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Call Paul To Make Turf Debut In Opening Day Quick Call Stakes

A competitive field of 3-year-old turf sprinters is lined up for the Grade 3, $100,000 Quick Call on Thursday, Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course, led by Call Paul, a multiple graded stakes winner who will be making his turf debut in the race for potent grass trainer Jason Servis. The 5 ½-furlong Quick Call […]

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Come Dancing Quick-Steps To Ruffian Victory

Making her first start since capturing the Grade 3 Distaff Handicap on April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack, Blue Devil Racing Stable’s Come Dancing relished the off going on Sunday at Belmont Park besting a field of five to win the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian. Sent off as the 1-5 mutuel favorite with Manny Franco aboard, […]

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Lezcano Wins Five, Rice Four On Saturday At Belmont

Jockey Jose Lezcano rocketed up the Belmont spring/summer leaderboard with a five-win day Saturday, earning a trip to the winner’s circle aboard Special Story in Race 1, Mr. Dougie Fresh in Race 6, a dead-heat victory aboard Invest in Race 8, Big Gemmy (Race 9) and capping the day with First Forever in the 12th-race […]

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Positive Spirit ‘OK,’ ‘Sound’ After Clipping Heels In Kentucky Oaks

The Rodolphe Brisset-trained Positive Spirit has recovered from her spill at the beginning of Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GI), and was in good order in her barn early Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. The Michael J. Ryan and Gerry Dilger-owned half-sister to Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming and Spinaway (GI) winner Hot Dixie Chick clipped […]

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‘I Like My Chances’: Under-The-Radar Derby Suits Pletcher Just Fine

It is difficult to ever consider trainer Todd Pletcher a longshot in a Grade 1 affair, but that is the situation in Saturday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Derby – though it should not worry his faithful much. When Starlight Racing’s Cutting Humor and Wertheimer et Frere’s Spinoff – 15th and 19th on the Kentucky Derby points […]

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Come Dancing Carries 114 Beyer Speed Figure Into Ruffian At Belmont

Blue Devil Racing Stable’s Come Dancing will seek a second graded stakes victory, headlining a talented field of five fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian going one mile over the main track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Trained by third generation conditioner Carlos Martin, the 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon won […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Drawing Up The Final Contenders

A few contenders got moved around this week after the draw, and others were adjusted because of their final workouts over the weekend. The biggest changes include moving up Win Win Win after his impressive workout on Sunday, and the addition of Spinoff to the top ten this week. Of the two Todd Pletcher trainees, […]

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Franco Notches Third Consecutive NYRA Title At Aqueduct Spring Meet

Jockey Manny Franco won his third consecutive individual meet title, Rudy Rodriguez held on for the training crown and Repole Stable, Drawing Stable and Klaravich Stable each notched four wins to lead all owners for the 12-day spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack that concluded with Saturday’s Closing Day. The meet, which started April 5 and […]

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Franco Will Be ‘More Relaxed’ In Second Derby Aboard Spinoff

At the very least, Kentucky Derby time will bolster jockey Manny Franco’s airline rewards account. The 24-year-old picked up the mount on the Todd Pletcher-trained Spinoff, who is pointing towards the “Run for the Roses” on May 4 at Churchill Downs. After riding a full card Thursday at Aqueduct, Franco traveled to the Sunshine State […]

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Eyeinthesky Goes Well Clear In Foggy Mizdirection Stakes

Gary Barber’s Eyeinthesky provided jockey Manny Franco his fourth win on the card with a dominant front-running effort in a foggy renewal of the $100,000 Mizdirection for sophomore fillies on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Mark Casse, the Sky Mesa bay arrived at the six-furlong sprint over an outer turf course rated ‘good’ off […]

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