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War Front Colt Flies Home Late to Graduate at Belmont

7th-BEL, $75,000, Msw, 9-23, 2yo, 1mT, 1:34.74, fm. +WAR CHEST (c, 2, War Front--Wine Princess {MGSW & GISP, $461,561}, by Ghostzapper), sent off at 3-1 in this career bow, was in no hurry early, biding his time in second to last through opening fractions of :22.75 and :46.44. Weaving his way between horses on the backstretch run, the $500,000 KEESEP buy was way out in the center of the track turning for home and charged down the lane to win by a length over favored Congruity (Graydar). Thunder Mesa (Sky...

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Stay Thirsty’s Coal Front ‘Gallant’ in Parx Stakes Score

'TDN Rising Star' Coal Front, an impressive winner of his first three starts, including the GII Amsterdam S. at Saratoga July 29, refused to lose here, turning back fellow 'Rising Star' American Pastime in game fashion. Coal Front was heavily favored to get back on track as part of an entry with Petrov following a fifth-place finish in the prestigious GI H. Allen Jerkens S. at the Spa Aug. 26. Seizing the early advantage, the $575,000 OBSAPR buy zipped through opening splits of :22.21 and :45.21. American Pastime made a...

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Daughter of Dancing Rain A Rising Star

5th-NEW, £7,000, Cond, 9-23, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:40.86, gd. MAGIC LILY (GB), f, 2, by New Approach (Ire) 1st Dam: Dancing Rain (Ire) (Hwt. 3yo Filly-Eng at 9.5-11f & 11-14f, G1SW-Eng & Ger, $932,081), by Danehill Dancer (Ire) 2nd Dam: Rain Flower (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire) 3rd Dam: Rose of Jericho, by Alleged Magic Lily (GB) (New Approach {Ire}), a daughter of the 4-million gns Classic winner Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), scored impressively on debut on Saturday to earn 'TDN Rising Star' status. Magic Lily raced in...

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Exceed and Excel’s James Garfield Wins the Mill Reef

Coming off a debut third over six furlongs at Leicester May 30 to be third in the Listed Windsor Castle S. dropping back to five at Royal Ascot June 20, James Garfield registered a six-length maiden win at this trip at Doncaster July 13 before finishing over five-lengths fourth behind Juddmonte's Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) in the G2 Vintage S. over seven at Goodwood Aug. 1. Staying at that distance and just missing out by a nose to Wells Farhh Go (Ire) (Farhh {GB}) in the G3 Acomb S....

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Dubawi’s Emaraaty a New Rising Star At Newbury

Emaraaty was big news before he set foot on a racecourse, sharing top billing at Tattersalls October 2016 when selling for 2.6million gns with another son of Dubawi in the recent G3 Prix la Rochette winner Glorious Journey (GB). An eye-catching fourth after a slow break under tender handling on debut over this trip at Sandown at the start of the month, the bay proved an entirely different proposition here bursting from the stalls full of gusto and tanking his way to the front after a furlong. Jim Crowley only...

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Gio Ponti Filly Tops KEESEP Book 6 Opener

A filly by champion Gio Ponti topped the penultimate session and first of two Book 6 sessions of the marathon Keeneland September Yearling Sale Friday. A total of 159 head changed hands for a combined $2,111,900. Th average was $13,282 and median was $7,500. Perhaps in part due to a large number of outs as well as readjusted seller expectations at this point in the sale, the buyback rate was just 10.1%. Last year's sale featured one more session and a larger catalog, so year-over-year comparisons are somewhat inexact, but...

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Scat Daddy Filly Scores on Debut at Belmont

4th-BEL, $60,000, (S), Msw, 9-22, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:34.82, fm. +JODY'S SONG (f, 2, Scat Daddy--Speightful Lady, by Speightstown) drew in off the also-eligible list to win as she pleased at offs of 5-1 in this state-bred unveiling. Keeping tabs on the leaders from a two-wide third, the $250,000 FTSAUG yearling buy ranged up menacingly after a half-mile in :47.98. Sticking her head in front entering the far turn, the dark bay powered clear in the lane under a hand ride from Joel Rosario and hit the line three lengths...

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Warrior’s Reward Colt Romps in Bertram Bongard

Battle Station took his record to two-for-two with a dominant wire-to-wire victory in the state-bred Bertram F. Bongard S. at Belmont Friday afternoon. A debut winner sprinting on the turf against fellow Empire-breds at Saratoga Aug. 25, he was sent off at 5-1 in this main track debut. Seizing the early advantage, the dark bay ticked off comfortable opening splits of :22.94 and :45.94. With plenty left in the tank entering the stretch, Battle Station effortlessly cruised clear to win for fun. "My horse trigged the gate because he just...

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Daughter of Shamardal Clicks First Time At Newbury

7th-NBY, £16,500, Cond, 9-22, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:25.99, gd. MAGNOLIA SPRINGS (IRE) (f, 2, Shamardal--Rainbow City {Ire}, by Rainbow Quest), sent off at 25-1, was anchored in rear of the tightly-packed field throughout the opening stages by Charles Bishop and made eye-catching progress between rivals passing halfway. Coaxed to the front approaching the furlong pole, the €105,000 GOFORB yearling stayed on powerfully to register a 3 1/2-length success from Melodies (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}). Veracious (GB) (Frankel {GB}), the half-sister to Mutakayyef (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) out of the MG1SP...

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Ulysses To Cheveley Park In 2018

This year's G1 Juddmonte International and G1 Coral-Eclipse S. winner Ulysses (Ire), by Galileo (Ire) out of the G1 Epsom Oaks winner Light Shift (Kingmambo), will enter stud next year at Cheveley Park Stud after David and Patricia Thompson's operation purchased a majority share in the 4-year-old. Ulysses, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, will continue to race in the colours of Flaxman Holdings for the remainder of the year, with his next intended start being next weekend's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Ulysses was considered promising enough to...

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