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La Verdad Bids For 5th Straight in Monday’s G2 Honorable Miss

La Verdad has won four in a row going into Monday's G2 Honorable Miss

La Verdad has won four in a row going into Monday’s G2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga

Since finishing second to My Wandy’s Girl in February, La Verdad has rattled off four straight stakes wins. La Verdad will attempt to extend her winning streak to five when she faces My Wandy’s Girl again in the G2 Honorable Miss on Monday at Saratoga.

The Honorable Miss is a six-furlong race for fillies and mares.

In February, La Verdad set the pace before yielding late to My Wandy’s Girl, who got up to win Laurel Park’s G2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap. Since then, La Verdad has made two starts at Aqueduct and two at Belmont Park, winning the Broadway by 3 ¾ lengths in March, the G2 Distaff Handicap by 3 ¾ lengths in April, the Critical Eye by a half-length in May, and the Dancin Renee by 1 ¾ lengths on July 3.

The Broadway, Critical Eye, and Dancin Renee all were restricted to New York-breds. The only race during her current winning streak that wasn’t… Read the rest of this entry >>

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Bayern Dominates, Untapable 5th in G1 Haskell at Monmouth Park

Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.

Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.


Trainer, Bob Baffert, wins his unprecedented seventh G1 Haskell with Bayern, who goes wire-to-wire, drawing off in the last 16th. Albano got up for 2nd. The filly, Untapable, was a non-threatening 5th. More to come.

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The filly Untapable has drawn post seven in a field of nine for Sunday’s G1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Made the 2-1 favorite on the morning line by track oddsmaker, Brad Thomas, Untapable will race against the boys in search of her fifth straight graded stakes victory. In her last two outings she won convincingly in both the Kentucky Oaks (G1) by 4 ½ lengths, and the Mother Goose (G1) by just over nine lengths.

“I think it’s an excellent draw… Read the rest of this entry >>

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Big Macher Holds Off Goldencents to Win G1 Bing Crosby at Del Mar


Big Macher won a 4-way duel through the turn an into the stretch, then held off the favorite, Goldencents, the last 16th of a mile to win the G1 Bing Crosby at Del Mar. More to come….

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Goldencents, a winner of more than $2 million in his brilliant career, will seek to add the G1 Bing Crosby Stakes to his accomplishments Sunday when he heads a line-up of eight talented sprinters in the six-furlong dash which honors Del Mar’s co-founder….

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Two More Fatal Injuries at Del Mar: Races Moved Off the Turf Sunday

Van DykeUpdate: Sunday  7-27-14  11am PDT

Another fatal injury to a horse at Del Mar. This time it was during the morning works on the polytrack when a 2-year old out of the Peter Miller barn, Chilled Mousse, came up injured after a four-furlong workout in preparation for his debut on Friday.


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Two more fatal injuries of horses on the turf Saturday has prompted Del Mar officials to move the two races written for the turf Sunday, to be moved to the main track.

One of the fatal injuries resulted in a horrific breakdown of a horse in front of the grandstand during the fifth race. Lil Swiss Echo, a 5-year old mare who had raced ten times, broke down unseating rider, Drayden Van Dyke, who fortunately avoided being kicked by trailing horses. He was loaded onto an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital where he was… Read the rest of this entry >>

Fed Biz Wins the G2 San Diego At Del Mar: Sets Track Record

Fed BizFed Biz maintained his perfect record at Del Mar Saturday as he led from start to finish to win the featured G2 San Diego Handicap in track record time of 1:41 flat for the 1 1/16 mile over the Polytrack surface.

Sent to the lead from his outside post position by jockey, Martin Garcia, Fed Biz held a safe lead throughout and then opened up in the stretch to score by 5 ¼ lengths as the 3-1 second choice in a field of ten older horses. It was his third victory in as many starts at the seaside track. The previous mark of 1:41.48  was set by the great Zenyatta in the 2008 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes.

Fed Biz, a five-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway trained by Bob Baffert, won the seven-furlong Pat O’Brien Stakes last summer, also setting a track record, of 1:21.12 for the sprint distance. He had been unraced since running sixth to Goldencents in the Breeders’ Cup  Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Nov. 1.

Footbridge, a 25-1 longshot piloted by Tyler Baze, finished second in the San Diego, a length in front of You Know I Know, with Eastern invader Frac Daddy, the 2-1 favorite, another half-length back in fourth place.

The winner, owned by Kaleem Shah and… Read the rest of this entry >>

Blinkered Wicked Strong Holds Off Tonalist in G2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga

Wicked Strong#4 Seven weeks after finishing behind Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes, Wicked Strong turned away a challenge from the Grade 1 winner down the stretch and spurted away to win the 51st renewal of the G2 Jim Dandy on Saturday at Saratoga before an on-track crowd of 31,612.

Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Centennial Farms’ Wicked Strong took the lead from pacesetting Legend on the far turn and never looked back to win the 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy by 2 ¼ lengths in 1:49.16 over a fast main track.

Favored at 4-5 in the field of six, Tonalist stayed up for second by 3 ¾ lengths over late-running Kid Cruz. They were followed under the wire by Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve, Ulanbator and… Read the rest of this entry >>

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Watch: Luis Saez Takes Jockey’s Race at Saratoga

Last week it was two races run at the same time at Canterbury Park. Saturday it was jockeys racing at Saratoga. That is, jockeys racing without horses…on their own two feet. It was all in good fun. Fans were allowed to bet on their favorite rider with the wagers going to the Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund. The jockeys sprinted 110 yards out of the starting gate, some wearing shoes, others in their bare feet. Despite a bit of a mishap at the start, it was a race to remember…  Read the rest of this entry >>