Today’s Edition

Classic Winners Draw One, Four, Seven in Travers Dozen

A loaded field of 12 sophomore colts, including all three of this spring's Classic winners, was drawn Tuesday evening in Saratoga Springs for Saturday's 148th running of the GI Travers S., with GI Belmont S. hero Tapwrit (Tapit) getting the slight morning line nod at 7-2 after drawing post four. GI Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) drew the seven-hole and was quoted at 6-1, while GI Preakness S. winner Cloud Computing (Maclean's Music), installed at 8-1, had the trickiest pill pull of the trio, drawing the rail post. The...

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Motion Win in Kentucky Courts Could Affect Absolute Insurer Rule

A Kentucky court has ruled in favor of trainer Graham Motion and owner George Strawbridge, tossing out the penalties assessed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission after their horse Kitten's Point (Kitten's Joy) tested positive for the medication Methocarbamol following her win in the GIII Bewitch S. in 2015 at Keeneland. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate justified his decision, in part, on his finding that the "KHRC's creation of an 'absolute insurer rule' for trainers is unconstitutional." That portion of the ruling could mean the beginning of the end...

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It’s All on Barney

Wednesday's G1 Juddmonte International S. at York--a "Win And You're In" for the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Turf--has the feel of an epic, with a G1 Prince of Wales's S. winner trading at 50-1 providing some measure of its depth despite attracting only seven runners. Favoured at present is Godolphin's Barney Roy (GB) (Excelebration {Ire}), who went so close to pegging back Ulysses (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in a strong if messy edition of the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown July 8, having won the G1 St James's Palace S. in which...

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Stellar Wind to be Offered at Keeneland November

Lane's End Sales will consign the Eclipse Champion and six-time Grade I winner Stellar Wind (Curlin) to the 2017 Keeneland November Sale, it was announced Monday afternoon. Owned by Hronis Racing and trained by John Sadler, the chestnut is unbeaten in three starts in 2017, all in Grade I company. To date, Stellar Wind has compiled a record of 10-2-1 from 15 starts with earnings of $2,233,200. "Stellar Wind is without a doubt one of the classiest horses I've ever been around, and is everything you could want in a...

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Cloud Computing Confirmed for Travers

After some deliberation by trainer Chad Brown, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's GI Preakness S. winner Cloud Computing (Maclean's Music) will compete in Saturday's GI Travers S. at Saratoga, the Eclipse Award-winning conditioner confirmed Monday morning. The latest addition to the expected full field augments an already competitive race that is expected to also draw GI Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) and GI Belmont S. hero Tapwrit (Tapit) from the Todd Pletcher barn. Second in the Mar. 4 GIII Gotham S. and third in the Apr. 8 GII Wood...

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The Weekly Wrap

This week's dispatch comes to you from Deauville, where a notable number of new faces, particularly from Japan, have mingled with the usual cast of thousands playing leading roles and bit parts in the first major yearling sale of the European season. The barmen in Le Drakkar will be glad to see the back of the noisy crowd of Brits and Irish who take advantage of the fact that they temporarily have no homes to go to by staying up way past sensible bedtimes for horsemen. And it's a safe...

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First Graded Score for Blackjackcat

Al and Sandee Kirkwood's Blackjackcat (Tale of the Cat) earned his third straight victory and the first graded tally of his career while holding off the late-charging Vyjack (Into Mischief) by a head to win Sunday's GII Del Mar Mile H. Sent off at 8-1, the dark bay gelding tracked pacesetting favorite Midnight Storm (Pioneerof the Nile) through fractions of :23.16 and :46.88. Blackjackcat collared the pacesetter and had a narrow advantage at midstretch, but Vyjack found running room and closed stoutly to just miss. "We gave him a nice...

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Arrogate: Good is not Good Enough

The problem with being Arrogate (Unbridled's Song) is that you can turn in a good effort in a Grade I race, get beat by a talented horse and show improvement over your last start and it's not nearly enough. Though second in Saturday's GI TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar, Arrogate's race was disappointing. Arrogate turned in a clunker in the GII San Diego H. That was not the case in the Pacific Classic as he finished second, beaten a half-length behind stablemate Collected (City Zip). Though he never seemed...

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Dubawi Colt Steals The Show At Arqana

DEAUVILLE, France--Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited continued its eye-catching spending spree by securing the regally bred Dubawi (Ire) colt out of G1 Falmouth S. winner Giofra (GB) (Dansili {GB}) for a sale-topping €1.55-million at Arqana on Sunday evening. Agent Kerri Radcliffe, standing with her husband Jeremy Noseda and the operation's retained jockey Gerald Mosse, held her nerve against some stiff competition from Shadwell's Angus Gold to ensure that Haras de la Perelle's stunning colt (lot 160) would be joining the string of the investors that have kept her busy at sales across...

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Collected Wins Pacific Classic; Arrogate 2nd

It was no surprise that Hall of Famer Bob Baffert saddled the top two finishers in Saturday's GI TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar. However, the order in which they finished surely surprised many racing fans as Collected (City Zip) scored a narrow triumph over his champion stablemate Arrogate (Unbridled's Song) to register his first Grade I success and secure a spot in the gate for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. Despite finishing a lackluster fourth last time in this venue's GII San Diego H. July 22, Arrogate was hammered...

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