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Hokey Pokey? Blue Prize Darts In, Then Out, Still Wins Juddmonte Spinster

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize extended her win streak to three straight graded stakes on Sunday, adding her first top-level triumph with a victory in the G1 Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland. In the stretch, the 5-year-old daughter of Pure Prize ran erratically, first darting toward the rail and then away from it, but jockey Joe Bravo […]

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Blue Prize Digs Deep For Locust Grove Triumph

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize was favored at 4-5 in Saturday’s Grade 3 Locust Grove Stakes and managed to deliver on those odds, despite a three-month layoff and a strong late challenge from Champagne Problems. Ridden by Julien Leparoux for Ignacio Correas, Blue Prize led for most of the  1 1/16-mile contest at Churchill Downs, keeping […]

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Blue Prize Adds To Churchill Tally In Fleur De Lis

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize has shown an affinity for the Churchill Downs oval throughout her North American career, finishing second in an allowance in her first U.S. start and winning the Falls City Handicap last November. On Saturday, the 5-year-old daughter of Pure Prize added to that resume with a 1 1/2-length triumph in the […]

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Hi Happy Gives Pletcher Hot Hand In Woodford Reserve Manhattan

Todd Pletcher has a Triple Crown winner in his barn. It’s 2015 Argentinian Triple Crown champion Hi Happy, last seen holding off Sadler’s Joy in the Grade 1 Man o’ War last month at Belmont Park. Hi Happy will take on Sadler’s Joy again, along with multiple Grade 1 winner Beach Patrol in a field […]

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Hi Happy Gets His North American G1 In Man O’ War

La Providencia’s homebred Hi Happy put together back-to-back victories when he surged to the wire a half-length winner in Saturday’s Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park, adding to his most recent triumph and first North American victory in Gulfstream’s G2 Pan American. The 6-year-old son of Pure Prize, a native of Argentina, […]

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Blue Prize Up Late In Top Flight Invitational

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize overtook Frost Wise in deep stretch and outkicked her challenger in the finals jumps to capture the 78th running of the Top Flight Invitational for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Carded as Race 8, the Top Flight was the second of two stakes on […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Pan American Pedigree

When Hi Happy won the Grade 2 Pan American at Gulfstream Park on the Florida Derby day card March 31, he became the third individual AGS winner of 2018 to be bred in Argentina. There were only five Argentine-bred AGS winners in all of 2017, led by Vale Dori, whose four AGS wins included the […]

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Hi Happy Works Out The Trip In Pan American

Argentine-bred Hi Happy finally earned his first graded stakes victory in Saturday’s G2 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream Park, working out a trip under the red-hot Luis Saez to win by about three lengths. The 6-year-old son of Pure Prize, now trained by Todd Pletcher, covered 1 1/2 miles over the firm turf in 2:23.85. […]

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Purely A Dream Leads McPeek Exacta In Turfway’s Bourbonette

Living The Dream Racing’s Purely A Dream captured Saturday’s G3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park by about two lengths, earning her first 50 points and a chance to enter the Kentucky Oaks. Off a four-month layoff, the sophomore daughter of Pure Prize covered a mile on the polytrack in 1:37.40 under Robby Albarado, earning her […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Sons Of Storm Cat Still Producing Top-Level Winners

Not so many years ago, the hottest stallion prospects in the world were the sons of leading sire Storm Cat, the blocky dark bay son of Storm Bird (by Northern Dancer) out of Terlingua (Secretariat). Beaten for the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in the last jump by Tasso, Storm Cat nonetheless became the dominant sire […]

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