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Remembering the ‘Unconquerable, Invincible, Unbeatable’ Cigar

Thanks for the memories. I may have seen better horses than Cigar in my racing lifetime, but no horse took me to places like he did or allowed me to experience the range of emotions this game can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Close Hatches Sharp in Personal Ensign Score

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Close Hatches leads from start to finish to take down top prize in Personal Ensign at Saratoga(Read more...) Read More...

Stallion Makers

What trainers produce the best stallions? It stands to reason that it’s the trainers with the highest number of good horses in their barn, and for the most part that is true, based on a review of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ron the Greek Scores Upset in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Ron the Greek, dispatched at odds of 21-1, dominated a competitive group in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) on Saturday at Belmont Park.Under Jose Lezcano, Ron the Greek won by 6 ¾ lengths over runner-up Palace Malice and third-place finisher Flat Out in the 95th edition of the $1 million event. The victory earned [...](Read more...) Read More...

Close Hatches Best in Mother Goose Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Close Hatches she rolled to an easy 7 ¼-length victory over prohibitive favorite Dreaming of Julia in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park. With Joel Rosario in the irons, the daughter of First Defence won under mild encouragement, with Dreaming of Julia coming on to edge Marathon Lady by a half-length for [...](Read more...) Read More...

Royal Delta Regains Best Stride in Beldame

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Royal Delta left little doubt who was best in the Beldame Invitational (G1) during Super Saturday at Belmont Park. Taking command on the turn and opening up through the stretch under a hand ride, odds-on favorite Royal Delta cruised to a dominating 9 Read More...

To Honor and Serve Turns Back Mucho Macho Man

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
To Honor and Serve returned to top form on Saturday, repulsing a bid from Mucho Macho Man in deep stretch to win the Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. In his prior start, the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July 7 at Belmont Park, To Honor and Serve react... Read More...

Royal Delta Refuses to Lose in Delaware Handicap

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Royal Delta dug in to notch a gutsy victory over long shot Tiz Miz Sue in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday. Besilu Stable’s Royal Delta, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic last year, earned her spot in the same... Read More...

Ron the Greek Edges Wise Dan in Stephen Foster

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Florida-bred Ron the Greek rallied along the rail in the stretch to win the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) under the lights at Churchill Downs Saturday night. Under jockey Jose Lezcano, Ron the Greek grabbed the lead from heavily favored Wise Dan in the ... Read More...

To Honor and Serve Impressive in Return

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
To Honor and Serve rolled to a facile victory in Saturday’s Westchester Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite in his first start since taking the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap last November at Aqueduct, the 4-year-old Bernardini col... Read More...

Ron the Greek to Hot Springs for Oaklawn Handicap

Trainer Bill Mott is sending Florida-bred Ron the Greek to Hot Springs for Saturday’s $400,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2). Owned by Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable and by breeder Jack T. Hammer, the 5-year-old arrives Wednesday from Palm Beach, Florida where... Read More...

History Awaits in Dubai World Cup

Game on Dude and Royal Delta carry the U.S. hopes in Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) at Meydan. Trainer Bill Mott, who will saddle Royal Delta, won the inaugural Dubai World Cup with Cigar in 1996. He can make history once more as Roy... Read More...

Dubai World Cup Posts Drawn on Wednesday

Post positions were drawn on Wednesday for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) at Meydan in the United Arab Emirates. Likely race favorite So You Think drew post No. 4, while U.S. invaders Royal Delta and Game on Dude, drew posts No. 7 and No. 14,... Read More...

Royal Delta Tests Meydan Strip

Eclipse Champion Royal Delta got a feel for the synthetic surface at Meydan in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday as she prepares to take on the boys in Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1). The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker, owned b... Read More...

Rematch on Tap in Pan American

Simmard and Newsdad meet again in Saturday’s $150,000 Pan American Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park. Last time the two clashed they were separated by just a neck in the Mac Diarmiada Stakes (G2) at 1 3/8 miles with Simmard prevailing at the wire. Today... Read More...

Ron the Greek wins Big ‘Cap

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Florida-bred Ron the Greek had always flashed plenty of promise. It wasn’t until he joined trainer Bill Mott’s barn last year that the 5-year-old son of Hartley/De Renzo stallion Full Mandate began to truly blossom. Now he’s a Grade 1 winner. Read More...

Florida-breds Look Live in Big ‘Cap

Led by Ron the Greek, Sunshine State products could have a big say in today’s Santa Anita Handicap Today’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) is traditionally one of the most popular racing days on the calendar in Southern California. While home-ba... Read More...

Awesome Maria Storms to Sabin Score

Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo The striking gray daughter of Maria’s Mon makes a successful return in Sabin Stakes to remain undefeated at Gulfstream Park What was expected to be a showdown between returning stakes stars Royal Del... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Winners in Gulfstream Spotlight

Royal Delta/McCue photo Royal Delta and Perfect Shirl return today in South Florida Racing fans at Gulfstream Park this afternoon will be treated to three graded stakes races, two of which feature returning Breeders’ Cup winners Royal Delta and Perfe... Read More...

Ron the Greek pointed to Big ‘Cap

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
By MICHAEL COMPTON Ron the Greek, second most recently to Mucho Macho Man in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park, is being pointed to the Santa Anita Handicap (G1), according to trainer Bill Mott. The $750,000 race, slated for March 3, carries a purse of $750,000. Mott also added that Jose Lezcano will ride. Read More...