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Alicia Wincze Hughes

Unbeaten Lady Eli set for emotional comeback in Saratoga’s Ballston Spa

Thirteen months ago, the racing community had a star on its hands in unbeaten filly Lady Eli; and thirteen months ago, many worried if the daughter of Divine Park would live out summer much less make it back to the races. Now fully recovered from laminitis, Lady Eli is making a remarkable return to the races in the Grade II Ballston Spa Stakes, part of a blockbuster Saratoga card that features six Grade I races.

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Betting Line breaks world pacing record

Betting Line paced the fastest mile by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track, romping to a four-length win over Racing Hill in 1:47.2 on Saturday night in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Alicia Wincze Hughes

Pacific Classic showdown a showcase of what is right in racing

For years, an ongoing complaint among fans was that due to the economics of the breeding industry, racing’s brightest equine stars often didn’t stay on the track long enough. Saturday’s 26th edition of the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar is a perfect counterpoint to said argument, an example of what happens when sporting nature and enduring talent collide.

Alicia Wincze Hughes

All in a year’s work: Resurgent California Chrome taking Taylors on fairy tale ride

For California Chrome to go from off-form champion to leader in the 2016 Horse of the Year race is a twist in the narrative few would have predicted when tensions got the best of majority owner Perry Martin, minority owner and co-breeder Steve Coburn and trainer Art Sherman last year, sparking Coburn to sell his portion of the colt. If everything happens for a reason, however, the tumult of watching the colt lose five of six races at one point beginning with his failed Triple Crown bid in the 2014 Belmont Stakes might have been the blessing in disguise that got the ship righted.

Alicia Wincze Hughes

Best 3-year-old turf horse? Catch a Glimpse of this filly

Barring massive setbacks from Tepin and Songbird, Catch a Glimpse’s connections may have to settle for the satisfaction of knowing she is an exceptional gift in exceptional company once the year-end ballots are filled out. And there are certainly worse things than watching a temperamental talent continue to harness her ability the way Catch a Glimpse has in winning each of her five starts this year.

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Retired champion Wise Dan paraded at Churchill Downs

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan was part of the "Downs After Dark" celebration on Stephen Foster Handicap night in Louisville on Saturday
Alicia Wincze Hughes awincze@herald-leader.com
Retired champion Wise Dan paraded at Churchill Downs 0:15

Retired champion Wise Dan paraded at Churchill Downs

Watch Preakness hopeful Collected win Lexington Stakes at Keeneland 2:41

Watch Preakness hopeful Collected win Lexington Stakes at Keeneland

Derby fans react to most exciting two minutes in sports 2:19

Derby fans react to most exciting two minutes in sports

Another Kentucky Derby win for O'Neill-Reddam 2:40

Another Kentucky Derby win for O'Neill-Reddam

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