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Half-Brother To Irish War Cry, Irish Strait Favored In Wednesday’s $400,000 Tourist Mile

Trainer Graham Motion was a bit surprised hear Irish Strait is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Wednesday’s $ 400,000 Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs. But the 5-year-old gelding is arguably the most consistent horse in the field of eight, especially on the turf. The son of turf champion English Channel won Monmouth Park’s Grade 3 Red Bank two races ago ...

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Blackjackcat Holds Firm In Del Mar Mile

Al and Saundra Kirkwood’s homebred Blackjackcat held firm in the lane to win Sunday’s Grade 2 Del Mar Mile, besting Vyjack by a head at the wire. The 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat marked his first graded win and third victory in a row under the guidance of jockey Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Mark Glatt, he covered a mile ...

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Bal A Bali To Carry Highweight In Sunday’s Del Mar Mile

Calumet Farm’s Bal a Bali and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I, $ 400,000 Shoemaker Mile, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO In one of the most intriguing races of the 2017 Del Mar racing season, Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali, a two-time Grade I winner this year, will carry highweight of 125 pounds Sunday versus ...

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Baffert, Smith Unstoppable As Mor Spirit Dominates Met Mile

Mor Spirit (Eskendereya) and jockey Mike Smith win the Metropolitan Mile (Gr I) at Belmont Park 6/10/17. Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Michael Lund Petersen A history-making day for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith continues on Saturday’s blockbuster card at Belmont Park, as the two Hall of Famers teamed up on Michael Lund Peterson’s Mor Spirit to bring home ...

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Mor Spirit The One To Catch In G1 Met Mile

Led by Michael Lund Petersen’s Grade 1 winner Mor Spirit, nine graded-stakes winners are among a dozen older horses set to contest a competitive edition of the Grade 1, $ 1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap Saturday at Belmont Park. The 124th running of the Met Mile for 3-year-olds and up is one of nine graded stakes and the second-richest ...

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Mohaymen Wows McLaughlin With Bullet Breeze For Met Mile

Shadwell Stable’s multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen put an exclamation point on his final preparations for the Grade 1, $ 1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap June 10 with a bullet five-furlong breeze Sunday morning. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he caught the 4-year-old son of Tapit going a half-mile over Belmont Park’s main track in 47 1/5 seconds, and he ...

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Bal A Bali Benefits From Well-Timed Ride In Shoemaker Mile

Brazilian-bred Bal A Bali gifted owner Calumet Farm with another Grade 1 win on Saturday, scoring by about a length over Farhaan and Heart to Heart in the Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita. The 7-year-old son of Put It Back, ridden expertly by Mike Smith, took advantage of the fast pace up front and covered the mile on firm turf ...

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Stellar Wind Honors Beholder With Gutsy Mile Victory Over Vale Dori

Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind twice defeated last year’s champion older mare, but could do no better than fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at the end of the season. This year, the 5-year-old daughter of Curlin has returned with a vengeance to win both the G1 Apple Blossom and, on Saturday at Santa Anita, the newly-renamed G1 Beholder Mile. Ridden ...

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