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.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Travers Stakes (gr. I) featuring American Pharoah, Texas Red, and Frosted. Watch Video
The 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Yes It's True will put her four-race win streak on the line Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
A quick hello from the Triple Crown champ at Blue Grass Airport en route to NY for the Travers Stakes (gr. I). watch video
Wise Dan was bright-eyed and bushy tailed the morning of Aug. 25, powering his way through a five-furlong bullet in :59 flat on the dirt at Keeneland.
Embellish the Lace turned it around from a ninth-place finish in the June 27 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) and took the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Saratoga on the front end.
William Stiritz's Shogood made his stakes debut in impressive fashion Aug. 22, soaring gate-to-wire to win the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse.
Three weeks after his younger half sister beat him to the punch, 3-year-old Jess's Dream will debut in a 1 1/8-mile maiden special weight race Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone's Middleburg continues his quest for a graded stakes score Aug. 23, when he takes on five others including grade I winner Lochte in the $100,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth.
On Aug. 20, tightening the screws for an upcoming run in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), the 3-year-old son of Tapit got down to business under jockey Joel Rosario with a five-furlong bullet move in :59.59 at Saratoga.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Pacific Classic (gr. I) featuring Beholder, Bayern, Catch a Flight, Hard Aces, and Red Vine. Watch Video
On Aug. 22 the Nobiz Like Shobiz colt returns to stretch out to seven furlongs and step up in company in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), departing from post 4 in a field of 13 with Chris Emigh up.
Charlie LoPresti said the two-time Horse of the Year moved closer to a likely start in the Sept. 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) with his third straight breeze on dirt.
Stryker Phd closed with a huge rally and soared clear to victory in the $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16 at Emerald Downs, taking his home state's marquee race for a second year in a row.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator shipped in from California and put on a brave performance Aug. 16, splitting horses midstretch before surging to victory in the $200,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
Interpol was the longest shot on the board but the first at the wire in the $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine, earning his first graded victory in his second attempt at that level Aug. 16.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah turned in his first breeze since winning the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) when he worked four furlongs in :47 3/5 Aug. 16 at Del Mar.
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