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New York Watch: Fort Hughes [01:19]
It had been nearly 13 months since trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had sent out a debut winner on the dirt, but Fort Hughes' impressive score on Sunday at Belmont Park made it worth the wait. With the victory, Fort Hughes joins the New York watch, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga. His page is located at. Fort Hughes, a Darley Stable homebred, quickly seized the lead from post 1 and was pressed by Rift through fractions of 22.34 and 45.24. Jockey Alex Solis flashed the whip at Fort Hughes in the stretch, and that's all the encouragement the 7-1 shot needed to pull away to a 5 ½-length victory. The final time for 5 ½ furlongs was 1:02.98, 0.72 seconds off the track record set by Mike's Classic, a 5-year-old, in 2004. While Darley had high expectations for Fort Hughes from the beginning, McLaughlin admitted he didn't expect such a strong performance from the chestnut colt. "He didn't show brilliant speed in the morning and we didn't love him because he hadn't worked lights out," said McLaughlin. "We train a lot of them on the Greentree Polytrack and it can be hard to get a reading on them first time out. We are happy and surprised that he ran so well. I mean, that was a serious race! I don't know what we do from here, but we are happy he won so impressively." Fort Hughes becomes the 11th winner for his freshman sire Henny Hughes, whom McLaughlin trained for Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed al Maktoum's ...
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INFORMED DESICION - 2010 Master Stakes [01:34]
ERIE, Pa -- Informed Decision could not have been more impressive defeating six other fillies and mares in the Grade 3, $400000 cSaturday evening at Presque Isle Downs. Jockey Julien Leparoux kept the 4-year-old daughter of Monarchos just off the early pace and to the outside in the 6 1/2-furlong race. Midway through the turn, Leparoux shook Informed Decision up, and she inched closer to the lead before rallying in the stretch to draw clear by 2 1/2 lengths. After the race, Leparoux said he was happy with the way his filly preformed. "We were outside the whole time, so we had no trouble at all," he said. "She seems to be getting better all of the time. She did it pretty easy." Sweet Lorena finished second, a half-length in front of Flashing in third. Sweet Lorena had been no worse than second in her six prior Presque Isle Downs attempts, winning four of them. "I was very happy with her effort, she ran a helluva race," trainer Michael Ferraro said of Sweet Lorena. "Those were some fantastic horses." Ferraro plans on running Sweet Lorena at Belmont in the fall as she is a New York-bred. Trainer Jonathan Sheppard was at Presque Isle with the owner of Informed Decision, Augustin Stable owner George Strawbridge. Both men confirmed that Informed Decision would run in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 6. They are unsure, however, if she will run before then. "She has had two races back to back pretty quickly," Sheppard said. "We may run her at ...
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Discreetly Mine - 2010 King's Bishop (G1) [01:56]
In an electrifying display of speed, Discreetly Mine roared through an opening quarter-mile in 21.90 seconds and a half in 44.11 on his way to a 1 ¼-length victory in the 26th running of the Grade 1, $250000 King's Bishop on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course. With trainer Todd Pletcher instructing jockey John Velazquez Jr. to take the E. Paul Robsham Stables-owned son of Mineshaft to the front, the colt maintained a comfortable margin throughout and hit the wire in 1:23.16 for the first Grade 1 win of his career. Late-running Bank Merger finished second and Latigo Shore closed for third in the field of seven. Discreetly Mine paid $4.10 for a $2 wager as the even-money favorite in the field of seven, and with the victory now has a shot at year-end honors in the sprint division. "Any time you go 21, 44 and change for seven eighths, that's pretty demanding," Pletcher said after the race. "We were happy to hold on. We basically felt like we had to (go for the lead) the way the track was playing."

2008 Hambletonian - Meadowlands Racetrack [02:22]
East Rutherford, NJ --- "If I die now, I got it." That was the happy -- and perhaps relieved -- reaction of part owner, trainer and driver Ray Schnittker, who drove the heavily favored Deweycheatumnhowe to victory, in 1:52, in "it" -- the $1.5 million Hambletonian Final on Saturday at the Meadowlands. USTA/Mark Hall photo Deweycheatumnhowe held off Crazed by a half-length to win the $1.5 million Hambletonian Final on Saturday at the Meadowlands. Schnittker had drawn himself the rail position at this past Tuesday's press conference, and used the innermost starting slot to its best advantage by immediately sprinting to the top. The race, as it unfolded, was nearly void of great drama thereafter: The undefeated trotter raced on top through fractions of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.2 with Crazed, the second choice of the crowd, right behind. The sole challenge came from a longshot, Velocity Hall (David Miller), who raced in the first-over position on the backstretch, but who was easily held at bay by the winner. At the top of the stretch, driver Tim Tetrick came out from behind "Dewey's" cover with Crazed, and made one move towards an upset -- but fell a half-length short of victory. Make It Happen (Daniel Dube) closed in the stretch and finished third, 3-1/4 lengths behind, and Celebrity Secret (Brian Sears) finished fourth. In speaking with NBC Sports commentator Donna Barton Brothers, just a few moments after the win, Schnittker said, "I don't think the front end was that great ...
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A Little Warm: Travers Workout - August 21 [01:19]
Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm, with exercise rider Tess Bischa up, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.58. "I am super-duper happy with him," said Tony Dutrow of A Little Warm, whom he trains for Edward P. Evans. "My horse went around excellently. It's so rare and so special to feel this good about a horse with such a big race in front of him." The homebred son of Stormin Fever goes into the Travers off winning efforts following a three-month break, having taken an optional claimer at Delaware Park on June 29 prior to his Jim Dandy win. A Little Warm is looking to become the ninth colt to complete the Jim Dandy-Travers double, most recently accomplished by Street Sense in 2007.
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