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Month: January 2016

Sunny Ridge Takes Withers, May Skip Derby

Sunny Ridge Takes Withers, May Skip Derby

Sunny Ridge continued his winning ways, beating Vorticity by  3/4 of a length Saturday in the $250,000 Withers Stakes. But the biggest news may not be the victory, but where Sunny Ridge may be headed in 2016. After the race, trainer Jason Servis did not guarantee a trip to the Derby for the horse, who now has 18 points in the Kentucky Derby standings. For Sunny Ridge’s owner, the Haskell Invitational in August seems to be the likely route for…

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Holy Bull! Mohaymen Dominates in Derby Prep

Holy Bull! Mohaymen Dominates in Derby Prep

What can $2.2 million buy you? If you’re lucky, it’ll get you a Kentucky Derby favorite. The gray Tapit colt, purchased as a yearling by Shadwell Stable at that unbelievable amount, is now giving his owners some payback. He’s now challenging Nyquist as a Derby favorite after his 3 1/2 length victory over his only real competition, Champagne Stakes winner Greenpointcrusader, in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes Saturday. Mohaymen seemed to toy with the field of six at Gulfstream Park,…

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Naturally Nyquist: Colt Leads Jockey Club Experimental

Naturally Nyquist: Colt Leads Jockey Club Experimental

Nyquist was the top weight carrier in the Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap, released Friday, leading all horses with 126 pounds. The filly Songbird was next with 125 pounds, followed by Swipe with 124. The Experimental Free Handicap, published since 1935, gives horses a handicap weight based on a hypothetical race for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. Based on past performances, the higher the weight, the more highly considered the horse is. Rounding out the top five for the colts…

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Discreetness Pulls Upset in Smarty Jones

Discreetness Pulls Upset in Smarty Jones

Discreetness took the spotlight away from heavily favored Toews on Ice Monday, taking the Smarty Jones Stakes by a neck over Gordy Florida. Toews on Ice, who finished second in the Los Alamitos Futurity last month, tired badly in the far turn and faded to sixth. Discreetness stalked Toews On Ice and Gordy Florida for most of the race, then went up to challenge Gordy Florida once he took the lead from Toews On Ice. The two battled down the…

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