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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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Alwaysmining ‘Impressed’ Trainer In Breeze For Federico Tesio

Runnymede Racing’s multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining turned in a sharp five-furlong breeze Saturday morning ahead of his next scheduled assignment in the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes April 20 at Laurel Park. With regular exercise rider Felix Astudillo aboard and owners Greg and Caroline Bentley watching from the clockers’ tower, Alwaysmining went in 1:00 over the […]

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Mind Control Kicks Away In One-Turn Bay Shore

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stable’s Mind Control relished a cut back in distance, striding to a 1 1/4-length triumph in the G3 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday. The 3-year-old son of Stay Thirsty paid $6.30 to defeat favorite Much Better, completing seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:23.45. Mind Control […]

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Multiple Stakes Winner Alwaysmining Will Target Preakness, Not Derby

Runnymede Racing’s Alwaysmining has won his last five races at Laurel Park, leading his connections to consider racing the 3-year-old son of Stay Thirsty in a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. According to horseracingnation.com, Alwaysmining will instead be aimed to the Federico Tesio Stakes, which offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the […]

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Coal Front Gives Pletcher, Ortiz First Dubai Winners In Godolphin Mile

It was Jose Ortiz’ first-ever start on Dubai World Cup night, and he had a tough task with the 12th post position in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile. Riding Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners’ Coal Front, Ortiz was pushed four-wide down the backstretch and was still wide around the turn, but the pair […]

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Mind Control Off Derby Trail, Will Stick To One-Turn Races

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control will be pointed towards the Grade 3, $250,000 Bay Shore while stablemate Joevia will make his graded stakes debut in the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, trainer Greg Sacco said Friday morning. Both races are part of a stacked card featuring five graded […]

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