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Noble Mission Colt Sharp in Saratoga Debut

Code of Honor (c, 2, Noble Mission {GB}--Reunited, by Dixie Union) showed good speed and kept finding more to graduate at first asking at the Spa Saturday. Away sharply from his inside draw, the Farish homebred vied for command through an opening quarter in :23.07. He began to shake clear at the top of the stretch and stayed on nicely to hold off heavily favored Wild Medaglia d'oro (Medaglia d'Oro). The final time for six furlongs was 1:11.42. Code of Honor, a son of GSW Reunited, is the 5th winner...

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Unique Bella Injured, Retired

According to a mid-afternoon tweet from the Don Alberto Stable account, 'TDN Rising Star' Unique Bella (Tapit--Unrivaled Belle, by Unbridled's Song) fractured a sesamoid during a Saturday morning workout at Del Mar and has been retired from racing. Bred in Pennsylvania by Betty Moran's Brushwood Stable, Unique Bella was purchased by Don Alberto Stable for $400,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Sale and was accorded 'Rising Star' status for a 10 1/4-length maiden score during Del Mar's Bing Crosby meet in late 2016. The stout gray filly won the GII...

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Medaglia d’Oro Juvenile Colt Debuts a Winner at the Spa

4th-Saratoga, $85,000, Msw, 8-18, 2yo, 6f, 1:11.22, gd. ENDORSED (c, 2, Medaglia d'Oro--Dance Card {GISW, $502,200}, by Tapit) came charging late to get the money at first asking at the Spa. The Godolphin homebred chased on the inside in fifth through an opening quarter in :23.02 as favored firster and $475,000 OBSAPR 2-year-old buy Ahead of Plan (Big Drama) enjoyed an uncontested lead. Endorsed, off at odds of 8-1, was guided to the outside of Ahead of Plan by Joe Bravo in the stretch and came with a steady rally...

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Curlin Colt Gets It Done in Spa Off-the-Turfer

2nd-Saratoga, $85,000, Msw, 8-18, 2yo, 7f (off turf), 1:25.67, gd. STANDARD DEVIATION (c, 2, Curlin--False Impression, by A.P. Indy), an overwhelming 45-100 favorite as a main-track-only entrant in this rained-off, scratch-reduced affair, was scrubbed along early to sit a far-back third out wide. Still hard ridden to inch closer along the turn for home, the $450,000 KEESEP yearling began to bear down on front-running fellow firster Vineyard Sound (Stormy Atlantic) as they straightened. He took over from that foe near the eighth pole, and steadily built on his edge from...

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Giant Oak Colt Upsets the Skidmore

Chattel charged through late to spring a double-digit upset in the Friday afternoon feature at Saratoga, the Skidmore S. Breaking sharply, the 22-1 shot saved ground in a close sixth at the back of the first flight of horses as Gins and Tins (Scat Daddy) battled 'TDN Rising Star' and GIII Bashford Manor S. winner Sir Truebadour (More Than Ready), who was making his turf debut here, through a sharp first quarter in :21.84. Moving into third through a half in :45.26, Chattel split the pacesetting duo in the final...

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Strong Arlington Wagering Leads to Additional Races Carded

With 20 days remaining in the 2018 season, Arlington Park will add an additional 14 races to its race schedule due to the success of this year's Arlington International Festival of Racing. Highlighted by the 36th running of the GI Arlington Million, the Festival exceeded wagering projections. Arlington plans to invest its additional purse money into carding the 14 extra races. "Thanks to the support from our customers, the 2018 Festival of Racing has been positive from a wagering standpoint," said Tony Petrillo, Arlington's General Manager. Petrillo continued, "The horsemen...

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Good Magic Leads Travers Workers

eFive Racing and Stonestreet Stables' Good Magic (Curlin) tuned up for next Saturday's GI Runhappy Travers S. with a strong five-furlong drill Friday morning that was clocked in 1:00.44 (1/17) over the Saratoga main track. "He worked great," trainer Chad Brown told the NYRA notes team. "He couldn't have done any better. I would have preferred to work him Saturday, but I left Friday as an option based on the schedule he's been on. I just wanted to work him one of those two days." Brown said that Gronkowski (Lonhro...

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The Meteoric Rise of Into Mischief

Let's be honest about this. The giddy rise of Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday) didn't please absolutely everyone. For one thing, he became a poster boy for the kind of aggressive incentives that won Spendthrift many friends, among breeders, while ruffling feathers at other farms. To start with, moreover, those rivals didn't yet have his half-sister Beholder (Henny Hughes) to help explain how the daughter of a stallion who ended up in New Mexico could have produced such an undeniably potent son. But it now feels as though even the most...

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Accelerate Looms Large in Pac Classic

Dual Grade I winner Accelerate (Lookin at Lucky) is clearly the one to beat in Saturday's GI Pacific Classic at Del Mar during what has been a stellar 2018 season for the 5-year-old. Third behind the Bob Baffert-trained Collected (City Zip) and Accelerate (Unbridled's Song) in last year's renewal of this event, the chestnut scored that seemingly elusive first Grade I score with a 5 1/2-length tour de force in the GI Big 'Cap Mar. 10. He was a neck second to fellow Grade I winner City of Light (City...

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Genuine Reward, Son of Genuine Risk, Euthanized

Genuine Reward (Rahy), a son of GI Kentucky Derby-winning filly Genuine Risk (Exclusive Native), was euthanized Aug. 16 at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, KY. He was 25 years old. Though Genuine Reward never made it to the races--he underwent colic surgery as a foal, had breathing problems as a yearling, and bucked his shins multiple times--he entered stud at Meadowville Farm in The Plains, Virginia, and later at Eagle Point Farm in Ashland, Virginia, before heading to Wyoming to become a polo stallion with the American Polo...

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