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Gunnevera Steps Up To ‘More Intense’ Breeze For Classic

Margoth’s multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera continued his preparations for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with a strong five-furlong breeze Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park West. A 4-year-old son of Grade 1 winner Dialed In, Gunnevera went in 1:00.82 over a fast main track with regular rider Edgard Zayas in the irons, ranking second […]

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Classic Conundrum: Final Round Of Preps Serves Up More Questions Than Answers

With five weeks to go, the picture of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is muddier than ever. There was a 45-1 upset in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in which the favored Diversify faded to finish fifth, and Accelerate ran his lowest Beyer figure of the year when he won the Awesome Again. Additionally, potential […]

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‘Gratifying’ Hirsch Win Puts Channel Maker Firmly Into Mott’s Breeders’ Cup Contingent

Channel Maker came out of his 4 ½-length score in the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on September Super Saturday in good order, according to his Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott Sunday morning. The 4-year-old English Channel gelding broke sharp and fended off a stretch-drive challenge from even-money favorite Robert Bruce, earning […]

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Diversify Tops Gold Cup Nominees; Robert Bruce, Spring Quality To Turf Classic

New York-bred star Diversify tops a competitive group of 14 nominees released on Sunday as he looks to defend his title in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday, September 29 at Belmont Park. In all, 91 horses were nominated to five graded stakes on September Super Saturday, the first of two […]

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Diverse, Intriguing Field Shaping Up For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Classic division stars Accelerate and Diversify lead the way over an aspiring group 3-year-olds as the field for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic November 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville figures to become much more defined over the next five weeks. The 1 ¼-mile Classic rates as the centerpiece of a two-day extravaganza that heads to […]

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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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Yoshida Debuts In Seventh On NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Japanese-bred Yoshida, winner of last Saturday’s Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and now a dual Grade 1 winner this year on turf and dirt, debuted in seventh place in this week’s NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll. Multiple Grade 1 winner Accelerate retained the top spot overall for the third consecutive week with eight first […]

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No Definitive Plans For Yoshida’s Next Start; Colt Exits Woodward In Good Condition

Yoshida came out of his win in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward in good order, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said from his barn Sunday morning at Saratoga. Making his debut on dirt after his first 10 races came on turf, Yoshida rallied from 10th at the half-mile mark before gaining ground and surging in the stretch to defeat […]

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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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