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Constitution's Mindframe Romps in 'TDN Rising Star' Debut

Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables' Mindframe (Constitution), sent off the even-money favorite in his debut, more than lived up to the hype, earning 'TDN Rising Star' status with a 13 3/4-length romping victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The dark bay colt was hustled from the gate and just off the leader in the early strides before settling back off the pace behind fractions of :21.92 and :44.44. When Irad Ortiz said go, he made eye-catching progress to grab the lead out of the turn and stormed home an unchallenged...

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True Valour Retired to Northview

R. Larry Johnson's MGSW True Valour (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}--Sutton Veny {Ire}, by Acclamation {GB}) has been retired and will stand at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md. The Graham Motion trainee was last seen finishing second to dual Breeders' Cup winner Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) by just a head in the GIII Troy S. at Saratoga Aug. 5. The 8-year-old True Valour began his career in Ireland, where he captured the G3 Ballycorus S., and culminated in the U.S., where his wins included the GII City of Hope Mile...

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Courvoisier Ready for Withers

Courvoisier (Tapit), last-out winner of the Jan. 1 Jerome S., tuned up for Saturday's GIII Withers S. with a five-furlong work in 1:02.41 (2/15) over the Belmont training track Friday. "He's doing well," trainer Kelly Breen said. "He breezed Friday by himself. It was a maintenance workout and he's good to go." Owned by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings and James Spry, Courvoisier is a son of 2014 champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway). Jerome fourth-place finisher Unbridled Bomber (Upstart) was declared ready for the Withers following a...

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