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Month: January 2017

Guest Suite Takes the Long Way in Lecomte

Guest Suite Takes the Long Way in Lecomte

Guest Suite overcame a long trip in the Lecomte Stakes, going four wide in the far turn to overtake the leaders and registering a 1 1/4-length win over a fast-closing Untrapped. Guest Suite also went wide in the first turn before settling into sixth place on the backstretch while front runners Running Mate and Phat Man battled it out for the lead. Jockey Robby Albarado decided to take a chance and take the colt wide heading into the homestretch. Guest…

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Gormley Edges American Anthem in Thriller

Gormley Edges American Anthem in Thriller

It was one of those rare races in which horses raced one and two, within a length of each other, for the entire race, and then battled down the stretch in a thrilling finish that saw Gormley nose out American Anthem in the Sham Stakes. Gormley got out to the quick lead, but American Anthem regained it with the inside position. The two battled it out on the backstretch, with Gormley unable to get within a half length of American…

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Uncontested Proves His Name in Smarty Jones

Uncontested Proves His Name in Smarty Jones

Uncontested led from start to finish, thoroughly dominating the field on route to a five-and-one-fourth-length victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes. The three-year-old colt broke well and immediately took a one-length lead over Petrov, who tried vainly throughout the race to catch Uncontested. But the lead never shrank under a length as Uncontested turned it up another notch heading for the homestretch, lengthening his lead on the sloppy track. Petrov hung on for second, with Rowdy’s Warrior taking third place…

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El Areeb Romps in Jerome

El Areeb Romps in Jerome

El Areeb played with the rest of the field Saturday, taking charge into the far turn and running away with the Grade 3 Jerome Stakes by a whopping 10 lengths. The favorite, Takaful, took the early lead but El Areeb never let him get more than 3/4 of a length ahead. He pushed Takaful down the backstretch, then made his move entering the far turn with ease, stretching his lead to three lengths in a matter of seconds. Takaful was pushed too hard and…

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