Horse Racing

BENSALEM, Pa. — Pure Sensation improved his record at Parx to 4-for-4 on Monday by winning the Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster for the second time. Pure Sensation is fast, but he tracked the pace along the inner rail under Kendrick Carmouche in the Turf Monster. When a hole opened in mid-tsretch, Pure Sensation accelerated
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BENSALEM, Pa. — Pavel ran so well winning the Grade 3 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing on Monday that trainer Doug O’Neill is considering changing plans for him and stablemate Irap. Irap, the third-place finisher in the Travers nine days ago, also is currently stabled at Parx. O’Neill has been pointing Irap to the Grade
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Trainer Brian Lynch would be the first to admit things didn’t quite go his way this summer at Saratoga. But the 40 day session ended on a high note for the Australian born Lynch after Heart to Heart registered a popular wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory over the 13-1 outsider Forge in
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Pity the North American owner and trainer with a top-class 3-year-old on grass. A Breeders’ Cup title is rarely in their future. Neither is an Eclipse Award championship likely. Possession of such an animal, no matter how good, usually must be its own reward. In the combined 66 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Turf and
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Cambodia was so handy for jockey Drayden Van Dyke on the turn of Saturday’s Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes on turf at Del Mar that the rider’s main concern was which rival to follow into the stretch. “I wanted to point her in the right direction,” Van Dyke said. Van
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Simon Callaghan kept looking for a sign, any sign, not to run Moonshine Memories in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Saturday. Fortunately for him, the sign wasn’t stop. After monitoring Moonshine Memories carefully to make sure she wasn’t showing any ill effects of trying to race just two weeks
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Lady Ivanka parlayed a classic perfect trip behind a hotly contested pace into a three-quarter-length victory over the late-running Maya Malibu in the $350,000, Grade 1 Spinaway on Saturday at Saratoga. Trainer Rudy Rodriguez schooled Lady Ivanka when working his undefeated 2-year-old filly behind horses in her final breeze for the
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Gun Runner did what he was expected to do in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga and now the stage is set for an old-fashioned East Coast-West Coast showdown with Arrogate for Horse of the Year in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Taking
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Two-time champion Songbird was retired Thursday after initial medical tests showed enlarged suspensories in her hind end and subsequent tests revealed greater physical problems, owner Rick Porter announced. Porter made the announcement on Facebook. The decision to end Songbird’s career comes days after she finished second to Forever Unbridled in the
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Steve Asmussen had to laugh. Gun Runner finally was getting his turn. Here he was, an overnight sensation two years in the making, suddenly hailed as the top horse in the nation in a poll that had been a one-note samba all year long. “Guess we’ll have to crank up the bandwagon,” Asmussen said, enjoying
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The 3-year-old colts of 2017 have been more fun than a box full of kittens. For eight hurly-burly months, they’ve rolled around in a fluffy ball, nibbling on each other’s tails, mewling for attention. Sometimes, one of them will claw his way up the side of the box, blink his big kitten eyes, and make
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West Coast’s victory in Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga was as thorough as you can ask for in a big race. West Coast made the early pace from 11 opponents, he turned back stretch challenges from Irap and Gunnevera, and strongly drew away in the late stages to win by an official margin of 3
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — West Coast invaded the East to win the $1.25 million Travers by 3 ¼ lengths at Saratoga on Saturday against all three winners of this year’s Triple Crown races. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, West Coast ran 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.19 and
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