With the glow of the sun pink on the horizon and most of the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn just beginning to rustle with activity, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Cloud Computing departed from Baltimore to return to his Belmont Park home base May 21.
Cloud Computing moved alongside Classic Empire in the final sixteenth of the Preakness Stakes (G1) and just got his head in front at the wire. Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming set the pace and finished eighth.
The horse who ended the dominance of Ben's Cat in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico Race Course May 19 was taking a pretty significant step down in class.
Stonestreet Stables' homebred Terra Promessa showed May 19 that she's not just a horse for the course at Oaklawn Park.
Kobe's Back has a few reasons to improve in the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) May 20 at Santa Anita Park.
When he enters the gate May 20 at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes (G1), just how well Conquest Mo Money can run will be put to its toughest test.
As activity picked up at the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn May 16, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming went out earlier than normal for his daily exercise.
Royal Mo successfully underwent surgery to repair a fractured sesamoid in his right-front leg, trainer John Shirreffs said May 15.
After some calm, controlled training through his first week or so at Pimlico Race Course, Always Dreaming was back to his energetic, hard-to-handle self May 15 in Baltimore.
Son of Uncle Mo suffered a "fracture of the inside right-front sesamoid" in his final work for the Preakness Stakes (G1).
Always Dreaming's gallop one time around the Pimlico main track May 14 was another spin within himself, unlike his unruly gallops at Churchill Downs, but exercise rider Nick Bush still felt his strength and eagerness to run.
American Anthem let a trio of frontrunners gun for the lead in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) and closed to win the seven-furlong test.
Woodford Racing's Timeline continued his ascent in the 3-year-old ranks May 13 at Belmont Park with a commanding victory in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3).
- By Jeremy Balan
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Conquest Mo Money's odyssey across the country via truck and trailer will continue May 13.
Trainer Simon Callaghan acknowledges the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) May 13 at Santa Anita Park will be a unique experience.
Chester and Mary Broman's Highway Star will seek a second straight graded stakes win May 13 in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park.
Owner Kaleem Shah's horses have found another barn on the Santa Anita Park backside once again, just more than four months after a split with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on New Year's Eve.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori extended her winning streak to six May 7 in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (G3) but needed every bit of stamina to hold off up-and-comer Skye Diamonds.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland rode her 1,000th winner May 6 at Santa Anita Park, where she guided Donald Valpredo's homebred Giro Candito to victory in a maiden claiming event.
Four weeks after her easy, frontrunning victory in the Providencia Stakes (G3T), the California-bred daughter of Surf Cat put in a repeat performance May 6 in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
Joe Turner's versatile Sircat Sally will bring her undefeated record back to Santa Anita Park for the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (G3T) May 6.
David Day, Michael Day, and Mary DiPietro's Evo Campo appears to have found her niche going long on the Santa Anita Park grass.
San Vicente Stakes (G2) winner Iliad has been retired because of an ankle injury he sustained during an April 22 workout at Santa Anita Park, owner Kaleem Shah said April 30.
In his second start for trainer Phil D'Amato, Matthew Schera's Farhaan took an impressive step forward April 29 to win his first graded stakes in the $100,000 Thunder Road (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
Instead of working Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley, his Derby mount, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was aboard the Mosses' Ziconic, who served as the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner's target.
Churchill Downs Inc. has purchased advance-deposit wagering site BetAmerica, multiple sources from both companies said April 28-29.
Abel Tasman went on the work tab for seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5, but was asked for more run after the wire by jockey Martin Garcia and continued to run strongly well into the clubhouse turn at Santa Anita Park.
WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable's Battle of Midway put in his final timed workout April 28 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). He covered six furlongs in 1:13 2/5.
Alert Bay, G. G. Ryder, and Stryker Phd—the elder statesmen of Northern California—will face off once again at Golden Gate Fields in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29.
With a pair of Santa Anita executives before them to discuss the recent race meets at the track, the CHRB commissioners did not directly broach the subject of the April 27 live racing card's cancellation.
Richard Mandella has a certain giddiness about him when one of his good horses is going well. Not so long ago, after Beholder's morning breezes, he had a frequent pep to his step. In the Santa Anita grandstand April 27, the excitement was back.
No better than ninth in four trips outside of California, Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle Mack's Bolo will stay home instead of getting caught up in Kentucky Derby week for a third straight year.
The $40,000 claim from October continued to pay dividends for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller April 23 at Santa Anita Park.
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Southern Ring, back home at Woodbine after a winter at Tampa Bay Downs, dug in to win the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) April 23 and spoiled the seasonal debut of 2016 Canadian Horse of the Year Caren.
Santa Anita Park cancelled its live racing for April 27 because of a lack of entries, Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle said April 23.
Just watching Martin Garcia's mannerisms aboard Speedway Stable's Collected for every step of the $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) April 22, it was clear the jockey knew what he had underneath him.
It was a long road back to the winner's circle for Paymaster Racing's Inordinate, but he found his way April 22 at Santa Anita Park.
The clocker's stopwatch at the top of the Santa Anita Park grandstand may have shown 1:15 4/5 for Gormley's six-furlong workout April 22, but the slow time doesn't tell the whole story.
Reach the World, who was pointing toward runs in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1), was euthanized after sustaining an injury during training April 22, according to Don Alberto Stable racing manager Fernando Diaz-Valdes.
After a speedier-than-designed half-mile workout April 22 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Ian Kruljac said champion female sprinter Finest City will almost surely head to the May 6 Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs for her next race.
Collected and Cupid, a pair of Bob Baffert-trained runners who did their fair share of damage during their 3-year-old campaigns, will face each other and a unique field in the $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) April 22 at Santa Anita Park.
Back home at Santa Anita Park, Kaleem Shah's Aristocratic shrugged off a poor off-the-board finish at Oaklawn Park last time out to score impressively in the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes April 16.
Trainer Miguel Hernandez said Conquest Mo Money came out of the Arkansas Derby (G1) well and that he and owner Tom McKenna will discuss whether to pay the $200,000 for a supplemental nomination to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
The way jockey Geovanni Franco was riding Randy Howg's Inside Straight during the final turn of the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2), it looked like he was sitting on a mountain of horse.
Baoma Corporation's Lord Simba went from last-out maiden winner to graded stakes victor with an impressive score in the $100,000 Los Angeles (G3) April 15 at Santa Anita Park.
California-based Stellar Wind shipped out of town and won a grade 1 for trainer John Sadler.
It was a long time between wins for Fox Hill Farm's Kentuckian, but a determined effort by his connections to return him to winning form came through Feb. 20, when the 5-year-old gray edged Texas Two Step by a neck in a conditional allowance race.
Not only will Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton, and Peter Leidel's group 1 winner face an overflow field in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes April 15 at Keeneland, but she'll also face older horses for the first time.
What may have looked like a prep race on paper for Ruis Racing's Union Strike turned into an easy victory for the Union Rags filly April 9 in the $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Dortmund, who won the Santa Anita Derby with a relentless effort two years ago, has been retired, owner Kaleem Shah said April 9.
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