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Clark Handicap: The Player ‘Put It All Together,’ McCraken Withdrawn From Consideration

Carl Hurst and William “Buff” Bradley’s The Player continued his preparation for the Grade I, $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare with a five-furlong move in :59.60 Friday morning at Churchill Downs. The Player, under jockey Calvin Borel, clipped through splits of :24.40 and :36.20, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.60 and seven […]

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‘I’d Love To Get A G1 Victory For Him’: McCraken Targeting Clark Handicap

Janis Whitham’s homebred McCraken, seeking to land an elusive Grade I victory, continues to prepare for his next start in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on “Black Friday,” Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs. “I am so proud of how well he ran in the Fayette (GII) off a two-month layoff,” […]

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Weekend Lineup Presented By DRF Bets: The Final Countdown

There are a mere seven days before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships come to Del Mar in Southern California. The major preps have been run, the serious workouts logged, and the waiting game is in full swing. The bulk of contenders will undergo one final, easy work over the course of this weekend, saving their […]

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McCraken Takes On Elders In Hagyard Fayette Stakes

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ McCraken, third in Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) in April who continued to compete in the year’s major stakes for 3-year-olds, will face older rivals for the first time when he starts in Saturday’s 60th running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2). A total of seven horses were entered in the […]

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West Coast, Cloud Computing Headline 25 Nominated To G1 Pennsylvania Derby

Next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing has as many as 25 nominated for the chance to start in the 41st running of the mile and a furlong contest. After a unanimous vote by the American Graded Stakes Committee, this year’s Derby will be run as a Grade 1 race for […]

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Veni, Vidi, Vinci: West Coast Conquista Saratoga Ganando El Travers Stakes

La historia repetida: el año pasado, el Travers Stakes fue el escenario para el surgimiento de una nueva estrella, un purasangre que terminó llegando a ser catalogado como el mejor caballo del mundo: Arrogate. Este año otro invasor de California llega a Saratoga y domina a sus rivales con autoridad. No sabemos hasta donde podrá […]

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Weekend Lineup: Travers Day At The Spa

Saturday’s high-powered card at Saratoga features four Breeders’ Cup Challenge races as well as the $1.25 million Travers Stakes, and the day’s racing closes out with another Breeders’ Cup berth on the line in Del Mar’s G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes. The action kicks off with champion Songbird facing off with Forever Unbridled in the G1 […]

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Travers: Gunnevera ‘Grown Up And Filled Out,’ Wilkes Plans To Let McCraken ‘Run His Race’

Multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Gunnevera galloped 1 ½ miles over the main track Friday morning on the eve of his return to Grade 1 competition in Saturday’s Travers. South Florida-based trainer Antonio Sano continues to be thrilled with the condition and attitude of the chestnut Dialed In colt, who arrived in Saratoga Tuesday morning. “I […]

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Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing Y Tapwrit Miden Fuerzas En Una Pareja Edición Del Travers Stakes

La última vez que ganadores distintos del Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes y Belmont Stakes coincidieron en el Travers Stakes ocurrió en 1982. En ese entonces el tordillo Gato del Sol, Aloma’s Ruler y Conquistador Cielo se enfrentaron aquel 21 de Agosto, siendo derrotados por el canadiense Runaway Groom, que vino desde el fondo del lote […]

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Belmont Winner Tapwrit Draws Post 4, Installed As 7-2 Favorite For Travers

Attracting all three winners of the year’s Triple Crown races for the first time since 1982, and only the second time in the Mid-Summer Derby’s storied tradition, Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming, Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing, and Belmont Stakes hero Tapwrit will step into the starting gate in the 148th running of the Grade […]

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