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West Coasters 'Highly Motivated' to Invade Gotham City

After capturing Aqueduct's GIII Withers S. with Risk Taking (Medaglia d'Oro), Klaravich Stables and trainer Chad Brown will continue on the road to Louisville through New York with the talented Highly Motivated (Into Mischief) in Saturday's GIII Gotham S. The one-turn mile contest awards the top-four finishers GI Kentucky Derby qualifying points via a 50-20-10-5 scale. Highly Motivated defeated subsequent GII Remsen S. third-place finisher Known Agenda (Curlin)--a recent 11-length optional claiming winner at Gulfstream--in his Belmont maiden breaker at second asking Sept. 27, then most recently posted an ultra-impressive...

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Down the Shedrow with Bob Baffert

Year after year, two-time Triple Crown-winning conditioner Bob Baffert has some of the country's top runners in his shedrow and 2021 is no exception. The Hall of Famer has a plethora of possible GI Kentucky Derby runners; a few possible GI Kentucky Oaks contenders; the reigning champion female sprinter; and several exciting unraced prospects. You never know when Baffert will unleash the next superstar or which of his horses will be on top by the first weekend in May, but you can count on him having a live contender in...

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Saturday Insights: Deep Juvenile Races on Both Coasts

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency CATALANO UNVEILS CARPE DIEM SIBLING 1st-SAR, $72K, Msw, 2yo, 6f, post time: 1:10 p.m. ET A pair of loaded 2-year-old maidens--one on each coast--serve as appetizers to the major stakes Saturday. Coffepot Stables homebred REGULAR GUY (Bernardini) features at the Spa for Wayne Catalano. The dark bay is a half to multiple Grade I winner and young sire Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway), as well as to additional GISW J. B.'s Thunder (Thunder Gulch), MGSW & GISP Farrell (Malibu Moon), and two other graded stakes horses....

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