Horse Racing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Speed is always dangerous in racing, more so in handicap races if the speed horse gets significant weight from the competition. Those variables could be in play Saturday when the speedy Sassy Little Lila takes on the boys in the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap going a mile at Saratoga. Sassy
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Oscar Performance, the likely Secretariat Stakes favorite over an expected six rivals, has not won two Grade 1 races and is just shy of $1.5 million because he is an especially limited horse. But Oscar Performance is a front-running type who definitely benefited from making easy leads last out in the
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When Arrogate declined to perform in the San Diego Handicap two weeks ago, I suspect the connections of more than just a few second-tier handicap horses suddenly entertained hopes of having a much bigger fall than they might have originally been expecting. Well, those fantasies were jolted back to reality Saturday when Gun Runner dominated
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Gunnevera made a successful return to action Sunday when easily defeating four overmatched rivals in preparation for his re-entry into the top echelon of the 3-year-old class. Jockey Edgard Zayas simply kept Gunnevera out of trouble as the chestnut colt looped the field in proceeding to a five-length victory in the
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Jockey Mike Smith, who turns 52 on Thursday, will be honored with the 2017 Laffit Pincay Jr. Award for meritorious service to racing in a ceremony at Del Mar on Aug. 20. Pincay will present the award to Smith. A fundraiser honoring Smith on behalf of the Winners Foundation will be
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Three weeks ago at Indiana Grand, Irap ran past Colonelsdarktemper midway around the far turn like he was tied to a post. But on Saturday in the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Resort and Casino, Colonelsdarktemper held solid as a post, setting the pace and fending off an upper-stretch challenge from Game
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DEL MAR, Calif. — As great as this Del Mar meet has been for trainer Phil D’Amato, it has been maddening for trainer Peter Miller. Their differing fortunes played out glaringly in the Grade 2, $200,690 Sorrento Stakes on Saturday, when D’Amato’s 2-year-old filly Spectator romped to a 5 1/4-length victory over six rivals —
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Cambodia, the 5-year-old mare, was a regular workout assignment for jockey Drayden Van Dyke on turf in late July. The experience Van Dyke gained on Cambodia proved vital in Saturday’s Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for fillies and mares at Del Mar. In her California debut, Cambodia rallied three wide in
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — American Gal proved her eye-catching victory in the Grade 3 Victory Ride at Belmont Park in her 3-year-old debut was only a harbinger of things to come when returning to New York to register an even more impressive 4 1/2 length triumph over the tepid favorite Faypien and eight other overmatched
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — With a little more than a half-mile to run in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, Florent Geroux allowed heavily favored Gun Runner to take over the lead from Cautious Giant, entered in the race as a rabbit to hassle Gun Runner. At that point, Julie Asmussen turned to her
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