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Disco Chick Holds on for 3rd at G2 Honorable Miss Handicap

Haveyougoneaway battled with heavy favorite Paulassilverlining the length of the stretch before finally putting her away nearing the wire to win the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap by a neck at Saratoga July 27. The victory was the first graded stakes win for both the 5-year-old daughter of Congrats and her trainer, Thomas Morley. A field of seven fillies and mares went …

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Fat Kat too quick for rivals in Power By Far

Fat Kat, winless in three previous tries on turf, including a ninth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in this same stakes last year, displayed outstanding speed in a front-running victory in the Power By Far, the first of two $100,000 stakes for Pennsyvlania-breds on Saturday’s program at Parx Racing. Outbreaking the field of six fillies and mares in the five-furlong …

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Dynamic Strike repeats in Leemat Stakes

Dynamic Strike, making his first start since he was claimed for $32,000 on May 20 in Maryland, won the $100,000 Leemat Stakes for Pennsylvania-breds for the second straight year on Sunday night at Presque Isle Downs. Bound, with Julio Hernandez aboard, defeats R Frosty One by a half-length in the Northern Fling for fillies and mares. Ridden by Willie Martinez, who …

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New race at Parx will honor Princess of Sylmar

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Parx Racing’s Sam Elliott is looking for a major league match-up between the top flight fillies Cathryn Sofia and Songbird. The head-to-head battle the affable director of racing is anticipating would be staged in the $1 million, Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes on Sept. 24. The co-feature on that card is the $1 million, Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby. Proceeding as though …

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Res Judicata Upsets Salvator Mile

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An aggressive early ride by Nik Juarez paid off late for Res Judicata, who controlled the pace early and drew off in the stretch for an upset win in the $100,000 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Monmouth Park. Watch Video Breaking from the widest post in the field of four 3-year-olds and older going a mile, Res …

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Dark Nile wins G3 Delaware Oaks

STANTON, Del. – The heavy downpour that preceded the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks on Saturday turned the track to slop and likely affected some of the runners in the race. Other horses may not have cared for the lengthy period of time they had to walk under tack in the paddock as the track crew floated some of the standing …

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PA’s Own Pumpkin Rumble Snags 3rd at G3 Stars and Stripes S.

Greengrassofyoming, a six-year-old gelding who was claimed in his last start for $62,500, sprung a major upset while winning a blanket finish in the Gr. III $100,000 Stars and Stripes Handicap at Arlington Park. Greengrassofyoming at 9-1, was sent away cleanly from post #1 and was content to let the early pacesetter, Chip Leader, cruise out of post #7 and watch …

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Spendthrift Farm Acquires Breeding Rights To Tom’s Ready

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Spendthrift Farm has reached an agreement with GMB Racing to acquire the breeding rights to More Than Ready‘s leading 3-year-old colt Tom’s Ready, recent impressive winner of the $500,000 Woody Stephens S. (G2) at Belmont Park. “We are excited to have the opportunity to stand such a talented and progressive colt as Tom’s Ready, and we’re appreciative to Mr. & …

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PA-Bred Stakes Schedule Begins in Earnest

The 2016 Pennsylvania-bred stakes schedule, valued at $2.2 million, kicked off May 28 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and will continue June 4 at Parx Racing. There are 22 stakes, each worth $100,000, on this year’s schedule; five of them will make up Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races Sept. 3 at Parx. Each stakes carries a 25% Pennsylvania-sired …

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Parx raises value of 10 stakes to $100,000 from $75,000

Parx Racing has scheduled 31 stakes worth a cumulative $6 million for its 2016 season. The schedule is similar to last year, but the bottom stakes purse has been raised from $75,000 to $100,000, and the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby will follow the Travers at Saratoga by four weeks rather than three weeks, as it did in 2015. …

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