All Arrogate has to do is show up and be Arrogate, and the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2) is a foregone conclusion, which is exactly why his connections will have their minds stressed until they see the expected ending.
The ability Dream It Is showed on the all-weather track at Woodbine translated even better in her first try on dirt, as she chased a wicked pace then threw down the hammer in the form of a nine-length win in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (G3)
The jump Abel Tasman has on her foes in terms of divisional supremacy can further grow July 23 when the daughter of Quality Road heads up a field of seven entered for the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).
If Dickinson's form continues at its current rate of progression, it will be hard for wide-spread recognition to not eventually fall in line.
A well-matched group of sophomore fillies accustomed to trading blows with one another co-headline the opening day of Saratoga as graded stakes winners Fifty Five, Dream Dancing, and Sweeping Paddy are set to start in the Lake George Stakes (G3T).
Left alone on the front end to walk through fractions as she pleased, Overture made sure her rivals paid the price during the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G3) as she recorded a gate-to-wire victory at Indiana Grand Race Course July 15.
Disco Partner not only answered the question of whether he could handle added distance in the $150,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes, he did so in a manner that made the query look foolish.
Multiple grade 1 winner Miss Temple City was put through her first serious paces since returning from an ambitious season debut last month at Royal Ascot, working five furlongs in company with stablemate Quidura (GB) July 14.
Grade 1 winner Illuminant has been retired from racing after emerging from a recent workout with some minor signs of discomfort, her connections announced July 13.
Irap heads into the July 15 $500,000 Indiana Derby (G3) at Indiana Grand Race Course as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the 11-horse field.
Spendthrift Farm's multiple grade 1 winner Lord Nelson is making progress in his ongoing battle with laminitis in both front feet, which caused the son of Pulpit to miss the 2017 breeding season.
In his 46th career start, Ghost Hunter notched his first career graded stakes triumph when he shot through up the inside in the lane to prevail by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Arlington Handicap (G3T)
Under heady handling from jockey Javier Castellano, New Money Honey took command in midstetch and held off stablemates Sistercharlie and Uni to lead a sweep of the top three positions for trainer Chad Brown.
The 1 1/8-mile Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) was tabbed by trainer Mark Casse as Salty's upcoming target following her five-furlong breeze in 1:00 1/5 at Churchill Downs July 7.
Mind Your Biscuits will bear a bull's-eye that six challengers will zero in on during the Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park.
The breadth and depth of trainer Chad Brown's turf distaffers will be front and center this Saturday as his arsenal leads the 12-horse lineup set to go to post in the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1T).
Fourstar Crook stepped up in class and collected her eighth straight victory, kicking powerfully down the middle of the course for a 2 1/4-length win in the Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (G3T).
With back-to-back graded stakes victories to his credit coming in, Stronach Stables' homebred Shaman Ghost figures to be the overwhelming pick in the field of six entered for the July 8 $750,000 Suburban Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park.
A half-dozen years after Groupie Doll graced Ellis Park for the first time, the impact of the multiple Eclipse Award-winning sprinter still resonates at the summertime home of racing in the Bluegrass.
Imperial Hint, unraced since mid-February, made an emphatic return Saturday when he rocketed up the rail coming off the final turn en route to a 4 3/4-length victory in the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3).
Making just her fourth career start and first attempt at the stakes level, Unchained Melody was in control at every point of call in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G2) as she turned back six challengers in gate-to-wire fashion.
Always Dreaming, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), put in his first workout since finishing eighth in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) and covered four furlongs in :49.96 over the Belmont Park training track July 1.
Multiple graded stakes winner McCraken recorded a half-mile breeze in :49 3/5 at Churchill Downs July 1 in preparation for a likely start in the July 30 betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, trainer Ian Wilkes said.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong, the reigning Eclipse Award champion male sprinter, has been cranking his form up over the last month and could make his 2017 debut in the six-furlong, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1), trainer Bob Baffert said June 29.
The parade of Bob Baffert-trained top threats is set to march on this weekend with Danzing Candy installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite to keep the train rolling in the $250,000 San Carlos Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park July 1.
