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Grade 1 Winners Instagrand, Complexity Square Off In Sunday Allowance At Belmont

Accomplished graded stakes winners Instagrand and Complexity will square off in Closing Day Sunday’s third race, an allowance event going 6 ½ furlongs over the Belmont main track. Instagrand, an Into Mischief bay owned by Larry Best’s OXO Equine, has not raced since finishing eighth in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile on May 4 […]

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Mike Smith Picks Up Rosario’s Former Mount, Yoshida, For Breeders’ Cup Classic

As expected, the all-time winningest Breeders’ Cup jockey will not be without a ride in this year’s Classic. The Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman reported Friday that Mike Smith will ride Yoshida in the 1 1/4-mile race Nov. 2. The Hall of Fame jockey had been the regular rider for Classic favorite McKinzie, but trainer […]

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Oleksandra Kicks Clear In Franklin County

Team Valor International’s Oleksandra (AUS) found racing room between Morticia and the pacesetting Girls Know Best in deep stretch and went on to win the 23rd running of the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares by two lengths over Morticia before a Friday afternoon crowd of 19,026 at Keeneland. Trained by […]

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Breeders’ Cup Classic: Rosario Lands Mount On McKinzie

After telling Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith he would not be riding McKinzie in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, trainer Bob Baffert has handed the reins to Joel Rosario, the Daily Racing Form reported Wednesday. Smith had ridden McKinzie in each of his 13 starts to date. The Street Sense colt has won seven and […]

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Uni Overpowers First Lady Competition, Sets New Course Record At Keeneland

Far back in the early going, Uni made an electrifying stretch run under Joel Rosario to win Saturday’s $400,000, Grade 1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland , drawing off to win by  2 1/2 lengths and setting a new course record of 1:32.87 for a mile on turf. Juliet Foxtrot, who moved to the lead […]

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Stubbins Finds Clear Path From Last-To-First In Woodford

McShane Racing’s Stubbins was able to work out a clean trip from last-to-first in Saturday’s Grade 2 Woodward, pulling away to win by about three-quarters of a length at 7-1. It was the first graded stakes win for the 3-year-old son of Morning Line, ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Doug O’Neill. Stubbins completed 5 […]

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Promises Fulfilled, Whitmore Renew Rivalry In Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

Promises Fulfilled and Whitmore, who finished a head apart in last year’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2), will renew their rivalry Friday at Keeneland as they headline a field of 11 sprinters for the 167th running of the $250,000 race at 6 furlongs on the main track for 3-year-olds and up. Scheduled as the eighth […]

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Tuggle Gets Second Chance On Turf In Pilgrim Stakes

August Dawn Farm’s Tuggle will hope for a smooth trip in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for juveniles at Belmont Park. Trainer Jeremiah Englehart captured the 2018 Pilgrim for the same connections with Forty Under, who went on to finish sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. The veteran […]

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Velazquez Flying Out To Santa Anita To Ride Pair Of Baffert Trainees In Grade 1 Contests

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez has been engaged by Bob Baffert to ride Eight Rings and Bast in the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes opening day this Friday as Santa Anita continues to enhance its historic resume that began on Christmas Day 1934 and will culminate […]

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