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Smith and Palace Malice Rule Jim Dandy Field

In what his connections called his best performance to date, favored Palace Malice pounced on pacesetter Moreno at the top of the stretch and went onto a convincing one-length victory over Will Take Charge on Saturday in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course. The victory appeared to set up Palace Malice […]

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Royal Delta Decimates Delaware Handicap Field–Without Lasix

There was never a moment doubt as the 2012 Filly or Mare Champion, Besilu Stable’s Royal Delta easily won her second straight $750,000 Grade I Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park. With Mike Smith aboard, the 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker won by the record-setting margin of 10 ¾-lengths and returned $2.80 which equaled the record […]

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Royal Delta Looks to Defend Her Title in Delaware ‘Cap

The defending champion, Besilu Stables’ Royal Delta, tops a field of six entered in the Grade I Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park this Saturday.  The mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 filly and mare summer classic will carry Grade I status for the first-time since 1989. In her most recent, Royal Delta, the 2012 filly and mare champion, finished […]

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Emollient Bounces Back in American Oaks

Favored Emollient made an extremely successful turf debut, winning the Grade I, $350,750 American Oaks Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Making her first start since failing at 4-5 in the Grade II Black Eyed Susan May 17 at Pimlico, Emollient fought off Emotional Kitten, another shipper, through the stretch to win by a half-length. Owned […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Horsemen in the Auction Ring

Californians will see some unusual hip numbers for auction in Del Mar on July 27. For one thing, these 16 sale entries only have two legs. The 2013 Horsemen of All Ages Sale will sell off dates with volunteer bachelors and bachelorettes for the benefit of the Race for Education and the Eddie Gregson Foundation. […]

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Game On Dude Calls Game Over on Gold Cup Foes

Game On Dude became only the third horse to win the Hollywood Gold Cup more than once when he wired four opponents Saturday in Betfair Hollywood Park’s signature race. The defending champion in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup, the 6-year-old Awesome Again gelding joined Native Diver and Lava Man, who led the post parade […]

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Red-Hot Rosario Helps Somali Lemonade End Drought

Caroline Forgason’s Somali Lemonade, under a perfect ride from red-hot jockey Joel Rosario, rallied from mid-pack and then gamely out finished rival Miz Ida through the final sixteenth of a mile to capture the Grade 3 $250,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap by a half-length Tuesday afternoon at Parx Racing.  The win broke a long […]

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Palace Malice Outruns Belmont Field; Tops Oxbow, Orb

Palace Malice set a brutal pace in the Kentucky Derby, but in the Belmont, he was the last one standing. Under jockey Mike Smith, Palace Malice, a 13-1 longshot, took the lead at the top of the stretch and held on to win the final jewel of the Triple Crown by 3 1/4 lengths Saturday […]

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Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice to Run in Belmont Stakes

Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice will run in the Belmont Stakes on June 8, and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will ride him, announced Cot Campbell, Dogwood president. “The decision is based on the outcome of the Preakness, and the fact that on Sunday at Belmont Park our horse worked a very snappy half in […]

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Lukas Secures Jockeys for Three Preakness Starters

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has lined up a trio of top class jockeys to partner his three contenders for the May 18 Preakness Stakes. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens will once again ride Oxbow. Stevens guided the son of Awesome Again to a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky […]

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