trainer Greg Sacco. “The last three weeks you […]

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‘Very Smart’ Mind Control On Target For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Mind Control came out of his second consecutive breeze in good order and remains on target for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 2 at Churchill, trainer Greg Sacco said by phone Sunday morning. The Stay Thirsty colt made a splash in his stakes debut, winning the seven-furlong Grade 1 Hopeful by three-quarters of a […]

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Breeders’ Futurity Favorite Mind Control Scratched After Spiking Fever

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Hopeful (G1) winner Mind Control was declared out of today’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland because of an elevated temperature. “We came in yesterday at 5 in the morning and his temperature was 102, and it stayed that way until 4 in the afternoon and we treated him,” […]

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Mind Control Authoritative Over Mucho In Hopeful Stakes

Owned by his breeder Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stable, juvenile Mind Control was impressive in Monday’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga. The son of Stay Thirsty, piloted by John Velazquez at odds of 10-1, took the lead in the backstretch and turned back a pair of rivals in the stretch to win by […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Weekend Play At Saratoga: A Hopeful Trifecta

Saratoga’s closing day card features the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds, and this year’s field offers an eight-colt lineup with several intriguing options. In today’s Weekend Play, let’s take a run at the trifecta. Race 10, G1 Hopeful, 7 furlongs In an effort to get some value here, let’s leave off the 8-5 morning-line […]

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Derby Date Will Try To Live Up To His Name In Monday’s Hopeful

A field of eight 2-year-old colts hope to graduate and earn their first career Grade 1 victory in Monday’s $350,000 Hopeful at seven furlongs on the main track. Carded as Race 10, with a local post time of 5:38 p.m. ET, the 114th running of the Hopeful will be shown on Saratoga Live, presented by […]

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