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The summer racing season takes off next week with Del Mar opening Wednesday and Saratoga a week from today. The racing season is flying past us after the exhilarating spring that gave us racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner. In addition to those two major summer meets, a week from this coming Tuesday, our area’s signature race, the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, will be …

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There’s another Shady McCoy who has flashed some speed in the Meadowlands. This one, however, does it at the harness track across the street from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., a place where the real McCoy faces the AFC East rival Jets once a year. The 5-year-old trotter is named after the Bills All-Pro running back, dating to his time with the Eagles. …

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – The fourth filly in the last eight years captured Canada’s Most Famous Race, when Wonder Gadot lassoed the 159th Queen’s Plate on a scorching afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. The winning filly is named for actress Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman in the 2017 superhero film. She is owned by Gary Barber, the chairman and CEO of MGM Studios. After lo…

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Given a 16-horse Queen’s Plate field, mining for longshots to kick off the Canadian Triple Crown is not a bad place to go. Sure, three solid horses are on top of the morning line in Telekinesis (5-2) and the two fillies, Wonder Gadot (3-1) and Dixie Moon (4-1). But this year feels like chaos may rule supreme in Saturday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate to…

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Justify, who captured the attention of the racing world with a whirlwind blitz of the Triple Crown, highlights this year’s midyear report. The second half of the year will climax with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3, returning to the site of the Kentucky Derby for the first time since 2011.  The 3-year-old Justify will look to ride off …

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – The post position draw for the 159th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate was completed this morning at Woodbine Racetrack in suburban Toronto. The draw for the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America took place in the trackside tent with track announcer Robert Geller presiding. The largest non-Kentucky Derby field since 2011 will run a…

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The Toronto faithful has seen its share of successful fillies over the past seven years at the Queen's Plate. The 2018 edition could result in another filly coronation in the $1 million race next Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Fillies have had their way in the Queen’s Plate since 2011 when the filly Inglorious kicked off the decade with a big win. Lexie Lo…

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BELMONT – On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon on Long Island, horse racing, a sport with a long and rich tradition, once again reigned supreme at Belmont Park. Justify ($3.60), a 3-year-old chestnut purchased for $500,000, etched his name in racing history, becoming only the second undefeated colt to capture the Triple Crown by going wire-to-wire to win the 150th Be…

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ELMONT – The Belmont Stakes undercard continues to deliver one of racing’s biggest days. Saturday’s card will feature nine graded stakes in total, including the four Grade 1 races and three Grade 2 races. The 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, is scheduled to go to post at 6:46 p.m. early Saturday evening. Coverage begi…

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ELMONT – As the American Triple Crown series comes to conclusion this weekend on Long Island, the Canadian Triple Crown starts to heat up north of the border. The $125,000 Plate Trial will be run at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday afternoon, the major prep race for the $1 million Queen’s Plate on June 30. The race has only attracted seven horses, and for the first time i…

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ELMONT - It’s only fitting that Gronkowski trainer Chad Brown is well versed in the Patriot Way. The 39-year-old trainer will saddle the strapping dark brown colt named after Western New York native and All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, on Saturday afternoon in the 150th Belmont Stakes. Introduced by one of his clients, Sol Kumin, Brown has had the good fortune of si…

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This evening at Citi Field, the post draw for the 150th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes was conducted for the 10 horses heading to the gate at approximately 6:48 p.m. on Saturday evening on Long Island. The morning line favorite Justify (4-5) will start his journey to become thoroughbred racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner from the rail in the 1 1/2-mile race t…

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In 2008 I took the train from Buffalo to New York City for Big Brown’s Belmont Stakes. I should have known that trouble was lying ahead when our trip was delayed for hours when a tree landed on the tracks somewhere around Poughkeepsie. Let’s say that yours truly ended up having a better day than Big Brown. The big horse who dominated the first two legs of that Tri…

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The second jewel is in the books and the 14th attempt at a Triple Crown since 1979 is looming to anoint the 13th member of the elusive club. The Crown has been won multiple times in certain decades and the 2010’s could claim its second entrant joining multiple-decade winners of the 1930’s (three) 1940’s (four) and 1970’s (three). It will be the litmus test of whether…

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BALTIMORE – We waited 37 years for the last one. In three weeks, a coronation of horse racing’s second Triple Crown winner in the last four years will be in play. Justify ($2.80), the muscular chestnut colt, inched one notch closer to joining the exclusive club by winning the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd Preakness Stakes before 134,487 at deteriorating…