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Vino Rosso Makes Successful Return In Stymie Stakes

Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s Vino Rosso, last seen finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers, made a successful return to the races under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez with a determined stretch run in Saturday’s $150,000 Stymie, a one-turn mile for 4-year-olds and upward at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Todd Pletcher, […]

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Vino Rosso To Make First Start Since Travers On Gotham Stakes Day

With eight wins, 10 second-place finishes, and eight thirds from 48 starts at the current Aqueduct winter meet, good for a 54 percent in-the-money percentage heading into Friday’s card, conditioner Todd Pletcher will look to stay hot on Gotham Day with a trio of formidable stakes contenders. Vino Rosso, last year’s Grade 2 Wood Memorial […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Tapit Takes Command

Following a relatively even-spread January, February’s graded stakes calendar saw assertive performances by the leaders of several divisions to gain separation against their peers, including a surge to the top of the sire standings by Gainesway’s cornerstone resident Tapit. Tapit doubled both his graded stakes winners and wins in February from two to four, vaulting […]

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Comebacking Prince Lucky Draws Away For Hal’s Hope Upset

Prince Lucky, a Daniel McConnell Pennsylvania homebred gelding by Corinthian trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, came off an eight-month layoff to win the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., on Saturday by six lengths.  Copper Town finished second  to complete a Pletcher exacta, with another […]

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‘Two-Turn Experience’: Spinoff Launches More Derby Hopes For Pletcher At Tampa

Believe it or not, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez had a few anxious moments during Triple Crown nominee Spinoff’s 11 ¾-length victory in today’s second race at Tampa Bay Downs. “He passed the other horses and got to the ¼-mile pole, and then he started waiting. Then he saw the gate (at the top […]

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Busher: Please Flatter Me ‘Training Phenomenally,’ ‘Versatile’ Oxy Lady Seeks Rebound

Please Flatter Me remains on target for the $250,000 Busher Invitational on Gotham Day March 9, as trainer Mark Reid said the undefeated Munnings filly remains scheduled for one final workout at Pimlico before shipping to Aqueduct Racetrack. After starting her career 3-for-3, including a 5 ¾-length win in the seven-furlong Gin Talking last out […]

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Pletcher ‘Won’t Rule Anything Out’ With Sharp Oaklawn Maiden Winner Intrepid Heart

Todd Pletcher shipped four horses to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., last week, with the most intriguing being one that had never started. Triple Crown nominee Intrepid Heart didn’t let the trainer down, rolling to a 7 3/4-length victory in Monday’s third race under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. Intrepid Heart races for […]

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Maiden Winner Intrepid Heart Could Boost Pletcher Squad For 2019 Kentucky Derby

At this point in the Kentucky Derby prep season, trainer Todd Pletcher has uncharacteristically not saddled the winner of a 2019 points race. However, the two-time winner of the Run for the Roses did debut an intriguing 3-year-old prospect on Monday at Oaklawn that could prove the key to reversing that trend. Intrepid Heart, a […]

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Coal Front Holds Off Copper Bullet in Razorback Handicap

Two horses that had never been around two turns finished 1-2 in Monday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with front-running Coal Front, under John Velazquez, just holding off a fast-closing Copper Bullet at the wire of the 1 1/16-mile contest. Rated R Superstar finished third, with an unlucky […]

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Copper Bullet, Coal Front Stretching Out In Crowded Field For Razorback Handicap

Among the most notable horses to win from a far outside post position at Oaklawn was Sunny’s Halo, who wired the field from the 13 hole in the 1983 Arkansas Derby and would capture the Kentucky Derby three weeks later. Coal Front may have to go one better because he is scheduled to break from […]

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