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‘Guts And Determination’: Mind Control Tops Blanket Finish In Toboggan

A three-horse photo finish in the 127th edition of Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan went to dual Grade 1-winner Mind Control as he made his 2020 debut a winning one in holding off a late charge from graded stakes winners Nicodemus and Sunny Ridge in the Aqueduct Racetrack stretch. The seven-furlong event over the main […]

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Prince Lucky Diagnosed With Bilateral Sesamoid Fractures; Surgeon ‘Optimistic’ He Can Be Saved

Multiple graded stakes winner Prince Lucky will have surgery this week to repair bilateral sesamoid fractures in his right front ankle, trainer Todd Pletcher told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday morning. The 4-year-old gelding by Corinthian, the second choice in Saturday’s G3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park, was pulled up sharply by jockey […]

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Veteran War Story Considered For Pegasus After Harlan’s Holiday Triumph

Imaginary Stables and Glenn Ellis’ War Story, a multiple-graded stakes winner with $2.9 million in earnings, turned in yet another game effort Saturday at Gulfstream Park to win the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3). “This horse fires almost every time out. He’s named correctly. He’s a warrior,” said Imaginary Stables’ John Guarnere said. The Harlan’s Holiday, […]

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‘Horse Of A Lifetime’: Champion Mare Sistercharlie To Race Again In 2020

Sistercharlie (IRE), one of the most accomplished turf horses of the decade, will remain in training for 2020, it was announced today. The five-year-old mare was North America’s champion turf mare in 2018 and is a contender for a second consecutive Eclipse Award for owner Peter M. Brant after a strong 2019 season in which […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: The Races To Fill Out The Podium

Following the rush of graded stakes races that occurred during and around the Breeders’ Cup in early November, the racing calendar eased off the gas pedal in the latter part of the month, and the very top of the American Graded Stakes Standings went practically unchanged. Without much activity at the very top of the […]

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Oscar Dominguez Holds United At Bay To Win Hollywood Turf Cup

Bruce Sands and Nancy Messineo’s Oscar Dominguez was able to hold off the late charge of Breeders’ Cup runner up United by a neck, winning Sunday’s Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup on closing day at Del Mar. The 6-year-old gelding by Zoffany raced near the rear of the field and angled out on the far […]

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Bernardini Filly Bellera Registers First Stakes Victory In Comely At Big A

Mathis Stables’ Bellera showed the form in which she started her career earlier this year, staying just off pacesetter Gold Standard until overtaking her from the outside at the top of the stretch and drawing away a 1 3/4-length winner in the 70th running of the $200,000, Grade 3 Comely for 3-year-old fillies on Friday […]

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Cox Hopes Gold Standard Will Continue To Step Forward In Friday’s Comely

Stonestreet Stables and LNJ Foxwoods’ Gold Standard handled a step up in class with a last-out runner-up effort in her stakes debut and will look for her first win against such caliber as part of an eight-horse field of sophomore fillies in Friday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Comely at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 70th running of the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Buzz Presented By TVG: Needing A Miracle In The Mile

The TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile is one of the most coveted races to win on the Breeders’ Cup card – but what if your life depended on winning it? In the Breeders’ Cup Buzz this week, we’re speaking to notable Thoroughbred industry names about their experiences with the World Championships and posing a few hypothetical […]

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Classic Notes: Math Wizard, Owendale Get First Looks At Santa Anita

Code of Honor – William Farish’s homebred colt jogged for a while Wednesday morning, then galloped 1 1/2 miles for exercise rider Lexi Pradun. Rider and horse returned to the barn area through the paddock at Santa Anita and returned to the paddock in mid-morning for more schooling in preparation for Saturday’s $6 million Longines […]

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