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Paynter to Face Mucho Macho Man in Awesome Again

Mucho Macho Man, runner up in last year’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, drew the outside post in an outstanding field of 10 in Saturday’s Grade I, $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, one of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes to be run Saturday […]

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Liaison to Retire After Breeders’ Cup, Headed to Spendthrift

Grade 1 winner Liaison will stand at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY and participate in the farm’s Share The Upside program for the 2014 breeding season. Campaigned by trainer Bob Baffert and owners Arnold & Ellen Zetcher, the 4-year-old son of Indian Charlie is being pointed to the Sept. 28 Awesome Again […]

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Field of 13 Will Take Aim at TVG Pacific Classic

A field of 13 has been entered for Sunday’s Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic. Post positions will be drawn Wednesday evening for the 23rd running of the signature event of the Del Mar summer meeting at a draw party starting at 6:30 at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe. […]

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Liaison Assigned High Weight Among Early Longacres Mile Contenders

Emerald Downs Director of Racing Bret Anderson has released a list of 28 handicap weights for the 78th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 18. Hall-of-Fame trainer Bob Baffert has two of the three high-weighted horses*Grade 1 winner Liaison tops the list at 123 lbs, while Grade 2 winner Fed Biz […]

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Baffert on Paynter: ‘I Can’t Be Disappointed’

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was content with Paynter’s effort in the San Diego and mystified by Liaison, his other starter in the race. “Paynter ran a great race,” Baffert said. “I can’t be disappointed. He ran hard the whole way and never gave it up. I don’t think he liked the track that […]

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Paynter Takes on Five in San Diego ‘Cap

Zayat Stables’ Paynter, continuing a storybook comeback from near death last spring after winning the Haskell Invitational , will pack highweight of 122 pounds Saturday versus five formidable rivals in the 72nd running of the Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. Paynter, sensational winner of a seven-furlong sprint at Betfair Hollywood Park […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Still Making His Mark

The death of stallion Indian Charlie in 2011 from cancer was a major blow to Thoroughbred breeding. The son of In Excess was noted for siring offspring of considerable talent that were successful either sprinting or going long, regardless of the surface. A perfect example of that diversity occurred last weekend, when two of Indian […]

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Paynter, Liaison Get Final Tune-Up for San Diego ‘Cap

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert worked Paynter and Liaison, marquee candidates for Saturday’s San Diego Handicap, in tandem Sunday morning and pronounced them both ready for Saturday’s $200,000 potential stepping stone to the TVG Pacific Classic. The two 4-year-old bay colts came out on the track at 8 a.m. as scheduled, with Rafael Bejarano […]

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Finally Free of Game On Dude, Clubhouse Ride Takes Californian

Ending a streak of five consecutive runner-up finishes – three behind Game On Dude in two different states – Clubhouse Ride won the $150,500, Grade II Californian Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Positioned closest to an early duel between Batti Man and Blueskiesnrainbows by jockey Garrett Gomez, Clubhouse Ride took over midway around the turn, […]

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Liaison Eyes Third Straight Win in Californian

Liaison will seek his second stakes win of the Spring/Summer meet and third victory in a row in the $150,000 Californian Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. A Grade II for older horses at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, the Californian is the final major prep for the $500,000 Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup, which […]

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