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‘Looks Like She Never Ran’: Sweet Melania Sitting Pretty After Jessamine Victory

“It looks like she never even ran yesterday.” That report made clear that Robert and Lawana Low’s Sweet Melania was none the worse for wear Thursday morning following her record-breaking 5½-length victory in Wednesday’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2). Amelia Green, who is overseeing trainer Todd Pletcher’s Keeneland string, was the one who delivered the day-after briefing on the […]

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Sweet Melania Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth With Jessamine Victory On Keeneland Turf

Robert and Lawana Low’s Sweet Melania moved to the lead on the backstretch and then drew off in the stretch to post a 5½-length victory over Witez in the 29th running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) for 2-year-olds fillies at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 9,583. The victory, […]

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Maxfield Loops Field For Impressive Victory In Breeders’ Futurity

With an eye-catching move going into the far turn under Jose Ortiz, Maxfield drew off to an impressive 5 1/2-length victory on Saturday in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, giving trainer Brendan Walsh his first career Grade 1 triumph. The Godolphin homebred son of Street Sense covered 1 1/16 miles on a fast […]

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Engage Holds Off Whitmore To Earn Breeders’ Cup Berth In Phoenix

Woodford Racing’s Engage had to fight hard to win Friday’s Grade 2 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, fending off multi-millionaire Whitmore by about three parts of a length on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Into Mischief, ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Steve Asmussen, found clear sailing down the center of the stretch and was […]

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Spinaway Winner Perfect Alibi Headlines Friday’s Darley Alcibiades

Tracy Farmer’s Spinaway (G1) winner Perfect Alibi heads a field of 11 2-year-old fillies entered Tuesday for Friday’s 68th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) on the first day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet. Contested at 1 1/16 miles over the main track, the Darley Alcibiades is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race with the winner […]

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Code of Honor, Tacitus Face Elders In Jockey Club Gold Cup

Grade 1 Runhappy Travers winner Code of Honor will look for a second Grade 1 score when he takes on older horses in Saturday’s 101st running of the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Owned and bred by W.S. Farish, who campaigned eventual Horse of the Year Mineshaft to a victory in the […]

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Beschizza Enjoying ‘Fruitful’ Five-Win Meet At Kentucky Downs

Jose Ortiz, Kentucky Downs’ defending leading rider, enjoys a substantial three-win advantage in the standings heading into Thursday’s final day of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, with eight victories overall. Tied for second with five wins are past meet champions Florent Geroux and Julien Leparoux as well as Adam Beschizza. It’s already been a […]

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Four Stakes Wins Propel Jose Ortiz To Another Jockey Of The Week Title

With double the number of stakes victories of any other jockey last week, Jose Ortiz was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for September 3-8, 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 […]

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Jose Ortiz Doubles Up In Dueling Grounds Derby, Oaks

Jockey Jose Ortiz missed opening day of the five-date RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, but the track’s 2018 riding champion has made the most of the three days he has ridden, including sweeping Sunday’s $600,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby under Social Paranoia and the $348,250 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks with Princesa Carolina. […]

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Maker Produces Zulu Alpha To Dominate Kentucky Turf Cup

Mike Maker, the winningest trainer in Kentucky Downs history, experienced a frustrating first two days of the current Kentucky Downs meet, going winless with his first 19 starters and feeling unlucky with seven of his horses running second. That frustration was put aside when Zulu Alpha rolled to an authoritative 3 1/4-length victory for the […]

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