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John Velazquez Equals Jerry Bailey’s Record 660 Graded Stakes Wins

Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form racked up a third graded stakes win on Saturday afternoon in the Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel at Belmont Park under a perfectly timed ride by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. The victory put Velazquez on even terms with fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey for most North American […]

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Significant Form Headlines Noble Damsel At Belmont Park

Set to make her first start since winning the Grade 2 Ballston Spa on Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course, Stephanie Seymour Brant’s Significant Form will look to capture her third graded stakes this year headlining a field of six in Saturday’s G3, $200,000 Nobel Damsel for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up on the […]

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True Timber Looks To Make The Grade In Kelso Handicap

Calumet Farm’s True Timber will attempt his first stakes victory when facing a wide-open field of seven assembled for Saturday’s 39th running of the Grade 2, $300,000 Kelso Handicap over the main track at Belmont Park. The one-turn mile for 3-year-olds and upward pays homage to the five-time Horse of the Year from 1960-64. Owned […]

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Blowout Goes Gate-To-Wire In Saturday’s Pebbles

Peter Brant’s ultra-consistent Blowout made a triumphant return to Belmont Park, posting a gate-to-wire 2 ¼-length victory over fellow Chad Brown trainee Seek and Destroy in the 27th running of the $200,000 Pebbles for sophomore fillies going one mile. Blowout, who won her only previous start at Belmont in the Wild Applause on June 22, […]

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Global Access Continues Banner Year For Live Oak, Trombetta

Live Oak Plantation’s Global Access was doing well the morning after edging Good Governance by a neck to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Saranac, trainer Michael Trombetta said Sunday morning at Saratoga. The ultra-consistent Giant’s Causeway colt won his second graded stakes in four starts and improved to 4-1-4 in 11 career starts when he […]

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Global Access By A Neck In Saranac

Live Oak Plantation’s Global Access bested a five-horse field of sophomores outkicking Good Governance by a neck to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Saranac over the firm inner turf at Saratoga Race Course. Piloted by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, Global Access broke sharply for the 1 1/16-mile event and went three-wide around the […]

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Graded Stakes Triple Nets John Velazquez Jockey Of The Week Title

The only jockey to win three graded stakes last week, John Velazquez was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for August 19-25, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North […]

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Code Of Honor ‘Put It Together’ At The Right Time For McGaughey

Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey could barely take a half-dozen steps outside his barn at Saratoga Race Course Sunday morning without being stopped by someone wanting to congratulate him on Code of Honor’s victory in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, the trainer’s fourth in the “Mid-Summer Derby.” “When I finally got a chance […]

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Travers Day Generates Record Handle For Second Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) generated a Travers Day record all-sources handle as fans wagered $52,129,344 on an afternoon that featured the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers. On-track handle was $11,657,493, which is also a new Travers Day record. A paid crowd of […]

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Velazquez Takes Code Of Honor Outside To Win The Travers

It had been 21 years since his third and most recent victory in the Grade 1 Travers, but trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey proved this Saturday that he still knows how to put a horse in that revered winner’s circle at Saratoga. He saddled W.S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor to cross the wire in third […]

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