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James McIngvale's Runhappy worked a mile in 1:38 4/5 under Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens Oct. 12 at Keeneland. The son of Super Saver is being pointed toward the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Mongolian Saturday, the 4-1 favorite, won Keeneland's 5 1/2-furlong Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 8; his first score since last year's TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Mongolian Saturday, a surprise winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) at Keeneland, makes his first start of the year in the U.S. in the Oct. 8 Woodford Stakes (gr. IIIT) in Lexington.
Maybe not as strong as any of the four grade Is on Belmont's Oct. 8 program, but the Kelso Handicap (gr. II) is an intriguing one-turn mile with a field of seven.
The New York Racing Association's racing office was only able to drum up five rivals for Lady Eli in the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) for older fillies and mares Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
A. P. Indian, the top sprinter on the East Coast this summer, heads a seven-horse field for Keeneland's Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 7. He was scratched from last Saturday's grade I Vosburgh Stakes due to the wet conditions.
Charles Fipke’s Forever Unbridled, the 3-5 favorite, swept to the lead turning for home and won Belmont Park’s Beldame Stakes (gr. I) by open lengths. Tiger Ride was second.
Tom's Ready roared past last year's male sprint champ Runhappy to win the one-turn mile Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs. The son of More Than Ready got the trip in 1:34.86.
Green Lantern Stables' homebred A. P. Indian will be sent after his fourth graded stakes sprint win on the NYRA circuit in the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Runhappy makes his long awaited 2016 bow Oct. 1 in Churchill Downs' one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III). The race shares the bill with the $175,000 Lukas Classic featuring grade I winners Bradester and Noble Bird.
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James McIngvale's champion sprint male Runhappy worked five furlongs in :58 1/5 Sept. 25 at Keeneland in preparation for his 2016 debut in Churchill Downs' Oct. 1 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
Owner Joe Ragsdale reports his winner of the Sept. 19 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II), will likely make her next start in Keeneland's Thoroughbred Cup of America Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 8.
Both Christophe Clement and Chad Brown have two runners for Belmont Park's Sept. 24 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT). The $200,000 race for older fillies and mares is at a mile on the Widener turf course.
Family-owned Clarkland Farm's $3 million ride.
Trainer Mark Casse has two sons of Scat Daddy for Conquest Stables in the Sept. 18 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) for 2-year-olds at Woodbine. At 2-1 on the morning line, Conquest Farenheit is the more accomplished of the pair.
Sprint male champion Runhappy continues to move toward his 2016 debut with a six-furlong work in 1:14 1/5 from the gate Sept. 15 at Churchill Downs. Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado flew in for the move.
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Trainer Mark Casse has plenty of firepower in Churchill Downs' two 1 1/16-mile stakes for 2-year-olds Sept. 17, the Iroquois and Pocahontas stakes.
Zayat Stables was named the TOBA national owner of the year during its 31st annual awards ceremony Sept. 10 at Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.
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James McIngvale's Runhappy continued to progress toward a return to the races with a seven-furlong work Sept. 8 at Keeneland. Last year's sprint champion male was clocked in 1:24 3/5.
Practical Joke rallied to win the seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 5 at Saratoga. Classic Empire, the 8-5 favorite, wheeled soon after the start and tossed rider Irad Ortiz Jr.
Lady Shipman ran true to her 3-10 backing in Parx Racing's $200,000 Turf Amazon Stakes, winning the five-furlong turf sprint by a length in :58.06.
Sanford Stakes (gr. III) winner Bitumen and New York-bred Runaway Lute appear to be the top colts in Saratoga's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). The traditional curtain closer on the meet has a field of seven.
Runhappy, last year's sprint male champion, recorded his second public work of the year Sept. 1 at Keeneland, zipping five furlongs in :58. He is being pointed toward the one-turn mile Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 1 at Churchill Downs.
Top-level horses and horsemen on the comeback trail were among the big stories the last full week of August, and they found entry to the winner's circle a little harder than it used to be.
Runhappy, last year's champion sprint male, returned to Keeneland Aug. 25 for work over the track. It was his first recorded workout of the year.
The Aug. 27 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) drew a field of 10 fillies and mares to go seven furlongs at Saratoga Race Course. The field is deep, from 6-year-old grade I winner Sheer Drama to the Acorn Stakes (gr. I)-winning 3-year-old filly Carina Mia.
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Libby's Tail, a 2-year-old daughter of Tiz Wonderful who came from seventh to win first time out at Belmont Park going 5 1/2 furlongs July 2, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the redrawn Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 20.
Gunnevera, a son of Dialed In, rallied from last to win the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 14. With Javier Castellano up, the Antonio Sano-trained colt covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.00.
California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Los Alamitos the morning of Aug. 14. The colt will ship to Del Mar Aug. 15 for Del Mar's TVG Pacific Classsic (gr. I) Aug. 20.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's third condition book will see a 5% reduction in overnight purses.
Sea Calisi, the even-money favorite, wins the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT). It's the fourth Beverly D. win for owner Martin Schwartz.
Ever So Clever, with a 93 Equibase Speed Figure in her July 1 debut, holds the edge with an outside post draw for the Aug. 13 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for juvenile fillies at Saratoga.
Da Big Hoss, a sharp winner of his last pair in stakes company, heads Arlington's 1 11/16-mile American St. Leger (gr. IIIT) on the Arlington Million XXXIV undercard.
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Don Alberto Stable's Guapaza, an import from Chile trained by Chad Brown, figures to take the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) a long way Aug. 6 at Saratoga.
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A. P. Indian, fresh off a win in the grade III Belmont Sprint Championship, is the one to beat in the July 30 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) at the Spa.
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The Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) is without a clear-cut favorite, giving bettors many ways to go.
Champion Strut the Course is the 5-2 morning line choice, as she tries for a repeat in the July 3 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Birdatthewire returns to Gulfstream Park for the Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) on the Summit of Speed card. The switch of the race from six to seven furlongs should play to her favor.
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