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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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Stidham Aiming Synchrony For Grade 1 Arlington Million

The Grade 1 $1,000,000 Arlington Million on August 11 is a target spot for Synchrony following his third-place effort in the G1 Old Forester Turf Classic on Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby undercard, according to trainer Mike Stidham.  Owned and bred by Pin Oak Stable, the 5-year-old son of Tapit started off his 2018 season with […]

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Synchrony Gets The Job Done In Muniz Memorial

Pin Oak homebred Synchrony left the gate as the 3-1 favorite in the G2 Muniz Memorial, yielded the lead early, and swallowed up the field late to win by about 2 1/2 lengths. The 5-year-old son of Tapit, ridden by Joe Bravo for trainer Mike Stidham, covered nine furlongs over the Fair Grounds’ firm turf […]

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Synchrony Takes Aim At Muniz; Good Samaritan, The Player Head New Orleans Handicap

Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony made a successful return to the races in last month’s Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap and will look for another victory over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course in Saturday’s Gr. II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap. Trained by Mike Stidham, the son of Tapit’s victory in last month’s Fair Grounds Handicap was his first start since last […]

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Assistant Trainers: The ‘Eyes And Ears’ Of The Racing Stable

Their phone rings after midnight, a barn watchman alerting them to an emergency situation with a sick horse. Or they have to explain to their boss how a horse got loose from a hotwalker, possibly impacting its chances in its next race. On the track, they exercise a horse too fast during a workout, upsetting the […]

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Synchrony Impresses With Big Late Run In Fair Grounds Handicap

Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony had not seen racing action in nine months, but nevertheless was still able to prove himself against a deep field when taking Saturday’s Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap. Sent off as the 9-2 third choice, the 5-year-old son of Tapit sat well off a moderate pace that was led by 56-1 longshot Great Wide Open (Ire.) who produced […]

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Sutherland Suffers Broken Collarbone, Knee In Thursday Spill At Fair Grounds

Jockey Chantal Sutherland will miss eight to twelve weeks after suffering a broken left clavicle and a fractured right knee as result of a spill that took place in Thursday’s sixth race at the Fair Grounds. “She’s doing well and in good spirits,” Sutherland’s agent Rick Mocklin said.  “It looks like she may have surgery (Friday) and […]

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