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Reunited: Mike Smith Back on ‘Dude’ for BC Classic

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Game On Dude to victory in five straight graded stakes races, including the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup, will ride the gelding in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2. The Daily Racing Form reports that Smith, who gave up the mount on ‘Dude’ in the G1 Pacific […]

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Close Hatches Stares Down Competition in Cotillion

The $1 million G1 Cotillion Stakes for three year-old fillies went convincingly to Juddmonte Farm’s Close Hatches. The First Defence filly had won the G1 Mother Goose back in June at Belmont Park and came into the race as the filly to beat and was sent off by the public as the 8-5 betting favorite. […]

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Pace Makes the Race in Both Divisions of Del Mar Derby

Utilizing opposite styles to achieve the same result, Gabriel Charles and Ethnic Dance won divisions of the featured Grade II Del Mar Derby Sunday, championship event of the summer season for three-year-olds. Gabriel Charles came from off the pace to win the first division of the nine-furlong contest over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, […]

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Royal Delta Proves the Queen of Personal Ensign Field

Champion Royal Delta made short work of a short field on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course, taking over on the backstretch and cruising to a commanding victory in the 66th running of the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap. The victory earned the 5-year-old mare, a two-time Eclipse Award winner, an automatic berth and […]

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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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