Champion racemare Beholder missed her first day of training for the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 20, when she spiked a slight temperature after shipping from California to Kentucky Oct. 19.
Champion Beholder arrived in the bluegrass on a sun-splashed afternoon Oct. 19, 11 days before her engagement in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Augustin Stables' Lucky Lindy traveled south from Woodbine on an Illinois raiding trip and easily claimed his second graded score, sailing home in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/4 lengths.
Dutchess Views Farm's homebred Dr. Shane upset 1-4 favorite Championofthenile by two lengths in the $206,963 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 17, collecting his first stakes win at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
Annual Report was in tight at the break and trailed the field early on, but the 2-year-old colt rallied with a big late run to win the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) Oct 17 at Belmont Park.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice turned in a steady breeze Oct. 17 at Churchill Downs, preparing for a rematch in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
On the tab as well was Sticksstatelydude, who went a half in :47 4/5 for trainer Greg Burchell and will be pre-entered in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
The Bernstein filly, who will make her first run against the boys when she starts in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 31, went a half in :50 flat alone under jockey Julien Leparoux.
Homebred Holiday Star defended his title in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 15, galloping to a second consecutive win for Augustin Stable in the 1 -mile turf test at Keeneland.
A total of 10 evenly matched turf marathoners are entered for the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (gr. IIIT), to be run at 11/2 miles Oct. 18 at Keeneland.
The 3-year-old Super Saver colt was caught in splits of :12 1/5, :23 1/5, :34 3/5, and :45 2/5, with a five-furlong time in :57 4/5, and a 1:10 3/5 gallop-out under Marcus O'Donnell.
Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) winner Shotgun Kowboy looks to add another stakes score to his resume Oct. 17, when he heads a field of six for the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park.
Twice a runner-up in previous grade I races, Her Emmynency would not be denied on Saturday, Oct. 10 as she held off Miss Temple City in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Presented by Lane's End at Keeneland.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 Oct. 10 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Lael Stables' Ageless took down favored Lady Shipman with a late charge Oct. 9 in the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland, but was injured in the process.
Work All Week, the champion male sprinter of 2014 and winner of last year's Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has been retired because of a stress fracture in his right knee.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup featuring Sentiero Italia, Blond Me, Miss Temple City, Her Emmynency, and Feathered. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
Harmonize showed a new dimension Oct. 7 at Keeneland, coming from far off the pace with a strong stretch run to win the Jessamine (gr. IIIT) and an automatic berth in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
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.
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