Saratoga

Pneumatic Breezes Bullet for Preakness

'TDN Rising Star' Pneumatic (Uncle Mo), last-out winner of the Aug. 15 Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park, breezed five furlongs in company in a bullet 1:00.85 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Monday morning as he continues towards a start in the GI Preakness S. at Pimlico Oct. 3. With exercise rider Angel Garcia up, Pneumatic went in fractions of :12, :23.80, :36 and galloped out three-quarters of a mile in 1:15. "On this track, that's about as good as horses work," said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve...

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Liveyourbeastlife Breezes for Preakness

William H. Lawrence's Liveyourbeastlife (Ghostzapper), the runner-up in the GII Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga Sept. 5, worked five-eighths in :59.89 (3/9) Thursday over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the GI Preakness S. Oct. 3. Trainer Jorge Abreu said that the dark bay would be supplemented to the third and final leg of the Triple Crown. "He breezed really well today," Abreu said. "He went in :59 4/5, which is something he's never done before. We're going to take a shot." Liveyourbeastlife, a $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select...

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Wesley Ward One-Two in Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint

Outadore (Outwork) provided his freshman sire (by Uncle Mo) his second black-type winner in the space of eight days, working home best of all to take the Juvenile Sprint S. over a rain-affected Kentucky Downs turf course. Beaten for speed, Outadore settled in the second flight of horses as County Final (Oxbow) dueled on the lead inside of Bodenheimer (Atta Boy Roy) through the middle furlongs. Poised three deep as the field entered the straight, Outadore was roused to the lead leaving the eighth pole and held sway at stablemate...

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Jaw-Dropping Jackie’s Warrior Romps in Runhappy Hopeful

J Kirk and Judy Robison's Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music), breathtaking winner of the Aug. 7 GII Saratoga Special S., added another superlative to his resume with a jaw-dropping victory in the GI Runhappy Hopeful S. at Saratoga Monday. Sent off at 9-5, the bay colt was away sharply and almost immediately had a two-length advantage on the field through an opening quarter in :22.56. Pepetu (Dialed In) and even-money favorite Reinvestment Risk (Upstart) were his closest pursuers, but as that duo tried to inch closer, Jackie's Warrior spurted further clear,...

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Lope de Vega Filly Off the Mark at Saratoga

3rd-Saratoga, $72,000, Msw, 9-7, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:44.63, fm. EDITOR AT LARGE (IRE) (f, 2, Lope de Vega {Ire}--What Say You {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}), a 160,000gns TATDEF; weanling turned 260,000gns TATOCT yearling, was the better-backed of an uncoupled Chad Brown entry and ran to 11-10 favoritism to open her account at first asking. Alertly away, Editor At Large was overtaken by stablemate Domain Expertise (Kitten's Joy), the 29-10 second choice, and ultimately settled in fourth position as Blue Kentucky Lady (Carpe Diem) was allowed to bowl along up...

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Monday’s Insights: Saratoga, Del Mar Meets End with a Bang

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 3rd-Saratoga, $72k, Msw, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 12:33 p.m. Bill Mott saddles Godolphin's debuting SERENE (Tapit), an $800,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase last year. The chestnut filly is a daughter of multiple Grade I-placed Fascinating (Smart Strike). Out of graded stakes winner Untouched Talent (Storm Cat), Fascinating is a half-sister to Grade I winner Bodemeister (Empire Maker). Also debuting is Peter Brant's Editor at Large (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). The Chad Brown trainee was a 260,000gns purchase at last year's Tattersalls October sale. Todd...

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Curlin’s Global Campaign Takes Them All the Way in Woodward

'TDN Rising Star' Global Campaign (Curlin) was sent straight to the front by Luis Saez and refused to lose in Saturday's GI Woodward S. at Saratoga. The 2019 GIII Peter Pan S. winner led through fractions of :24.65 and :48.89 with heavily favored Tacitus (Tapit), a jaw-dropping winner last out of the GII Suburban S., just waiting to pounce in second. Global Campaign held a narrow advantage as they hit the quarter pole and took off from there while hanging on his left lead down the stretch to gamely register...

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Frank’s Rockette Powers Home in Prioress

The speedy 'TDN Rising Star' Frank's Rockette stalked and pounced her way to a second straight graded tally. Frank's Rockette broke on top, but settled off the pace of Hello Beautiful (Golden Lad) as Reagan's Edge was well-placed in third. The 3-2 favorite took over under a hold before reaching the quarter pole, kicked clear from there and reported home as a much-the-best winner. "I think we made the right choice [to run in the Prioress]," winning Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. "The filly that ran in the...

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‘Rising Star’ Mystic Guide Gets It Done in Jim Dandy

'TDN Rising Star' Mystic Guide, sporting first-time blinkers, sat much handier to the pace than when last seen in the GIII Peter Pan S. on opening day of the Saratoga meet July 16, weaved his way through traffic to be within striking distance turning for home and kicked on gamely in the stretch for a career high. A bit hesitant to load, the Godolphin homebred dropped out to the tail of the field, but trailed the dueling pacesetters by just about a half-dozen lengths down the backstretch. Rallying underneath odds-on...

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September 6 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency BLUE-BLOODED GODOLPHIN FILLY DEBUTS 1st-SAR, $72K, Msw, 2yo, f, 7f, 12:45 p.m. Bill Mott unveils Godolphin homebred CARAMEL SWIRL (Union Rags) in this Spa baby race. Her unraced dam Caramel Snap (Smart Strike) is a daughter of MGSW Fast Cookie (Deputy Minister), making her a half-sister to MGISW freshman sire Frosted (Tapit) and GSW Indulgent (Bernardini). This is also the family of champion Midshipman (Unbridled's Song). Ken McPeek also saddles an firster of interest in Lee Pokoik homebred Tabor Hall (Candy Ride {Arg}). Her SP...

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Juvenile Fillies in Spotlight at Del Mar and Saratoga Sunday

Juvenile fillies take center stage in a pair of Grade I events at Del Mar and Saratoga Sunday. Zedan Racing Stables, Inc.'s Princess Noor (Not This Time) headlines a field of six set for the GI Del Mar Debutante S. After topping the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training at $1.35 million, she ran to the billing with a 'TDN Rising Star' performance on debut for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert at Del Mar Aug. 22. She takes on the unbeaten My Girl Red (Texas Red),...

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Put A Ring Around Speightstown’s Olympiad at the Spa

5th-Saratoga, $72,000, Msw, 9-5, 2yo, 7f, 1:22.78, ft. OLYMPIAD (c, 2, Speightstown--Tokyo Time {GSP, $249,177}, by Medaglia d'Oro), off as the 2-1 chalk to improve on a distant debut third to 'TDN Rising Star' Reinvestment Risk (Upstart) Aug. 1, broke running and raced prominently from third and three off the inside just off an opening quarter-mile in :22.80. Traveling sweetly on the turn, the $700,000 Keeneland September yearling came calling for the lead in upper stretch and finished nicely to graduate by a little more than two. The second most-expensive...

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