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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Trio Of Win Machines Highlight First Half Of 2019

Half of the 2019 racing calendar is in the rear-view mirror, and the race for Horse of the Year is tight, but there are certainly front-runners. The quality of graded stakes wins is just as important as the quantity, of course, but three horses have been unstoppable at racing’s highest levels through the end of […]

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Distance Specialist Causeforcommotion Takes On Males In Sunday’s San Juan Capistrano

Eric Kruljac is trying something new with Causeforcommotion in Sunday’s Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 1 ¾ miles on turf: the five-year-old mare will be making her third stakes start in six weeks and be running against males for the first time in her 18-race career. “It’s a […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Curlin Climbs To The Top

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes rightfully dominate headlines every May, but the sons and daughters of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms’ Curlin put in quality work during the month, not only rocketing their sire to the top of his division in the American Graded Stakes Standings but giving him a comfortable lead. Curlin had five […]

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Prat’s Superb Holiday Weekend Earns Jockey Of The Week Title

With wins in the Gamely and Summertime Oaks last weekend, Flavien Prat was chosen as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for May 20-27, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in […]

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Win Machine Vasilika Claims Second Grade 1 Triumph In Gamely

Winning for the 12th time in 14 starts since being claimed by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for $40,000 in February 2018, Vasilika rallied late to win Monday’s Grade 1 Gamely Stakes by one length over East Coast invader Rymska at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the 5-year-old mare […]

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Former Claimer Vasilika Takes On Six Fillies And Mares In Gamely

One of the most productive claims in racing history, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika heads a field of seven fillies and mares three and up in Monday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita. Named for William Haggin Perry’s Hall of Fame daughter of Bold Ruler, the Gamely will be contested at a mile and one […]

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Vasilika Achieves Millionaire Status In Royal Heroine

One of the best claims of all-time, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika became racing’s newest millionaire with an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita. Handled by her regular partner Flavien Prat, the 5-year-old Skipshot mare got a mile on turf in 1:33.53. Attentive to the early […]

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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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Bloodlines Presented By Curlin To Mischief, A Climax Stallion: Out Of The Claiming Ranks, Into The Limelight

With her victory in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 23, Vasilika (by Skipshot) now has won 12 of her last 14 starts, with earnings of $938,595, and that enviable record is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the first two of those victories came in claiming […]

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Prat’s Buena Vista Victory Earns Him Jockey Of The Week Title

The leading jockey by stakes earnings last week, Flavien Prat was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for February 19-24, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey […]

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