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King For A Day’s Sir Barton Win Kicks Off Stakes Action On Preakness Undercard

Red Oak Stable’s homebred King For A Day got Preakness day off to a formful start on Saturday at Pimlico, cruising to a 2 1/2-length win at odds of 2-5. The 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo, ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher, completed 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:41.40. […]

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Spendthrift Farm, Empire Racing Club Strike Deal To Race Can The Man Filly

The Empire Racing Club has entered into an agreement with Spendthrift Farm to campaign a filly bred by the Lexington, Ky., nursery this year. By Spendthrift stallion Can The Man, the unnamed 2-year-old is out of graded-producer Five Star Daydream, making her a half-sister to last season’s Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes winner Gas Station Sushi, […]

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Pletcher: Beaten Peter Pan Favorite Intrepid Heart ‘Bred Top And Bottom’ For Belmont Distance

Trainer Todd Pletcher has indicated that Intrepid Heart, the beaten favorite when finishing third in Saturday’s G3 Peter Pan Stakes, could join the cast for the 2019 Belmont Stakes. According to drf.com, Pletcher thought that the 3-year-old son of Tapit was mostly compromised by his immaturity, rather than a stumble at the start. “Johnny (Velazquez, jockey) […]

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Full Field Of 14 Entered For Pimlico Special, Now Run At 1 1/4 Miles

The historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), lengthened this year to 1 ¼ miles for the first time in history, drew the biggest field since its revival in 1988 as 14 were entered for Friday’s race at Pimlico Race Course. The 49th running of the Pimlico Special, on the eve of the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), […]

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Local Star Las Setas Puts Win Streak On The Line In 95th Black-Eyed Susan

Having established her local dominance with four straight wins, the last three in stakes, Maryland homebred Las Setas will face the biggest test of her young career when she faces a batch of new faces as she steps up to graded company in Friday’s $250,000 Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico Race Course. The 95th running […]

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NYTHA Launches Empire Racing Club With Durkin, Pletcher At The Helm

The Empire Racing Club is an initiative created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to let horse racing fans experience the thrills of racehorse ownership at minimal cost and no risk. New York’s beloved retired racecaller Tom Durkin will serve as managing partner, and Eclipse Award-winner Todd Pletcher will be the Club trainer. Empire […]

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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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Intrepid Heart Comes To The Peter Pan With Impressive Lineage

After two impressive wins to start his career, Robert and Lawanna Low’s Intrepid Heart will seek a graded stakes caliber victory when he headlines a field of five in Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Peter Pan at Belmont Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 3-year-old son of Tapit enters the 1 1/8- mile test for sophomores […]

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‘I Like My Chances’: Under-The-Radar Derby Suits Pletcher Just Fine

It is difficult to ever consider trainer Todd Pletcher a longshot in a Grade 1 affair, but that is the situation in Saturday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Derby – though it should not worry his faithful much. When Starlight Racing’s Cutting Humor and Wertheimer et Frere’s Spinoff – 15th and 19th on the Kentucky Derby points […]

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Mike Smith To Replace Corey Lanerie Aboard Cutting Humor In Kentucky Derby

In a late decision, Hall of Famer and Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith has been named to ride Cutting Humor in the Kentucky Derby in place of Corey Lanerie, who was announced to have the mount when entries were revealed on Tuesday. The change was first reported Friday morning by the Daily Racing Form’s Jay […]

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