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Acclamation’s Expert Eye Takes Apart the Jersey Field

   So soon after Sir Michael Stoute made the Royal Ascot record his own, there was more glory in store for the Freemason Lodge handler as Khalid Abdullah's Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) bounced back to his brilliant best in the G3 Jersey S. Only 10th in the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket May 5, last year's impressive G2 Vintage S. scorer needed a revival and that came in the able hands of James McDonald as he registered a first Royal winner with all the skill that had made him...

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Poet’s Word Downs Cracksman In the Prince of Wales’s

Sir Michael Stoute had been waiting two years to exceed the late great Sir Henry Cecil's record of 75 Royal Ascot winners and the genie of Freemason Lodge chose some stage to do it as one of the dyed-in-the-wool improving older horses he is so famed for, Poet's Word (Ire) (Poet's Voice {GB}), took the feature G1 Prince of Wales's S. Sent off the 11-2 second favourite with all the focus naturally on Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}), the G3 Brigadier Gerard S. winner travelled beautifully for James Doyle tracking that...

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Shamardal’s Aljazzi Dominates the Duke of Cambridge

Second at 40-1 to Qemah (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) in last year's G2 Duke of Cambridge S., Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar's Aljazzi (GB) (Shamardal) cut an altogether different dash in Wednesday's renewal as she surged to an emphatic 3 3/4-length success to provide trainer Marco Botti with a first Royal Ascot winner. Warming up with a return third in the G2 Sandown Mile Apr. 27, the homebred bay was only 9-2 this time and travelled strongly towards the rear under William Buick. Delivered to swamp Tribute Act...

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Galileo’s Kew Gardens Leads Home O’Brien One-Two-Three In the Vase

Without a winner on day one, Ballydoyle hit back with a vengeance early on Wednesday with Kew Gardens (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in firm command of a one-two-three for the stable in the G2 Queen's Vase. Ninth when aggressively ridden in the G1 Epsom Derby June 2, the 10-3 second favourite was held up towards the back this time by Ryan Moore who needed to get his pick of the stable's trio right after an uncharacteristically quiet first day. Staying on strongly to collar the exuberant front-runner Nelson (Ire) (Frankel {GB})...

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Camacho’s Signora Cabello Fights For Queen Mary Success

Yorkshire-based trainer John Quinn had captured the G2 Coventry S. with the Al Shaqab purchase The Wow Signal (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) here in 2014 and pulled it off again on Wednesday as Signora Cabello (Ire) (Camacho {GB}) justified the recent investment of Phoenix Thoroughbreds to win the G2 Queen Mary S. for the North. Sent off at a bewildering 25-1 considering her connections and the fact that she came here off a win in the Listed Marygate Fillies' S. over this five-furlong trip at York May 18, the bay was...

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How “Super Trainers” Have Come to Dominate the Sport

Wayne Lukas didn't think like other Thoroughbred trainers. Maybe that was because he came from different sports (basketball and Quarter Horse racing), maybe it was because he never wanted to be just another average trainer, maybe it was because he was a visionary. Probably, it's all of the above. Lukas set up his Thoroughbred stable in Southern California in 1977 and by 1978, he had already established one of the top barns on the circuit. He won four stakes races that year and produced his first superstar, Terlingua. He was...

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Maryland State Fair Meet at Timonium to Feature Two Stakes

The 2018 Maryland State Fair at Timonium will feature seven days of live racing from Aug. 24 through Sept. 3 with purses of over $185,000 daily. For the first time in many years, the meet will conduct two $75,000 stakes events: the Timonium Distaff S. Aug. 25 and the Maryland Coalition S. Sept. 1. A $20,000 trainers' bonus will be included again this year, while groom awards to the best turned out in each race will also be awarded. On Aug. 25, Timonium will host College Day at the Fair,...

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Frankel’s Without Parole Remains Unbeaten In the St James’s Palace

John Gunther's current run of luck is bordering on the obscene and just days after the colt he bred Justify (Scat Daddy) completed the Triple Crown he was able to live out a longtime dream of owning a Royal Ascot homebred winner as Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}) justified 9-4 favouritism in the G1 St James's Palace S. Unbeaten and brimming with potential for a John Gosden-Frankie Dettori axis in firm forward motion, the Listed Heron S. scorer used US Navy Flag (War Front) as a bullseye before having another...

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King’s Stand Goes to Shamardal’s Blue Point

Charlie Appleby is gaining extra credence with every passing week and despite having two potent dragsters to aim at in Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy) and Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), his targeting of TDN Rising Star Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal) proved deadly accurate as the longheld apple of his eye prevailed in a rapid G1 King's Stand S. Sticking within two lengths of Shadwell's trail-blazing leader Battaash throughout, the 6-1 shot who was coming back to Europe off a last-of-nine finish in the G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize wore him down...

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Calyx Gives Kingman a Major Boost In the Coventry

Having sent the pundits jumping up and down when registering fast fractions en route to a five-length Newmarket debut success, TDN Rising Star Calyx (GB) (Kingman {GB}) justified the boldness of John Gosden to come to the G2 Coventry S. just 10 days after that effort by supplying another Juddmonte spectacular at Royal Ascot. Always travelling with vigour behind Cosmic Law (Ire) (No Nay Never) and Indigo Balance (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) on the stand's side, the heavily-supported 2-1 favourite surged clear of his group under Frankie Dettori from two...

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