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Golden Ticket fares far better than Alpha in Left Bank

DRF | 3 months ago
In a rematch between the two horses who finished in a dead heat for first in the 2012 Travers, Golden Ticket and Alpha finished first and last in Friday’s $100,000 Left Bank Stakes, the opening-day feature at Belmont Park’s 38-day fall meet. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: New era begins with fall meet

DRF | 3 months ago
An era ended with the retirement of beloved track announcer Tom Durkin on the last day of August, and a new one begins when Belmont Park’s fall meet gets under way Friday. Read More...

Left Bank Stakes a suitable spot for Pants On Fire

DRF | 3 months ago
Friday, the 2012 dead-heat Travers winners Alpha and Golden Ticket and the four-time graded stakes winner Pants On Fire meet in the $100,000 Left Bank Stakes as Belmont Park commences its 38-day fall season. Read More...

Alpha may go in for Left Bank

DRF | 3 months ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was represented in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward Stakes by Long River. He would have preferred to have been represented by Alpha, last year’s Woodward winner. Read More...

McLaughlin’s back-up horse Farhaan takes Alydar

DRF | 3 months ago
Farhaan stole the show from his multiple Grade 1-winning stablemate Alpha by scoring a convincing 3 1/4-length victory under the red-hot Irad Ortiz in Sunday's Alydar Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Alydar the return spot for Alpha

DRF | 3 months ago
Alpha returns to his favorite track Sunday when he runs in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes at Saratoga. Read More...

Alpha working towards possible start in Woodward

DRF | 4 months ago
Alpha, whose two shining moments came at Saratoga with his victories in the 2012 Travers and 2013 Woodward, inched closer to making a return appearance at the Spa by working a half mile in 47.54 seconds over the main track here Saturday morning. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Alpha to make turf debut in Mac Diarmida Stakes

DRF | 9 months ago
Consistency hasn’t exactly been a hallmark for Grade 1 winner Alpha, and now Godolphin and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin are opening a new door for the 5-year-old horse. They’ll give a turf marathon a try Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park, lending a very intriguing element to the 1 3/8-mile race. Read More...

Hawthorne: Last Gunfighter extends campaign for Gold Cup

DRF | 12 months ago
It is tempting to give in and essentially hand the Hawthorne Gold Cup to Last Gunfighter, who figures to be heavily favored in the biggest race of the Hawthorne fall-winter meet here Saturday. Read More...

Hawthorne: Last Gunfighter takes aim at Gold Cup

DRF | 12 months ago
One thing Chad Brown never has done is sent out a winner at Hawthorne Race Course, though he will be favored to fill that tiny hole in his résumé when Last Gunfighter starts Saturday in the Grade 2, $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup. Read More...

Hawthorne Gold Cup field coming together

DRF | 12 months ago
The new, post-Breeders Cup-situated Hawthorne Gold Cup should have at least a decent field when it’s run Nov. 30, though perhaps not one quite befitting of a Grade 2 race with a $350,000 purse. A lack of high-class depth, however, was not hard to anticipate with the race going head-to-head against the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Aqueduct: Cigar Mile gets Flat Out, but may lose Alpha

DRF | 1 year ago
Flat Out is in, and Alpha is now on the fence for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Nov. 30 at Aqueduct. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup notes: McLaughlin quartet breezes at Saratoga

DRF | 1 year ago
Led by Filly and Mare Sprint candidate Dance Card, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin worked a quartet of Breeders’ Cup runners Friday at Saratoga. Read More...

Belmont Park: Alpha gets green light for Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 1 year ago
Alpha, upset winner of the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga on Aug. 31, is being pointed to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Thursday. Read More...

Saratoga: Alpha, Flat Out eye Jockey Club Gold Cup

DRF | 1 year ago
Alpha and Flat Out, separated by a head in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward Stakes in the slop at Saratoga, could meet again next month at Belmont Park in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, a race Flat Out has won in each of the last two years. Read More...

Alpha Prevails in Woodward Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Alpha and Flat Out hooked up for a furious finish in the Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday with Alpha digging in gamely to secure the victory. Ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, Alpha–who dead-heated with Golden Ticket to win last year’s Grade 1 Travers -broke on top [...](Read more...) Read More...

Saratoga: Alpha all the way in Woodward

DRF | 1 year ago
In a race that became void of speed with each passing day, Alpha picked up the mantle of pacesetter under John Velazquez and used those front-running tactics to record a head victory over Flat Out in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes at sloppy Saratoga. Read More...

Saratoga: Alpha, Golden Ticket still going

DRF | 1 year ago
Alpha and Golden Ticket, who dead-heated for win in last year's Travers Stakes, are still in training as 4-year-olds, with mixed results. Read More...

Saratoga: Fort Larned likely to face six in Whitney

DRF | 1 year ago
Fort Larned carried 117 pounds when picking up his first Grade 1 win in the 2012 Whitney. He returns to defend that title here Saturday under high weight of 122 pounds. Read More...

Saratoga: Mucho Macho Man, Alpha get in Whitney drills

DRF | 1 year ago
Mucho Macho Man and Alpha completed their final preparations for next Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Handicap with five-furlong workouts that took place nearly four hours apart here on Saturday morning. Read More...

Belmont Park: Flat Out aims to bounce back in Suburban Handicap

DRF | 1 year ago
Flat Out will look to rebound from his third-place finish in the Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday when he heads the Grade 2, $350,000 Suburban Handicap – being run for the 127th time – at Belmont Park. Read More...

Belmont Park: Alpha looks better than ever for Suburban Handicap

DRF | 1 year ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is raving about how well Alpha looks, and he hopes that translates into success in Saturday’s Grade 2, $350,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. Read More...

