With an impressive late surge, Cobra Farm's Twisted Tom nabbed odds-on favorite O Dionysus at the wire in the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park March 18.
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A talented field of sophomore fillies will travel one mile in the Caesar's Wish Stakes, with Fair Grounds shipper Jenda's Agenda looking to remain perfect while 3-year-old males led by O Dionysus try two turns in the Private Terms Stakes.
Filly wins Caesar's Wish by four lengths, could be Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender; colt takes Private Terms at 18-1, may target Federico Tesio and hopefully Preakness (gr. I).
Tom O'Grady's Bridget's Big Luvy went right to the front and never looked back in the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes March 21 at Laurel Park.
Trainer Gary Contessa is very optimistic about the future of Combat Diver and is looking at the March 21 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park as a launching pad for the son of Line of David's Triple Crown hopes.
Consignor Nursery Place had a good end to day three of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Hip 842, a War Front colt out of the Grindstone mare Stone Hope, sold for $850,000 to top the session Nov. 6.
Standing in the winner's circle following the win by Little Mike in the $90,000 Flying Pidgeon Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Carlo Vaccarezza admitted he was relieved by the solid return of his multiple grade I winner.
Each time Steven Brandt would acquire a new horse, his mother Shirley would respond somewhat skeptically, "Oh, no, you didn't spend more money on horses." Until he bought Kid Cruz, that is.
Mr Palmer had the highest Beyer speed figure of nine 3-year-olds who went to the gate for the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes March 9 at Laurel Park, and teh favorite prevailed when he closed with a strong late run.
Dynamic Strike will try for a second straight stakes win at Laurel Park and fourth consecutive victory overall at the track in the $150,000 Private Terms Stakes March 9.
Street Life, a multiple stakes winner by Street Sense, has been retired from racing to stand in 2013 at Terry Lovingier's Lovacres Ranch near Warner Springs, Calif.
Dwyer Stakes winner Teeth of the Dog, looking to rebound from a fourth in the Jim Dandy, heads a field of nine sophomores including Prospective and My Adonis in the $350,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Sept. 3 at Parx.
Multiple stakes winner Street Life has been retired with a career-ending soft tissue injury to his left front pastern, Dan Hall of Hidden Brook Farm confirmed Aug. 30.
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Street Life earned street cred at Saratoga Race Course July 27, punching his ticket to the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) by taking the $100,000 Curlin Stakes for Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm.
Eight 3-year-old colts and geldings hoping to step up in their division will assemble for the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course July 27.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who is making plans to return Paynter to New York this summer, said his valiant Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up lost a shoe during the June 9 race at Belmont Park.
Union Rags, closing with urgency along the rail under John Velazquez, got up in the final couple of strides to win a heart-pounding finish over Paynter in the 2012 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 9.
With a little more than $39,000 wagered in advance in the win pool on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Union Rags was a slight favorite over Dullahan early June 9.
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|Brimstone Island||William A. Campbell||
|Charge||Donald H. Barr||
|Cop a Tude||H. Graham Motion||
|Dangerous Lad||Josie Carroll||
|Hakama||Michael J. Trombetta||
|Raconteur||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Romp City||Claudio A. Gonzalez||
|Street Life||Chad C. Brown||
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