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Synchrony Repeats In Fair Grounds Handicap

Pin Oak Stable’s second-generation homebred Synchrony was authoritative when making it back-to-back wins in the G3 Fair Grounds Handicap this Saturday, running nine furlongs over the firm turf course in 1:48.09. The 6-year-old son of Tapit, ridden by Joe Bravo as the even-money favorite, bested longshots Bandua and Markitoff by just 1 1/4 lengths for […]

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Synchrony Seeks Repeat In Fair Grounds Handicap

Pin Oaks Stables’ Synchrony has done no wrong in his three career starts over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course and will look to make it four-for-four in Saturday’s Grade III $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap. The Mike Stidham trained son of Tapit was a two-length winner of last year’s edition of the Fair Grounds Handicap which he […]

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Stidham Appreciates ‘Kind And Safe’ Surfaces At Tampa Bay Downs

Although his is a relatively new face to most Tampa Bay Downs regulars, Michael Stidham first trained horses here in 1980 when his late father, George Stidham, sent him to Oldsmar with about 10 run-of-the-mill horses and specific instructions. “He told me to go learn something and not bring any back with me – either […]

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A Bit Special Proves It In Wait A While; Classic Fit Upsets Hut Hut

Linda Shanahan, Mrs. M.V. Magnier and J.P. Magnier’s A Bit Special lived up to her name Saturday at Gulfstream Park, rallying on the far outside through the stretch to edge stubborn pacesetter Fortunate Girl by a neck in the $75,000 Wait a While Stakes. The one-mile Wait a While on grass was the last of […]

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Elsa Lets It Go For West Coast Debut; Godolphin Filly Dominates Jimmy Durante

In Saturday’s companion feature at Del Mar, the Grade III $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, 11-1 longshot Elsa provided jockey Joe Bravo with his second straight success in the mile and one-sixteenth grass contest, sweeping to the lead from the outside for a convincing two and one-quarter length triumph. Bravo won the race […]

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Synchrony Looks To Continue Turf Ascent In Saturday’s Shadwell Turf Mile

Pin Oak Stable’s homebred Synchrony was last seen racing at Keeneland 2½ years ago when he finished third in the Lexington Stakes (G3) on dirt for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. A lot has changed since then. Synchrony returns to Keeneland as a major player for Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), a “Win and […]

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Synchrony Off Slow But Finishes On Top In Red Bank Stakes

Favored at odds of 3-5, Pin Oak Stable homebred Synchrony gave some backers a scare when he was off a bit slowly at the start of Saturday’s Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes. Rounding the far turn on the inside rail, the 5-year-old son of Tapit surged for the lead, putting away 12-1 shot Abiding Star […]

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Hellenic Granddaughter, Superioritycomplex Nails North American Debut At Arlington

In her first start in just over a year, Superioritycomplex (IRE) found the winner’s circle in Saturday’s eighth race at Arlington International Racecourse, a one-mile turf allowance event. In addition, the one-length victory was the 4-year-old daughter of Hard Spun’s North American debut for trainer Michael Stidham. Guided by jockey Mitchell Murrill, Superioritycomplex was sixth […]

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Synchrony Slips Through At The Rail In Oceanport

Pin Oak Stable’s homebred Synchrony bulled his way through at the rail to earn a three-length win in Sunday’s Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park, giving jockey Joe Bravo his second win on the card. Trained by Mike Stidham, the 5-year-old son of Tapit was sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the seven […]

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Supreme Aura Earns His Stripes In Pegasus Stakes

Supreme Aura made amends for a disappointing winter that quickly took him off the Kentucky Derby trail by rallying from far back to score a neck victory over longshot Roaming Union in the $100,000 Pegasus Stakes Sunday at Monmouth Park, the final of four stakes races on the 13-race card. Ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by […]

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