With trainer Ian Wilkes looking to put more of a bottom into undefeated 3-year-old McCraken, the Ghostzapper colt breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 at Keeneland the morning of March 27.
Yet again an upset was sprung at Sunland Park, with 50 Road to the Kentucky Derby points going to Calumet Farm's homebred 10-1 longshot Hence, as he hit the wire 3 3/4 lengths ahead of previously unbeaten Conquest Mo Money.
In a Triple Crown prep season that has been full of chaos, Brad Grady's Girvin will hope to supply a bit of stability April 1 in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Sumaya U.S. Stable's Ghalia remains undefeated in three starts after a late drive in the stretch resulted in a neck in front to win the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks March 26.
It will be back to square one when the 2015 Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner runs in the $75,000 Santana Mile for older horses on Santa Anita Park's main track April 1.
Coffee Pot Stables' homebred Farrell looks to score her fourth straight stakes win and keep her status atop the Road to the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard in the April 1 $400,000 TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).
After several juvenile sales this year in Florida, buyers on the West Coast will get the chance to shop closer to home when Barretts conducts its select 2-year-old sale March 29 at Del Mar, the second year at that location.
Brad Grady's lightly raced Girvin headlines the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) set for April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, which drew their Louisiana Derby Day card March 25.
Second in three of his last four starts, including two against graded competition, the son of American Post finally broke through March 25 at Santa Anita Park in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (G2T).
Kendall Hansen's longshot Fast and Accurate continued his improvement by leaps and bounds March 25 with a victory in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3).
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.
Living the Dream Racing's Purely a Dream picked up 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks and completed an exacta sweep for trainer Ken McPeek in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) March 25 at Turfway Park.
- By Steve Haskin
It’s almost as if Arrogate has taken on the best qualities of different great horses in each of his four stakes victories.
Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centrofanti's Fear the Cowboy pulled a mild upset when he ran by even-money favorite Zulu and frontrunner Flashy Jewel in the stretch to win the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 25.
The Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) winner returned to the work tab March 25 after running seventh in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), putting in five furlongs in 1:01.10 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Comments from trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith after Arrogate's victory in the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Comments from the connections of Vivlos, including trainer Yasuo Tomomichi and jockey Joao Moreira, after her victory in the Dubai Turf Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Comments from trainer John Gosden, who explains that Jack Hobbs is a bit of a dreamer, and jockey William Buick after Jack Hobbs' victory in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate broke last, but rallied easily to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.
Jack Hobbs rallies in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1); Japanese filly Vivlos beats the boys in the Dubai Turf.
Comments from the connections of Mind Your Biscuits, including jockey Joel Rosario and trainer Chad Summers after victory in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Mind Your Biscuits, a New York-bred son of Posse and winner of last year's Malibu Stakes (G1), broke through in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) at Meydan. The win was a first for trainer Chad Summers.
Comments from jockey Francois-Xavier Bertras and trainer Didier Guillemin after The Right Man's victory in the Al Quoz Sprint Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Comments from Trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Jockey Christophe Soumillon after Thunder Snow's victory in the UAE Derby. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Thunder Snow, only days after being made a late nominee to the U.S. Triple Crown series, justified the investment with a hard-fought victory March 25 in the UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse.
Comments from the Jockey Christophe Soumillon and Trainer Alain De Royer-Dupré after Vazirabad's victory in the 2017 Dubai Gold Cup Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Comments from trainer Doug Watson after Second Summer's victory in the Godolphin Mile Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
In the final strides of the 1,600-meter test, Jorge Navarro's mood turned for the worse as grade 2 winner Second Summer surged through on the inside to win by a neck while Sharp Azteca faded to third.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Along with the Dubai World Cup (G1) card, the stateside stakes slate includes a pair of Triple Crown preps at Turfway Park and Sunland Park.
King and His Court and Bronson, two 3-year-old horses entered in the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25, have taken different paths to the Turfway Park race and are headed in different directions after the race.
Bertram Klein, who had much success as a breeder and owner along with his late wife, Elaine, and son, Richard, died March 24.
A strong runner-up finish in the Colts and Geldings Division of the OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Training Center in January gave George "Rusty" Arnold II confidence to enter Convict Pike in the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park March 25.
For some reason, or combination of reasons, I never seem to do much good on Dubai World Cup Day, so even though they're running nine stakes worth a total of $30 million in the desert Saturday, I am again finding it difficult to come up with a plan.
The 4-year-old son of Bernardini is scheduled to compete at Gulfstream March 25 in the $100,000 Skip Away (G3), seeking to recapture the form that had earned him the favorite's role in last year's Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.
Three stakes, including a pair of graded events, worth $425,000 will highlight the summer meeting at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Horses preparing for 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Decorated Knight (#11 Yellow), Trip to Paris (#8 Red), Sheikhzayedroad (#2 Red), and Jack Hobbs (#4 Green) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Mike Smith talks about Arrogate and the Dubai World Cup Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
For all the words Baffert has said to all those who inquire about what makes Juddmonte Farms' champion Arrogate the most fearsome horse in training, it is the trainer's presence in Dubai this week makes the most emphatic statement.
With an eye on returning to New York for the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack, M M G Stables' dual grade 3 winner El Areeb breezed March 23 at his Laurel Park base for trainer Cal Lynch.
For some time Ashleyluvssugar has been the top long-distance turf runner in Southern California, but in the San Luis Rey Stakes (G2T) March 25 he'll have to contend with the last horse who took him down in the division.
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Spirit of Valor (#15 Pink), Washington DC (IRE) (#4 Black), Keen Ice (#8 White) and Quest for More (IRE) (#4 Red). Courtesy of Dubai Racing Club
Richard Fahey talks about Ribchester (IRE), who runs in the March 25 Dubai Turf. Courtesy of ClubGodolphin.com
Jockey Florent Geroux talks about Gun Runner and the anticipated showdown with Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Mind Your Biscuits (#2 Gold), Gun Runner (#2 White), Qatar Man (IRE) (#10 Pink), Vettori Kin (BRZ) (#3 Pink), Hoppertunity (#5 White), and Neolithic (#12 White). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Trainer Bob Baffert talks about Arrogate and Hoppertunity, who run in the March 25 Dubai World Cup
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Awardee (#3 White), Lani (#14 White), Ribchester (IRE) (#1 Yellow), and Master Plan (#11 Pink). Courtesy of Dubai Racing Club
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park.
Horses preparing for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Day, including Arrogate (#1 White) and Apollo Kentucky (#4 White) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Chad Summers is hoping his first career win as a trainer comes against some of the world's best with $2 million in prize money on the line.
This week is a recap of the 1990 Jim Beam Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park won by Summer Squall. Following is a recap written by Deidre Biles with the headline "Storm Warning."
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