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Alms Grinds Out Matron Victory

Godolphin homebred Alms remains undefeated after a last-to-first performance in Saturday’s Grade 3 Matron Stakes at Belmont, earning her second straight win at odds of 3-5. The juvenile daughter of City Zip, ridden by Jose Lezcano for trainer Mike Stidham, ran six furlongs over the firm turf in 1:09.30. Alms defeated 11-1 frontrunner Time Limit […]

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Five Virginia-Bred Stakes Close Out ‘Racing Revival’ At Colonial Downs

Fittingly, it was the Virginia-breds who were in the focus Saturday night, the closing night of the Colonial Downs season. Dubbed the “Racing Revival,” the New Kent, Va. meet was the first in the Commonwealth in six years as well as the first under the management of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula […]

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English Bee’s Virginia Derby Triumph Erases Sting Of Previous Losses For Motion

English Bee, who races in the colors of Calumet Farm, stalked a pedestrian pace before overtaking front-running Credit Swap in mid-stretch, and held off a late rally from Jais’s Solitude to win the Grade 3, $250,000 New Kent Virginia Derby by a head at Colonial Downs in Virginia. Jorge Vargas, Jr. was aboard the Graham Motion-trained […]

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Stidham Ahead Of Synchrony’s G2 Muniz Memorial: ‘We’ll Take On Whoever Runs’

It’s no secret that Synchrony has a strong affinity for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Stall-Wilson Turf Course having maintained a perfect record in four starts over the surface. But if he wishes to protect his title in Saturday’s Grade 2 $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap, the 6-year-old son of Tapit will face his toughest test […]

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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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