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‘I’ll Never Forget’: Shirreffs Reflects On Zenyatta’s Remarkable Run

The Clement L. Hirsch Stakes isn’t the only race that, when it comes up on the calendar, gets trainer John Sherriffs thinking about Zenyatta. The Hirsch, a Grade I $300,000 event that will be run for the 49th time on Sunday at Del Mar, was one of four stakes won multiple times by the great […]

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Weekend Lineup Features Jim Dandy, Trio Of Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Races

The last weekend of July graded stakes slate includes three “Win and You’re In” events for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park, plus an important Grade 2 event for 3-year-olds. The schedule kicks off Saturday morning at 10:40 ET with one of the biggest European races of the […]

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Paradise Woods Bids For Millionaire Status In Win And You’re In Clement L. Hirsch

Poised to top the $1-million mark in earnings, Paradise Woods tops a field of seven entered at Del Mar for Sunday’s Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff. A 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags owned by HS Stable and Pam and Marty […]

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La Force Circles Field To Upset Paradise Woods In Santa Maria

German-bred La Force sprung a major surprise on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she rallied from last to upset heavily favored Paradise Woods by 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, La Force, a 5-year-old mare, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.91. With […]

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Weekend Lineup: Sophomore Turf Stars In The Spotlight

The 3-year-old male division will be in the spotlight next week when the 151st edition of the Belmont Stakes is contested, but this weekend features some of the top sophomore turf runners in both the $500,000 Penn Mile at Penn National and $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park. On the opposite coast, Grade 1 […]

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Paradise Woods Faces Four In Grade 2 Santa Maria, Fresh Off 10 1/2-Length Victory

Trainer John Shirreffs’ Paradise Woods, fresh off a dominating 10 ½ length win, looms a complete standout in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita. For fillies and mares three and up, the Santa Maria has attracted a field of five at a mile and one sixteenth. Second, beaten 10 ½ lengths […]

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Paradise Woods Puts On A Show In Santa Margarita

Sent off as the 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s G2 Santa Margarita Stakes, Steven Sarkowsky and Martin and Pam Wygod’s Paradise Woods delivered on that potential with an open-lengths victory over La Force. The 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags, ridden by Mike Smith on behalf of trainer John Shirreffs, covered 1 1/8 miles over the fast […]

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Weekend Lineup: Grade 1 Winners Hoping To Get Back To Form

Each week, the NTRA will provide a guide to the best stakes races in North America and beyond. Races are listed in chronological order (all times Eastern). Full previews when available can be found through the link for each race. Though the focus of the racing community is rightfully on the sophomores getting set for […]

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Paradise Woods Trying To End Winless Skein In Santa Margarita

A multiple Grade I winner at three, but winless since September 2017, Paradise Woods, who will be making her third start for trainer John Shirreffs, heads a field of eight older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita. Bred in Kentucky by the late […]

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‘Hard To Reach Any Conclusions’ About Paradise Woods’ Santa Monica Bust

Dual Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods made her debut for new trainer John Shirreffs on Saturday, finishing fifth and last in the G2 Santa Monica Stakes at odds of 5-1. “It was hard to reach any conclusions,” Shirreffs told drf.com. “She didn’t break running and rushed up a little and got boxed in. That’s not her […]

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