Fox Hill Farms' Songbird grabbed the early lead and easily captured her seventh win in seven starts to take the grade I Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park April 9 and remain the dominant favorite for the Kentucky Oaks.
Rallying from last of eight in the slop, Salutos Amigos grabbed his first career grade I win April 9 in the $400,000 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Brody's Cause found himself back at home at Keeneland April 9, and the son of Giant's Causeway proved his affinity for the Lexington oval with a strong score in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Repole Stable's Outwork needed every ounce of energy he had left April 9 to win the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack over longshot Trojan Nation.
Centennial Farms' Unified went from debut winner to grade III winner in the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes for 3-year-olds April 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Already a two-time grade I winner in route races, Sheer Drama opened her 6-year-old season with a top-level win sprinting in the Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 9 at Keeneland.
Voss and Big Chief Racing's Decked Out did well stretching out to 1 1/8 miles on the turf when she rallied from well off the pace to win the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 9 at Santa Anita Park.
Alpha Delta Stables' homebred Lewis Bay splashed home to her second grade II score April 9 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Undrafted caught a sizzling pace to close into and rallied for the win April 9, taking the $200,000 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland for owners Wes Welker and Sol Kumin.
Returned to his favorite distance, Ami's Flatter registered a clear victory in the $250,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) April 9 at Keeneland to secure the first graded stakes of his career.
Ashbrook Farm's 30-1 longshot Weep No More spoiled the party April 9 in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
After a lengthy inquiry, Colts Neck Stables' Awesome Speed was elevated to first place in the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes April 9 at Laurel Park to earn an automatic berth into the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Coolmore Legacy winner Azkadellia earns berth in BC Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Subtle Indian is 5-for-6 in his Oaklawn career, and counts the 2015 Gazebo Stakes and Hot Springs March 5 in his last start among his victories for trainer Robertino Diodoro.
Favored at odds of 3-2 in a five-horse field, the 5-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid wore down 9-5 second choice Madefromlucky to take the 1 1/4-mile test in 2:04.52.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner Catch a Glimpse was honored as Canada's Horse of the Year for 2015 and her trainer Mark Casse was named outstanding trainer a ninth time.
Nyquist, the undefeated champion who is favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged twice around the main track at Keenelanmd Racecourse the morning of April 9.
Trainer Tim McCanna picked up the 2,000th victory of his career April 8 at Golden Gate Fields, when Whiskey Prince captured the third race.
On a raiding trip from Canada for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, Ontario-bred Shakhimat galloped to his first graded score in the $100,000 Transylvania (gr. IIIT) April 8 on Keeneland's spring meet opening day.
Keith L. Stucki, trainer of Racing Hall of Fame member Ancient Title, one of the greatest California-breds of all-time, died at his home in Bradbury, Calif. April 5 at the age of 96.
The Clark Handicap (gr. I) winner will contest the April 16 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) before returning to New York, where he was recently named New York-bred Horse of the Year. He breezed five furlongs April 7.
Not surprisingly, trainer Wesley Ward began the Keeneland spring meet April 8 with a 2-year-old winner. But this one is a filly he bred.
Catch a Glimpse worked a half-mile in :49 2/5 while Curalina went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5, both prepping for upcoming stakes at the meet. Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) contender Heart to Heart was also on the tab.
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Robert Naify, who with his wife, Jan Van de Bos Naify, races in the name of Ran Jan Racing, died April 7 at his home in San Francisco. He was 94.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ontario, near Toronto, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.
Keeneland will begin its spring meet with a bump in overnight purses, but track officials hope it's the start of steady growth made possible by revenue from Lexington's historical race wagering facility.
Earle I. Mack is a Thoroughbred owner/breeder who was Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps' boyhood friend. He chose the donation to the Foundation as a contribution to an organization that advocates for horse health and racing safety.
A week after Mohaymen finished fourth in his final Kentucky Derby prep, Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable will have another potential star 3-year-old race when Shagaf tries the Wood Memorial April 9.
State provides some money to offset insurance cost for owners and trainers, but horsemen say the measure is only a stop-gap.
Contingent upon test results showing he no longer has an elevated white blood cell count, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist is scheduled to make his first appearance at Keeneland Saturday.
In addition, it will also air the Equine Forum, its weekly talk show, on Saturday and provide live coverage of the Commonwealth, Shakertown, and Madison from Keeneland in its three-hour broadcast.
Haras Phillipson's homebred Generosidade will look to earn her second straight marathon victory on the Santa Anita Park turf April 10 in the $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT).
The supporters, known as War Emblem's "inner circle," gathered from across the country to meet the Derby and Preakness winner at a private reception.
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Smoove It will try for a second straight stakes victory sprinting down the hill at Santa Anita Park when the 5-year-old Square Eddie mare faces other fillies and mares in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes April 10.
Her first effort this year was a winning one, making her appear to be the one to beat. Her five rivals mostly have also had winning form at Woodbine in stakes events but she is the most accomplished of the field.
In a field of accomplished turf runners, the talented Takeover Target could be the one to watch when he starts from the outside in the $100,000 Danger's Hour Stakes Sunday, April 10 on the Aqueduct Racetrack grass.
Phipps Stable homebred Carrumba will try to nail down her first stakes win April 10 in the rescheduled $200,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Kid Cruz will look to add more black type to his resume when he faces four competitors in the $200,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) April 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
With a hefty purse and 170 Kentucky Derby Leaderboard points on the line, the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 9 drew a lineup of youngsters whose connections hope a stop at Keeneland paves the way to Churchill.
Ogden Mills Phipps, known to all in the racing industry as Dinny, passed away April 6 in Florida after a long illness.
An April 7 town hall meeting organized by the Association of Racing Commissioners International revealed consensus on the need for a central governing structure for horse racing, but little agreement on how to achieve it.
Although a forecast calling for rain may affect the field, it can be argued that one of the deepest fields on a loaded stakes schedule April 9 is the $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Bill Kaplan, one of South Florida's most successful trainers over the past 30 years and conditioner of 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance, will retire from training after this weekend.
Centennial Farms' Unified is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the April 9 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) off one start. The son of Candy Ride broke his maiden Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park.
Seven of the nine 3-year-old fillies entered in the Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita met last month in the China Doll Stakes, with Mirage prevailing by a neck over Lady Valeur, but the Providencia adds another furlong.
NBCSN will present an April 9 telecast of the key classic preps with coverage of the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) from Aqueduct, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) from Keeneland, and the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Three strong days of selling at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale concluded April 7 with a son of Redoute's Choice out of South African champion National Colour selling for Aus$1.75 million (about US$1,323,300).
TwinSpires and the Paulick Report have teamed up to auction a pair of tickets to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to benefit the Retired Racehorse Project.
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