New Mexico's hopes for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1)—for now, at least—appear to run through Judge Lanier Racing's Conquest Mo Money.
Danny Chen's Yorkiepoo Princess won her third straight stakes race at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 25 with another a clear score in the $150,000 Busher Stakes.
The California Horse Racing Board unanimously approved a measure to allow races to be run with medication-based eligibility conditions during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Feb. 23 at Santa Anita Park.
The odds were against Antone Metaxas' Zakaroff during the El Camino Real Derby (G3), and it wasn't just because of his number on the infield tote board at Golden Gate Fields.
Martin Schwartz's High Ridge Road came into the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G2) with an undefeated record at Laurel Park and again would not be denied Feb. 18.
After finding Illuminant's top gear in the spring of 2016, trainer Michael McCarthy had to hit the brakes.
Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum's Uncontested will look to score an Oaklawn Park Triple Crown prep double in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3).
Prize Exhibit has three graded victories during her 31-race career, including her last start in the Megahertz (G3T) Jan. 16 at Santa Anita Park, but the complicated 5-year-old Showcasing mare often has, well, complications.
Trainer Doug O'Neill and Reddam Racing will look to sweep the two winter derbies at Golden Gate Fields and repeat in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) Feb. 18.
Trainer Doug O'Neill used the 2016 San Vicente Stakes (G2) to launch Nyquist's 3-year-old campaign toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and could have another Triple Crown contender after the 2017 edition.
In his first race since July, Bolo was 2 1/2 lengths off leaders What a View and Conquest Enforcer with a furlong to run, but closed rapidly on the outside and just got a head in front at the wire.
Vale Dori continued her dominance of the older female division in Southern California with another her third straight grade 2 score Feb. 11 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Fox Hill Farms and Siena Farm's Bal a Bali is currently listed on the Calumet Farm online stallion roster, but if all goes as planned, he won't be visiting any mares this year.
Stakes winner and 2016 Preakness Stakes (G1) pacesetter Uncle Lino has been retired from racing to stand stud at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa., according to trainer and co-owner Gary Sherlock.
Santa Anita Park Feb. 10 announced the stakes schedule for its upcoming spring meeting and the most notable change was a tip of the cap to one of the best mares to ever run at the Southern California track.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez earned his 1,000th victory Feb. 9 at Santa Anita Park with a neck victory aboard Hot Paris Night in a maiden claiming race.
Five maiden winners will look to break through for their first graded score Feb. 12 in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.
Conquest Enforcer's first start in Southern California couldn't have gone much better.
In the absence of champions Songbird and Stellar Wind, who are still working toward their 2017 debuts, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori has been scooping up plenty of cash in the older female division in Southern California.
The 3-year-old Tapit filly owned by Don Alberto Stable and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer appeared as if she was just out for a breezy spin in her two-turn debut under jockey Mike Smith.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman's Hoppertunity grinded out his second straight victory in the San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 and pushed his earnings to more than $4 million with the victory.
Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen's St. Joe Bay continued his scorching streak through the Southern California sprint ranks with a game victory in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
It appears Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs have another speedy colt ready to hit the Triple Crown trail.
Grade 1 winner Ralis has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury and will participate in the 2017 breeding season, trainer Doug O'Neill said Feb. 4.
The three-furlong breeze in :36 4/5 was nothing groundbreaking--Stellar Wind happily went through the motions under exercise rider Jose Contreras--but it was simply a starting point
Champagne Room, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, will be in a unique position Feb. 5 at Santa Anita Park, where she'll make her 3-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner likely won't be favored.
Warren Williamson's homebred Texas Ryano will look to capture a rare stakes double in the male turf division Feb. 4 in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity will look for his second straight score in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward.
Red Oak Stable's homebred Unbridled Mo played the upsetter Jan. 29 in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3).
Ashleyluvssugar got his 2017 season off on the right foot, but he certainly had to earn it. A likely prep for bigger and better things in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Jan. 28 at Santa Anita Park turned into a dogfight in the stretch.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna took the necessary first step into her 3-year-old season with a confident score Jan. 27 in a conditional allowance race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
For Ashleyluvssugar, trainer Peter Eurton was just looking for a starting point to 2017 when he entered the four-time grade 2 winner in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic.
Ed Comins, the president of advance-deposit wagering company and racetrack operator Watch and Wager, expressed concern over his company's standing in California Jan. 26 during a California Horse Racing Board session at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Mike Maker has won the past three editions of the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3T) at Same Houston Race Park and he's coming with a loaded hand seeking a fourth straight score Jan. 29.
Reddam Racing's Semper Fortis will run in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 in the place of stablemate Ralis, trainer Doug O'Neill said Jan. 22.
Barring significant changes in discussions between Gulfstream Park officials and the connections of Gun Runner, the Candy Ride colt will not make it to the South Florida racetrack for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.
With as much as three inches of rain expected to hit Southern California Jan. 22, Santa Anita Park was forced to cancel its eight-race Sunday card.
California Chrome’s second Horse of the Year honor for 2016--which was awarded to his connections Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park--uniquely situates the chestnut in the history of the game.
In retrospect, the 33-1 odds on Champagne Room in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) look foolish.
California Chrome earned the Eclipse Award for older dirt male Jan. 21, but his connections hope the honor is just the appetizer for the main course of Horse of the Year.
Seltzer Thoroughbreds' Finest City showed no signs of rust in her first start since her Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) victory, the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (G2) Jan. 21 at Santa Anita Park.
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney shrugged off a nearly nine-month layoff and won his sixth straight stakes at Laurel Park Jan. 21 in the $75,000 Native Dancer.
Arrogate's final workout in preparation for the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) further encouraged trainer Bob Baffert for his rematch with California Chrome.
For trainer Ian Kruljac, running Seltzer Thoroughbreds' Finest City in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (G2) Jan. 21 at Santa Anita Park has always been the target to kick off the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) winner's 2017 season.
Off for nearly eight months without any serious running, Uncle Lino's first work since his start in the 2016 Preakness Stakes (G1) went about as well as could be expected Jan. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
It's taken a while for Do the Dance to get her bearings on the Southern California grass, but the improving filly will look to continue her upward trajectory Jan. 16 in the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park
Of the eight entered for the Smarty Jones, which offers 17 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings, Warrior's Club is the lone stakes winner.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori will look to secure her second straight grade 2 victory Jan. 14 in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita Park and she'll encounter familiar challengers.
Although the Tapit filly opened up as the 1-5 favorite in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (G2), when the gates opened she was not the favorite, but she performed like she was odds-on.
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