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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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Lone Sailor Will Try To Take Advantage Of ‘Pace Set-Up’ In Haskell

The time-tested axiom that pace makes the race is precisely the reason that trainer Tom Amoss announced today that he has decided to send Lone Sailor – runner-up in the Ohio Derby and the Louisiana Derby – to Sunday’s betfair.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, bringing the field to six for the track’s signature race. Amoss was looking […]

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Real Story Front-Running Winner Of American Derby In Stakes Debut

Making his first try in stakes company, Jeffrey Amling and Merriebelle Stable’s homebred Real Story seized command at the start under Joe Bravo and was never headed, winning Saturday’s 104th running of the Grade 3 American Derby by 1 3/4 lengths for trainer Ignacio Correas IV at Arlington International Racecourse. Favorite Captivating Moon closed late […]

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Harlan Punch KO’s Iselin Foes At Monmouth Park

Harlan Punch made short work of three rivals in Saturday’s Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park, taking command at the start and never being seriously threatened en route to a 5 1/4-length victory under Joe Bravo. Owned and trained by David Jacobson, the 5-year-old gelded son of Harlan’s Holiday out of Indy […]

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Supreme Aura Earns His Stripes In Pegasus Stakes

Supreme Aura made amends for a disappointing winter that quickly took him off the Kentucky Derby trail by rallying from far back to score a neck victory over longshot Roaming Union in the $100,000 Pegasus Stakes Sunday at Monmouth Park, the final of four stakes races on the 13-race card. Ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by […]

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