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English Channel Looks to Get Back in Winner's Circle

English Channel Looks to Get Back in Winner's Circle

One month from now, English Channel's connections will be taking dead aim at the elusive $3-million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) for a third time. But first, owner James Scatuorchio and trainer Todd Pletcher have to get the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike back on the winning track, as they must tackle six challengers in the one-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 30.

Mission Approved Pulls Off Saranac Shocker

Mission Approved Pulls Off Saranac Shocker

Most people watching the $100,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 2 figured that 34-1 longshot Mission Approved was nothing more than a pacesetter, setting modest early fractions on the Saratoga turf until one of the more explosive 3-year-olds, namely Distorted Reality, blew by down the stretch. But it never happened.

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