Belmont: Alpha may try turf

DRF | 2 years ago
Kiaran McLaughlin, the trainer of Alpha, said he has no definitive race picked out for Alpha’s next start but mentioned the possibility of trying him on the turf. Read More...

Dubai: Alpha heads Godolphin’s strong team on Maktoum Challenge card

DRF | 2 years ago
Steve Andersen 0 Barbara D. LivingstonA start in the Maktoum Challenge puts Alpha closer to an appearance in the $10 million Dubai World C... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Alpha and Pool Play get final drills

DRF | 2 years ago
Jay Privman 0 Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha was clocked in 49 seconds for his half-mile workout over the synthetic Greentree surface in Sarat... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Godolphin trio works out in rain

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening 0 Barbara D. LivingstonBreeders’ Cup hopefuls Questing (left) and Alpha work five furlongs in company Friday at the Greent... Read More...

Belmont: Alpha, Questing work together for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening 0 Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha is expected to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.ELMONT, N.Y. −&n... Read More...

Belmont: Alpha, Questing continue preparations for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening 0 Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha, shown training at Saratoga, will depart for California on Oct. 27 for the Breeders' Cup Classi... Read More...

Injuries take their toll on 3-year-old stars

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh 0 Emily ShieldsI'll Have Another, this year's Derby and Preakness winner, in the paddock before the Belmont Stakes on June 9.... Read More...

Parx: Alpha still on target for Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening 0 Justin N. LanePennsylvania Derby winner Handsome Mike will be pointed to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.Trainer Kiaran McLaug... Read More...

Pennsylvania Derby: Alpha, Golden Ticket face off after Travers dead heat

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening 0 Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha (6) puts on a late surge and gets to the wire in time to finish in a Travers dead heat with Gol... Read More...

Parx Racing: McLaughlin runners favored in pair of million-dollar races

DRF | 2 years ago
Matt Hegarty 0 Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha and Golden Ticket, who dead-heated in the Travers, will meet again in Saturday's Pennsylvania De... Read More...

Belmont: Pennsylvania Derby prospect Alpha looks sharp in five-furlong workout

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening 0 Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha, shown training last month at Saratoga, worked five furlongs in 59 seconds Friday in preparatio... Read More...

Crist: Flawed pick four rule should be easy to fix

DRF | 2 years ago
0 Steven Crist Barbara D. LivingstonBettors who held pick four tickets on favored Alpha (6) and 33-1 longshot Golden Ticket in the Travers... Read More...

Belmont Park notes: Alpha, Questing get in works at Saratoga

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Tom KeyserQuesting, winner of the Alabama, is scheduled for the $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Sept 22.At Saratoga Friday morning, Godolphin Racing’s Grade 1 winners Alpha an... Read More...

Dullahan, Alpha, Golden Ticket Create Instant Classics

It’s been a well documented disaster season for the three year old male division in terms of the number of star horses lost to injury and retirement. Among others, we’ve lost Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, Arkansas Derby and triple crown double... Read More...

Saratoga: McLaughlin hits highs and lows on Travers weekend

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha (6) just gets up to dead-heat with Golden Ticket in the Travers.SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Not that he wasn’t already appreciative of the dead-h... Read More...

Saratoga: Travers co-winners could meet again in Pennsylvania Derby

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha closes the gap on Golden Ticket just before reaching the wire together in Saturday's Travers.SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - There won’t be a run-off to de... Read More...

Crist: Travers stacks up as appealing after all

DRF | 2 years ago
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Travers: Speightscity draws rail, will be sent early

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Barbara D. LivingstonSpeightscity will start from the rail in Saturday's Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga.SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – For those who thought the defection of Hansen was... Read More...

Saratoga: Travers favorite Alpha maintains fitness with easy four-furlong work

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Barbara D. LivingstonBarbara D. Livingston Alpha goes four furlongs in an easy 48.98 seconds Friday under Rob Massey. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Four months ago, it would have t... Read More...

At Saratoga, Dominguez running away with jockeys’ race

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Barbara D. LivingstonRamon Dominguez had 39 wins through Wednesday's races at Saratoga, 17 more than the riders in second place, Jose Lezcano and Javier Castellano.SARATOGA SPRINGS,... Read More...

Travers Stakes, Another Watered Down Race?

It’s been quite a year for the three year old male division. You’ve read our articles about the injuries sustained to the top horses from January up to now. Out of Bounds (Sham Stakes winner), Algorithms (Holy Bull Stakes winner), Thunder Moccasin (Hutcheson Stakes winner)... Read More...

Saratoga: Travers coming into focus

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha worked four furlongs in 48.47 seconds over the main track at Saratoga on Thursday with Rob Massey riding.SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Preparations for t... Read More...

Saratoga: Travers entrants will be subject to increased security and testing

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – All horses entered for the $1 million Travers Stakes here Aug. 25 will be subject to increased security protocols, including round-the-clock monitorin... Read More...

Saratoga: Paynter going for Haskell-Travers double

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Bill Denver/Equi-PhotoPaynter will try to become the first horse since Point Given in 2001 to win both the Haskell and Travers.As much as he has dominated the Haskell Invitational a... Read More...

Saratoga: Alpha has history on his side for Travers

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Tom KeyserAlpha, winner of Saturday's Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes, will make his next start in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – In addition to being an ast... Read More...

Alpha Returns a Winner in Jim Dandy Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Alpha returned from a 12-week layoff to wire the field in Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Alpha defeated Neck ‘n Neck after leading gate to wire over a sloppy, sealed main track. “He was superb al... Read More...

Saratoga: Alpha goes straight to the front and stays there to win Jim Dandy

DRF | 2 years ago
David Grening Barbara D. LivingstonAlpha showed he will be a strong factor in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes by scoring a front-running victory in the Jim Dandy.SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - When trainer ... Read More...