The two grade 3 stakes on Meydan's Feb. 11 card moved their runners one step closer to the big prizes offered during the March 25 Dubai World Cup Festival.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week Tampa Bay Downs gets the spotlight with three graded stakes Saturday.
Twelve-year-old Hannah Schlenk collected her first win as a Thoroughbred owner Feb. 10, when her 6-year-old gelding, Rous, got the best of a photo finish in Turfway Park's third race.
Retired jockey Nelson Menard died Feb. 9, according to the publicity office at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
It was a bidding slugfest at the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale when the mare Cinnamon Spice was offered during the Feb. 7 session, and in the end Oussama Aboughazale's International Equities Holding left with the $700,000 sale topper.
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.
- By Alicia Wincze Hughes
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky
As the regular rider for McCraken, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. could find his current groundswell of momentum dwarfed by what could come his way should his mount prevail.
Millennium Farms announced Feb. 10 that the first foal by Chilean-bred Hakassan (Sir Cat—Fusaichi's Angel, by Fusaichi Pegasus) was born Feb. 5 at the farm near Lexington.
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.
Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits motored through a powerful half-mile work in a bullet :47.75 Feb. 10 at the Palm Meadows Training Center, his final workout before making his seasonal debut in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3).
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta
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.
Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs each card three graded stakes and Santa Anita Park puts on a pair of Grade 2 events.
If the results of the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale are any indication, the Becky Merkel sale consignments are in good hands with the consignor’s daughter and son-in-law Sarah Estrada-Brok and Carlos Estrada.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Suns Out Guns Out, the only son of Empire Maker standing in Florida, has joined Stonewall's Prestige Stallions roster for 2017. He will stand for $2,500.
Keeneland's Rice Road stable area is completely out of quarantine after the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian lifted restrictions on a final barn.
Military Angel, a a multiple group-placed daughter of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Big Brown, was purchased by French-based MAB Agency for €210,000 ($224,291 in U.S. Funds) to top the Goffs February sale.
Graded stakes winner and stallion Cool Coal Man will be exported to Iran to stand at Daniel Stud, according to bloodstock agent Marco Bozzi.
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta passed away at age nine earlier this week due to complications from foaling a filly by Galileo at Coolmore Ireland.
When trainer Arnaud Delacour saddles No Dozing for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) Feb. 11 at Tampa Bay Downs, it could mark an early step toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
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.
Trained by Nicholas Bachalard for Sons of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the homebred Nashmiah transferred her winning form from King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to win the 1,600-meter event.
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.
Graded record on dirt and speed make him a good fit, say new owners
The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues Saturday and Sunday with the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) and Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3).
Son of Unbridled's Song will stand for $2,500 at Strideaway Thoroughbreds
Grade 3 winner La Coronel, the beaten favorite in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T), turned in her second timed move of the year Feb. 7 and is being pointed to the $200,000 Florida Oaks (G3T) at Tampa Bay Downs March 11.
Days after John Oxley's champion Classic Empire finished a well-beaten third to Irish War Cry in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2), a foot abscess was discovered in the son of Pioneerof the Nile.
When grade II winner It's No Joke appeared in the Fasig-Tipton February catalog, Canadian breeder Pierre Esquirol saw only potential.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium board granted interim accreditation to the lab used by the Illinois Racing Board, the University of Illinois at Chicago Analytical Forensic Testing Laboratory, at its Feb. 6 meeting.
Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva will likely be making her final start in the $150,000 Suwannee River Handicap (G3T) at Gulfstream Park before being bred to 2016 Donn Handicap (G1) winner Mshawish.
Grade 2 winner I Spent It, who entered stud last year, is being relocated to Merrick Ranches near Sayre, Okla., where he'll stand for $2,500.
California Chrome was named the California-bred Horse of the Year for 2016 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's annual meeting and awards dinner Feb. 8 at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena.
In what could be her racing swan song, Isabella Sings will try to successfully pull off her catch-me-if-you-can routine against 10 other fillies and mares in the Feb. 11 $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (G3T).
After earning his first grade 1 placing when second in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes in his final start of 2016, Sharp Azteca will return to the one-turn mile in the $350,000 Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) Feb. 11.
The Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian reports that a quarantine, put in place last month after horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus 1, has been lifted on one of two Rice Road barns at Keeneland.
The latest in a line of runners with high expectations resting upon their shoulders arrived Feb. 9 at Summer Wind Farm, when a full brother to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was born.
Scoring her third victory of the year in the San Vicente, Busher remained undefeated since her sale by Col. E. R. Bradley to movieman Louis B. Mayer.
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.
Delta Downs is gearing up for another rich race program Feb. 11 as the track hosts the 14th edition of Louisiana Premier Night.
If Flatlined can duplicate his prior effort in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1T) Feb. 11 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Scooter Dickey will officially be able to say he has a budding—albeit late-blooming—star on his hands.
One of the more highly regarded classic prospects for 2017, McCraken gets his first chance to make good on his buildup when he makes his seasonal bow against eight others in the 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis (G3).
Oaklawn Park's road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) begins Feb. 11 with the one-mile Martha Washington Stakes.
Grade 1 winner Connect will stand at Lane's End Farm following his retirement from racing. The son of Curlin is currently in training with Chad Brown at Palm Meadows and is expected to make his 2017 debut this spring.
Third Day successfully stretched out to one mile and picked up his second win in as many starts Feb. 8 when he rallied from fourth to win a $60,000 overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park.
A total of 18 stakes worth more than $9.6 million will highlight Belmont Park's 54-day spring/summer meet when live racing commences at the track April 28.
Because of severe winter weather forecast for Feb. 9, the New York Racing Association has cancelled its live racing card at Aqueduct Racetrack to ensure the safety of all participants.
The Wood Memorial (G2), which was downgraded from its prior grade 1 status for 2017, had its purse lowered to $750,000 this year but remains the highlight of the spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Leading Oklahoma-based owner Danny Caldwell spied an opportunity when he saw multiple stakes winner Da Stoops being offered this week through the Fasig-Tipton February mixed sale.
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