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Grand Couturier Uses Rail to Capture Sword Dancer

Grand Couturier Uses Rail to Capture Sword Dancer

The $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) was setting up perfectly for heavy favorite English Channel. After coming from well off the pace, the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike made his usual late kick, rallying under jockey John Velazquez to take the lead as they headed for home. The only problem was, Grand Couturier had a finishing kick that was too much even for one of America's top turf horses, as the 4-year-old English-bred colt came flying along the rail to take Saratoga's feature in dramatic fashion.

Illuminise Shows Way in Harold C. Ramser

Illuminise gave Irish breds a sweep of Oak Tree's grass stakes for 3-year-olds this weekend when she captured the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Santa Anita.

Prominent International Sire Grand Lodge Injured

Grand Lodge, sire of such European standouts as champions Grandera and Sinndar, will undergo surgery at Scone Veterinary Clinic after injuring a knee in a paddock accident at Woodlands Stud in New South Wales, Australia.

Giant's Causeway's Fee IR75,000

European star Giant's Causeway, who will make his first U.S. appearance in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will begin his stallion career for IR75,000 guineas (approximately $82,500) at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

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