Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.
This week we take a closer look at Cupid, winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Reddam Racing's undefeated 2-year-old male champion Nyquist completed his cross-country trip late in the afternoon of March 29 and arrived at Gulfstream Park for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated filly Songbird continued to progress toward the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) the morning of March 29. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 with Mike Smith aboard.
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
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In keeping with tradition, California-based horses again populate the list of nominees for the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which this year will be run April 23.
Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announced the Claiming Crown will continue to be held at Gulfstream through 2018.
West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable, and Get Grounded Stable announced March 29 that multiple stakes winner Ground Transport has been retired from racing.
Larry and Cindy Jones' homebred colt Jensen isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of his broodmare sire, Hard Spun, in the April 2 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway.
Top turf sprinter Bobby's Kitten won his European debut easily March 28 when he posted an 8 1/2-length victory in the March 28 listed Cork Stakes at Cork Racecourse in Ireland.
New York-based trainer Rick Schosberg said he feels an obligation to the people and horses that made his success possible, so he invests time in racehorse aftercare via the New York THA's Take the Lead program.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots closed its 144th racing season March 27 with Florent Geroux, Mike Stidham, and Midwest Thoroughbreds taking the respective jockey, trainer, and owner titles.
Exaggerator is among the seven 3-year-olds listed as probable for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the Curlin colt can improve on his third-place finish last time out.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Southwest Region, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, who captured the grade II Risen Star Stakes in his last start, was a commanding winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 26.
With unbeaten rival Songbird far away on the West Coast, Reddam Racing's Land Over Sea nailed down her first stakes win in convincing style March 26 in the $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II).
Blocked or hampered between horses in the final three-sixteenths of the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Santa Anita Park, Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi persevered for her first graded win.
Earle Mack, Wachtel Stable, and Brous Stable's Take the Stand popped the gate from the rail post position and never looked back in a handy victory in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds.
Longshot S'maverlous proved up to the challenge of his first stakes try and registered a clear victory in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Southeast Region, Midwest Region, Triple Crown, Southwest Region
Pennsylvania-bred Tisdale, owned by Harlow Stables, won an entry-level allowance race March 26 at Oaklawn Park and could resurface in a stakes, perhaps the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
Danzing Candy, in the first timed workout since his breakout score in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), went five furlongs in :58 3/5 March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
A year later, a year better for California Chrome, who impressively won the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse a year after a second-place finish in the world's richest horse race.
Postposted scored a comfortable two-length triumph from hard-charging Duramente in the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan.
Real Steel made it two wins for Japan on the Dubai World Cup card March 26 when he ran down Very Special in the stretch and held off Euro Charline in the $6 million Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (UAE-I) at Meydan.
Kentucky-bred Lani is headed back to his roots while representing Japan after earning his way into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II) score.
Australian sprint star Buffering thundered to victory in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-I) Sponsored By Meydan Hotels & Hospitality March 26 at Meydan.
United States-based X Y Jet ran lights-out on the front-end but couldn't fend off Muarrab, who edged past near the wire to win the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse.
As California Chrome prepares for a shot at redemption in this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), interest in the horse as a stallion prospect continues to grow, much to the satisfaction of Taylor Made Farm.
American runners Frosted, Mshawish, Hoppertunity, and Keen Ice join California Chrome for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California announced the winners of its 2015 statistical awards for owners March 25.
Seemingly nothing went right for Jerry and Ann Moss' Ziconic in the second start of his career March 25 at Santa Anita Park.
In his final timed workout in preparation for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I), trainer Doug O'Neill kept the distance the same for Reddam Racing's undefeated Nyquist, but added some company to spice things up March 25.
According to a wagering expert, the industry's embrace of computer-robotic wagering through the high rebates required to sustain these players has resulted in a less attractive game for all other horseplayers.
Romping maiden winner, late Triple Crown nominee, could run April 16 in grade I.
Santa Anita Park will feature the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stakes, a top-level event with a $100,000 purse for Arabians, April 2.
Godolphin jockey William Buick is out to spoil California Chrome's chances in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) for a second consecutive year.
The New York State Gaming Commission has put together a proposed rule it hopes would add scrutiny to the practices of racetrack veterinarians.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will saddle Frosted in the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and has live shots with Marking, Confrontation, and Lady Shipman in undercard stakes on the Saturday program.
Polar River, who has yet to taste defeat in four career outings with a combined victory margin of 32 lengths, appears to be the standout runner in the March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II).
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder could make her first start of 2016 also her first start on turf, trainer Richard Mandella said March 24 at Santa Anita Park.
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit worked four furlongs March 24 in :47 4/5 at Santa Anita Park, and earned the "breezing" tag in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 9.
Morning training in Dubai, including Rich Tapestry, Dariyan, Vazirabad, Vadamos, Gailo Chop, Highland Reel. Plus footage from Breakfast with the Stars. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Los Alamitos Race Course intends on running the next edition of the Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) during its September meet, a track official said during a California Horse Racing Board meeting March 24.
Trainer Peter Moody, who said he will give up training and not appeal a six-month ban for a cobalt positive, went out a winner March 24 when the 6-year-old millionaire gelding Flamberge won the group I William Reid Stakes.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen on March 24 turned in his final work in preparation for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Golden Gate Fields announcer Michael Wrona has won the contest to take Trevor Denman's position as Santa Anita Park's permanent race caller.
Bloodstock South Africa's lucrative races will be followed by the Equus Awards and a national 2-year-old sale, whose graduates will be eligible for future 1 million rand races.
Using the recent accreditation of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance as an example, NTRA president Alex Waldrop said the industry can work with regulators to improve the sport.
The takeaway from a session on daily fantasy gaming at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March 23 in New Orleans? Racing regulators need to be prepared for a changing gaming landscape.
Ike and Dawn Thrash's grade I winner Her Emmynency drew the rail for the first time in her career and appears to be the class of a short field in the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
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