Si Sage Proves Too Hard to Catch in G2 Charles Whittingham at Santa Anita

Si Sage proves too tough to catch in the G2 Whittingham. Photo from @SAPublicity

Si Sage goes wire-to-wire in the G2 Whittingham. Photo from @SAPublicity

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Longshot, Si Sage (11-1) went to the front right out of the gate and never looked back, wiring the G2 Charlie Whittingham at Santa Anita despite quick fractions for the 1 1/4 mile of 23, 47, and 1:11. Patentar got up for 2nd.

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Grass specialists Bal a Bali and Quick Casablanca head a field of 10 three year olds and up in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles

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Still Got It: Lexie Lou Wins G2 Nassau at Woodbine

Lexie Lou picks up her first win since October of '14 in the G2 Nassau. michael burn photo

Lexie Lou picks up her first win since October of ’14 in the G2 Nassau. michael burn photo

Update:

Lexie Lou springs the upset and wins for the first time in 18-months, taking the G2 Nassau at Woodbine Sunday.

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Multiple graded stakes winner Academic will take to the turf for the first time in Sunday’s Grade II $200,000 Nassau Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Reade Baker for owner Bear Stables Ltd., Academic was named Canada’s champion

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Belmont Park Serves Up Big Apple Showcase on Memorial Day

King Kreesa leads up to 100 New York-breds running Monday at Belmont Park. Photo by Chelsea Durand

King Kreesa leads up to 100 New York-breds Monday at Belmont Park. Photo by Chelsea Durand

By Heather Pettinger

Nearly 100 New York-breds will take center stage at Belmont Park on Memorial Day for Big Apple Showcase Day, featuring six stakes races worth $900,000. The 10-race program, with a scheduled first-race post time of 1:30 p.m., is only for horses bred in the Empire State.

Fan favorites King Kreesa, Kharafa and Lubash will renew their rivalry once again in the $125,000 Kingston, carded as Race 7. The redoubtable trio has split the past three editions of the one-mile turf race, with Lubash taking the 2015 running in his fifth appearance.

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Gun Runner Pointing to G1 Haskell at Monmouth Park July 31st

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Gun Runner skipped the Preakness and never had any intention of running in the Belmont but his connections have their eyes on the G1 Haskell this year. Trainer Steve Asmussen telling the Courier Journal.com that they will run the son of Candy Ride in the G3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs on June 18th then point to the Haskell at Monmouth Park July 31st. @CoadyPhoto

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Tepin Given Green Light to Go to Royal Ascot Despite Reservations

Tepin winning the G2 Distaff Turf Mile on Derby Day

Tepin winning the G2 Distaff Turf Mile on Derby Day. @CoadyPhoto

By Jim Charvat

The Breeders’ Cup Mile winning mare, Tepin will go to Royal Ascot next month, according to owner Bob Masterson. This after a day of speculation following her morning work at Churchill Downs. There was some doubt raised by her connections, notably trainer Mark Casse, over whether the daughter of Bernstein should go to England because she would have to race without Lasix and a nasal strip.

Casse said Tepin was breathing harder than normal after her work Saturday. He noted that Tepin has had breathing issues in the past and

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Are You Kidding Me Rules the Roost in G2 Eclipse at Woodbine

Jockey Alan Garcia guides Are You Kidding Me to victory in the G2 Eclipse Stakes. michael burns photo

Jockey Alan Garcia guides Are You Kidding Me to victory in the G2 Eclipse Stakes. michael burns photo

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Are You Kidding Me, with a prominent performance, successfully defended his title in Saturday’s Grade II $209,200 Eclipse Stakes, at Woodbine.

Watch: Are You Kidding Me is No Joke

Trained by Roger Attfield for owners Ronald K. Kirk, John C. Bates and Michael Riordan, the Run Away and Hide bay was named Canada’s champion older male in 2015 on the back of

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Mike Smith Gets Belmont Stakes Mount on Suddenbreakingnews

Mike Smith will ride Suddenbreakingnews in the Belmont. Photo from santaanitapark.com

Mike Smith will ride Suddenbreakingnews in the Belmont. Photo from santaanitapark.com

Suddenbreakingnews, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, will be ridden by Mike Smith in the Belmont Stakes June 11th, trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel announced Saturday. The son of Mineshaft began serious preparation for the third leg in the Triple Crown with a five-furlong breeze in 1:00.60 on Monday with Joe Rocco, Jr. in the irons.

“It looks like with the way he ran in the Derby and with his pedigree the mile-and-a-half distance should suit him well,” trainer Donnie

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Exaggerator To Van Sunday, Work Once Before Belmont Stakes

Exaggerator will van over to Belmont Park Sunday and breeze once before the Belmont Stakes June 11th. Photo by Jon Kral

Exaggerator will van over to Belmont Park Sunday and breeze once before the Belmont Stakes June 11th. Photo by Jon Kral

By Ed Golden

Preakness winner Exaggerator will have his regular rider, Kent Desormeaux, aboard in his only major work for the final jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11.

“Nothing has changed with Exaggerator between yesterday to today,” trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux said Friday morning at Santa Anita. “He’s still cold and tight, and he only walked today (at Pimlico). He’ll train Saturday and go to Belmont Sunday. Next week I’m trying to decide whether to breeze on Saturday (June 4) or Tuesday (June 7).

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Catch A Glimpse Pointing to Penn Mile June 4th

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Mark Casse knows where his star filly, Catch A Glimpse is going to run next, he just hasn’t decided which race or which gender she’ll run against. Casse told Bloodhorse.com that they are definitely going to Penn National but he hasn’t decided between the Penn Oaks or the Penn Mile, though he’s leaning toward running her against the colts. @CoadyPhoto.

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The Menu: Post Times and TV Listings For Saturday’s Top Races

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It’s a three day weekend and the official start to the summer. Always a busy time for the horse racing fans and handicappers and this Memorial Day Weekend is no different.

There are 24 tracks running thoroughbreds on Saturday. You have Santa Anita serving up their Gold Rush Stakes Day with five stakes races for the top Cal-breds in the state.

Arlington Park has a pair of Grade 3 stakes races as things begin to heat up in Arlington Heights. Not to be outdone, their sister track, Churchill Downs has a Grade 3 and a

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Nyquist Update: To Ship Back to California June 5th

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Champion Nyquist is doing well although he will miss the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11, due to a temperature that surfaced soon after the Preakness. “He has no temperature right now, his blood looks good, so we’re very happy with the way things are going back there,”  trainer Doug O’Neill said Thursday morning at Santa Anita. Photo from santaanitapark.com

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