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Sistercharlie Tops Brown Trifecta In Diana Repeat

A pair of Breeders’ Cup winners and highly-regarded stablemates lined up for battle in Saturday’s Grade 1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga, with the betting public alternating between the two throughout the afternoon. Though e5 Racing’s Rushing Fall ended up going off as the 8-5 wagering favorite, it was Peter Brant’s Sistercharlie (9-5) who pulled away […]

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Class Relief Helps Prince Lucky Rebound In State Dinner

Daniel McConnell’s homebred Prince Lucky won an early tussle for the lead with Sunny Ridge and stayed the course to capture Closing Day Sunday’s $100,000 State Dinner at Belmont Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 4-year-old Corinthian gelding entered the 1 1/16-mile trip over a fast main track from a pair of disappointing efforts at […]

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Nine Juvenile Fillies Top Opening-Day Schuylerville At Saratoga

A field of nine 2-year-old fillies will all make their respective stakes debuts in the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville contested at six furlongs on Thursday, Opening Day, at historic Saratoga Race Course. One of two graded stakes run on the lid-lifter for the Spa’s 40-day meet, including the Grade 3, $100,000 Quick Call for 3-year-olds, […]

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Code Of Honor Delivers With Last-To-First Burst In Dwyer

W. S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor rebounded from his second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Dwyer at Belmont Park, delivering an impressive last-to-first burst to hit the wire 3 1/4 lengths in front. The 3-year-old son of Noble Mission and jockey John Velazquez covered a mile on the fast […]

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Semper Sententiae Benefits From Class Drop In River Memories

Never worse than third in her last eight starts, John O’Connor’s Semper Sententiae found the drop from graded company into Friday afternoon’s $100,000 River Memories Stakes to her liking when she cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory. The 4-year-old daughter of The Factor sat just off the pace for jockey John Velazquez, then took over […]

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New York To Uphold Velazquez’ Whip Use Suspension From Royal Ascot

On Wednesday at Royal Ascot, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was suspended nine days by the British Horseracing Authority for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place from approximately 1 ½ furlongs out.” According to drf.com, Velazquez’ suspension will be upheld by the New York State Gaming Commission, beginning on […]

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Velazquez Handed Suspension By Royal Ascot Stewards For Whip Use

Jockey John Velazquez, who finished second in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot Wednesday aboard Kimari, has been handed a nine-day suspension by stewards there for his ride. Stewards stated the suspension was for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place,” according to the Daily Racing Form’s […]

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Stephen Foster: Seeking The Soul Grabs Another Major Prize Beneath Twin Spires

Charles Fipke’s homebred Seeking the Soul was the surprise winner of the 2017 G1 Clark Handicap at nearly 8-1 odds, but 18 months later the 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul did it again beneath the Twin Spires as the 9-2 co-second choice. In this Saturday’s edition of the G2 Stephen Foster Handicap, Seeking the Soul […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Niall Brennan Stables: Rhythm, Patience And Favorites?

What does it take for a horse to win the 1 1/2-Mile, 12 Furlong “Test of the Champion” Belmont Stakes? A number of things, of course. In this edition of The Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the factors that have propelled recent winners to victory in the third leg of […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Niall Brennan Stables: Back In The Big Apple

With no Triple Crown on the line and following the first Kentucky Derby race disqualification in 145 years, there’s little chance the Belmont Stakes will match that kind of drama in the 151st edition on Saturday. But the “Test of the Champion” is still a great race in America’s most famous city on one of […]

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