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Wootton Bassett’s Wootton Impresses in Isonomy Triumph

Wootton was acquired by Godolphin from breeder Haras de Quetieville after plundering his Aug. 22 course-and-distance debut by six lengths in his sole prior outing and registered a career high with another wide-margin success in this contest hallmarked by luminaries such as Montjeu (Ire), Domedriver (Ire) and La Cressoniere (Fr). Positioned off the pace in fourth before slipping to fifth at halfway, he made smooth headway on the bridle in the straight to arrive on the front end with 300 metres remaining and powered clear for mild urging thereafter to...

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Ulysses and Churchill Skip Champion, Ten Remain
Ulysses and Churchill Skip Champion, Ten Remain

Saturday's G1 Qipco Champion S. at Ascot will be without Ulysses (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) after connections opted to swerve the 10-furlong feature in favour of other targets. With heavy rain a possibility, connections of the G1 Eclipse S. and G1 Juddmonte International hero Ulysses will wait for Del Mar, while the G1 English and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Churchill goes back to a mile for the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on Saturday's card. Favouritism looks booked for Anthony Oppenheimer's group 1-seeking colt Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}),...

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Olczyk Liking His Odds

Eddie Olczyk is used to playing the odds as a horseplayer and handicapper, and now the popular broadcaster and former NHL center affectionately known as Edzo is giving himself a good chance to beat cancer. Olczyk, who does horse racing and hockey broadcasts for NBC Sports, has done three of 12 rounds of chemotherapy as part of treatment since he was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year and subsequently underwent surgery. "Conferring with my doctors, I would go ahead and put some money on my nose," the 51-year-old Chicago...

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Animal Kingdom Filly Streaks to Rising Stardom at Woodbine

Grace and Dignity (Animal Kingdom), an overwhelming 2-5 favorite to go two-for-two to kick off her career, made those short odds look like a bargain as she streaked home a dominant and promising winner worthy of the 'TDN Rising Star' distinction at Woodbine Wednesday evening. Airing by 5 1/2 lengths and earning a solid 82 Beyer Speed Figure when unveiled on GI Ricoh Woodbine Mile Day Sept. 16, the chestnut was further flattered when the third finisher from that event came back to win last Friday. With Michael and Jules...

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Gun Runner Stud Plans to be Decided After Breeders’ Cup

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm announced in a press release Wednesday evening that stud plans for Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) will be determined after the GI Breeders' Cup Classic, for which the Steve Asmussen trainee is expected to vie for favoritism. Gun Runner is likely to compete in the $16-million GI Pegasus World Cup in January. He will enter the Nov. 4 Classic off of three-straight victories at the highest level, most recently by 10 1/4 lengths in Saratoga's GI Woodward S. Sept. 2.

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Smiling Tiger Filly Tops Barretts Fall Sale

Smiling Diamond (hip 94), a yearling filly by Smiling Tiger, topped Tuesday's Barrets Fall Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age Sale when selling to Steve Gasparrelli of Slugo Racing for $220,000. Gasparrelli also bought last year's sale topper, a colt by Smiling Tiger now named Tigre Di Slugo. "We bought the Smiling Tiger colt last year and he is doing well," Gasparrelli said. "I was very impressed with all the Smiling Tigers I have seen run. I think Smiling Tiger is going to be a good California stallion. I was...

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Classic Empire Retired to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud

Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile-Sambuca Classica, by Cat Thief), champion 2-year-old colt of 2016, has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud in 2018, it was announced Wednesday. A two-time Grade I winner at two, having annexed the GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (video) and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile (video), Classic Empire captured the GI Arkansas Derby (video) this April and most recently ran second in the May 20 GI Preakness S. "Unfortunately we just ran out of time to get him to the [Nov. 4...

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Dansili’s With You Takes the Reservoirs

IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU It has been a lean year for the French juveniles, but it could be that the best has been saved until last as 'TDN Rising Star' With You (GB) (Dansili {GB}) dominated this end-of-term test with a performance hallmarked with Classic promise. Emphatic on her debut when successful by six lengths over this mile trip at Saint-Cloud on Sept. 21, the full-sister to the same connections' G1 Prix de l'Opera heroine We Are (Ire) was backed into 7-10 favouritism and was sent to the lead soon...

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Twirl Supplemented to Keeneland November

Stakes winner and Irish group-placed Twirl (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}--Butterfly Cove, by Storm Cat), a full-sister to champion Misty for Me (Ire) and G1 1000 Guineas winner Ballydoyle (Ire), has been supplemented to the upcoming Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The 8-year-old mare, who will sell in foal to Curlin, will be consigned to the auction by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency. "Twirl represents a unique opportunity to purchase a stakes-winning, graded-quality mare by the world's leading sire, Galileo, from arguably the most prolific current pedigree in the world," Hill 'n'...

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Madefromlucky Retired to Northview

Madefromlucky (Lookin At Lucky--Home From Oz, by Pulpit), a multiple graded stakes winner of $1,351,500 out of a full sister to three-time leading sire Tapit, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2018 season. Northview is syndicating the stallion, with details to be announced. "Madefromlucky has a combination of racing ability and pedigree that we just could not pass up," said Northview president Richard Golden. The 5-year-old chestnut, a winner of six of his 24 career starts, heads into stud having won his final...

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