Mineshaft improved to a perfect 3-for-3 in the United States and posted his first stakes victory stateside in the $75,000 Diplomat Way Handicap Sunday at Fair Grounds.
Got Koko, upset winner of the La Brea (gr. I) in her last start, proved she's no fluke in Sunday's $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II), delivering a 1 1/2-length triumph over favored Bella Bellucci at Santa Anita.
John Oxley's Booklet had his final workout on Sunday in preparation for Saturday's Sunshine Millions $1 million Ocala Breeders Sales Classic at Gulfstream Park, where the 4-year-old has posted a grade one win.
Following Saturday's five-furlong breeze in :51 4/5 at Payson Park, trainer Christophe Clement confirmed that Forbidden Apple will make his final start in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf on Saturday.
Gary A. Tanaka's pacesetting Riddlesdown forgot to stop in Sunday's $100,000 Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream and jockey Roger Velez guided him to a 1 1/2-length upset at 29-1.
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, whose impressive debut Jan. 4 caused many to label him a legitimate early Triple Crown contender, worked six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, handily, over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning.
Medaglia d'Oro, prepping for the Feb. 1 Strub Stakes (gr. II), worked seven furlongs in company with Milwaukee Brew at Hollywood Park Sunday for trainer Bobby Frankel.
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. fired two bullets Saturday morning at Santa Anita, when he sent out Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) probables Kitty On The Track and Reine des Neiges.
After a long and productive career, sprint specialist 10-year-old Men's Exclusive begins his final season in the Sunshine Millions on Saturday.
Stakes winner Silky Sweep has been retired from racing and will enter stud for a syndicate at Barbara LaCroix' Meadowbrook of Ocala Jockey Club
Graded stakes winner Until Sundown will enter stud at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms
Frank Drea, who served several terms as chairman of the Ontario Racing Commission, died Jan. 15
Valhol, confidently ridden by Robby Albarado, won Saturday night's running of the $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup at Sam Houston Park.
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