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Sistercharlie Nails Ultra Brat On The Wire In Diana

Peter Brant’s Sistercharlie earned her second Grade 1 win in the United States on Saturday, getting up in the final strides to out-finish Ultra Brat in the $500,000 Diana Stakes. The 4-year-old Myboycharlie filly got a masterful ride from Hall of Famer John Velazquez, utilizing his rail advantage and helping the filly dig deep at […]

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After-The-Wire Interference In Belmont Derby Costs Boudot 15 Days

Pierre-Charles Boudot finished fifth aboard Kingstar in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby, but an incident after the wire has cost the jockey a 15-day suspension, according to racingpost.com. In the head-on replay, Kingstar can be seen drifting toward the rail and into the path of sixth-place finisher Maraud and jockey John Velazquez. NYRA stewards handed down […]

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‘Conflict Of Interest’: Repole Buys Out WinStar’s Interest In Noble Indy Ahead Of Dwyer

Owner Mike Repole has bought WinStar Farm out of their interest in 3-year-old colt Noble Indy ahead of Saturday’s Grade 3 Dwyer, according to the Daily Racing Form. Repole, who expressed frustration at Javier Castellano’s ride of the colt in the Belmont, speculating the horse’s trip ultimately benefitted WinStar runner and Triple Crown winner Justify. Repole […]

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Belt It Out: Saratoga Vs. Del Mar Jockeys In PDJF Karaoke Contest

In what will certainly be a battle of East versus West, jockeys at Saratoga and at Del Mar race tracks will compete against each other for the glory of the title of “Best Jockey Karaoke Performance.” The Del Mar jockey colony will take to the microphone first, performing at the Belly Up Tavern (143 S. […]

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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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Pletcher Springs The Upset With Prince Lucky In Easy Goer

It isn’t often that a horse trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez goes off at double-digit odds. Kicking off the stakes action on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes card, the high-percentage pair teamed up to send 14-1 Prince Lucky to a neck victory in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes. A 3-year-old son of Corinthian, […]

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Proctor’s Ledge, On Leave Prepare For Rematch In Just A Game

Proctor’s Ledge and On Leave, separated by only a half-length when finishing 1-2 five weeks ago, will meet again this Saturday at Belmont Park in the Grade 1, $700,000 Longines Just a Game for fillies and mares. The Just a Game is Race 8 on Saturday’s 13-race card and will serve as the first leg […]

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Rocketry Returns To Stakes Competition In Belmont Gold Cup Invitational

Centennial Farms’ Rocketry, a popular and decisive allowance winner last out,will get a test of both class and endurance as he makes his return to graded-stakes competition in the Grade 2, $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Friday at Belmont Park. The fifth running of the two-mile Gold Cup Invitational, for 4-year-olds and up on the grass, is among […]

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Ward Sends Out Potent Duo In Astoria

Trainer Wesley Ward, a name to be feared in the entry box for juvenile races across the globe, will send out a potent one-two punch in Thursday’s 107th running of the $150,000, 5 ½-furlong Astoria for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. The Ward pair of Athens Queen and Wonder Stone are each exiting an impressive […]

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Pletcher’s Belmont Duo Work ‘A Long Steady Five-Eighths With A Big Gallop-Out’

Trainer Todd Pletcher was a busy man Friday morning, shuttling between Belmont Park’s main track and training track as he fit in a number of scheduled works for next week’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in between the raindrops. The trainer called an audible for his two Belmont Stakes contenders, sending them to the training track, where they […]

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