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Conquest Big E, Back In Familiar Surroundings, Heads Coast Is Clear At Gulfstream

A son of Tapit who brought a winning bid of $700,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Conquest Big E was always meant to be a good horse. The striking gray Kentucky-bred showed early promise, breaking his maiden impressively enough at Keeneland in his second career race to earn a start in the 2015 Breeders’ […]

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Motion Trying For First Queen’s Plate With Sam-Son Contenders

Trainer Graham Motion, who has won some of Thoroughbred racing’s most high-profile events, including the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, will have two chances to reign victorious in the upcoming Queen’s Plate, a race he’s long dreamed of winning. “It’s definitely a race that’s been on my radar, a race that I’d love to […]

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Brown ‘Impressed’ By Equine Gronkowski; Mott Has Hofburg ‘Feeling Good’

Trainer Chad Brown said it’s all systems go for Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Gronkowski one day before the Lonhro colt looks to thwart Justify’s Triple Crown bid in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. “Everything is good. His training is done now,” Brown said. “We’ve asked him to work twice and I thought he worked […]

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Justify Will Make Triple Crown Bid From The Rail In 150th Belmont Stakes

Can he do it? Can Justify join Seattle Slew as the only undefeated Triple Crown winner, and become the 13th 3-year-old to accomplish that feat, before an expected sellout crowd of 90,000 in Saturday’s 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets? Can he negotiate the vast 1 ½-mile […]

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Bloodlines: Unlikely Story Of How Unique Bella Nearly Slipped Through The Cracks

Sometimes, breeding top-class horses looks so easy. Just take three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and breed him to a mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and there you have it, champion Unique Bella, who won the Eclipse Award as the best sprint filly of 2017. Doesn’t that look simple? Unique Bella makes it […]

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Fiske On Tenfold: ‘No Better-Bred Belmont Horse In The Crop’

David Fiske has been declaring for months that Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Preakness Stakes third-place finisher Tenfold has the best pedigree for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes of any horse in this 3-year-old crop. “I guess it’s put up or shut up,” Fiske, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ long-time racing and bloodstock manager, said recently with a laugh. “I’ve been telling people […]

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2017 Belmont Stakes Winner Tapwrit Third In 4-Year-Old Debut

Winner of the 2017 Belmont Stakes, Tapwrit returned to the races on Sunday for the first time since a fourth-place finish in the Aug. 28 Travers Stakes. Now a 4-year-old, the son of Tapit made his annual debut in a one-turn allowance over 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park, finishing third. Ridden by Jose Ortiz […]

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Mott: Hofburg Has ‘Moved Forward’ Since Troubled Kentucky Derby Effort

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott issued an upbeat bulletin Sunday morning following Hofburg’s five-furlong workout in company with Good Samaritan over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, his final preparation for the Grade 1 $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, on Saturday, June 9. Ridden by Neil Poznansky and working outside of Good Samaritan, Hofburg […]

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Unique Bella Geared Down Late In Beholder Mile Victory

Sent to the post as the 1-2 favorite, Don Alberto’s Unique Bella put on a show in Saturday’s Grade 1 Beholder Mile. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit left the gates sharply and pressed the pace throughout, going on to win by about two lengths while geared down at the wire. Ridden by Mike Smith for […]

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Unique Bella Ready For ‘A Big Race’ In Beholder Mile

Unique Bella, the latest in a seemingly endless line of stalwarts from the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer, will be favored for the 10th time in 11 career races Saturday in the Beholder Mile. Santa Anita linemaker Jon White has the striking four-year-old gray daughter of Tapit listed at 3-5 against five rivals in the Grade I event, but […]

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