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Sombeyay Gives Pletcher Seventh Sanford Win

Sombeyay just missed after a rough start in the Tremont S. last time, but he made this one count to provide Todd Pletcher with a record-tying seventh Sanford success. Hugging the fence early tucked in just behind the dueling Strike Silver and Bano Solo (Goldencents), the bay was switched out for clear sailing at the top of the stretch. Strike Silver dug in gamely after putting away Bano Solo, but Sombeyay kept coming and got there as the winning line loomed. "It was perfect," said winning rider Javier Castellano. "He...

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Proud Citizen Filly Remains Perfect at Ellis

(CORRECTED RESULT) 5th-Ellis, $42,680, Alw, 7-21, (NW2L), 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:19.34, ft. PROFOUND LEGACY (f, 2, Proud Citizen--El Fasto, by El Prado {Ire}), a full-sister to 2012 GI Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can (GISW, $1,280,324), romped home by 7 3/4 lengths in her debut at Emerald Downs for trainer Mike Puhich and owners Mark DeDemenico and Muddy Waters Stable. Adding a pair of new owners to the mix and transferring to trainer Ian Wilkes for this second start, the 4-5 favorite sat just off a three-way battle on...

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Nitrous Turns on the Gas in Rising Star Effort at The Spa

Nitrous, a well-bet narrow second debuting last month at Churchill behind GIII Sanford S. runner-up Strike Silver (Violence), found no such rival Saturday at Saratoga, shaking off some early pace pressure and rolling clear in the stretch to earn 'TDN Rising Star' honors. Off a bit awkwardly at 11-10 under the Twin Spires June 14, the gray Ron Winchell homebred finished full of run, getting his last furlong in :11.53, only to come up a neck short on the line. Pounded down to 85 cents on the dollar to go one...

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Will Take Charge Colt Battles to Arlington Win

1st-Arlington, $32,000, Msw, 7-21, 2yo, 5 1/2f (AWT), 1:04.40, ft. MANNY WAH (c, 2, Will Take Charge--Battlefield Angel {SW & GISP, $149,030}, by Proud Citizen), a $175,000 FTKJUL yearling purchase, completed the exacta behind the impressive Fluminense (More Than Ready) going five furlongs on debut at Churchill June 30. Off as the 7-5 favorite to go one better in this first try over the synthetic, he broke sharply and was hounded to his outside by first-time starter Bizzee Channel (English Channel) through fractions of :23.41 and :46.49. Those two continued...

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Sea the Stars’ Sea of Class Wins the Irish Oaks

Having dodged Epsom and Royal Ascot, the Tsui family's Sea of Class (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) proved she had the right material for the big occasion on Saturday as she was delivered in the nick of time by a supremely-confident James Doyle to take The Curragh's G1 Darley Irish Oaks. Allowed to coast in last throughout, the 11-4 second favourite was taken wide and asked to close with less than two furlongs remaining as Forever Together (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) kicked ahead. Providing Doyle with the response he expected, the...

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Handle for Spa Opener Tops $20 Million

All-sources handle for Friday's opening day of the Saratoga meet reached $20,247,319-the second consecutive season to open above the $20 million threshold. On-track handle was $5,403,833, an increase of nearly 8% over 2017. "It's great to be back at Saratoga for another season of the best Thoroughbred racing in the world supported by great fans," said NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay. "Opening Day is always special, and this year was made even more so with the debut of our new hospitality area called The Stretch. The weather could not...

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Oxley Filly Blitzes Schuylerville Foes to Become Uncaptured’s First Stakes Winner

John Oxley's Catherinethegreat (Uncaptured) continued the strong start to her freshman sire's stud career with a powerful wire-to-wire victory in the GIII Schuylerville S. at Saratoga Friday. The track's opening-day card, conducted under brilliantly blue skies in upstate New York, also featured a determined victory by Daddy is Legend (Scat Daddy) in the GIII Lake George S. and a 'TDN Rising Star' performance by Phoenix Thoroughbred's Lyrical Lady (More Than Ready). Catherinethegreat drifted up to 16-5 from a 5-2 morning-line quote in the Schuylerville as the money poured in on...

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Imposing Brown Trio Leads Diana

Looking for his third straight and fourth overall victory in the GI Diana S. Saturday at Saratoga, Chad Brown will send out three strong contenders in the opening-weekend staple. Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) was given the narrow nod on the morning line at 9-5. The most lightly-raced horse in the field, she has only been out of the exacta once and is two necks from being unbeaten in America. A narrow second in last summer's GI Belmont Oaks Invitational, the bay scored an impressive victory in the GI Jenny Wiley...

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Pletcher Starts Potent Pair Looking For Another Sanford

The king of 2-year-old racing at Saratoga, Todd Pletcher has scored in the GIII Sanford S. six times, and he'll go for lucky number seven with a one-two punch led by Starlight Racing's Sombeyay (Into Mischief) in Saturday's renewal. Romping by 6 1/2 lengths on debut Apr. 27 at Gulfstream, the $230,000 Keeneland September graduate finished fast after a poor start to be a close second in the Tremont S. June 8 at Belmont. The bay drilled a bullet five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 (1/11) July 14 over the Oklahoma...

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More Than Ready Filly Earns Rising Stardom in Salty Spa Baby Race

Lyrical Lady (f, 2, More Than Ready--La Song, by Unbridled's Song), dismissed at 6-1 despite her $625,000 purchase price at OBS March (:20 3/5), ran to her price tag rather than her tote attention to score a dominant debut victory worthy of the 'TDN Rising Star' nod. Away on top in this loaded-looking event, the dark bay clicked off splits of :22.29 and :45.49 before shaking free of her nearest pursuer in upper stretch and pouring it on to the tune of 5 3/4 lengths. She stopped the clock in 1:04.24. She's...

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