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  • 04
    AUG

    Profiles of the West Virginia Derby field

    westvirginiaderbyFrom Mountaineer Park

    Cupid
    Gray/Roan colt 122
    3-1 Morning Line
    Career record: 7-3-1-0, $880,553
    Kentucky-bred: Tapit – Pretty ‘n Smart (Beau Genius)
    Foaled: May 19, 2013
    Jockey: Rafael Bejarano
    Trainer: Bob Baffert
    Co-owners: Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, and Derrick Smith

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  • 28
    JUL

    Belmont Stakes, Creator and Destin reunion

    saratogaBy Dave Litfin, NYRA

    Seven weeks after Creator scored a narrow win against Destin in the final U.S. classic of the season, those two are set for a rematch in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 30 at Saratoga Race Course.

    Creator and Destin, who were separated by inches at the end of a grueling 12 furlongs in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, hook up again at Saratoga Race Course in Saturday's Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes - the key local stepping-stone to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes August 27.

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  • 27
    JUL

    Graded Stakes this weekend

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  • 21
    JUL

    California Chrome wins Saturday's G2 San Diego Handicap

    sandiegohandicapFrom DRF

    DEL MAR, Calif. - California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza were in a familiar place on the turn of Saturday’s $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. With three furlongs to go, California Chrome was running alongside the pacesetter and giving Espinoza positive vibes for the stretch run.

    Back in March, in the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Espinoza was in a similar spot and chose a point in early stretch to urge California Chrome to the front. California Chrome drew off to win that race by 3 3/4 lengths.

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  • 17
    JUL

    Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will compete in the Haskell

    kentuckyderbynyquistOceanport, N.J. – The connections of Nyquist, winner of the Kentucky Derby, confirmed they will run their champion next in Monmouth Park’s $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 31.

    “We’re headed to New Jersey,” said Doug O’Neill, trainer of Nyquist. “He very much impressed us this morning with his work. Mario (Gutierrez) was aboard and he looked really solid. We’re pumped up and can’t wait to get to New Jersey.”

    That work was a snappy :59 flat over the Santa Anita Racetrack, best of 23 that went five furlongs this morning.

    “He’ll ship down to Del Mar and train there,” O’Neill said. “We don’t have specific shipping plans just yet, but we’ll work that out over the next week or so.”

    A colt by Uncle Mo, Nyquist won his first eight career starts for Reddam Racing LLC before finishing second last out over a sloppy track in the Preakness on May 21. He secured champion 2-year-old honors with his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and this year sports wins in the San Vicente Stakes, Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby. The betfair.com Haskell will mark his tenth trip to the post and fifth in 2016.

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  • 15
    JUL

    Papo analyzes the G2 Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar

    delmarBy Papo Morales, AmWager

    Race 9 Yellow Ribbon Handicap

    It’s opening weekend at Del Mar which is Spanish for by the sea. Located just a stones throw from the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar’s slogan of “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” could not be more appropriate. California’s summer racetrack has been a magnet for Hollywood’s elite since it was first built in the late 1930’s by a partnership of investors including actor/singer Bing Crosby. In fact, Crosby met fans at the gate on opening day back in 1937 and was a regular attendee of the races. The summer playground for California’s elite, Del Mar has continued to draw crowds over the years and opening weekend is always popular with the stands full of beautiful people and the starting gate overflowing with entries.

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