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‘Very Focused’ In Blinkers, Tacitus Fires Bullet Toward Travers

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is not afraid to try something new before a big race. So when the discussions came up to race Tacitus with blinkers for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, he was not hesitant to make the equipment change. Juddmonte Farms’ homebred dual Grade 2 winner sported blinkers when […]

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Travers Notes: Owendale To Do Final Prep At Churchill, Tacitus To Work This Weekend

Rupp Racing’s Owendale will have one final work in Kentucky before travelling to Saratoga next week for the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, trainer Brad Cox said Thursday morning. The Runhappy Travers will be run on Saturday, August 24 as the centerpiece of a card featuring seven stakes and six Grade 1s, […]

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Jim Dandy Top Two Tax, Tactitus Join Prospective Field For Travers

All was well with Tax following his second graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, where he broke on top and led the race into the first turn but was passed up by War of Will at the quarter-mile mark. Around the far turn, Tax was back in command and […]

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Tax Runs To His Workouts, Defeats Tacitus In Jim Dandy

R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable’s Tax had been touting himself in his morning workouts for the past month, including a recent 47.09-second half-mile as the bullet Saratoga work from 71 at the distance last Saturday. This weekend, the 3-year-old gelding delivered on that promise to win the […]

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Weekend Lineup Features Jim Dandy, Trio Of Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Races

The last weekend of July graded stakes slate includes three “Win and You’re In” events for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park, plus an important Grade 2 event for 3-year-olds. The schedule kicks off Saturday morning at 10:40 ET with one of the biggest European races of the […]

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Jim Dandy Pegged To Be Triple Crown Reunion With War Of Will, Tacitus, Tax

Gary Barber’s War of Will has already proven he can compete against the top 3-year-olds in the country when he won the Grade 1 Preakness on May 18 at Pimlico. After running in all three legs of the Triple Crown, the War Front colt will again face top-level talent as part of a six-horse field […]

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Mott: ‘The Trip Made The Difference’ For Tacitus

On the morning after Belmont Stakes favorite Tacitus closed strongly but still was beaten by a length, trainer Bill Mott remained disheartened but philosophical. “I think the horse ran okay. We were the recipient of a wide trip and the winner got a golden trip. I think the trip made the difference. He was wide. He was […]

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Sir Winston Gives Casse A Second Classic In Belmont Stakes

An historic disqualification and a loose horse were the highlights of this year’s first two Triple Crown races, so racing fans were holding their collective breath as the field headed to the post for this Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. The third jewel provided no such theatrics, but did produce a 10-1 upset in the […]

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Weekend Lineup: Bring On The Belmont

This week features the final leg of the Triple Crown when the 151st edition of the Belmont Stakes headlines a card with eight Grade 1 races at Belmont Park on Saturday. In addition to the “Test of the Champion”, fans will get to watch Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes […]

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The Haiku Handicapper Presented By Brisnet: 2019 Belmont Stakes

Time to analyze the 2019 Belmont Stakes field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. #1 – Joevia Exciting prospect In listed stakes company Not in a classic #2 – Everfast Only bigger shock Than his Preakness runner-up Would […]

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