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  • Miss Ella (5-2) wins the Caress Stakes at Saratoga for the second straight year.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Madam Dancealot (21-1) rolls from last to win the San Clemente going away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Abel Tasman (4-5) edges Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 2 days ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 2 days ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (7-10) scores a hard-earned win in the New York Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dream It Is (4-1) romps in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga.Posted 3 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Three-year-old shortage at Fair Grounds

No matter how talented a 3-year-old might be, there’s no substitute for racing experience.

A young horse needs to learn how to adapt to situations in races, how to deal with adversity, how to compete.


Machen learned some lessons Sunday in defeating allowance rivals in his first race around two turns. He broke slowly and was caught behind horses. After being rank early, he settled on the backstretch. In the stretch, he split horses and kicked clear impressively.


“This is exactly why you need these kind of races, to go from grammar school to junior high and on from there,’’ trainer Neil Howard said after the race.


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