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Mind Control ‘Couldn’t Be Doing Any Better,’ Targets June 6 Carter Handicap

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control, a dual Grade 1-winner on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit, will get to target the Grade 1, $250,000 Runhappy Carter Handicap after all. Trained by Gregg Sacco, the 4-year-old Stay Thirsty colt was expected to follow his last-out win in the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom […]

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Mind Control Shows ‘Another Dimension’ With Impressive Tom Fool Victory, Carter Next

Trainer Greg Sacco could not speak higher volumes of Mind Control the morning after the colt launched a dramatic rally to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Stay Thirsty bay overcame a bad start and had to make up eight lengths at the top of the stretch, but successfully caught […]

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Alwaysmining Shows Tenacity In John B. Campbell Victory

Runnymoore Racing’s Alwaysmining flashed his championship form Saturday at Laurel Park, fighting back tenaciously in deep stretch to capture the $100,000 John B. Campbell. The 4-year-old son of Stay Thirsty, who was honored as the champion Maryland-bred 3-year-old of 2019, claimed his second consecutive stakes victory of 2020 in the about 1 1/16-mile stakes for […]

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Mind Control ‘Right On Target’ For 4-Year-Old Debut In Toboggan

Dual Grade 1-winner Mind Control will make his long awaited return to racing action in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan at Aqueduct Racetrack, according to trainer Greg Sacco. Owned by Red Oak Stable in partnership with Sol Kumin and Jason Monteleone’s Madaket Stables, the newly-turned 4-year-old son of Stay Thirsty has not raced since a […]

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Coal Front Out-Duels Diamond King In Parx Dirt Mile

Making his first start in two months, Coal Front won a stretch long duel with Diamond King and took the $153,500 Parx Dirt Mile for trainer Todd Pletcher and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith Saturday at Parx Racing. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Coal Front surged past 2-1 second choice Diamond King and […]

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‘We’re Going To Savor This’: Mind Control, Sacco Get Hero’s Welcome At Monmouth Park

Hail the conquering hero Mind Control, who left his weekend guest accommodations in John Kimmel’s barn just before 9 a.m. after pulling off the upset in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes presented by Runhappy and en route to his home at Monmouth Park. “My staff tacked up the barn and everyone is really […]

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Mind Control Nails Photo Finish To Defeat Shancelot In H. Allen Jerkens

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control posted an upset in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Hopeful as a 2-year-old, and now the sophomore son of Stay Thirsty has another upset win at the Spa on his resume with a 10-1 shocker in Saturday’s G1 H. Allen Jerkens. Sitting in a perfect tracking position in third […]

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Preakness: Alwaysmining ‘Makes It Look Easy,’ Laughing Fox Has ‘Great Attitude’

Runnymede Racing LLC’s Alwaysmining breezed a half-mile at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. Friday morning in preparation for a planned start in the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 18. The son of Stay Thirsty, who is riding a six-race winning streak, covered the four-furlong distance under regular exercise rider […]

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Pletcher-Trained Coal Front ‘Going According To Schedule’ For Met Mile

Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front continued his preparations for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap when he breezed four furlongs in 50.55 seconds on Friday morning at Belmont for trainer Todd Pletcher. The move was the son of Stay Thirsty’s second work since an overseas triumph in the Group […]

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