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Grass Not Necessarily Greener For Pegasus Turf Favorite Yoshida

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ Yoshida, 5-2 program favorite for Saturday’s $7-million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), may find himself back on dirt after competing in North America’s richest grass race. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott hinted a second international trip may be in store for […]

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Rosario’s Stakes Hat Trick Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

In one of the more contentious ballots of the year, Joel Rosario was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week title for August 27 – September 3, 2018. 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 […]

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Woodward Card Sets New Record Handle; Wagering Up 11.3 Percent Over 2017

A strong card featuring four graded stakes on the final Saturday of the 2018 meet – highlighted by Yoshida’s victory against a full field of 14 in the 65th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward – generated an all-sources handle record of $31,030,034, easily eclipsing the previous Woodward Day record set in 2017 by […]

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Turf To Saratoga Dirt A Winning Recipe Once Again: Yoshida Powers To Woodward Victory

The turf-to-dirt angle at Saratoga has been strong this meet, at least in Grade 1 company. Last weekend it was Catholic Boy coming from turf to dirt in the Travers; this Saturday, WinStar, China Horse Club, SF Racing and Head of Plains’ Yoshida followed the same path to the G1 Woodward and came out on […]

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Gunnevera Back In Action For Friday Allowance, Preps For Woodward Stakes

Salomon Del Valle’s Gunnevera is set for a return to action Friday at Gulfstream Park, where he is scheduled to face four rivals, including Chilean Derby champion Leitone. A multiple graded-stakes winner, Gunnevera hasn’t raced since exiting an eighth-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) with a nasty hoof injury. The Kentucky-bred 4-year-old was […]

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‘Pretty Special’ Diversify A Late Blessing For Violette

In describing Laura Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ Diversify following his dominant victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney, trainer Rick Violette could have easily been talking about himself. “He was tired, but content,” Violette said Sunday morning. “He’s a pretty happy camper.” The same could be said for Violette, who has overcome health issues in recent years and right […]

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Gunnevera To Use Allowance As Stepping Stone To Woowward

Multiple-graded stakes winner Gunnevera breezed five furlongs in a minute-flat at Gulfstream Park West Saturday morning in preparation for an expected return Friday at Gulfstream Park. “I’m very happy with his work,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “He galloped out very good.” The workout, the fastest of 26 recorded at the distance, was the seventh in a series of workouts […]

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Violette: Diversify Likely To Pass Whitney, Await Woodward

Trainer Rick Violette said Grade 2 Suburban winner Diversify has a “15 percent” chance to run in the Grade 1 Whitney on August 4 at Saratoga and will likely wait and continue to train up to the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on September 1. “He’s doing great. We’re still very much on the fence for […]

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Gunnevera Fires Bullet At Gulfstream West, Eyes Woodward

Multiple Grade 2-stakes winner Gunnevera breezed five furlongs in a minute Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park West in preparation for a return to action at Gulfstream Park in the near future. “The horse worked very well,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “He went 23 (seconds), 36, 48-point-1, and five furlongs in a minute flat.” The five-furlong workout, which […]

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