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Stakes Roundup

Takeover Target Runs Them Down Late in the $250k Dixie on Preakness Day

Preakness DayOlder grass horses got their turn to shine in the $250,000 Dixie Stakes on the Preakness Stakes (G1) undercard and those lawnmowers did not disappoint. Takeover Target, aided by a powerful ride from jockey Joel Rosario, rallied from last to prevail in a furious three-horse stretch battle with Grade I winners Ring Weekend and Grand Arch.

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Cavorting became Racing’s Latest Millionaire As She Wins The Ruffian

Peter Pan Stakes Day Now that’s more like it. Stonestreet Stables’ Cavorting became racing’s latest millionaire with a dominant five-length victory while going a flat mile in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on May 14. The win snapped a three-race losing streak for the Grade I-winning daughter of Bernardini.

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Unified Remains Unbeaten in Belmont’s G3 Peter Pan

Peter Pan Stakes DayCentennial Farms’ Unified remained perfect in his young career with an impressive three-quarter length win in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3) going 1 ⅛-miles at Belmont Park on May 14. Though the Peter Pan is designed as a potential prep for next month’s Belmont Stakes, ala Tonalist’s double in 2014, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said it’s unlikely Unified would compete in the Triple Crown’s final leg.

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Wake Forest Becomes Grade I-winning Turfer in Man o’ War

Peter Pan Stakes Day The German-bred Wake Forest earned his first graded stakes win in North America and first-ever Grade or Group 1 when rallying from last-to-first to win the 1 ⅜-miles Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park on May 14. In two prior North American starts, the son of Sir Percy (GB) finished sixth in last year’s Arlington Million (G1) and second in the Pan American Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park last month.

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The Terrific Tepin Looks to Conquer the World Following Latest Victory

Kentucky Derby DayThere’s quite simply not a grass horse in America better than the 5-year-old mare Tepin. The daughter of Bernstein’s brilliance was again on display when rolling to an emphatic 3 ½-length win under a hand ride in the Churchill Downs Turf Mile Stakes (G2) on the undercard of the Kentucky Derby on May 7. It was the sixth straight victory for last year’s champion turf mare and her ninth in her last 11 starts.

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Cathryn Sophia Dominates the Kentucky Oaks

Kentucky Oaks DayThe audible to run Cathryn Sophia in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) proved a shrewd decision after she uncorked an authoritative 2 ¾-length win in America’s biggest race for 3-year-old fillies. The performance answered any distance questions for the daughter of Street Boss and opened a whole range of options for trainer John Servis.

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