Herringswell Stables announced June 28 that five-time grade 1 winner Better Talk Now was euthanized late June 27 at New Bolton Center due to complications from colic surgery. The dark bay gelded son of Talkin Man was 18.
Just how far ahead of the curve Copper Bullet is will get a litmus test June 30 when the bay colt breaks from post 5 for the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) on the closing night of the Churchill Downs spring/summer meeting.
Irap proved his Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) win was no fluke when he caught fellow graded stakes winner Girvin on the line to edge out a victory in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown June 24.
Where Arrogate is back on the worktab and Gun Runner is knocking off top-level wins with his Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) triumph last weekend, Neolithic was sidelined after contracting a respiratory illness on his trip back from Dubai.
The Ohio Derby (G3) will feature four contenders who started in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), with Brad Grady's multiple grade 2 winner Girvin installed as the 2-1 morning-line choice in the nine-horse lineup.
Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation has been prominent in the headlines recently. At the conclusion of the June 20 Queen Anne Stakes (G1), Ribchester (IRE) put the royal blue silks in racing's forefront for positive reasons.
At age 5, Miss Temple City is back at Royal Ascot for a third consecutive year, still seeking a victory on that prestigious ground but in no need of outside validation.
The McCraken that inspires confidence from trainer Ian Wilkes is the one that showed up in the June 17 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, unleashing his typical kick after ranging up on the final turn en route to a 2 1/4-length triumph.
A total of just four rivals signed to take on the unbeaten talent out of trainer Chad Brown's barn, leaving Timeline as the 1-5 morning-line favorite to remain unblemished when he starts in the Betfair.com Pegasus Stakes (G3).
One year after sending champion Tepin to Royal Ascot to make a little American history, Mark Casse's barn has another firecracker in John Oxley's La Coronel set for the prestigious meeting, this one a planned start in the Coronation Stakes (G1).
Trainer Phil Sims would just as soon have the Turtle Bowl gelding keeps things simple on June 17 by duplicating the same effort in Saturday's $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs that earned him the victory in the test one year ago.
Gun Runner is set to make his first start since finishing second to champion Arrogate in the March 25 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), and looms as the overwhelming favorite in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1).
Tired but good was the official declaration of how Tapwrit was doing Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after his two-length victory in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
When the hard-knocking Mor Spirit earned a 6 1/4-length win in the $1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1), it marked the fourth victory on the day for Bob Baffert and fifth triumph for Mike Smith.
Abel Tasman, winner of the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), put on another last-to-first showcase when she shot up the rail and withstood a challenge from Salty to capture the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (G1).
In case the memo was missed the first time around, let it be known that Hawksmoor (IRE) alone on the lead is not a scenario that ends well for others.
What has been an ever-shifting landscape for this year's 3-year-old runners is set to conclude its first-half act June 10 with a wide-open edition of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
Unbeaten on dirt since he was transferred to the barn of Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown, Twisted Tom has a chance to become the poster child for outside-the-box thinking in the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
There is usually not a ton of buzz that comes out of 1 3/8-mile black-type stakes on the dirt. It is far from the norm, however, for such outings to yield the kind of result Tu Brutus (CHI) put up in his second North American start.
New Money Honey took matters into her own hands and made amends for an off-the-board outing in her first test this season when she delivered a gate-to-wire score in the $200,000 Wonder Again (G3T) at Belmont Park.
Newly minted Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) favorite Irish War Cry got his first look at the massive Belmont Park oval the morning of June 8, when he hit the main track for a 1 1/2-mile gallop with trainer Graham Motion keeping tabs.
With champion Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) with a hoof abscess, Irish War Cry inherited the position of favoritism for the 1 1/2-mile race, and was installed as the 7-2 morning-line choice.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has purchased a 25% interest in Belmont Stakes (G1) contender J Boys Echo, Jason Loutsch of owner Albaugh Family Stable announced June 7.
Champion Classic Empire will not run in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) because of a hoof abscess in his right front, trainer Mark Casse said June 7.
Gratitude and humility flow freely from jockey Channing Hill, something the 29-year-old is particularly mindful of these days. He remembers all too well when that wasn't necessarily the case.
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