Matthew Schera

Pegasus Turf On The Radar For G1 Winner Glorious Empire

An injury kept Matthew Schera’s Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire out of the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park, but his connections are hoping to be there for the second go-around in January. Trainer James ‘Chuck’ Lawrence II said the 1 3/16-mile Pegasus Turf for 3-year-olds and up – […]

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Lawrence Rewarded With ‘Dream-Come-True Season’ After Working To ‘Understand’ Glorious Empire

Glorious Empire won five of nine starts in Europe, but after winning just one of his first 10 races in North America, it seemed as though the son of Holy Roman Emperor would never realize his full potential. Claimed out of his seventh North American start for $62,500, the Irish-bred gelding won at first asking […]

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Eclipse Finalist Glorious Empire ‘Picking Up The Pace’ Toward 2019 Debut

Matthew Schera’s multiple graded-stakes winner Glorious Empire, a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the top male turf horse of 2018, continues to progress toward his 8-year-old debut. Sidelined since an impressive triumph in the Fort Lauderdale (G2) Dec. 15 at Gulfstream Park over a field that included 13 graded-stakes winners, five of them Grade […]

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John Jones Targets Three-Peat In $75,000 Jennings Stakes At Laurel Park

Winless in seven starts this year, Matthew Schera’s multiple stakes winner John Jones looks to end that drought in a familiar place as he goes after his third consecutive victory in the $75,000 Jennings Stakes Saturday at Laurel Park. The Jennings, for 3-year-olds and up, is the first of two stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses on […]

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Glorious Empire Makes A Statement In Front-Running Fort Lauderdale Win

Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire proved his mettle once before at the sport’s highest level, winning the G1 Sword Dancer for trainer James Lawrence. After a 13th-place showing in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, run over a very soft turf, the 7-year-old was overlooked in Saturday’s G2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at odds of 7-1 as rain hit […]

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Support For Equine Aftercare: 47 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Pledge Their Support To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its ninth year, the Pledge has raised over $480,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “New Vocations is a program the […]

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Thundering Sky Takes Inside Route In De La Rose

Thanks to a ground-saving trip by jockey Rajiv Maragh, Thundering Sky was in perfect position in the final moments to capture the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up by a neck on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Breaking from the rail, Thundering Sky sat in third position tracking longshot […]

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Isotherm Nets Prat Stakes Double In San Marcos

A bold late run helped Matthew Schera’s Isotherm to score in Saturday’s G2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita, running down Itsinthepost to win by a short neck on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Lonhro gave jockey Flavien Prat the late stakes double; he won the previous race aboard Hoppertunity and a total of […]

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McCarthy, Magee Top Year-End Standings In Maryland

The 2016 calendar year ended with some familiar names at the top of the standings on the Maryland circuit, as jockey Trevor McCarthy claimed his second leading rider title in three years and Kieron Magee finished with his third consecutive title as leading trainer. McCarthy, 22, rode 167 winners and banked $5,353,601 in purse earnings […]

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Isotherm Wins Thrilling Finish In Pilgrim

Matthew Schera’s Isotherm surged late to win a close finish at the wire of the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park Saturday afternoon. It was the third start for Isotherm, who is trained by George Weaver, and the colt’s second win, after a maiden-breaking victory at Saratoga Aug. 22. Jose Lezcano was in […]

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