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Month: September 2016

Wellabled Takes Arlington-Washington Futurity

Wellabled Takes Arlington-Washington Futurity

Wellabled became the first stakes winner for his father, Shackleford, as he crushed the large field in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity by 7 3/4 lengths. Wellabled broke quickly and took the lead from the start, holding off challenges by Romeo O Romeo and Star Empire. But the favorite had plenty of run left in him and drew away to annihilate the competition. It was the first Arlington-Washington Futurity win for both trainer Larry Rivelli and jockey E. T. Baird, even though both have…

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Practical Joke Wins a Thriller in Hopeful Stakes

Practical Joke Wins a Thriller in Hopeful Stakes

After the favorite Classic Empire unseated his rider, the 2016 Hopeful Stakes was anybody’s to win, And Practical Joke proved no joke in a thrilling three-horse finish. Classic Empire came up a little lame according to the New York Racing Association after hitting himself on the right foreleg seconds after the start. It turned mostly into a two-horse race, as Royal Copy and Pretty Boy Flash battled for the lead, with Bitumen chasing them. Heading into the homestretch, Practical Joke made…

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Made You Look Gives Pletcher another Win

Made You Look Gives Pletcher another Win

Made You Look, making his second start since winning his maiden at Belmont Park almost three months ago, posted a two-length victory over Keep Quiet in the With Anticipation Stakes, proving that at last racing officials are running out of names for stakes races. The favorite stalked the leaders Gemologist, Monsoon KSA and Keep Quiet, preferring the inside track on the turf. Coming out of the far turn, jockey Javier Castellano squeezed through a hole on the inside and romped to…

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Horse Named for Mets Pitcher takes Funny Cide Stakes

Horse Named for Mets Pitcher takes Funny Cide Stakes

Syndergaard, a horse named for Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, dazzled the small field in the Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga Saturday, defeating Bobby on Fleek by eight lengths. Syndergaard got off to a fast start, keeping a one-length lead all the way through the far turn. He then turned it up a notch, and no one was there to challenge him. He continued to lengthen his lead down the homestretch and finished going away – an impressive win for the…

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