September Grad West Saratoga Captures G3 Iroquois Stakes; Earns ´24 Derby Points

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Harry L. Veruchi’s West Saratoga is the early points leader on the 2024 “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve” after the Exaggerator colt won Saturday’s 42nd running of the $300,000 Iroquois (G3) for two-year-olds by 1 3/4 lengths over 6-5 favorite Risk It at Churchill Downs. Liberal Arts was another neck back […]

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HOY September Grad Moira Canters Home in G2 Canadian Stakes

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Reigning Canadian Horse of the Year Moira got back on the beam in style on Saturday at Woodbine in the Grade 2 Canadian, crushing an excellent field under a jubilant Rafael Hernandez. Moira was sold by Hidden Brook Farm at the 2020 Keeneland September sale. Also on Saturday, Hidden Brook Florida grad Laurent ran a […]

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September Grad Evvie Jets Rockets Home in Saratoga’s Ballston Spa S. (G2)

Friday, August 25, 2023

For as long as he can remember, Mike Amendola would tag along with his father, Robert, on trips to the racetrack to watch his dad’s horses run. They visited numerous tracks together, but Saratoga Race Course was a special place for them. So, there was surely a bright burst of emotion Aug. 24 under dark skies at […]

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Florida Grad Golden Canary Flies Home First in Soaring Free S.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Trainer Mark Casse ran 1-2 in the $125,000 Soaring Free Stakes when Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ front-running Golden Canary outlasted Tracy Farmer’s Dancing Duchess by a neck. Sahin Civaci was aboard Golden Canary a 2-year-old daughter of Medaglia D’Oro, who raced 6 1/2 furlongs on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course in 1:15.47. Her […]

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Foaled, Raised & Sold Notary Notches First Stakes Victory

Friday, August 18, 2023

Notary used a stalk and pounce trip to score in the $75,000 Outbond Ike Stakes, the Friday feature at Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago. The son of Street Sense is out of the Tabasco Cat daughter Ellesmere and was bred by John Gardiner and Frank McEntee. He´s the latest black type winner born and raised at […]

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Florida Grad Stage Raider Best in $100,000 R.A. “Cowboy” Jones Stakes

Monday, August 14, 2023

John Gunther’s Stage Raider made a bold late rally to score in the $100,000 R.A. “Cowboy” Jones Stakes on the Stakes-laden Sunday card at Ellis Park. Stage Raider is now a four-time winner for trainer Cherie DeVaux. He was ridden to victory by Brian Hernandez Jr., closing the one-mile test in 1:35.95. Stage Raider, a […]

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Florida Grad Program Trading Takes G1 Saratoga Derby

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

With each start, Program Trading‘s stock continues to climb. A first-out winner at Monmouth Park against maidens in May, the 3-year-old Lope de Vega  ridgling took an allowance optional claiming race the following month at Belmont Park, and Aug. 5 he stepped way up to top-level stakes company and was triumphant. Fending off a bid from […]

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September Grad Evvie Jets Soars to 3rd Stakes Victory

Monday, July 3, 2023

The Estate of Robert J. Amendola’s graded stakes winner Evvie Jets led every step of the way to notch her third career stakes triumph in the $145,500 Perfect Sting Stakes, a one-mile Widener turf test for older fillies and mares July 2 at Belmont Park. Trained by Mertkan Kantarmaci and piloted to victory by Hall […]

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Foaled, Raised and Sold Tranche Romps in $100,000 F-T Futurity at Santa Anita

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Kentucky shipper Tranche led a field of four rival juveniles on a merry chase as he went on to romp by 7 1/4 lengths over in the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Futurity Stakes June 17 at Santa Anita Park. Left in his wake was the highly regarded and heavily favored Miramadhi, a 7-figure yearling by Into Mischief […]

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Hidden Brook Grad Arabian Lion Roars in Grade 1 Woody Stephens

Sunday, June 11, 2023

After Arabian Lion made short work of four rivals in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico on May 20, trainer Bob Baffert lamented that maybe he should have run the 3-year-old Justify colt later that afternoon in the day’s marquee event: the 148th running of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes. But the Hall of Fame […]

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