Danzig grandson Headturner proved himself the best 3-year-old stayer in the country April 15 with a decisive win in the Australian Derby (Aust-I).
Irish-bred Stratham's mild upset in Santa Anita's La Puente Stakes on Saturday contributed to the track's first three-day carryover in more than two years. A total of $1,126,445 is carrying into the pool for Easter Sunday's 1:30 p.m. program.
Canada's reigning champion sprinter Judiths Wild Rush won Woodbine's first stakes event of the year, Saturday's $125,000 Jacques Cartier Stakes for older sprinters.
Courtlandt Farm's Sweet Talker, under Ramon Dominguez, separated herself from the pack around the far turn and drew away to a 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday's closing day feature at Laurel Park, the $60,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf.
The 15-week Laurel Park winter meeting ended Sunday with Rosie Napravnik, Scott Lake and Robert Cole winning individual titles. The 72-day stand began at Laurel Park on Jan. 1.
Australian hurdler Karasi became the second runner to win back-to-back runnings of the world's richest steeplechase event when he captured the $1.4 million Nakayama Grand Jump (JPN-I) Saturday in Japan.
The turn-back in distance to seven furlongs did the trick for the slumping Sun King, who charged from seventh in the stretch to win Keeneland's $443,200 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) going away Saturday.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux guided favored Miraculous Miss to a well-timed victory over Regal Engagement in the $150,000 Comely (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on Aqueduct's main track Saturday.
When Der Ali won Saturday's first race at Santa Anita, his $2 show payoff of $139.20 shattered a record that had stood for 68 years.
Claiborne Farm's favored Wend made her return to her hometown track a successful one, making it look easy as she handled a solid field in the $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares on a dusty Keeneland turf course Saturday.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's 3-year-old filly Kamarinskaya broke her maiden in the Dimitrova One Thousand Guineas Trial (Ire-III) at Leopardstown Saturday to become part of Ballydoyle's Classic mix this season.
Riding only his fourth mount in the United States, 21-year-old jockey Filiberto Camacho scored his first American victory in Gulfstream Park's eighth race Thursday aboard G.J. Stable's The Truth Detector.
Seeking her first graded stakes victory, Cambiocorsa will attempt to stretch her unbeaten streak over the Santa Anita hillside turf course to seven in Easter Sunday's $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) for older fillies and mares.
The 2006 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) will go down as one of the strangest races of the year when the 40-1 shot Miss Norman, who was leading the field and seemingly in control twice bolted toward the outside rail, allowing Ready to Please to take the victory Friday at Oaklawn Park.
Artie Schiller put away Gulch Approval, but then Miesque's Approval came flying wide to nose out last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Friday in Keeneland's $250,000 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT).
Tampa shippers Atticus Kristy and Around the Cape ran one-two in the $115,000 Shakertown (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf Friday.
The Louisville Thoroughbred Club invites all Kentucky Derby (gr. I) fans to gather at the Kentucky Derby Museum April 28 to raise a glass with three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Gary Stevens and several of the Thoroughbred industry's top racing analysts as they toast America's greatest race and dice out the odds and chances of all the 132nd Derby contenders.
Grade III turf winner G P Fleet, who earned most of his $564,918 after being claimed for $80,000 in his fourth career start, was injured in an April 13 allowance race at Keeneland and has been retired.
A deep field of 12 older sprinters heads to the gate for Saturday's $400,000, seven-furlong Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Claiborne Farm's Wend, owner of a five-race winning streak on the East Coast last year, returns to her Lexington home as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) on the Keeneland turf.
Fred Carrillo and Dan Cassella's California-bred invader Bordonaro, the 2-5 favorite trained by Bill Spawr and ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, won the $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) by 1 1/4 lengths over Friendly Island Thursday at Oaklawn Park.
Joseph Allen's Teammate returns to New York from a solid Florida campaign this winter as the likely favorite in the $150,000 Comely (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies going one mile at Aqueduct Saturday.
With the Keeneland main track favoring speed, Cornelio Velasquez guided Diplomat Lady to a front-running 2 1/4-length victory Thursday in the $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II).
Two-time steeplechase champion McDynamo and multiple grade I winner Sur La Tete are among 11 Thoroughbreds nominated the 2 1/2 mile $150,000 Royal Chase (NSA-I) at Keeneland April 21.
