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McGaughey mulling Travers for Mr Speaker after nice dirt move at Saratoga 9:00 pm

Mr Speaker may try dirt once more in the Travers (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography) A Grade 1 winner on grass in his most recent start, Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile over Saratoga's fast main track Saturday morning for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey.The three-year-old Pulpit colt was timed in :48 4/5 seconds in his second work at Saratoga since leaving...

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Palace Malice leads Whitney worktab 9:00 pm

Palace Malice brings a four-for-four 2014 mark into the Whitney (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography) Palace Malice, the leading candidate for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on August 2, made a surprise visit to Saratoga's main track Saturday morning, working five furlongs under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher.Pletcher hand-timed the work in :...

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Competitive Edge turns Saratoga maiden into a rout 9:00 pm

Competitive Edge could give freshman sire Super Saver his first Grade 1 laurel in the Hopeful (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/Joe Labozzetta) Saturday's3RD race at Saratoga promised to be an informative two-year-old maiden, and Nancy Favreau and Kathy Psoinos' Competitive Edge turned it into a one-horse show. Hammered into 4-5 favoritism after drawing in from the also-eligible list...

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Del Mar transfers Sunday's turf races to Polytrack 9:00 pm

After three horses were euthanized due to injuries sustained onDel Mar's new turf course over the past couple of days, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President Joe Harper announced late Saturday that Sunday's turf races would be moved to the Polytrack.The two races that will switch surfaces are the $150,000 California Dreamin' Handicap, carded as the 5TH, and the 9TH, an allowance/optional claimer....

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Hennig: Merry Meadow 'just tries hard, every day' 9:00 pm

Between 2000 and 2003, Gold Mover won six graded stakes for trainer Mark Hennig but largely raced in the shadow of fellow Edward P. Evans homebred stablemates Raging Fever and Summer Colony, both Grade 1 winners.More than a decade later, Hennig has another hard-knocking filly in Merry Meadow, a contender in Monday's Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss for female sprinters at six furlongs.The four-...

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Far-flung field shaping up for Pacific Classic 9:00 pm

Prospects are being projected from far and near for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on August 24 at Del Mar. Saturday's San Diego Handicap may generate as many as four, while those who passed on the San Diego but are being trained with the Classic in mind continue to make progress.Fed Biz, Footbridge, You Know I Know and Frac Daddy -- the respective top-four finishers in Saturday's San...

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Vyjack reverts to sprinting for Vanderbilt 9:00 pm

Grade 2 victor Vyjack could be a handful in his next start if his morning works are any indication.Vyjack has fired two consecutive bullet works since arriving at Saratoga, including a half-mile in :47 on July 18, the fastest of 76 horses. Most recently, he went five furlongs in :59 under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. on July 25, ranking first of 31 horses."We put him in company," trainer Rudy Rodriguez...

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Tonalist, Kid Cruz Travers bound after Jim Dandy placings 9:00 pm

Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist "came back in good order; a touch stiff, but not bad," trainer Christophe Clement said Sunday morning, one day after his Tapit pupil ran second in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga. The bay colt will now turn his attention to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 23 at the Spa.Tonalist was beaten 2 1/4 lengths in the Jim Dandy by Wicked Strong after traveling three...

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