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Justify Was Good. Should We Be Okay With That?

This is the hard part about being called a freak, the best horse in decades, a cinch to win the Triple Crown. Do anything less than win by 10, run an off-the-charts speed figure and scare everyone but the foolhardy and dreamers away from the GI Belmont S. and you look like a disappointment. Was Justify (Scat Daddy) a disappointment in Saturday's GI Preakness S.? No. To say or write that would not be fair. He won the race. He did his job. He'll be running for a Triple Crown...

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‘Just’ One More to Go!

BALTIMORE, Md - And you thought all those marquees in the Pimlico infield made it difficult to see on GI Preakness S. day. With Old Hilltop completely enveloped in a dense fog cover, the announced crowd of 134,487 let out a huge roar as the white blaze of the unbeaten GI Kentucky Derby winner Justify (Scat Daddy) emerged through the haze with a narrow advantage in mid-stretch after slugging it out with his familiar foe Good Magic (Curlin) for most of the way. The 'TDN Rising Star,' off as the...

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Ax Man Cuts Through the Slop in Sir Barton

AX MAN (c, 3, Misremembered--Shameful, by Flying Chevron) captured his first stakes win in a foggy renewal of the restricted Sir Barton S. at Pimlico Saturday. A dominant first-out graduate going six furlongs at Santa Anita on New Year's Day, the bay was a head-scratching fourth as the prohibitive favorite in the GII San Vicente S. at Santa Anita Feb. 10 before recently stretching out to two turns with a runaway 8 1/2-length victory in a one-mile optional claimer in Arcadia Apr. 8. Sent to the front from the outset as...

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Switzerland Wins the Maryland Sprint

Switzerland took his record for the Steve Asmussen barn to three-for-three by scoring his first black-type victory in the Maryland Sprint. The bay dueled Red Dragon Tattoo (Bellamy Road) through an opening quarter in :22.94 over a foggy and rain-soaked Pimlico main track. Taking control through a half in :45.69, the $500,000 EASMAY buy charged clear under a hand ride from Ricardo Santana, Jr., to score. It was the third stakes win of the day for Asmussen and Santana, who captured the James W. Murphy S. with Tap Daddy (Scat...

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Eskendereya’s Mitole Romps in Chick Lang

Mitole ran to the money with his third straight dominant victory in the Chick Lang. Hustling out to the early lead, the bay zipped through a first quarter in :21.67. Showing the way into the lane, he instantly bounded away from his foes to register yet another daylight victory. "He's fast. Wow," winning trainer Steve Asmussen said. "He's a special horse, he really is. His confidence level has gotten better, just the way he comes into a race, and acts during it, has been spectacular the past two or three...

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Cairo Prince Gets His First Winner in the Easiest of Fashion at Belmont

1st-Belmont, $100,000, Msw, 5-19, 2yo, f, 5f, :59.44, sy. ABYSSINIAN (f, 2, Cairo Prince--Shesakitty {GSP}, by Tapit) gave her freshman sire (by Pioneerof the Nile) his first winner with a wire-to-wire romp as the 7-10 chalk in the Belmont opener Saturday. Left in to meet the starter after entrymate Romani (Daaher) scratched, the filly jetted straight to the front and cut out a quarter-mile in :22.30 in the clear. Never threatened, she reported home in hand, crossing the wire six lengths clear of Mertz (Ghostzapper). Abyssinian was the 4-5 favorite...

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Galileo’s Rhododendron Prevails In Lockinge Thriller

Not seen over a mile since finishing an arguably unlucky second in Newmarket's G1 1000 Guineas last May, Rhododendron (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) had all the required pace to come out on top in a competitive renewal of Newbury's G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. on Saturday. Well-supported into 10-3 favouritism, the G1 Fillies' Mile and G1 Prix de l'Opera heroine had a perfect pace scenario tracking fellow Ballydoyle group 1 performers Deauville (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Lancaster Bomber (War Front) who pressed on with urgence on a track hugely favouring those...

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Pricey Orb Colt Romps to Rising Stardom

LNJ Foxwoods and NK Racing's Explorer (Orb), the second-highest priced juvenile at last year's OBS March sale at $1.25 million and the most expensive produce for his second-crop sire (by Malibu Moon), ran the field off their feet, going gate-to-wire to become the newest 'TDN Rising Star' for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. Favored at 8-5 in this career bow, the bay seized the early advantage, ticking off a :21.85 opening quarter. Skipping clear on the backstretch run, he was briefly confronted by stablemate and $600,000 KEESEP buy Julius (Tapit),...

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Tiznow Filly Takes the Black-Eyed Susan

  One of just a handful of the entrants for Friday's GII Black-Eyed Susan S. with previous form over an off track, Red Ruby (Tiznow) sat a perfect stalking trip outside pacesetting Coach Rocks (Oxbow) collared that one at will once heads were turned for home and scampered away by 4 3/4 widening lengths at a very sloppy Old Hilltop. Indy Union (Union Rags) ran home to be third, well clear of favored GII Gazelle S. runner-up Sara Street (Street Sense--Sara Louise). The complexion of the Black-Eyed Susan changed in...

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Irish Guineas Tilt a Possible For Exceed and Excel’s Threading

Threading cut through the misery of a rain-soaked "Glorious" Goodwood meeting in early August to win by six lengths prior to winning the G2 Lowther S. over six furlongs here later that month. After that, the bay's bubble burst when seventh in the G1 Cheveley Park S. at Newmarket in September and in the G3 Nell Gwyn S. over this trip back there Apr. 18 so it was time for a confidence-restoring mission. She certainly had that here and with the favourite Sheikha Reika (Fr) (Shamardal) taken out after flipping...

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