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McCarthy ‘More Than Pleased’ With Muddy Works From Axelrod, Vibrance

Trainer Michael McCarthy brought five Breeders’ Cup hopefuls to Churchill Downs Tuesday from his Southern California base and Saturday morning produced the first works. Working in company over a track labeled muddy, Axelrod (Classic-GI) and Vibrance (Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies-GI) covered a half-mile in :48.40. Fractions on the work were :12.20, 24.20, :36.20 and […]

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Colonia Gets First Graded Win In Wild Running Of Pin Oak Valley View

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Maurice Lagasse, Haras d’Etreham and Bethlehem Stables’ Colonia earned her first graded stakes victory on Friday at Keeneland, weaving through traffic from the rear of the field to win the G3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes by a half-length on the wire. The 3-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees, ridden by Joe […]

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Distaff: Blue Prize ‘Did Everything Right’ In Penultimate Work, Bravo To Ride

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG), winner of the Oct. 7 Juddmonte Spinster (G1), returned to the Keeneland work tab Friday morning with a 4-furlong work in :47.20 in preparation for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Joe Bravo, who rode Blue Prize in the Juddmonte Spinster for Keeneland-based trainer […]

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Hokey Pokey? Blue Prize Darts In, Then Out, Still Wins Juddmonte Spinster

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize extended her win streak to three straight graded stakes on Sunday, adding her first top-level triumph with a victory in the G1 Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland. In the stretch, the 5-year-old daughter of Pure Prize ran erratically, first darting toward the rail and then away from it, but jockey Joe Bravo […]

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Kentucky Downs Sets New Marks For Wagering, Purses, Field Size

Kentucky Downs smashed its handle record for the sixth straight year, with a total of $36,421,722 wagered on the five-date meet. All-sources betting of $7,021,553 on Thursday was a record for the closing card. The total tops by 20 percent last year’s $30,246,888. Consider that Kentucky Downs set a betting record in 2013 of $12,814,891. […]

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Bravo Starts Stakes Triple With Elysea’s World In Violet

Joe Bravo doesn’t ride at Monmouth Park nearly as often as he used to but when he does he generally serves up a reminder of how he became a 13-time riding champion at the track. Bravo won three of the four stakes races on Saturday’s card, including the Grade 3 Violet Stakes with Elysea’s World […]

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Synchrony Off Slow But Finishes On Top In Red Bank Stakes

Favored at odds of 3-5, Pin Oak Stable homebred Synchrony gave some backers a scare when he was off a bit slowly at the start of Saturday’s Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes. Rounding the far turn on the inside rail, the 5-year-old son of Tapit surged for the lead, putting away 12-1 shot Abiding Star […]

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Axelrod Explodes To Smarty Jones Victory

Parx Racing returned from its two and a half week break with two stakes on the Saturday program. The Grade 3 $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for three year-olds went convincingly to Axelrod, while Aztec Sense dominated in winning the $100,000 Sal DeBunda PTHA President’s Cup. Coming off a 12-1 upset victory in the G3 Indiana […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Working For My Big Brother And My Little Brother’

Saturday, July 29, at Monmouth Park, jockey agent Jimmy Riccio “won” the day with his riders Joe Bravo and Jose Ortiz sweeping all six stakes races on the card, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational with Good Magic. “We just were on the right horses that day,” said Riccio, 40. “It looked like a good […]

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Berned Holds On Late In Molly Pitcher

Robert Masiello, West Point Thoroughbreds and Chris Larsen’s Berned was able to hold off the late run of Dreamcall to win Sunday’s Grade 3 Molly Pitcher Stakes by three-quarters of a length, giving jockey Joe Bravo his third win on the card. The 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini, trained by Graham Motion, covered 1 1/16 miles […]

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