Arklow Tries to Fend Off Brown Trio in U.N.

Easily the most accomplished runner in the field with earnings of over $2.75 million--more than his nine opponents combined--7-year-old stalwart Arklow (Arch) will try to make amends for running fourth as a heavy favorite in last year's GI United Nations S. in Saturday's renewal of the 1 3/8-mile test on the Monmouth turf. Picking up his first stakes win as a 3-year-old in the GII American Turf S. back in 2017, the bay has since added five more black-type scores, including his lone Grade I success thus far in the...

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Breeders' Cup Contenders Light Up Saturday's Worktab

The worktab at Churchill Downs Saturday morning was replete with many of racing's biggest names scheduled to make an upcoming start during next month's Breeders' Cup, including champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), GI Preakness S. heroine Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil) and Grade I-winner Tom's d'Etat (Smart Strike). Targeting the Distaff, the 2018 3-year-old champion filly completed six furlongs in 1:12. Working in tandem with GSW and GISP Owendale (Into Mischief, 6f 1:13), the 5-year-old carved out eighth-mile splits of :12, :24.40, :36.20, :47.80 and 1:00, galloping out in front of her stablemate...

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Arklow, 'Alpha' Have Score to Settle in Kentucky Turf Cup

Arklow (Arch) and Zulu Alpha (Street Cry {Ire}) each make their third appearances in the $1-million Kentucky Turf Cup going a full circuit of the track at Kentucky Downs, with the former looking to add to his victory in the race in 2018 and Zulu Alpha trying to cement his status as this country's best hope for the GI Breeders' Cup Turf in trying to annex the Turf Cup back-to-back. Zulu Alpha is in career form at age seven and is a neck away from being unbeaten in four starts...

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Plenty of Ways to Go in UN

A mostly well-matched group of nine turfers line up in Saturday's GI United Nations S. at Monmouth Park. With a somewhat surprising lack of even one Chad Brown trainee signed on, conditioner Mike Maker owns the lone chance to complete an exacta. The 2017 UN winner sends out reformed claimers Aquaphobia (Giant's Causeway) and Muggsamatic (Any Given Saturday). The former was scooped up for $62,500 in January and promptly took a Gulfstream starter stake over Muggsamatic--then trained by Jason Servis--in February. He was fourth in the GIII Mervin Muniz Memorial...

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GISW Arklow to Pegasus Turf, Sheema

Grade I-winner Arklow (Arch) is expected to make his start in the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park Jan. 25 followed by the Mar. 28 G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan, confirmed Donegal Racing founder Jerry Crawford. A graded stakes winner in 2017 and 2018, the bay recorded his most significant career score in the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont in October. Luis Saez will ride the 6-year-old in the Pegasus Turf. "We're excited about the opportunity to run in the Pegasus Turf," said Cox,...

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