In a whirlwind tour that saw her win at five different tracks in three different countries, Tepin managed to maintain her superiority over one of the best divisions in racing in 2016.
Three wins in four attempts, including a pair of NSA-1 wins, vaulted the then 9-year-old son of Azamour to the 2016 Eclipse Award as top steeplechaser.
WinStar Farm’s efforts to expand the quality and scope of its stallion roster and broodmare band starting six years ago paid big dividends in 2016, with the operation’s first Eclipse Award as leading breeder.
With his Eclipse Award for male sprinter awarded Jan. 21, Drefong joins Lost in the Fog (2005), Trinniberg (2012), and Runhappy (2015) as the only 3-year-olds who earned the honor this century.
Finest City not only proved the best distaff sprinter of 2016, but acquitted herself around two turns on dirt and turf as well.
Coffeepot Stables' homebred Farrell picked up a stakes win and 10 more Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) qualifying points with a 2 3/4 length win in the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 21 at Fair Ground Race Course & Slots.
The Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian has placed an order of quarantine on a barn on the Turfway Park backstretch after a horse from that barn tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 (EHV-1) "wild strain."
Classic Empire, a rangy, good-looking son of Pioneerof the Nile, came to hand under the tutelage of Mark and Norm Casse, and then left the rest of the juvenile division in arrears as he claimed the Eclipse Award for 2016’s top 2-year-old male.
Kept out of competition for 10 weeks between the Travers and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate fought every step of the way and passed California Chrome late to win the Classic and cement his place as champion 3-year-old male of 2016.
Brown won a record 40 races during the Saratoga Race Course meet to end Todd Pletcher’s longstanding dominance at the Spa.
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.
- By Mary Reeder
Ken and Sarah Ramsey added another graded stakes winner to their list of homebreds by their stallion Kitten's Joy when Granny's Kitten wore down Western Reserve to score in the $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes (G3T) Jan. 21 at Fair Grounds.
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.
Gainesway's three-time grade/group 1 winner Karakontie sired his first reported foal Jan. 19, a filly bred by Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm and foaled at their Paris, Ky., property.
Guest Suite trained perfectly up to the Jan. 21 Lecomte Stakes (G3), then won it.
After a three-horse charge down the stretch, Mar Racing Stable's Hy Riverside got a nose in front of Nauset Beach on the wire in the in the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 21.
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.
The first edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) features depth comparable to last year's Dubai World Cup (G1).
After recording a five-furlong work from the gate in 1:00.75 at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 21, trainer Mark Casse doesn't see any reason why Classic Empire shouldn't be on track for the Feb. 4 Holy Bull Stakes (G2).
Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.
- By Steve Haskin
With all this outpouring of love for California Chrome, where does that leave his nemesis, Arrogate?
Tommy Roberts Racing Stable's Early Entry won the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes at Jan. 21 Gulfstream Park off a 11-month layoff when he put a half-length over front-running Delta Bluesman at the wire.
Bridlewood Farm's Chitu sired his first reported foal Jan. 6 when a chestnut colt was born at Hacienda De La Oca Farm near Ocala, Fla. The colt is out of the unraced Silver Train mare Hailee's Act.
California Chrome's final move before he makes his final career start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 was par for the course, as he ripped through five furlongs in :58 4/5.
- By BloodHorse Staff
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Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week, we have the return of Eclipse Award finalist Finest City, Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream Park, the first Fair Grounds Triple Crown prep, and more.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson has developed laminitis, which will cause him to miss the 2017 breeding season, the farm announced Jan. 20.
Entries for the five stakes races on Saturday's card that also were offered on last year's card total 48. That total of 48 is up five horses from the number of runners in last year's five stakes on Lecomte day.
New York racing regulators Jan. 20 released a set of proposed sweeping equine drug and recordkeeping rules that arose from the state's investigation into allegations made by PETA against trainer Steve Asmussen in 2013.
While wagering on U.S. races in 2016 was flat--up less than 1% compared with 2015--bettors continue to support a reduced Thoroughbred racing product.
Airdrie Stud's graded stakes-winning millionaire Summer Front got his first foal when a bay filly was born recently at the Midway, Ky., farm.
Grade 3 winner Winning Cause and Box Score, full brother to Temple City, enter stud.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Jan. 20 that California Chrome's win in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has been named the 2016 NTRA Moment of the Year.
Bred by John Ivory, the bay filly was born Jan. 16 at Milky Way Farm, where Circumference stands.
A Florida-bred bay colt bred by Digole "Dee" Williams is the first reported foal born by Don Dizney's homebred graded stakes sprinter Bahamian Squall.
The English Jockey Club announced Jan. 20 the appointment of Tim Lane to join The National Stud as its new stud manager.
New York legislators say they plan to push back against some of the provisions proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to return NYRA to private hands after nearly five years of a Cuomo-controlled board of directors running the racing corporation.
The upper echelon of horse racing purses has come a long way in 100 years, but the entrepreneurial spirit and promotional creativity of those tasked with putting on the sport's biggest races continues.
Who he really is a son of A. P. Indy, already one of the great American sires.
The possibility that grade 1 winner Gun Runner could start in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park came closer to fruition after a deal was reached to use Ruis Racing's slot in the 12-horse starting gate.
Lane Luzzi always wanted to be beside his father, Mike, a well-respected jockey on the ultra-competitive New York circuit.
Spendthrift Farm's Danza, winner of the 2014 Arkansas Derby (G1), sired his first reported foal Jan. 15 when a filly was born at Millennium Farms near Lexington, Ky.
Keeneland announced Jan. 19 a $4.325 million stakes schedule for its 2017 Spring Meet that offers 16 stakes, featuring the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1).
The first reported foal by Three Chimneys' stallion Fast Anna was born Jan. 14 at Five Oak Farm in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Ocala Stud's grade 1 winner and top sprinter The Big Beast got his first reported foal, a bay colt born Jan. 3 and bred by Christy Whitman.
Should Untapped boast half the talent of her sibling, she should be in good stead when she makes her stakes debut Jan. 21 in the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association announced its 2016 Texas Champions Jan. 19, and the appropriately named Texas Chrome will be honored as the Texas Horse of the Year.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue this Saturday with a competitive renewal of the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has issued an addendum to the incident plan regarding the equine herpesvirus outbreak on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The four Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s Day of Champions races that will be run Jan. 24, one day prior to the sales company’s winter mixed sale, have drawn 40 entrants.
The grade 1 winner and 8-year-old son of Powerscourt won or placed in 12 graded stakes.
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