M M G Stables' El Areeb toyed with nine rivals in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3), summarily dismissed them down the lane, and cleared his fourth straight victory under a hand ride from jockey Trevor McCarthy Feb. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Century Downs Racetrack and Casino announced Feb. 3 that it reached an agreement with the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta to run Thoroughbreds at the racetrack in the fall of 2017.
Battalion Runner won for the second consecutive time, capturing the featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 3. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the colt will start next in a stakes race on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail.
A second juvenile champion proved Pioneerof the Nile's depth as a sire.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue Saturday with the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G3), Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) and Kitten's Joy Stakes.
Classic Empire, winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), has been assigned the high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap for 2016.
When a filly costs $1.9 million as a yearling, expectations run high. Yet Rags to Riches soared beyond those initial hopes by vaulting out of a maiden victory straight into the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo quietly squashed a NYRA restructuring bill with a "pocket veto."
After three straight dominating wins, including an 11 1/4-length score in the Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 3-year-old El Areeb is back at Aqueduct for a crack at the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Feb. 4.
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire makes his anticipated seasonal bow in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) against eight rivals at Gulfstream Park.
Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2).
Some minor shuffling in the Derby Dozen, and plenty of new names amongst those Knocking On the Door.
Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit, and Mastery each recorded bullet works Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Bob Baffert.
Unbeaten standout in 2016, Classic Empire, ranked number one with 30 points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard takes the lead with (288 points and 28 first-place votes).
John Oxley's champion 2-year-old Classic Empire edged unbeaten rising stars Mastery and McCraken to be the favored individual contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Trainer Mark Casse declared 'all systems go' for Classic Empire to make his sophomore debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4 after working an easy five furlongs with grade 1 winning-stablemate Pretty City Dancer.
Because of a clerical error, Bourbon Lane Stable's Bourbon Empire was inadvertently omitted from the original list of 3-year-olds made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the 2017 Triple Crown.
Owner Kaleem Shah said Jan. 27 that Klimt, the winner of the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and Best Pal Stakes (G2) last year, will be given time off and won't be pointed to the first leg of the Triple Crown.
The first sophomore step for McCraken will come when he makes his seasonal bow in the 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 11, trainer Ian Wilkes said after the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.45 Jan. 25.
"All Others," is expected to continue its traditional role as the overall betting choice in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), which opens its three-day run Jan. 27.
John C. Oxley's Classic Empire, the newly-minted champion 2-year-old of 2016, heads a roster of 418 3-year-olds made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the classic races of the 2017 American Triple Crown.
The first Derby Dozen of 2017 is here! Find out who is number one, and who else made the list
Newly turned 3-year-olds Guest Suite and Farrell came out of the Lecomte Stakes (G3) and the Silverbulletday Stakes, respectively, in good order.
Classic Empire, a rangy, good-looking son of Pioneerof the Nile, came to hand under the tutelage of Mark and Norm Casse, and then left the rest of the juvenile division in arrears as he claimed the Eclipse Award for 2016’s top 2-year-old male.
Guest Suite trained perfectly up to the Jan. 21 Lecomte Stakes (G3), then won it.
Uncontested rebounded from a disappointing stakes debut in November with a powerhouse performance in the Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn Park, where he stamped himself a contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Keeneland announced Jan. 17 that Barbara Banke's Stonestreet has become the signature sponsor of the Spring Meet's Lexington Stakes (G3), to be held April 15.
Classic Empire, the heavy favorite to be named 2-year-old champion male, took another significant step Jan. 16 toward possibly launching his 3-year-old campaign in the Feb. 4 Holy Bull Stakes (G2).
Of the eight entered for the Smarty Jones, which offers 17 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings, Warrior's Club is the lone stakes winner.
M M G Stables' sophomore sensation El Areeb continues to train forwardly at his Laurel Park base after stamping himself a legitimate 3-year-old prospect with his 11 1/4-length romp in the Jerome (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Janice Whitham's homebred grade 2 winner McCraken, undefeated in three career starts, continues to train forwardly at Palm Meadows Training Center for his 3-year-old debut, trainer Ian Wilkes said.
Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.
What better way to bring color to winter than to envision roses in bloom on the first Saturday in May, scented green leaves adorning glasses of mint juleps, and the famed Twin Spires piercing a bright cerulean sky.
The New York Racing Association has announced a $1 million bonus to any Japan-based Thoroughbred who competes in and wins the 149th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Stretching out to two turns proved to be no problem for El Areeb Jan. 2 in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack; in fact it proved very much to the Exchange Rate colt's liking.
Multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera and Florida Sire Stakes victor Three Rules spent the final morning of their freshman seasons working Dec. 31 in Florida for scheduled 3-year-old debuts at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4.
A host of capital improvements will continue to take place at New York Racing Association (NYRA) tracks in 2017, building on the work done in the past year.
Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Shareholder Value impressed many with a swift acceleration Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, beating winners in a first-level 2-year-old allowance going a mile and 70 yards.
To celebrate the arrival of another year and another Kentucky Derby season, let's take a look at J. Keeler Johnson's Kentucky Derby Top 10 list for 2017.
Thoroughbred racing fans again have an opportunity to have their voices heard at the Eclipse Awards by voting for the 2016 NTRA Moment of the Year.
Tickets for the 2017 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com.
A pair of 2-year-olds who already have open stakes victories over the Remington Park surface in U S Officer and Cool Arrow will face one another there Sunday, Dec. 11 in the $300,000 Springboard Mile Stakes.
The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.
In his first stakes try, Mo Town soared past favored Takaful in the stretch and was not seriously threatened late to post a clear victory in the $300,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Mont Saint Legame tracked the pace in the Nov. 26 Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse, went by outside the leader in mid-straight, and claimed a 1 1/4-length victory, becoming the leading Japanese contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
While the ever-popular "all others" is the morning-line favorite for the first of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools, Classic Empire is the favorite among individual choices in the wager that opens its four-day run Thanksgiving Day.
Offspring sired by Tapit, North America's clear-cut leading stallion with 2016 earnings of more than $18.25 million, are 10-1 odds on the morning line for the second annual Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager.
Peter Brant continued his return to Thoroughbred breeding and racing in a big way Nov. 18, with his White Birch Farm going to €1.6 million (US$1,700,639) to purchase Beauty Parlour at the Goffs November breeding stock sale.
Churchill Downs announced Nov. 17 it will increase walk-up general admission and advanced purchase pricing for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
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