Grade I winner Liam's Map will contest the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Oct. 30 at Keeneland and not the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Oct. 7.
Breeders' Cup hopefuls Catch a Glimpse and Conquest Daddyo breezed in company Oct. 6 at Keeneland for trainer Mark Casse. Also on the tab were Undrafted, Green Mask, Sunset Glow, and The Great War.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lovely Maria is out of consideration for the Breeders' Cup and will be rested the remainder of the year, trainer Larry Jones said Oct. 6 at Keeneland.
Take a look back at the Saratoga Race Course meet, where trainer Mark Casse almost couldn't buy a winner, and it's remarkable to see how the tables have turned.
Got Lucky was just that Oct. 4 at Keeneland, finding running room from far back and closing past champion Untapable and longshot Yahilwa in the final furlong to win the the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I).
Robert Masterson's Tepin put her sheer brilliance on display Oct. 3, destroying 10 rivals in the $400,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) when she aired by seven lengths. She will face males in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Fox Hill Farm's Songbird continued her winning ways in style Sept. 26, drawing clear by 4 1/2 lengths in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park to build a 3-for-3 record.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist preserved his perfect record Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park, determinedly turning back the valliant inside run of Swipe to claim the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I).
The 5-year-old daughter of Street Sense went wire-to-wire in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park to win her second consecutive grade I.
- By Claire Novak
Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome at Taylor Made Stallions Sept. 25, 2015. Watch Video
A final soundness exam Oct. 1 by Dr. Larry Bramalge of Rood & Riddle will clear the 4-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit for a return to training, and he is expected to ship back to trainer Art Sherman's California base.
Gregory Bentley's Lola Beaux, a daughter of Equiano who began her career in Ireland, steps into graded stakes company Sept. 26 when she faces 11 other 3-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Laurel.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Awesome Again Stakes featuring Bayern, Hoppertunity, Global View, Imperative, and Point Piper. Watch Video
Ironicus, record-setting winner of the Sept. 7 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT), is at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington to repair a minor fracture in the cannon bone of his right foreleg.
Undefeated Nyquist looms a short-priced favorite as he tries two turns for the first time in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Curalina will step up to face older fillies and mares Sept. 26, taking on five rivals in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh offered a positive update on his long road to recovery Sept. 23, when he shared news of his latest doctor's exam with followers on Twitter.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah returned to the worktab for the first time since his runner-up finish in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) when he breezed an easy half in :49 4/5 at Santa Anita Park.
I'm a Chatterbox swept clear to her first grade I victory Sept. 19 at Parx Racing, taking the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) while favored at odds of 2-1.
Trouble Kid was gunned from the gate and never looked back in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 19 at Parx Racing, holding off 4-5 favorite Limousine Liberal to win by a neck.
A colt from the first crop of grade I winner The Factor sold for $600,000 Sept. 18 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Braxton Lynch signed the ticket for the first Book 2 Tapit to enter the ring Sept. 18 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, as Session 4 of the sale got off to a solid start.
Billy's Star, winner of the Aug. 23 Victoria Park Stakes last time out, heads a group of eight sophomores, including Victoria runner-up Firespike, in the $150,000 Canadian (Can-III) Sept. 20 at Woodbine.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will miss the rest of 2015 due to a cannon bone bruise.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra take a look at the Pennsylvania Derby and briefly discuss the Cotillion Stakes. watch video
Belmont Derby (gr. IT) winner Force the Pass hopes to rebound from a third in the Aug. 15 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) and towers over a field of eight in the $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) at Laurel Sept. 19.
Sitting eighth at the three-sixteenths pole, Mondialiste unleashed a furious stretch run and found just enough to win the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 13.
JMJ Racing Stables' Interpol struck the front at the top of the stretch and held off a late-closing drive from Habibi to win the $300,000 Northern Dancer (Can-IT) Sept. 13 at Woodbine.
Stacked Deck held off 2014 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) winner Calgary Cat with a determined drive and claimed his first graded score Sept. 13, winning this year's edition of the $150,000 test at Woodbine.
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) won't include Wise Dan after the two-time winner's retirement, but runners who dwelt in his shadow will have a chance to shine Sept. 13 at Woodbine.
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Phil D' Amato talks about Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) contender Obviously. watch video
"The other Casse," Conquest Daddyo was overlooked off a runner-up finish in the Aug. 15 Vandal Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 15, but finds himself a graded stakes victor in just his third start.
Catch a Glimpse offered her rivals barely that in the $200,000 Natalma Stakes (Can-IIT) Sept. 12 at Woodbine, setting the pace and then rolling away to a five-length victory.
The mile turf event is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) victress Just Wicked heads a field of eight for the $200,000 Pocahontas (gr. II) Sept. 12 at Churchill Downs, an event that officially launches the 2015-16 Road to the Kentucky Oaks.
Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Heart to Heart heads this year's edition of the $200,000 PTHA President's Cup Stakes at Parx Racing on Sept. 12, joined by Divine Oath and last year's winner, Margano.
The Tapit mare finally found her graded victory, and did so in course record time Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, taking the 1 3/8-mile turf test in 2:11.46.
Rachel's Valentina continued to impress Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, remaining perfect in two starts with her win in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) for Stonestreet Stables.
Benzel, 40, will handle de Sousa's book while the 34-year-old Brazilian hopes to put down roots in the U.S. this October. De Sousa is atop the standings to collect his first title as Great Britain's champion rider.
Royal Posse dug in deep and turned back a game rival in pacesetter Saratoga Snacks to win his stakes debut, the $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York-breds at Saratoga Race Course.
Grade I winner Cavorting will drop a level to contest the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 6 at Saratoga, but has her work cut out for her in a field of 11.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Watch Video
Despite comments after American Pharoah's runner-up finish in the Travers which indicated he was considering retiring the colt, owner Ahmed Zayat announced the Triple Crown winner will target the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin will relocate from Lane's End to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm for the 2016 breeding season, majority owner Stonestreet Farm announced Sept. 2.
Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Takeover Target shares the highweight assignment Sept. 5 as part of a trio for trainer Chad Brown in the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old Bernardini filly out of champion Rachel Alexandra, looks to take a step up for Stonestreet Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga.
Alto Racing's Azar won for the first time -- in a big way -- Sept. 2, taking the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
The 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding went five furlongs in 1:00 flat Sept. 1 on trainer Charlie LoPresti's watch, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 in final serious move for the Sept. 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).
A 16-1 shot who had not won for Donegal Racing since breaking his maiden last September, Keen Ice upset American Pharoah by about three-quarters of a length Aug. 29 at Saratoga after a prolonged stretch battle.
Runhappy ran them off their feet Aug 29 in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving trainer Maria Borell her first grade I victory and collecting the first one of his own in stakes-record time.
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