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Cavorting Rallies Strongly To Capture Test Stakes

Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Cavorting came home strongly down the Saratoga stretch to sweep by her rivals for a victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test Stakes Saturday afternoon. Sitting midpack off the pace set by champion Take Charge Brandi, Cavorting and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. began to roll on the far turn and took […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Hot Start For Velazquez At Saratoga

Saratoga kicked off its 147th season last week with a bevy of graded stakes racing action. Jockey John Velazquez got off to a hot start at the meet by riding the winners of three graded stakes – two of which were Grade 1 – that kept him squarely in the second spot on this week’s […]

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Absorbine Presents Eric Kalet’s Triple Crown Photo Blog: New York, New York

The Paulick Report welcomes back photographer Eric Kalet as he shares his unique perspective on-site at the track in the days leading up to the Belmont Stakes. Each day, we’ll see through Eric’s eyes the preparations, festivities, and important moments leading up to the American Pharoah’s attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner. Even […]

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Jacobson, Cruz Win Titles At Aqueduct’s Spring Meet

Trainer David Jacobson and jockey Angel Cruz each began the 19-day Aqueduct Racetrack Spring meet with a hot start and both cruised to the finish line to win their respective titles as the meet came to a close on Sunday at the Big A. Jacobson, who collected his third consecutive training title on the New […]

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After Early Trouble, Birdatthewire Best In Gulfstream Oaks

After fighting with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. in the early going, Forum Racing’s favored Birdatthewire was a determined winner of Saturday’s $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks, taking the lead from Eskenformoney in the final furlong of the Grade 2 event for 3-year-old fillies and winning by 1 1/4 lengths. Eskenformoney edged Danessa Deluxe by three-quarters of a length for second, […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Al Shaqab Making A Splash

The graded stakes action has finally begun to heat up as we head further into February, and so far there have been 35 graded stakes held. Although the season is still young, there have already been some noteworthy achievements on the American Graded Stakes Standings. A relative newcomer to the sport – especially on this […]

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Salutos Amigos Flies Late For Toboggan Victory

Salutos Amigos uncorked an eye-catching late charge to take the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct Saturday, his third consecutive stakes victory at the New York racetrack. The 3-5 favorite in a field of five, Salutos Amigos sat back off opening fractions of :23.08 and :45.30 set by front-running Dads Caps, who began to […]

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Three Stake Wins Earn Irad Ortiz Jockey of the Week Title

Irad Ortiz Jr. won three stakes, including a pair of Grade III races, to be named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week’s outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts, plus a public vote. They looked at races run from Jan. 26-Feb. 1. On Friday, […]

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Ocean Knight Victorious in Sam F. Davis

Despite running wide on both turns, Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Ocean Knight ran down a stubborn Divining Rod to win his stakes debut in the Grade 3, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday afternoon. Irad Ortiz, Jr., who won the Grade 3 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes a race before, kept Ocean Knight […]

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