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Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Kid Cruz Bows Tendon, Retired To Breeder Machmer Hall

During Sunday’s second race at Aqueduct, 6-year-old Kid Cruz was pulled up in the lane by jockey Cornelio Velasquez. The son of Lemon Drop Kid was vanned off, and back at the barn it was discovered that he had bowed the tendon in his left front leg, according to drf.com. Black Swan Stable’s John Destefano, […]

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Favored Kid Cruz Continues Upswing With Excelsior Victory

Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable’s Kid Cruz was the favored half-length winner of Saturday’s Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct, recording his first graded stakes win since 2014. The 5-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid covered the 1 1/4 miles over Aqueduct’s main track, rated fast despite rainfall during the race, in […]

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Kid Cruz Returning To Maryland For Pimlico Special

Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable’s Kid Cruz is set for a return to Pimlico Race Course on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 15, a year after competing in the 2014 Preakness Stakes (G1). The Linda Rice-trained 4-year-old is scheduled for an attempt to make amends for a subpar performance in the Preakness last […]

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Knee Chip Sidelines Kid Cruz

Grade 3 winner Kid Cruz, most recently fourth in the Grade 1 Travers on August 23, will miss the rest of the year after having surgery next week to remove a chip from his left knee. Trainer Linda Rice said Friday that Dr. Patty Hogan is scheduled to perform the operation on Tuesday at her […]

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Rice Hopes to Make Travers History With Kid Cruz

A talented field of 10 is set to line up Saturday in Saratoga’s signature race, the Grade 1 Travers Stakes. Among the contenders are the Bob Baffert-trained Bayern, winner of the G1 Haskell Invitational; Wicked Strong, winner of both the G1 Wood Memorial and G2 Jim Dandy; and Tonalist, winner of the G1 Belmont Stakes. […]

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Bayern 2-1 Morning Line Favorite as 10 Enter Travers

Grade 1 winners Tonalist and Wicked Strong will renew their budding rivalry on racing’s biggest summer stage, joined by fellow Grade 1 heroes Bayern and Mr Speaker among 10 horses set to gather for the 145th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.Regarded as the centerpiece of […]

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Tonalist, Kid Cruz Exit Jim Dandy Well; Travers Next

Jim Dandy runner-up Tonalist “came back in good order; a touch stiff, but not bad,” trainer Christophe Clement said Sunday morning and now will turn his attention to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 23. The Belmont Stakes winner was beaten 2 ΒΌ lengths in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy by Wicked Strong […]

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Wicked Strong Prevails in Jim Dandy

Seven weeks after finishing behind Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes, Wicked Strong turned away a challenge from the Grade 1 winner down the stretch and spurted away to win the 51st renewal of the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Centennial Farms’ Wicked […]

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Clement: Jim Dandy Favorite Tonalist Thinks ‘Life Is Great’

Late winter proved to be a frustrating time for trainer Christophe Clement when it came to his talented 3-year-old colt Tonalist, whose campaign had to be put on hold after he developed a lung infection while in south Florida. Given ample time to recover and develop, Tonalist returned with back-to-back graded stakes victories capped by […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Holiday Fireworks

The Fourth of July holiday weekend brought with it a bevy of graded stakes races throughout the country. Three stallions whose offspring entered the winner’s circle were Candy Ride, Smart Strike, and Lemon Drop Kid. As a result, all three veteran stallions are now among the leaders on the American Graded Stakes Standings sire list. […]

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