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Travers-Bound Gronkowski Pleases Brown With ‘Strong Work’ On Sunday

Grade 1 Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski breezed five furlongs in 1:01.44 on the Saratoga main track Sunday morning, completing his fourth work at Saratoga leading up to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 25. Trained by Chad Brown, Gronkowski worked five furlongs for a third straight week, going over a track listed as good. Jose Ortiz, who […]

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Raging Bull Gives Brown A Fourth Consecutive Hall Of Fame Stakes

Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, Peter Brant’s Raging Bull put in a big effort to win Friday’s Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes by a nose. The 3-year-old son of Dark Angel, ridden by Joel Rosario, came flying late to finish 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga’s yielding turf course in 1:43.69. The win gave […]

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‘Part Of The Family’: Mind Your Biscuits Preparing For Whitney Showdown

New York-bred Horse of the Year Mind Your Biscuits, the 2-1 morning-line second choice in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney at Saratoga, continues to instill confidence among his connections that he is the horse to beat in the historic 1 1/8-mile “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on […]

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Rosario Picks Up Mount On Favored Accelerate In Pacific Classic

According to drf.com, jockey Joel Rosario will be named to ride Accelerate in the Aug. 18 Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Trainer John Sadler will saddle the probable favorite in search of his third Grade 1 win at 1 1/4 miles this season. “We won the title here, won some big races together,” Sadler said. Accelerate’s […]

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Channel Maker, Glorious Empire Dead Heat In Bowling Green

After 1 3/8 miles of Saratoga’s Mellon turf course, Channel Maker and Glorious Empire were unable to be separated at the wire; placing judges declared the finish a dead heat in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes. Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire led all the way, and Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable’s Channel Maker came rolling […]

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Mind Your Biscuits Completes ‘Heavy Lifting’ Ahead Of Whitney Stretch-Out

Multiple graded stakes winner Mind Your Biscuits registered his final work before a planned start in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney at 1 1/8 miles on August 4. With jockey Joel Rosario aboard, the strapping chestnut breezed a half-mile in 49.88 seconds over the main track listed as fast just before 9 a.m. Friday. […]

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Mind Your Biscuits Showing The Right Signs For Whitney Stretch-Out

Two-time New York-bred Horse of the Year Mind Your Biscuits moved one step closer Friday morning to the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney for older horses at 1 1/8 miles on August 4 with a seven-furlong breeze before galloping out a mile over Saratoga’s main track. The Whitney is a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Classic this fall […]

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Fipke Ordered To Pay Rosario $110,000 Over Breeders’ Cup Distaff Rider Change

Joel Rosario was told in the weeks leading up to the 2017 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar that he would have the mount on Distaff contender Forever Unbridled, with whom he won the G1 Personal Ensign earlier in the year. At the time of entry, however, drf.com reports that owner Charles Fipke made a last-minute decision […]

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Royal Ascot: Ward-Trained Filly Shang Shang Shang Wires Norfolk Stakes By A Nose

The only filly in a field of 10 juveniles, Shang Shang Shang took up the early running and held on late to capture the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot Thursday. The daughter of Shanghai Bobby broke sharply under Joel Rosario and held off the charge of 20-1 Pocket Dynamo to prevail by a […]

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Ward-Trained Shang Shang Shang Bids For Breeders’ Cup Berth In Thursday’s Norfolk

Breeze Easy LLC’s Kentucky-bred Shang Shang Shang and AlMaohamediya Racing’s Konchek (GB) lead 10 2-year-olds in Thursday’s 5 furlong Norfolk Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot, with the winner receiving the first automatic berth into the new $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is an international series of 82 stakes races, […]

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