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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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‘Deep’ Training Surface At Belmont An Advantage For Gotham Aspirant Mind Control

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control looks to be in fine fettle grinding out works at Belmont Park in preparation for the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham for 3-year-olds on Saturday, March 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack, trainer Gregory Sacco said Friday morning. “Knock on wood, he’s right on schedule and we can’t be doing […]

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Gotham: Sacco Ready To Start ‘Tightening The Screws’ On Mind Control

Grade 1 winner Mind Control most recently won the Jerome Stakes on Jan. 1, and trainer Greg Sacco is pointing him for the G3 Gotham Stakes in March at Aqueduct. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old son of Stay Thirsty has breezed four times since the Jerome, most recently a half-mile in :49.25 on Monday at Belmont […]

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Sacco Expects ‘Big Effort’ From Mind Control In Tuesday’s Jerome Stakes

Grade 1 Hopeful winner Mind Control headlines a talented field of six set to contest the 149th running of the $150,000 Jerome on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Jerome, a one-turn mile, marks the year’s first official prep race on the NYRA calendar that is part of New York’s “Road to the […]

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Mind Control Will Avoid Flight To Oklahoma, Re-Routes To Jerome

Trainer Greg Sacco was planning to send Grade 1 winner Mind Control to Oklahoma for Remington Park’s Springboard Mile on Dec. 16, but told horseracingnation.com on Monday that he would re-route the son of Stay Thirsty to Aqueduct’s G3 Jerome on Jan. 1 instead. The primary reason for the change, said Sacco, was the amount of travel […]

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Firenze Fire ‘A Go’ For Withers, Could Also Run In Gotham, Wood

Grade 1 winner Firenze Fire will run in Saturday’s G3 Withers, owner Ron Lombardi told bloodhorse.com. The sophomore son of Poseidon’s Warrior breezed four furlongs in :49.32 on Monday, convincing trainer Jason Servis that he was ready for another start. Most recently, Firenze Fire won the Jerome on Jan. 13 at Aqueduct. “It’s exciting,” Lombardi said. […]

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Firenze Fire Likely To Skip Withers, Point To Gotham

Trainer Jason Servis was pleased with Firenze Fire’s half-length victory in Saturday’s Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, reports drf.com. The colt had to come from off the pace against a significant track bias, but was able to overcome those obstacles. “I thought he had a lot to do, but Manny (Franco, jockey) got the job done,” Servis […]

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Weekend Lineup: Derby Preps In New Orleans, Hot Springs, New York?

As severe winter weather once again batters the eastern half of the United States, it is up in the air as to whether Aqueduct will have to reschedule the Jerome Stakes for a second time. Originally set for Jan. 1, the listed Jerome Stakes was re-drawn for Saturday, Jan. 13. The track had to cancel […]

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El Areeb ‘A Handful’ On Return To Training At Laurel Park

While Laurel Park is gearing up for the return of the Fall Festival of Racing – an annual extravaganza that features seven stakes worth $900,000 in purses including the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Saturday, Sept. 16 – trainer Cal Lynch is excited about another looming comeback. Laurel-based Lynch welcomed back M […]

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Lynch Believes El Areeb Will ‘Come Forward’ For Probable Wood Memorial Start

Though a final decision has yet to be made, M M G Stables’ multiple Grade 3 winner El Areeb is likely to take his next steps along the Triple Crown trail in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Laurel Park-based trainer Cal Lynch said the Wood and the $1 million Blue […]

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