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McKinzie Takes Top Spot In Inaugural Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie has earned the No. 1 position following results tabulated for the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, a weekly rating of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park, November 2. The Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings are determined by a […]

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Mitole Stretches His Speed To Hold Off Favored McKinzie In Thrilling Met Mile

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole proved in his last start that he could stretch his speed to seven furlongs, and this Saturday he stretched it even farther to win a talent-laden edition of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Eskendereya colt and Ricardo Santana were sent to post at 7-2, rated […]

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Multi-Millionaire Thunder Snow Looks To Earn American Respect In Met Mile

In 23 lifetime starts and four seasons of racing, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Thunder Snow has managed to compile a most impressive resume. He has won a Group 1 every season, placed in seven others, won at the top level on both turf and dirt and competed in five countries, while winning Group 1s in […]

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Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Notes: Everfast ‘Never Has A Bad Day’

Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin is the first name that comes to mind for trainer Dale Romans when comparing Grade 1 Belmont Stakes contender Everfast to a human athlete. Known for his speed, Martin is the fifth leading rusher in NFL history and Romans is hopeful that Calumet Farms’ son of Take Charge […]

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Met Mile Sets Thunder Snow Against McKinzie, Coal Front In Nine-Horse Field

Annually one of the country’s most highly anticipated races, Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap offers a rousing renewal in 2019. The ‘Win and You’re In’ for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile has attracted an epic field of nine including five Grade/Group 1 winners, six millionaires and the world’s richest horse. […]

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War Of Will Maintains First Position In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

This weekend’s loaded slate of Grade 1 races slated to take place at Belmont Park will feature the leaders of both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, respectively, in Preakness Stakes winner War of Will and multiple Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar. Gary Barber’s War of […]

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Baffert Sending McKinzie To Metropolitan Handicap

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won’t have an entrant in the 151st running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes after successfully winning the “Test of the Champion” and capturing racing’s elusive Triple Crown two out of the past four years with American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify last year, but he will send a […]

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Baffert Has Formidable Contingent Pointing To Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Remaining on target for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on June 8 is multiple graded stakes winner McKinzie. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram, and Paul Weitman, has made three starts this year for trainer Bob Baffert, beginning his 2019 campaign with […]

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McKinzie Bounces Back To Take G2 Alysheba On Oaks Undercard

At various points in the Grade 2 Alysheba, it looked like morning line favorite McKinzie was beaten, but the Bob Baffert trainee bounced back in the stretch to win the race by daylight. Jockey Mike Smith hustled the 4-year-old out of the gate early and initially took the early lead, then dropped back behindTom’s D’Etat […]

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Blue Prize Headlines La Troienne; McKinzie Faces Down Seeking The Soul In Alysheba

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize, winner of the Spinster (GI) at Keeneland last fall before closing her 2018 campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) here, headlines a field of 10 fillies and entered for the 34th running of the $500,000 La Troienne (GI) Presented by Inside Access from Chase going 1 […]

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