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A Raving Beauty Leads Gate-To-Wire In First Lady

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ A Raving Beauty got back to the winner’s circle for the first time since June in Saturday’s G1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland, earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in the process. The 5-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman, ridden by John Velazquez for […]

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Malibu Moon Filly Come Dancing Splashes Home First In Royal Delta

Blue Devil Racing Stable’s Come Dancing surged to the lead and never looked back, outkicking 8-5 favorite Berned and No Need to Appeal to cruise to a gate-to-wire 6 ¼-length win in the inaugural running of the $100,000 Royal Delta for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up on Sunday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. […]

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Mind Control Authoritative Over Mucho In Hopeful Stakes

Owned by his breeder Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stable, juvenile Mind Control was impressive in Monday’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga. The son of Stay Thirsty, piloted by John Velazquez at odds of 10-1, took the lead in the backstretch and turned back a pair of rivals in the stretch to win by […]

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Sistercharlie Now Highest-Ranked Turf Horse In NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Four-year-old filly Sistercharlie moved to eighth on this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll after her third Grade 1 win of the season in Saturday’s Beverly D. at Arlington International Racecourse and is the top-rated turf horse in the Poll. The Beverly D. confirmed her status as the nation’s leading turf female and her consistency at […]

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Favored Sistercharlie Tops Brown Trifecta In Beverly D

For the fourth year in a row, trainer Chad Brown saddled the winner of the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes at Arlington Park. In fact, he sent out the top three finishers in the 2018 edition of the 1 3/16-mile turf contest. “It’s very rewarding for my staff and my owners and my mentor, I’m […]

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Carrick Upsets Analyze It In Hard-Fought Secretariat Victory

Donegal Racing’s Carrick provided a 38-1 upset in Saturday’s Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes, besting the talented 4-5 favorite Analyze It by a half-length at the wire. A 3-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, Carrick covered 1 1/4 miles over Arlington Park’s “good” turf course in 2:01.04. Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Tom Morley, Carrick earned […]

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Pletcher, Asmussen Send Out Talented Juveniles In Sunday’s Saratoga Special

Trainer Todd Pletcher will send a pair of debut winners into their first career stakes start as Meade and Spinoff comprise one-third of a six-horse field of juveniles in the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special presented by Miller Lite on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Listed as Race 8 on a 10-race card with an […]

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‘Consistent’ Money Multiplier Could Head Back To Qatar After Breeders’ Cup

Al Shahania Stud’s Manager Dean Lavy is a man with a plan and he had just that when he purchased Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million contender Money Multiplier on behalf of Qatari ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani. Formerly owned by Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, the 6-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky was bought […]

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Tapwrit ‘Struggled With The Track,’ Will Be Trained Toward Woodward

Following Tapwrit’s distant fourth-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney after thunderstorms delayed the start contributing to a sloppy track, trainer Todd Pletcher made no excuses for the 4-year-old son of Tapit, who still remains in search of his first win since capturing the last year’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. “He seemed to come out of the race […]

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Patch, Outplay Looking To Rebound In Sunday’s Alydar

Trainer Todd Pletcher will be represented by a pair of runners as he seeks his third victory in the $100,000 Alydar at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday at Saratoga. Calumet Farm’s homebred Patch, the bay Union Rags colt who became famous on the 2017 Triple Crown trail for his uncommonly cycloptic vision, will carry the banner from […]

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