Midcourt, Higher Power, Improbable Top Hollywood Gold Cup Field

A race steeped in history dating back to the legendary Seabiscuit’s inaugural triumph in 1938, the Grade 1, $300,000 Hollywood Gold Cup will be run for the 81st time this Saturday at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. To be run at the classic North American distance of a mile and one quarter, locally based Midcourt, […]

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Chelsey Coady On Tom’s D’Etat: ‘For Someone To Just Trust Another Person With Your Best Horse Says A Lot’

While the Covid-19 crisis has fractured the racing industry, the virus brought Tom’s d’Etat and trainer Chelsey Coady together in late March at Oaklawn, where the millionaire Grade 1 winner has taken the track’s 2019 promotional slogan to heart: “Stay Until May.” Tom’s d’Etat returned to the work tab Friday morning, breezing a half-mile in […]

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Deep Field In Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap Could Preview Breeders’ Cup Classic

It’s not far-fetched to think that more than half of the 14-horse field entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) will be among the starters in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 7 at Keeneland based on the quality of the field. There are 10 graded stakes winners and 13 total stakes winners […]

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Improbable Breezes, Draws Outside 14 Post For Oaklawn Handicap

Grade 1 winner Improbable completed major preparations for the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses at 1 1/8 miles May 2 with a five-furlong workout over a fast track Sunday morning at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Later in the day, Improbable drew post 14 of 14 […]

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Tom’s d’Etat Rallies Past Improbable In Oaklawn Mile

Under a hand ride by Joel Rosario, GMB Racing LLC’s Tom’s d’Etat rallied wide into the stretch and ran down Improbable and Drayden Van Dyke to win Saturday’s $150,000 Oaklawn Mile at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. by three-quarters of a length. Bankit finished two lengths back in third, with Pioneer Spirit fourth in the […]

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‘A Tough Race’: Grade 1 Winners Improbable, Tom’s D’Etat Top Field Of 14 In Oaklawn Mile

Grade 1 winners Tom’s d’Etat and Improbable are among a full field of 14 entered in the $150,000 Oaklawn Mile for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the Oaklawn Mile, which goes as the ninth of 12 races, is 4:43 p.m. (Central). Racing begins Saturday, day 46 of the scheduled 57-day season, […]

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Tom’s D’Etat ‘Didn’t Miss A Lick’ Over The Winter, To Make 2020 Debut In Saturday’s Oaklawn Mile

The Oaklawn Mile is only in its second year and has already attracted two Grade 1 winners in Improbable and two-turn specialist Tom’s d’Etat, who is scheduled to make his 2020 debut in the $150,000 race for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn. Although his racing career has been limited to just 16 starts because of […]

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Dirt Mile Notes: Omaha Beach, Blue Chipper Both Blow Out Three Furlongs

Omaha Beach – Trainer Richard Mandella called an audible Tuesday morning and sent Breeders’ cup Dirt Mile favorite Omaha Beach to Santa Anita’s main track at 9 o’clock for a three-furlong blowout in 36 1/5. “We had set it up to work three-eighths tomorrow three days out, tomorrow. Just something easy in :37 and change. […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Powered By DRF Formulator: Baffert Trio Works

Three of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s four Breeders’ Cup pre-entries worked on Sunday morning, with Dirt Mile contender Improbable going a best-of-the-morning five furlongs in :59.20. Rafael Bejarano will be riding the City Zip colt for the first time as Mike Smith has opted to stay with race favorite Omaha Beach, who defeated […]

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