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McKinzie Confirms Lead In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, dominant winner of last Saturday’s Whitney (G1) at Saratoga, strengthened his lead over Thunder Snow (IRE) in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, while the Whitney runner-up, Yoshida (JPN), surged to No. 3 in the standings. Trained by three-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winning-trainer Bob […]

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Baffert: Whitney Winner McKinzie ‘Got A Little Bit Faster Once We Named Him’

For Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, McKinzie’s victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney was especially satisfying as it demonstrated the 4-year-old’s full potential and also served as a tribute to his friend, the late racing executive Brad McKinzie. “He got a proper Grade 1 race, as they say in England,” said Baffert. “The plan […]

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McKinzie On Top Classic Division With Whitney Triumph

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has taken over the Classic division with a decisive win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup feature race in the process. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense battled for the lead but was able to settle just off the […]

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Hoppertunity Retired To Northview PA For 2019 Breeding Season

Multiple Grade 1 winner and multimillionaire Hoppertunity will enter stud in 2019 at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa. With career earnings of $4,712,625, the 7-year-old becomes the richest horse ever to stand his first season in the Mid-Atlantic region. His stud fee is $5,000 live foal, with shares and lifetime breeding rights being offered. […]

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McKinzie, Smith Give Baffert A Third Pennsylvania Derby Win

Trainer Bob Baffert has liked McKinzie from the start, but a hind ankle injury forced the 3-year-old son of Street Sense to miss out on this year’s Triple Crown challenge. Baffert, of course, sent out Justify for his history-making run, but now that the Triple Crown winner has been retired McKinzie stepped up to fill […]

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Once On Whiskey Denies Draft Pick In Los Alamitos Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert saddled two horses in Saturday’s Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby, including the 1-2 post time favorite Ax Man. At the finish, however, it was his other trainee hitting the wire first at 7-1 odds. Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Once On Whiskey rolled down the stretch to put his nose […]

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Veteran Hoppertunity Dominates Tokyo City Cup

An unsung hero in the Bob Baffert stable over six racing seasons, 7-year-old Hoppertunity made his 30th career start a virtual walk in Santa Anita Park as he took Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup by 6 ½ lengths.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, “Hop” negotiated a marathon mile and one half in 2:32.63. With longshot Beaumarchais setting […]

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Collected Estrena Monta Y Es El Caballo A Vencer En El San Antonio Stakes En Santa Anita

Aunque en la cuadra de Bob Baffert la atención estaba centrada en Arrogate, la capacidad corredora de Collected nunca pasó desapercibida. De hecho, en su caballeriza fue bautizado como “Arrogate Lite”. El alazán hijo de City Zip ha tenido una excelente campaña en 2017, y de hecho terminó superando dos veces a Arrogate, primero en […]

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Hoppertunity Regresa A Churchill Downs En Busca De Su Segunda Victoria En El Clark Handicap

Hoppertunity, caballo propiedad de Mike Pegram, Karl Watson y Paul Weitman, buscará duplicar su triunfo de 2014 para convertirse en apenas el cuarto doble ganador del Clark Handicap Presentado por Norton Heathcare (G1, $500,000), cuya edición número 143 se disputará el viernes 24 en Churchill Downs. “Nunca olvidaré cuando ganó el Clark de 2014,” dijo […]

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Baffert Sending Hoppertunity In Search Of A Second Clark Handicap Victory

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity hopes to duplicate his effort from 2014 and become only the fourth two-time winner of Friday’s 143rd running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) at Churchill Downs. “I’ll never forget when he won the 2014 Clark,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He’s back […]

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