Lady and The Track | August 23, 2017

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Stakes Recaps

Collected Holds Stablemate Arrogate Safe For Pacific Classic Victory

August 22, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In doing so, Collected guaranteed himself a spot in the starting gate for the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) as the Pacific Classic is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” event for the $6 million race. A confirmed early runner, Collected sped right to the front after a clean […]

Elate Rolls To Easy Alabama Victory

August 22, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon The expectations had always been high for Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s Elate, and the 3-year-old filly finally lived up to them in winning the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga. Elate sat a few lengths off of a swift pace set by eventual runner-up It Tiz Well throughout […]

Gun Runner Runs Rivals Out Of Their Shoes In Whitney Win

August 6, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner didn’t have a lot to prove heading into Saturday’s $1.176 million Whitney Stakes (GI) at Saratoga. The son of Candy Ride is easily the best handicap horse in the East having won three of his last four starts and finishing second to Arrogate in […]

Girvin Rallies to Haskell Victory

July 31, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Brad Grady’s Girvin, who once was a leader in the sophomore division after winning two key preps in Louisiana before logging a dismal 13th-place finish in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (GI), returned to the winner’s circle in fine fashion on Sunday capturing the $1 million Haskell Invitational (GI) at Monmouth Park […]

Ransom The Moon Rises to Victory in Bing Crosby

July 30, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Agave Racing Stable or Wilke’s Ransom the Moon on Saturday earned himself a spot in the gate for the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) with a 1 ½-length victory under jockey Flavien Prat in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (GI) at Del Mar, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” […]

Accelerate Upsets Arrogate in San Diego

July 23, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $300,000 San Diego Handicap (GII) at Del Mar was supposed to be the triumphant return of America’s best racehorse in Arrogate, but, instead, it turned into one of the greatest upsets in recent memory as Hronis Racing’s Accelerate posted an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/16-mile main track test, defeating […]

Songbird Sings Winning Tune in Delaware Handicap

July 16, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom What’s left to say about Fox Hill Farm’s Songbird that hasn’t been said already? Just like the champion she is, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro rises to every challenge and Saturday was no exception as she handled a cross-country trip, brutal heat and humidity, a deeper track than she’s used to and […]

Belmont’s Stars and Stripes Festival Winners Highlight Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls

July 9, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom There are still four months to go before the 34th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, set to be held for the first time at the historic seaside oval of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, but that hasn’t stopped several horses from making their intentions for the first Friday and Saturday of […]

A Yank’s Reflections on Royal Ascot

June 27, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue Why American horse racing fans should make this a bucket list item and what to expect  For the first time ever, NBC Sports televised the entire five-day Royal Ascot meet June 20 through 24, giving American audiences a unique, in-depth experience of this annual one-of-a-kind event up close and personal. The on-site […]

Highland Reel Proves Best in Prince of Wales’s at Royal Ascot

June 22, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Magnier, Tabor and Smith’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) hero Highland Reel, who may be the most well-traveled racehorse in the world, having been to America, the Far East and Australia, returned home to Great Britain and captured the richest race of the current Royal Ascot meeting, taking top honors by 1 […]