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Saratoga Off to Flying Start

On a perfect summer afternoon, Saratoga Race Course played host to 25,612 guests as it opened its 2014 meeting with Fashion Alert taking a heart-pounding edition of the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes and international riding sensation Frankie Dettori capturing two races on his first-ever visit to the Spa. The opening-day crowd enjoyed the many improvements […]

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Belmont Park: Palace Pulls Off Upset of True North

Palace took advantage of a perfect setup to capture the Grade 2, $250,000 True North on Friday at Belmont Park. Trained by Linda Rice for Antonino Miuccio, Palace tracked the early pace set by stablemate Marriedtothemusic, who led the field through blistering fractions of 22.13 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.44 for a half. […]

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Ortiz Brothers Both Set to Ride in Kentucky Derby

When the starting gate opens for the 11th race on Saturday, May 3 at Churchill Downs, two young brothers from Puerto Rico will have realized a childhood dream: to ride in the Kentucky Derby. By doing so, jockeys Jose and Irad Ortiz, Jr. will join several sets of brothers to ride against each other in […]

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La Verdad Runs Away With Distaff Handicap

La Verdad, returning to open company off an impressive stakes win against New York-breds, blasted off from post position 1 and never looked back in the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap for filly and mare sprinters on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Seeking her seventh win in her past eighth starts and her first in a […]

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Samraat Remains Unfeated After Three-Way Gotham Battle

Undefeated Samraat fought his way to a narrow lead at the top of the stretch and held on grimly in a furious three-way battle to the wire on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack to win the 62nd running of the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham for 3-year-olds by a neck. The victory – his fifth straight – […]

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Samraat Keeps Perfect Record With Game Effort in Withers

The first time they passed the wire in the 134th running of the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Withers for 3-year-olds, Samraat led by a neck over Uncle Sigh. One lap later, Samraat capped a veritable match race of New York-breds by outlasting Uncle Sigh to prevail by one length and remain unbeaten in four starts […]

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Romansh Convincingly Wins Discovery

Romansh kicked off the graded stakes schedule at Aqueduct Racetrack’s fall meet in impressive fashion on Saturday, taking charge at the top of the stretch and going to a 9 ¼-length victory over Norumbega in the 69th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds. Enjoying a confident ride from jockey Jose Ortiz, […]

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Pianist Hits Winning Note in Athenia

Taking over as the field turned for home, Pianist opened up through the stretch and had plenty left to turn back a late bid from Abaco and win the 36th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Athenia on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. With 20-year-old jockey Jose Ortiz aboard for the first time, Pianist settled […]

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Strong Mandate Gives Birthday Boy Lukas Seventh Hopeful Win

Strong Mandate gave D. Wayne Lukas something to celebrate on Saratoga’s closing day, winning the G1 Hopeful for 2-year-olds by a whopping 9 3/4 lengths on the Hall of Fame trainer’s 78th birthday. Strong Mandate did more than provide Lukas his seventh victory in the Hopeful; the overpowering performance by the son of the WinStar […]

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