Lord Nelson spoiled the 3-year-old coming-out party for Texas Red in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 1, edging the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner in a terrific finish.
Despite comments made by the owner of Take Charge Brandi after her win in the Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31, trainer D. Wayne Lukas says the champion filly will remain pointed toward the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Prohibitive favorite The Great War appears to have bigger battles ahead after winning for fun in his 3-year-old debut Jan. 31 in the $75,000 96ROCK Stakes under the lights at Turfway Park.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II). read blog
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight remained undefeated in two starts and aced both his 3-year-old and stakes debuts Jan. 31, taking the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.
Far Right will make his next start in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 16 at Oaklawn Park, Ron Moquett confirmed the morning of Jan. 31. Mike Smith will again have the mount aboard the Smarty Jones Stakes winner.
American Pharoah and Take Charge Brandi, last year's respective champion 2-year-old male and female, head the list of 429 Thoroughbreds made eligible to compete in the 2015 Triple Crown during the early nomination phase.
Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Leave the Light On, winner of last fall's Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, has been forced off the Kentucky Derby trail after suffering an ankle injury.
Jerome Stakes (gr. III) winner El Kabeir, likely favorite for the upcoming $250,000 Withers (gr. III), breezed five furlongs Jan. 30 over the training track at Belmont Park for trainer John Terranova.
It may be Super Bowl Sunday but the eyes of the racing world will be on Texas Red as the overwhelming Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner returns to Santa Anita Park in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
Despite the fact she has seven empty mares and has yet to decide which stallions to breed to this year, Joanne Nielsen has had an uplifting start to 2015. She is the breeder of Upstart, who won the Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 24.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs. Watch Video
The Jockey Club's 2014 Experimental Free Handicap features ties in both the male and female categories: Texas Red and champion American Pharoah top the male list and champion Take Charge Brandi and Lady Eli lead the females.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III). read blog
It has been 30 years since a blazingly fast 3-year-old named Spend a Buck changed the face of the Triple Crown. read blog
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight, winner of his only start in solid fashion, and record-setting Florida horse Catalina Red head a group of 12 entered for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Barbados, winner of the grade III Hutcheson Stakes and Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park, will undergo surgery next week to remove a small bone chip in his left knee, trainer Michael Tomlinson said Jan. 28.
The UAE Derby, which carries 170 Kentucky Derby points and a $2 million purse, drew only 10 nominations from United States-based trainers among 92 overall.
Steve Haskin presents his first official Kentucky Derby Dozen this week! See if any of your Kentucky Derby horses made the list. read blog
Going into the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, I thought favorite Upstart might need a race before delivering his best. read blog
The six broodmares, six racing prospects, four yearlings, one 2-year-old, and one stallion that were to be offered at the Barretts sale Jan. 26 represent the last vestiges of the holdings of the co-owners of Seattle Slew.
Not to be missed in all of the stakes races Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park was a dazzling debut win by Al Shaqab Racing's Khozan, a half brother to three-time Eclipse champion Royal Delta.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is likely to have three starts on the early Triple Crown trail, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux, beginning with the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 1.
Upstart, a prime contender on the Triple Crown trail, was contentedly grazing across from his stall at trainer Rick Violette Jr.'s barn at Palm Meadows a day after his impressive win in the Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II).
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II).
Suzanne Stables' Barbados became a graded stakes winner Jan. 24 with a hard fought victory over X Y Jet in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
After winning last year's Holy Bull (gr. II) with Cairo Prince, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin returns to the $400,000 race Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park with another strong contender in the highly regarded Frosted.
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Smarty Jones Stakes winner Far Right is expected to resume his Triple Crown preparations at Oaklawn Park, but the son of Notional may skip next month's Southwest Stakes (gr. III) in favor of the Rebel (gr. II) March 14.
Tim O'Donohue's Governmentshutdown and Hillwood Stable's Golden Years share highweight assignment Jan. 24 for the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes, while O'Donohue also has Lake Sebago in the $100,000 Marshua for fillies.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II). read blog
Barbados, Spectacular Bid Stakes three weeks earlier, heads the Jan. 24 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old son of Speightstown will break from post seven of eight going seven furlongs.
Ralph M. Evans' New York-bred Upstart is slated to embark on his much-anticipated 3-year-old campaign Jan. 24 in the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta's Far Right kept a straight path through the stretch, while favored Mr. Z didn't, and that made the difference in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 19.
Zayat Stables' five-time stakes-placed Mr. Z will bid to add an elusive stakes win to his record Jan. 19 in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park's first major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was triple-handed entering the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 17 at Golden Gate Fields and emerged with an eighth win in the race after Cross the Line surged clear in early stretch.
On a night when they could win multiple Eclipse Awards, Ken & Sarah Ramsey found their first potential contender for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with International Star in the Lecomte (gr. III).
The road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park will begin Jan. 19 with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, a one-mile test for 3-year-olds which drew a group of nine.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Jan. 16 that Mike Ziegler has been named to its new post of executive director of racing. Ziegler will assume his position Jan. 26 and will report directly to CDI president Bill Mudd.
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Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. Read Feature
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds. read blog
The deadline for owners and trainers of promising 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to make their horses eligible for the 2015 Triple Crown races is approaching quickly.
Calculator's win in the Jan. 10 Sham Stakes (gr. III) adds to the legacy of the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud. The Florida-bred son of In Summation races for longtime Ocala Stud client Richard Pell.
Savoy Stomp, an $875,000 purchase from the 2013 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale, could be the one to beat for Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable in a group of 11 entered for the Lecomte.
Will the California-based 3yos of 2015 dominate the Triple Crown? J. Keeler Johnson shares his thoughts. read blog
Multiple grade I-placed Upstart will look to take another step forward toward his sophomore debut with a workout at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 12.
Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable's well-bred Savoy Stomp will look for his first stakes win Jan. 17 in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.
Calculator entered the $100,750 Sham Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park still a maiden but left a stakes winner after posting a dominating 4 1/4-length victory over stablemate Rock Shandy.
Gulfstream Park announced a multi-year partnership in which Lambholm South will become title sponsor of the $400,000 Holy Bull (gr. II), to be run Saturday, Jan. 24.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) and Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III). read blog
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