Sweet Acclaim best price among Violet contenders

September 8, 2016

By Byron King Across much of the country on Saturday, the stakes emphasis is on turf racing, with Laurel Park and Kentucky Downs each having multiple stakes on grass. So, that’s where I will focus on Saturday. I like three turf stakes in particular, all at different tracks: the Violet at Monmouth, the George Rosenberger… Read the Rest »

Klimt Gives Baffert 13th Del Mar Futurity

September 8, 2016

By Frank Angst Klimt surged past favored early leader Straight Fire in the stretch and drew off to about a 4 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Del Mar.Watch Replay The victory by Kaleem Shah’s Klimt gives trainer Bob Baffert 13 wins in the seven-furlong test for juveniles. Klimt nailed… Read the Rest »

Bradley Reflects on Big Day at Saratoga

July 27, 2016

By Ron Mitchell Saturday, July 23, was unofficially “Pete Bradley Day” at Saratoga Race Course. The proprietor of Bradley Thoroughbred Services, a full-service bloodstock and equine insurance agency in Lexington, first had the pleasure of seeing Bitumen and Random Walk—two 2-year-olds he and pinhooking partner Eddie Woods had bought and sold—finish 1-2 in the $150,000… Read the Rest »

Hard-charging Dacita goes from last to first in Diana

July 25, 2016

In a race reminiscent of her victory over Tepin nearly a year ago in the Ballston Spa, Dacita charged from last to a narrow victory over a game but hard-luck runner-up Recepta, with Rainha Da Bateria and the favorite Miss Temple City finishing just a head and a nose farther behind, in one of the… Read the Rest »

Mineshaft ‘TDN Rising Star’ All ‘Quality’ in Sanford

July 25, 2016

Bitumen found himself much farther back than he had in his smashing, ‘TDN Rising Star’-garnering debut, but he came alive turning for home here, and powered past his four rivals to win with authority. Belying 6-1 odds to set the pace and air by 6 3/4 lengths under the Twin Spires June 30, he got… Read the Rest »

Fast juveniles Bitumen, Random Walk clash in Sanford

July 22, 2016

By David Grening SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Though only five 2-year-olds were entered in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga, there is an intriguing matchup between Bitumen and Random Walk in the six-furlong race. Bitumen, a son of Mineshaft trained by Eddie Kenneally, was visually impressive and ran a fast six furlongs (1:09.49)… Read the Rest »

Sweet Acclaim surges in Ellis Park Turf

July 15, 2016

By Marty McGee Sweet Acclaim got the stakes victory her connections were seeking Saturday when she came through as an odds-on favorite to win the 12th $50,000 Ellis Park Turf in western Kentucky. Sweet Acclaim was coming off a near-miss in the Grade 3 Mint Julep at her home track, Churchill Downs, when finishing 1… Read the Rest »

Brown sweeps trifecta as Dacita wins New York Stakes

June 29, 2016

Dacita beat Sea Calisi and Guapaza in the Grade 2, $500,000 New York Stakes on Friday at Belmont Park, but the big winner was Chad Brown, who trains all three fillies. Dacita, with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard, wins the New York Stakes by three-quarters of a length Friday. “Listen, all three horses ran terrific, so… Read the Rest »

Sweet Acclaim (Ire) Takes CD Allowance

May 17, 2016

Sweet Acclaim (Ire), third in the 2013 G3 Oh So Sharp S. at Newmarket and in the 2014 GIII Appalachian S. at Keeneland, was fifth in the 2014 Tenski S. at Saratoga in her final start for trainer Chad Brown. Benched for 19 months, she was transferred to Brad Cox and returned in a grassy… Read the Rest »

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