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Canadian International On The Table For Idaho After Sword Dancer Disappointment

The Coolmore partners’ 4-year-old Idaho, winner of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes and recent third in the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth, journeyed to the United States last weekend to contest the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga. The Galileo colt left the starting gates as the favorite for the 1 1/2-mile […]

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Gun Runner Pads His Resume With Facile Whitney Victory

Three Chimneys Farm and Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Gun Runner romped to the easiest of victories in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, crossing the wire 5 1/4 lengths in front of runner-up Keen Ice. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride already earned a Breeders’ Cup Classic berth via his victory in the G1 Stephen Foster […]

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Coal Front Stays Unbeaten With Frontrunning Amsterdam Victory

Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front led the field wire-to-wire in Saturday’s G2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of Excitations to earn his first graded stakes win. The sophomore son of Stay Thirsty is now unbeaten in three career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. Ridden by John Velazquez […]

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Defying The Odds: UPS Driver, Equine ‘Mike Tyson’ Could Go All The Way In Vanderbilt

Saturday’s G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga has several compelling story lines, but none so unique as 20-1 longshot Green Gratto. It was at similarly long odds earlier this year that the 7-year-old New Jersey-bred won the G1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct, lighting up the tote board at 54-1. Though his status as a […]

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Opinion: Make The Jim Dandy ‘A Good Old-Fashioned Match Race’

Though a small field is already expected for Saturday’s G2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, Michael Spector of racingdudes.com suggests taking the contest one step further: why not make the Jim Dandy “a good old-fashioned match race” between Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness victor Cloud Computing? Spector admits that certain logistical problems likely stand in […]

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Mid-Race Move, Determined Stretch Drive Earn Abel Tasman CCA Oaks Victory

The China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm’s Abel Tasman gave fans an exciting rendition of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on Sunday, making a sweeping move to take the lead early in the backstretch and holding off the late charge of Elate to keep her head in front at the wire. Guided by […]

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Lake George, Schuylerville Draw Solid Fields To Highlight Opening Day At Saratoga

Trainer Jimmy Toner will try for his third victory in Friday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Lake George for sophomore fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon turf with the Grade 3-placed Defiant Honor. The Lake George joins the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville, a six-furlong contest for 2-year-old fillies, to kick off the Opening Day racing action at […]

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Saratoga: City Police Will Neither Initiate Nor Partake In Illegal Immigrant Deportation

Saratoga Springs has experienced dozens of arrests of illegal immigrants this year, and several trainers indicated that their staff are afraid to travel upstate for the race meet. According to nyupstate.com, the city’s mayor Joanne Yepsen declared on Monday that Saratoga police would not be initiating or participating in federal deportation of illegal immigrants. “There are certain […]

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Opening Weekend At Saratoga Features Five Graded Stakes Races

Stakes action at Saratoga Race Course will get off to a quick start with two graded stakes scheduled for Friday’s Opening Day: the Grade 3, $150,000 Lake George and the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville. The Lake George, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf, is likely to feature a full field led by Dale Romans […]

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Jim Dandy Works: Always Dreaming ‘Nice And Relaxed,’ Cloud Computing ‘Well Within Himself’

In their preparations for the July 29 Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, both Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing have been progressing well, reports drf.com. The Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming covered five furlongs at Saratoga in 1:01.16, while Chad Brown trainee Cloud Computing worked a half-mile in :48.29 at Belmont Park. […]

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