Hill 'n' Dale Met Mile

White Abarrio To Train On In 2024

C2 Racing Stable's White Abarrio (Race Day), last-out winner of the GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 4, will be kept in training for a 5-year-old campaign in 2024, according to a post on X made Monday afternoon. A $7,500 OBS January short yearling turned $40,000 OBS March breezer, the 2022 GI Florida Derby winner was originally trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr., but was turned over to trainer Richard Dutrow, Jr. this past summer. A longshot third, beaten 3 3/4 lengths behind Cody's Wish (Curlin) in the GI...

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White Abarrio Exits Whitney in Fine Fettle

C Two Racing Stable and Antonio Pagnano's White Abarrio (Race Day), a 6 1/4-length winner in Saturday's GI Whitney S. at Saratoga, exited his victory in good order, according to trainer by Rick Dutrow, Jr. Sunday morning. "I don't know if it's sunk in yet," said Dutrow, Jr. who celebrated his 64th birthday Saturday. "I kept anticipating another horse to come challenge him. I felt extremely comfortable when he broke good and was laying off the speed horse--I felt any time that he wanted him, he could have him. I...

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Met Win More Than 'Wish'-ful Thinking

Godolphin homebred Cody's Wish (Curlin) became the third graded winner on the day for his magnificent stallion, overcoming an imperfect passage to stamp his authority on Saturday's GI Hill 'n' Dale Metropolitan H. at Belmont Park and in so doing, punching his ticket to defense of his title in the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Nov. 4. Fidgety pre-start in gate one, the bay missed the break slightly--as many drawn the inside going Belmont's one-turn mile are wont to do--and found himself near the back of the...

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Doppelganger On Target For Met Mile

Doppelganger (Into Mischief), last seen recording a 17-1 upset over Repo Rocks (Tapiture) in the GI Carter H. at Aqueduct Apr. 8, remains on target for a rematch with that foe in the GI Hill 'n' Dale Metropolitan H. at Belmont Park June 10. The $570,000 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase purchase has registered his three most recent works over the Laurel main track, including a best-of-12 five furlongs that was timed in 1:01.60 May 24. "Since the Carter, he's quite sharp," trainer Brittany Russell said. "He thinks he's a bear....

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Flightline Overcomes Eventful Trip in Hill 'n' Dale Met Mile

A few strides into the running of Satuday's GI Hill 'n' Dale Metropolitan H. at Belmont Park, John Sadler, the trainer of 'TDN Rising Star' Flightline (Tapit), admitted to a bit of a queasy feeling in the pit of his stomach. "When I saw him behind early, I wanted to throw up on myself," he said. Despite some very anxious moments, particularly at multiple junctures during the opening 440 yards of the stallion-making test, the $1-million Fasig-Tipton Saratoga graduate proved more than equal to the task, as he strode clear...

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