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Will Numbers Add Up For Math Wizard In Saturday’s Ohio Derby?

Math Wizard will break from the rail in Saturday’s Grade 3 Ohio Derby at JACK Thistledown Racino in North Randall, Ohio, but his biggest break came in January, when trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. claimed him for $25,000 out of a race at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Math Wizard debuted in a maiden special weight at […]

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Joevia Readies For Belmont Rebound, War Of Will Arrives In New York

Michael and Jeff Fazio’s Joevia will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday, trainer Gregory Sacco confirmed by phone Monday morning. Joevia rebounded from a Grade 2 Wood Memorial effort in which he was disqualified and placed 11th, with a strong showing in winning […]

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Tax’s Belmont Stakes Status Up In The Air After Final Breeze

Tax breezed Saturday morning on the Belmont Park main track, with trainer Danny Gargan saying afterwards that a decision will be forthcoming on entering the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on June 8. The Arch gelding registered four furlongs in 49.03 seconds in his second breeze since being placed 14th […]

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‘I Liked The Rhythm Of It’: Tacitus Puts In Another Solid Breeze Toward Belmont

Grade 2 Wood Memorial winner Tacitus breezed over the main track at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday at Belmont Park, working in company with Multiplier. Both horses covered five furlongs in 1:00.16 with Tacitus, piloted by Jose Ortiz, galloping out strong in front of his graded stakes winning stablemate in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 […]

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Belmont Notes: Tax Records ‘Nice Easy Work,’ Joevia ‘Still Learning And Improving’

Trainer Danny Gargan was looking for an easy move out of graded stakes winner Tax on Saturday morning and that’s exactly what he got as the 3-year-old gelded son of Arch went a half-mile in 49.80 seconds over the Belmont Park training track. Under mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the early 60’s, Gargan sent […]

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Joevia Targeting Haskell Invitational After Easy Long Branch Stakes Victory

Joevia bounced back from a sub-par showing in the Wood Memorial and remained on track for TVG.com Haskell Invitational by splashing to a front-running 2¾-length victory in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park. The Greg Sacco-trained colt, seventh in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial in his last start, made amends with […]

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‘Push-Button’ Tax Has Alvarado Excited For Third Derby Mount

Count jockey Junior Alvarado among those impressed with Tax’s blistering half-mile work on Thursday in preparation for the Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby. Alvarado, who is set to make his third career Derby mount when he pilots Tax on May 4 at Churchill Downs, watched as Tax recorded a 47.80-second breeze, the fastest of […]

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Franco Notches Third Consecutive NYRA Title At Aqueduct Spring Meet

Jockey Manny Franco won his third consecutive individual meet title, Rudy Rodriguez held on for the training crown and Repole Stable, Drawing Stable and Klaravich Stable each notched four wins to lead all owners for the 12-day spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack that concluded with Saturday’s Closing Day. The meet, which started April 5 and […]

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Omaha Beach, Tacitus Arrive At Churchill To Prepare For Kentucky Derby

Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall of Famer Richard […]

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Juarez Suspended 15 Days, Fined $2,500 For Wood Memorial Ride

Jockey Nik Juarez has been suspended for 15 days by New York stewards, according to drf.com. The rider was disqualified from seventh to last in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, when he and his mount Joevia cut over to the rail from the far outside post position and impeded several riders. Juarez was also fined $2,500 for […]

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