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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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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 “She didn’t break running and rushed up a little and got boxed in. That’s not her […]

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Mopotism Returns To A Sprint With Better Weight, Better Attitude In G2 Santa Monica

Mopotism returns to a sprint after eight straight route races, two on turf, in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs. On paper, the five-year-old Uncle Mo mare conditioned by leading trainer Doug O’Neill for principal client J. Paul Reddam would appear to have only a longshot’s chance, […]

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Dream Tree, Escape Clause, Marley’s Freedom And Paradise Woods In Epic Santa Monica

In what shapes up as a truly star-studded affair, Dream Tree, Escape Clause, Marley’s Freedom and Paradise Woods headline a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs. Although she flopped as the 3-5 favorite in the opening day Grade 1 La Brea at the […]

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