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McKinzie Confirms Lead In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, dominant winner of last Saturday’s Whitney (G1) at Saratoga, strengthened his lead over Thunder Snow (IRE) in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, while the Whitney runner-up, Yoshida (JPN), surged to No. 3 in the standings. Trained by three-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winning-trainer Bob […]

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‘Super Fit’ Thunder Snow To Remain In New York, Target Woodward

Godolphin’s Thunder Snow was scratched from the G1 Whitney Stakes on Saturday morning after developing a fever, but trainer Saeed bin Suroor told drf.com that the colt will be remaining in New York for the Aug. 31 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. “He recovered good, no problem, he will run at the of the month,” Suroor said. […]

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Baffert: Whitney Winner McKinzie ‘Got A Little Bit Faster Once We Named Him’

For Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, McKinzie’s victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney was especially satisfying as it demonstrated the 4-year-old’s full potential and also served as a tribute to his friend, the late racing executive Brad McKinzie. “He got a proper Grade 1 race, as they say in England,” said Baffert. “The plan […]

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Saratoga’s Whitney Card Generates Record All-Sources Handle

Saturday’s 11-race Marylou Whitney Day card at Saratoga, featuring three graded stakes and highlighted by McKinzie’s victory in the 92nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney, generated an all-sources handle record of $31,835,863, eclipsing the previous Whitney Day record of $30,153,138 set in 2017. On-track handle was $7,078,192 with paid attendance of 40,791 […]

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McKinzie On Top Classic Division With Whitney Triumph

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has taken over the Classic division with a decisive win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup feature race in the process. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense battled for the lead but was able to settle just off the […]

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Weekend Lineup: ‘Win And You’re In’ Whitney

The Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course headlines this weekend’s action and will serve as a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, as well as a chance to further honor the memory of racing icon Marylou Whitney, who passed away on July 19 at the age of 93. The […]

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McKinzie Installed As 7-5 Favorite For ‘Win And You’re In’ Whitney

Grade 1-winners McKinzie, Thunder Snow, Vino Rosso and Yoshida square off in a contentious renewal of the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The 92nd running of the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, to be broadcast nationwide on NBC from 5-6 p.m. Eastern, is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the […]

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Top Four In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings Expected For Saturday’s Whitney

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie (243 votes) leads Thunder Snow (IRE), Vino Rosso and Preservationist in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, and are all expected to start in Saturday’s $1 million Whitney (G1) from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Trained by Bob Baffert, McKinzie will be making […]

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Thunder Snow ‘Seems To Be Thriving’ At Saratoga Ahead Of Whitney

Godolphin’s multiple Group 1 winner Thunder Snow returned to the main track on Sunday for his last major work heading into Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Whitney Handicap. With exercise rider Walter Lynch up, the 5-year-old breezed seven furlongs in 1:27.31 to the delight of Tommy Burns, traveling assistant for conditioner Saeed bin Suroor. “He’s […]

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Hofburg Shows ‘Good Energy’ In Thursday Comeback, May Target Woodward

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Hofburg, a multiple Grade 1-placed son of Tapit, earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure in his winning return to the races on Thursday at Saratoga. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the talented chestnut enjoyed a productive 2018 campaign winning the Curlin at Saratoga after finishing second in the Grade 1 […]

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