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Coal Front Holds Off Copper Bullet in Razorback Handicap

Two horses that had never been around two turns finished 1-2 in Monday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with front-running Coal Front, under John Velazquez, just holding off a fast-closing Copper Bullet at the wire of the 1 1/16-mile contest. Rated R Superstar finished third, with an unlucky […]

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Dolce Lili Gives Mott His Second Winner On The Card In South Beach

Don Alberto Stable’s homebred Dolce Lili was the second choice at 3-1 in Saturday’s $125,000 South Beach Stakes, and finished strong through the wire to earn her first stakes victory under jockey John Velazquez. The 5-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy gave trainer Bill Mott his second win on Gulfstream’s Pegasus World Cup card, completing the […]

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Pegasus: Top Contenders Complete Final Workouts, Bravazo Arrives In Florida

Working for the Pegasus World Cup on Saturday were Gunnevera, third in last year’s race and an earner of more than $4 million in purses, six furlongs in 1:13.20 at Gulfstream Park West; 2018 Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible, four furlongs in 48.42 seconds at Palm Beach Downs, fastest of 21 horses; and Cigar Mile […]

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Souper Tapit Determined In Sunshine Millions Classic Victory

Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Tapit captured Saturday’s $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic as the 3-2 favorite, taking advantage of a Hall of Fame trip under John Velazquez to prevail with a half-length decision. The 1 1/8-mile Classic capped Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions stakes action for horses bred in Florida, following the $100,000 Sprint, the $150,000 Turf […]

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Mind Control Readies For Distance ‘Test’ In Withers

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control, who captured the 149th running of the $150,000 Jerome on New Year’s Day, will take his next step towards the Kentucky Derby in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, slated for Saturday, February 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Greg Sacco, the talented son of Stay Thirsty picked […]

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‘Resolute’ Mihos Puts Jerkens On Derby Trail With Mucho Macho Man Win

Centennial Farms’ Mihos rallied off the pace to make his stakes debut a winning one in Saturday’s $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park. The Mucho Macho Man, the first stakes on Gulfstream’s Road to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1), was the last of five stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday’s 11-race program. Mihos, […]

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Turf Proves Right For Casa Creed In Kitten’s Joy Stakes

LRE Racing and JEH Racing Stable’s Casa Creed, racing for the first time on turf, forged a short lead from stubborn pacesetter Royal Urn in deep stretch and held off fast-closing favorite Henley’s Joy to upset Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream Park. The 7 ½-furlong Kitten’s Joy for 3-year-olds on turf was the fourth […]

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‘Green And Learning,’ Mind Control Takes Jerome On Front End

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control set the early pace and maintained that edge in the stretch, outkicking a charging Our Braintrust to win the 149th running of the $150,000 Jerome for newly minted 3-year-olds on Tuesday, New Year’s Day, at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y. The Jerome, the Big A’s first […]

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Opening Week Stakes Lure Leading East Coast Jockeys To Santa Anita

Five of the nation’s top six jockeys in purse earnings won this year will put their world-class talent on display opening day Wednesday at Santa Anita and on Saturday, Dec. 29, when the Grade I American Oaks will be run: the sensational Ortiz brothers, Irad Jr. and Jose; Florent Geroux, the regular rider of 2017 […]

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Coal Front Gets Back On Track With Mr. Prospector Victory

Making his second start off a 13-month layoff, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front captured his third graded-stakes victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park while registering a 3 ¾-length triumph in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 4-year-old son of Stay Thirsty was the beneficiary of a perfect trip under […]

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