Kid Grindstone used a big finish to surprise the even-money favorite Arch Hall in deep stretch, winning the $100,000 Fifth Season (gr. III) for older horses at odds of 9-1 in his graded stakes debut Wednesday at Oaklawn Park.
Stonecrest Farm's 7-year-old Perfect Drift will make his season debut in a 1 1/8-mile allowance race over the turf Thursday at Keeneland.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's 10th spring Thoroughbred season launches its 66-date run on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. when 11 older Texas-breds travel one mile in the traditional first race of the meeting, the $50,000 Premiere Stakes.
With the big names headed to Keeneland for the Royal Chase later this month, second-level stakes horses tangle in the $75,000 Georgia Cup Hurdle (NSA-II) at the Atlanta Steeplechase at Kingston, Ga. Saturday. The 2-mile open stakes draws a good group that includes Mixed Up, Mauritania, and Niello.
Soaring Free, a three-time Canadian champion, made his 2004 and 2005 debuts in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland and won both times. He figures to do the same thing this Friday against 11 rivals.
Dubai Escapade kept her streak going with an easy victory Wednesday in the Vinery Madison (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Artie Schiller, just edged in the voting for last year's champion turf male, heads a small but select field in the Maker's Mark Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland Friday.
Diplomat Lady heads a field of 10 3-year-old fillies set to go postward in Thursday's $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Bending Springs, fourth in last year's Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, returns to the Lexington oval for Wednesday's Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. II)
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Adieu is out of consideration for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 5 at Churchill Downs and will instead point toward the La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) undercard the following day.
Ron Peltz's Equirace.com is offering shares in its Triple Crown hopeful, With a City. With a City, who is scheduled to run in Saturday's Arkansas Derby (gr.II), was the upset winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park March 25.
Beacon Shine, a 3-year-old son of Montbrook owned by Kinsman Stable, died April 8 after a bout of colic. The colt, trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, was based at Churchill Downs and was entered to run in last Sunday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland.
Trainer Patrick Biancone said Wild Fit is out of consideration for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 5 at Churchill Downs due to a lung infection.
An interesting group of eight 3-year-old fillies was entered Monday for Friday's Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Miss Finland, the 50th winner of the Golden Slipper (Aust-I), is a legacy of an arrangement between Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara and the late Sheikh Maktoum.
Amerman Racing's Balance remained the favorite as the final Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool of 2006 closed on Sunday in spite of her upset loss a day earlier to Bushfire in the Ashland Stakes (gr I) at Keeneland.
One day after riding Brother Derek to a front-running victory in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Alex Solis brought another 3-year-old, Arson Squad, from far off the pace to run down odds-on choice Da Stoops in Sunday's $91,180 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita.
Dapple Stable's Capeside Lady, the 7-10 favorite under Stewart Elliott, overtook the pacesetting Injustice leaving the quarter-pole and drew off to a decisive 3 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Bayakoa at Oaklawn Park.
Darley Stable's Dubai Escapade tops a field of 11 starters for Wednesday's $200,000 Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. II) for older fillies and mares going seven furlongs at Keeneland.
Likely, ridden by young jockey sensation Julien Leparoux, made the jump from debut maiden winner to stakes victor with a nine-length dismantling of the field in Sunday's $107,800 Lafayette for 3-year-olds at Keeneland.
Jockey Robert Dean Williams won his 4,000th race Friday when he drove Sweet Evil Hariet to victory in the ninth race at Fonner Park in Nebraska.
Fort Prado lived up to his 4-5 favoritism in Saturday night's $193,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston Race Park by winning his third consecutive stakes and second graded stakes of the year for owners Patricia, Ryan, and David Block.
Rafael Bejarano missed Keeneland's card to ride nine mounts in Southern California Saturday, including Triple Crown candidate Point Determined in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). The trip proved worthwhile when six of Bejarano's horses – four in succession – brought him to the winner's circle.
Fusao Sekiguchi's 3-year-old Mr. Sekiguchi, purchased for $8 million at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, slipped through along the rail and went on to capture his first victory by three-quarters of a length as the 9-10 favorite in a field of seven maidens at Santa Anita Saturday.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano's biggest problem in winning the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf Saturday was trying to keep the Japanese-bred Silent Name patient as they waited for room on the far turn.
On the day of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), the 2005 winner of that race, Buzzards Bay, continued his comeback story with a romping 6 1/2-length win in the $500,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday before 29,841 in Hot Springs, Ark.
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