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Saratoga 150th Anniversary - Jim Bond

Saratoga 150th Anniversary - Jim Bond

Trainer Jim Bond explains why Saratoga is special. Jim tells how long he has been training at Saratoga, how many horses he has running at the meet this year, and the New York Bred program. watch video

Heckle Jabs His Rivals in Tremont Stakes

Dogwood Stable's Heckle broke alertly with jockey John Velazquez and sped home unchallenged in the stretch to post an easy victory in Saturday's $110,200 Tremont Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park.

Veteran Pleasant Breeze Returning to Form

William L. Clifton Jr.'s Pleasant Breeze, the 7-year-old multiple graded stakes winner who may be returning to his best form, arrived at Arlington Park Thursday after vanning from New York to compete in Sunday's Washington Park Handicap (gr. II).

Buddha May Have 'Soft-Tissue' Injury; No Fractures

Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, said the cause of lameness in the left foreleg that led to Buddha being scratched from the classic appeared to be a "soft-tissue" injury and not a fracture.

Harlan's Holiday Leads Workouts

Several key players in this weekend's Triple Crown prep races had workouts Thursday morning. On Saturday, the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) will be run in Kentucky at Keeneland, the Wood Memorial (gr. I) will be contested at Aqueduct in New York, and the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) will close out the meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.

Mongoose, Sir Bear Drill

Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Mongoose and Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) winner Sir Bear were both active during Gulfstream's two dark days following Florida Derby weekend.

Owner Payson Splits With Trainer Bond

After a 13-year association, Virginia Kraft Payson has taken her horses from trainer James Bond and distributed the 14 to five trainers: Allison Register, Bruce Miller, Tom Voss, Sonny Wigginton, and Mary Jo Lohmeier.

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