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Bloodlines: Flatter Will Get You… A 2-Year-Old Canadian Champion?

Could the hulking Claiborne Farm stallion Flatter, the sire of 50 stakes winners to date and a half-dozen winners of $1 million or more, be having a better year? Yes, but only a bit. If the stallion’s 2017 champion 3-year-old star West Coast had lived up to half-expectations, the massive son of A.P. Indy would […]

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Ami’s Flatter Retired To Ocala Stud For 2019

Ivan Dalos’ Ami’s Flatter, winner of the 2016 Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland, has been retired and will stand the 2019 breeding season at Ocala Stud. A fee will be announced at a later date, and he is available for inspection. “We are looking forward to working with Mr. Dalos on standing Ami’s Flatter,” […]

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Johnny Bear Gets Hard-Fought Repeat In Northern Dancer Turf

Johnny Bear earned another Grade 1 win the hard way Saturday, closing against pressure to win his second Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine. Luis Contreras kept the 7-year-old gelding off the early pace of the 1 1/2-mile contest, stalking the pace in the early part of the final turn. Johnny Bear moved up […]

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Johnny Bear Noses Out Hawkbill In Northern Dancer Turf

Colebrook Farms and Bear Stables’ Johnny Bear just got his nose in front of 3-5 favorite Hawkbill to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine Racecourse. At odds of 9-1, the 6-year-old son of English Channel covered 12 furlongs over the firm turf in 2:28.34 under jockey Luis Contreras. It was the first […]

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Ami’s Mesa Dominant In Woodbine’s Seaway

Ami’s Mesa and jockey Luis Contreras dominated the featured $125,000 Seaway (Gr. 3) Stakes winning by open lengths on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Ami’s Mesa was one of three Josie Carroll trainees in the seven furlong sprint for fillies and mares three years old and up contested on the Woodbine main.  Following back-to-back wins in her […]

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Keen Gizmo Scores In Holiday Monday’s Steady Growth Stakes At Woodbine

Keen Gizmo, bred and owned by Ivan Dalos (Tall Oaks Farms), made his third Steady Growth Stakes appearance his most memorable one, winning impressively in Holiday Monday’s $125,000 feature, at Woodbine. The six-year-old multiple stakes placed gelding, bred in Ontario, finished second in the 1 1/16-mile main track stake in 2015 and seventh last year. […]

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Gamble’s Ghost Rallies To Selene Score

Ivan Dalos’ homebred Gamble’s Ghost, patiently handled by Luis Contreras, swooped to a smart score in Sunday’s $174,600 Grade III Selene Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Josie Carroll, the dark bay daughter of Ghostzapper-Gambling Girl arrived at the 1 1/16-mile Tapeta route for sophomore fillies from a deceptively good sixth-place run, defeated just two lengths, […]

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