After just missing by a head his first graded stakes attempt last time out, Sadler's Joy had another close call April 1 at Gulfstream Park in the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (G2T), but this time he finished on top.
Always Dreaming took a massive jump up in class and continued his winning ways April 1 with a five-lengths victory in the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner up in the 2016 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), will miss the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and be sidelined the next few months after emerging from an April 1 workout with an injury.
Girvin booked his trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) with a 1 1/4-length victory over Patch in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Coffee Pot Stable's homebred Farrell, by Malibu Moon, drew clear in the lane of the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) to win by 31/4 lengths.
Maxis Stable's Enterprising once again found himself in the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots winner's circle with a determined win April 1 in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2T).
Juddmonte Farms' world champion Arrogate returned to his Santa Anita Park base the afternoon of April 1 looking amazingly fresh, considering he'd just come out of quarantine following a roughly 20,000 mile round-trip trek to Dubai.
From maiden winner to Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) prospect, the talented bay picked up her first graded stakes score in her stakes debut, and earned 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. That's where Casse confirmed she's headed next.
DARRS Inc's Honorable Duty recorded his third consecutive stakes win in as many starts since being gelded last year, running down Breaking Lucky by a neck to capture the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots April 1.
Moyglare Stud Farm's Celestine, the heavy 3-10 favorite, easily took the Honey Fox Stakes (G2T). The grade 1-winning daughter of Scat Daddy earned her first graded stakes win in last year's Honey Fox.
With top-level wins April 1 at Royal Randwick, R & C Legh Racing and GPI Racing's 6-year-old gelding Chautauqua (AUS) and Godolphin's It's Somewhat earned automatic berths into the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) and the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T).
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan earned his 3,000th victory April 1, when he guided Allied Racing Stable's Brad Cox-trained Inveniam Viam to a 3 1/4-length victory in the day's first race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
All Included and Summersault scored their first graded wins April 1 on the Gulfstream Park turf in the Appleton Stakes and the Orchid Stakes (both G3T), respectively.
Sol Kumin, who has campaigned Breeders' Cup winners Lady Eli and Wavell Avenue as well as Preakness Stakes (G1) victor Exaggerator, has purchased an interest in stakes winner Whitmore.
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This week we have cards loaded with stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and Gulfstream Park, Dortmund's return to dirt, and more.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has proven three times in the past decade that he can ship in and win the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) and this year he brings an intriguing duo of lightly raced, recent graduates for powerful owners.
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On Feb. 28, 2014, breeders Pam and Jim Robinson sprung into action to save the life of Unbridled Rage when the 19-year-old broodmare began to hemorrhage while delivering a healthy, leggy colt.
Delta Prince will be tested for class against Our Way and All Included in a grassy mile in the Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trying to follow in the footsteps of his half sister Royal Delta.
William Schettine's Isabelle showed she could handle stakes competition with two wins in her last three starts. She now will see if that success translates to a higher level, when she faces a field of five others in the Top Flight Invitational (G3).
In just two short years in New York, 33-year-old Kendrick Carmouche has emerged as one of NYRA's most consistent and well-rounded riders.
In an instant following the San Felipe Stakes (G2), Iliad went from a fringe Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) contender in the shadow of Mastery to the likely favorite in the April 8 Santa Anita Derby (G1).
The high energy level Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Tapwrit has flaunted in recent weeks was on display March 31, when he tuned up for the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) with a half-mile move at Palm Beach Downs.
The Southern routes to Louisville come to a climax April Fools' Day, when Gulfstream Park and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots each highlight their final stakes-studded April 1 programs with preps to Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby.
With a relatively short turf prep race under his belt, Michael House's Big John B will attempt to repeat his 2016 victory in the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (G3) April 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Keeneland will continue its enhanced security measures for horses entered in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2).
Two automatic entries in the Breeders' Cup World Championships will be on the line April 1 at Royal Randwick in Sydney through the Breeders' Cup Challenge series.
U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican and chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus, introduced three bills March 30 that would make simple tax code reforms designed to encourage greater investment and participation in the horse industry.
With undefeated Mastery sidelined after an injury following the San Felipe Stakes (G2), Bob Baffert will go to his bench in quest of victory in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 8.
A number of top products of Florida's breeding industry will be on display for the 14th renewal of the Florida Cup April 2 at Tampa Bay Downs, an afternoon that will feature six $100,000 stakes restricted to Florida-breds.
Under the guidance of its new director of track maintenance, Dennis Moore, Del Mar has started a process to modify its main track to replicate the banking and grading of its sister track to the north, Santa Anita Park.
Multiple graded stakes winner Olorda will look to call upon her back class against a compact field of four rivals in the $200,000 Orchid Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park April 1.
Gun Runner lost the battle to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup (G1), but connections of the son of Candy Ride are already planning for at least one rematch in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
M M G Stables' Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful El Areeb will miss his scheduled start in the Wood Memorial (G2) as well as the Derby because of a bone chip in his right front knee, trainer Cal Lynch said March 30.
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The sale of Suffolk Downs to a major Boston real estate development company was green-lighted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at a public hearing March 30, but the deal will not adversely affect the six-day live meet planned for this summer.
In an interview with CNN Sport March 25 at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum stated his intention to raise the purse of the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1).
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Taghleeb, Sadler's Joy, Reporting Star, and Patterson Cross will continue tangling with one another in long-distance events on the turf when they hook up in the Pan American at Gulfstream Park going 12 furlongs.
Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs last summer made one of the most fortunate purchases of recent years when she bought from Ogden Phipps a 3-year-old War Admiral filly named Searching.
After dispatching fellow grade 1 winner Catch a Glimpse in her 2017 debut, Moyglare Stud Farm's Celestine will look to continue her roll by defending her title in the $300,000 Honey Fox Stakes (G2T) at Gulfstream Park April 1.
The Al Quoz Sprint (G1) may not be the last time the son of 2004 Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Value Plus meets the world's top turf sprinters on a straight course. His big performance now opens the door to even more prestigious events.
Dortmund looked uncomfortable on the turf in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1T) and never seriously threatened, so he'll go back to the surface where he's won eight races in the $75,000 Santana Mile April 1 at Santa Anita.
Overlooked prior to her 14-1 upset of the Forward Gal Stakes (G2) six weeks ago, Dorothy Alexander Matz's homebred Tequilita figures to be one of the horses to beat when she returns to Gulfstream Park April 1.
In 2017 New York-breds by New York stallions will gain $7,000 for MSW wins.
Even as Sano considers the colt's greatest challenge yet—a run in the April 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) from a challenging outside post at Gulfstream Park—his confidence is unwavering.
The Downs at Albuquerque has released its track-record 20-race, $2.5-million stakes schedule for its 2017 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, which opens June 24.
Two veterans of this year's Road to the Kentucky Derby, Whitham Thoroughbreds' unbeaten McCraken and Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera, are the morning line co-favorites at 6-1 for the fourth and final pool of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
George Rowand, a man who embraced—and for a moment, lived—the Thoroughbred dream as completely as almost anyone, passed away last week.
Arrogate is as great as each individual perceives him, and it has nothing to do with competition or longevity. Years from now, Arrogate's Hall of Fame plaque will be there among the others, and nowhere will it mention the quality of his competition.
Unique Bella, considered a leading contender for this year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), has been sidelined with a shin issue.
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