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Horse: First Captain

First Captain breezing at Saratoga.
First Captain 4/1 for Jockey Club Gold Cup

About three hours before Flightline’s bid for the Pacific Classic, First Captain will have a similar grand opportunity in Saturday’s $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Saratoga. The race will be the focus of a one-hour broadcast on NBC from 5-6 p.m. Eastern. The 4-year-old colt is 4/1 on the morning line, coming off […]

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Flightline Works For First Time Since Met Mile, On to Del Mar

Met Mile hero Flightline returned to the work tab Saturday by sailing through a half-mile at Santa Anita. He is scheduled to work again this weekend before shipping down to Del Mar to continue preparations for the $1-million Pacific Classic (G1) on September 23. Flightline was credited with a bullet time in 47 but John […]

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First Captain soars home in Pimlico Special.
First Captain Sizes Up Historic Suburban

First Captain takes aim at a second straight historic stakes race on Saturday in the $400,000 Suburban (G2) at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old colt is coming off a determined victory in the Pimlico Special (G3) on May 20 for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. The Suburban has been won by a long list of […]

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First Captain soars home in Pimlico Special.
Double the Fun With First Captain, Jaxon Traveler at Pimlico

First Captain and Jaxon Traveler struck for a beautiful double for West Point Thoroughbreds during Preakness Stakes weekend at Pimlico, with both colts delivering Graded stakes triumphs. Adding distance, blinkers and a new jockey, First Captain pieced it all together for a game victory Friday in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3). About 18 hours later, […]

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Primed For Preakness Weekend

First Captain, Jaxon Traveler and B Dawk will represent West Point Thoroughbreds in stakes action during Preakness weekend at Pimlico. First Captain leads things off Friday in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), shooting for his second graded stakes triumph. Luis Saez will take the reins on First Captain for the first time for Hall of […]

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First Captain winning a Feb. 27 allowance that filled on the third attempt. 
What Happens When Your Horse’s Race Doesn’t Fill?

Your horse has a race date but then, nothing happens. No entry notification, and then word comes that the race has been pushed back, that it “didn’t go.” What’s going on here, and what happens next? Stakes races are a planner’s dream in racing. Unless weather or something unusual comes into play, the date is […]

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First Captain, O Besos Eye Graded Stakes Glory in Carter, Commonwealth

Seven furlongs, big pots and prestigious stakes will be the order of the day for First Captain and O Besos on Saturday in New York and Kentucky. First Captain will step up to the Grade 1 level for the first time in the $300,000 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct, looking to keep on winning: he is […]

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O Besos, First Captain Add Depth to 4yo Class

Eight months after finishing a creditable fifth in the Kentucky Derby, O Besos kicked off his 4yo season with a victory at Fair Grounds and is now in line for the $250,000 Mineshaft Stakes (G3) on February 19. Pretty soon after that, First Captain will be ready to launch his 4yo campaign at Gulfstream Park. […]

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First Captain In Spotlight Again at Saratoga

First Captain is in the spotlight Friday as the favorite for the race named after his sire, the $120,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. Post time is 5:39 ET. The undefeated 3-year-old colt is back in familiar territory: he was co-sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in 2019. First Captain improved to 3-for-3 […]

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