Practical Joke out to extend one-turn record in Cigar Mile

Practical Joke wins the 2017 H. Allan Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. With stallion duty at Ashford Stud looming next year, leading 3-year-old Practical Joke aims to end his career unbeaten around one turn in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct. Practical Joke has run well without winning in two-turn races all year, his efforts including a third-place finish in the Haskell Invitational (G1) and finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Nov. [...]

Dude has another crack at Fall Highweight Handicap

Stallwalkin' Dude will be hard to beat in the Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct. Pic: NYRA. Defeated in a close finish in the Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) last year, the seemingly ageless Stallwalkin’ Dude is out to make amends in 2017. The 7-year-old gelding was just nabbed near the line last year by Heaven’s Runway, to whom he was conceding 11 pounds, and he’ll have to concede between four and nine pounds to his rivals this year. However, [...]

Seymourdini steps up in quality in Bold Ruler Handicap

Seymourdini is on his own at the finish of the State Dinner Stakes at Belmont Park. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand.   The exciting Seymourdini looks to graduate to graded stakes company in the seven-furlong Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 against a group of high quality and resilient sprinters. Seymourdini (Bernardini), a $900,000 purchase at the 2015 OBS April sale, has won five of his nine starts. His only attempt at graded stakes company came [...]