Claire Novak and special guest Ellis Starr of Equibase preview the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) featuring Dortmund, Mr. Z, and Firing Line. Watch Video
Repole Stable's Micromanage returned to the dirt Dec. 13 and overpowered Vyjack in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying five wide before securing the victory by 1 1/4 lengths.
Frankel's full brother shows for the media at a press event at Lane's End Farm, where he has entered stud for 2015. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos featuring Take Charge Brandi. Watch Video
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack will get one more start of 2014, and his connections hope to make it a win in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Dec. 13.
Recovering from a minor non-displaced fracture at the bottom of the cannon bone of his right front fetlock, Wise Dan has been powering along down the shedrow -- and trainer Charlie Lopresti fully expects him to run in 2015.
Catholic Cowboy recovered from two lackluster efforts at Keeneland in the fall to grind out a victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park, upsetting a group of 14 at odds of 17-1.
Sylvia Heft's Eighttofasttocatch put away his rivals in impressive fashion Dec. 6, cruising to an unprecedented fourth victory in the $125,000 Jennings Handicap at Laurel Park while passing the million-dollar mark.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Jewel Stakes and Canterbury Stakes from the Dec. 6 Claiming Crown event at Gulfstream Park. watch video
- By Claire Novak
Champion Will Take Charge gets his photo taken by Anne M. Eberhardt at Three Chimneys for an upcoming article on new stallions. watch video
Champion Silver Charm was bright-eyed and settling in well at Old Friends Farm Dec. 2 following a long journey home to Kentucky from Japan.
Listen to Old Friends founder Michael Blowen as newly returned Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm greets fans Dec. 2. The 20-year-old champion returned to the U.S. after standing in Japan. watch video
Private Zone, runner-up to Flat Out in the 2013 edition of the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), returned Nov. 29 to claim victory going wire to wire in the $753,750 event at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Twin Creeks Racing Stable's Red Rifle delivered the latest in a line of satisfying stakes scores for jockey Florent Geroux Nov. 29, winning the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir went to the front and kept on going Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs, just holding off Imperia to win the $233,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) by a head.
Hoppertunity made the most of his chance to finally run at Churchill Downs, grinding out his greatest career victory Nov. 28 in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
Mona Hour's Longacres Mile (gr. III) winner Stryker Phd heads a group of nine entered for the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Chris' Brew rides a three-race win streak into the co-featured $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes Nov. 30 at Woodbine, while South Ocean Stakes victress Galina Point tops the $150,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes.
A solid field will line up Nov. 29 for the $500,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, as grade I winners Secret Circle and Itsmyluckyday face off amongst a cast that includes Private Zone, Vyjack, and Bourbon Courage.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra look at the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Friday. Watch Video
Many count the two top 3-year-olds in the field of nine among those who could have made some noise before heading to the sidelines earlier this season.
Courtlandt Farms' homebred Strike Charmer broke through at the graded level with a good rally Nov. 22, claiming the $119,700 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Proving her Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) victory was no fluke, Willis Horton's Take Charge Brandi returned Nov. 22 to claim the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) as the favorite at Delta Downs.
Daring Kathy picked up her first graded stakes score with a solid wire-to-wire effort Nov. 22, taking the $115,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park West.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs this weekend. This is a 2-year-old race that kicks off the Kentucky Derby trail. watch video
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code will make his first start since March on Nov. 22 at Aqueduct Racetrack, returning from the injury that knocked him off the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Zayat Stables' Mr. Z, coming off a fifth-place finish in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), heads a group of 10 plus two also-eligibles for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) Nov. 22.
Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson's Sparkling Review kicked into gear late and charged to victory to remain undefeated since breaking her maiden, taking the $237,800 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart put together a three-race win streak and collected his second straight grade III victory Nov. 15 when he wired a field of 12 sophomores in the $115,300 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill.
Every morning in the black before sunrise, Raymond Handal swings a leg over a 4-year-old filly and heads out to the main track at Belmont Park.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs this weekend. With an overflow field of 18 contenders, who do you think will win? watch video
The Brian Lynch trainee has won two in a row and comes into the Nov. 15 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) well rested after his wire-to-wire victory in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the $100,000 River City Handicap, which will be run on Saturday, November 8 at Churchill Downs. watch video
Hip 842, the only War Front weanling in session 3, consigned by Nursery Place. This colt, out of Stone Hope, by Grindstone, is a half brother to stakes winner Street Life. Watch Video
Silver Max returns to his favorite track Nov. 8, getting a bit of class relief while looking for a rebound in the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Flaxman Holdings' homebred Main Sequence put the cap on a brilliant season Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, charging to victory over Flintshire in the $3 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
There was no Groupie Doll to stand in her way this season, and Judy the Beauty would not be denied victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Claire Novak sets the scene for Breeders' Cup Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Watch Video
- By Claire Novak
Jody Petty, exercise rider for 2014 Arlington Million winner Hardest Core, talks about the gelding's training regimen and journey to this year's Breeders' Cup. watch video
Claire Novak recaps the results from Breeders' Cup Friday, including Untapable's win in the Distaff with Rosie Napravnik. Watch Video
Moments after piloting Untapable to victory in the Oct. 31 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, jockey Rosie Napravnik announced her plan to retire from riding races.
Wachtel Stable and George Kerr's aptly named Long On Value ran down game front-runner Sawyer's Hill to take the $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra are joined by Eric Guillot for the Breeders' Cup Classic edition of That Handicapping Show. watch video
Claire Novak with an Oct. 31 update on Breeders' Cup Friday at Santa Anita Park. Watch Video
Claire Novak provides updates on Shared Belief, Rich Tapestry, and Art Sherman's thoughts on the contenders for Horse of the Year. watch video
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several Breeders' Cup Friday races. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Return Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic! watch video
If you watch Mike Smith in the post parade of the upcoming Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, don't be surprised to see him slouched a bit in the saddle, his feet dropped out of the irons.
The team connected to champion Zenyatta reported a saddening loss Oct. 29 when a weanling War Front filly out of the 2010 Horse of the Year was euthanized following an Oct. 28 paddock accident at Lane's End Farm.
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), has been withdrawn from this year's race at Santa Anita Park, Breeders' Cup officials confirmed the morning of Oct. 29.
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including the defections of Magician and Free as a Bird, and California Chrome schooling. Also, Shared Belief is now in the house. Watch Video
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