Lady and The Track | October 18, 2017

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Stakes Recaps

Moonshine Memories Remembers Winning In Del Mar Debutante

September 3, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Bridlewood, Magnier, Tabor and Smith’s Moonshine Memories rose to the top of the Southern California juvenile fillies division with her impressive wire-to-wire score by a half-length in the $300,690 Del Mar Debutante (GI) on the closing Saturday of the seaside oval’s signature summer meet. The daughter of Malibu Moon is trained by […]

Gun Runner Keeps Rolling With Woodward Win

September 3, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon With Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) favoritism, and perhaps the Horse of the Year title up for grabs, Gun Runner continued on an upward trajectory towards those goals with a 10 ¼-length runaway win in the historic Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Looking for his third Grade I win in a row, Gun […]

Lady Ivanka Rallies to Spinaway Victory

September 3, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon While favored Separationofpowers engaged in a wicked speed duel in the early stages of the Spinaway Stakes (G1), Lady Ivanka stalked and pounced on those leaders in midstretch and held off a threatening rail bid from Maya Malibu en route to her first graded stakes victory. Rudy Rodriguez, Lady Ivanka’s trainer was […]

West Coast Raids East Coast For Travers Victory

August 27, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Gary and Mary West’s West Coast took the East by storm on Saturday, posting an impressive victory by 3 ¼ lengths in the $1.25 million NYRA Bets Travers Stakes (GI) at Saratoga. The bay son of Flatter was ridden to victory by trainer Bob Baffert’s go-to jockey Mike Smith, who was only […]

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 […]