In preparation for their next start in the Wood Memorial (G2) April 8, Todd Pletcher trainees Battalion Runner and Bonus Points both worked April 2.
The top three finishers in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) exited in good order and connections said that all will be heading to Louisville to prepare for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Unbeaten McCraken soared through his final move in preparation for the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2), covering a half-mile in :49 2/5 at Keeneland.
Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred grade 2 winner Irish War Cry, back on familiar ground at the Fair Hill Training Center in Fair Hill, Md., continued preparations for his next start with a six-furlong breeze over the main track April 2.
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.
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.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Northeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
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.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Triple Crown, Kentucky, Southeast Region
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.
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.
Keeneland will continue its enhanced security measures for horses entered in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2).
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.
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.
Of the dozen horses entered in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25 on the Polytrack at Turfway Park, nine had never won a race on dirt.
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.
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.
Following a strong five-furlong work March 28 at Winding Oaks Farm near Ocala, Fla., the connections of Classic Empire set the Arksansas Derby (G1) as the next target for last year's champion juvenile male.
Does the new addition to Derby Dozen prove that Steve Haskin is always dreaming?
McCraken (17 first-place votes, 322 points) is sitting chilly in first place on the top-10 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll released today.
Skychai Racing purchased a minority interest from owner Dr. Kendall Hansen in grade 3 winner Fast and Accurate, who will be supplemented to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) for $200,000.
With trainer Ian Wilkes looking to put more of a bottom into undefeated 3-year-old McCraken, the Ghostzapper colt breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 at Keeneland the morning of March 27.
In a Triple Crown prep season that has been full of chaos, Brad Grady's Girvin will hope to supply a bit of stability April 1 in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Sumaya U.S. Stable's Ghalia remains undefeated in three starts after a late drive in the stretch resulted in a neck in front to win the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks March 26.
Coffee Pot Stables' homebred Farrell looks to score her fourth straight stakes win and keep her status atop the Road to the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard in the April 1 $400,000 TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).
Brad Grady's lightly raced Girvin headlines the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) set for April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, which drew their Louisiana Derby Day card March 25.
Kendall Hansen's longshot Fast and Accurate continued his improvement by leaps and bounds March 25 with a victory in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3).
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.
The Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) winner returned to the work tab March 25 after running seventh in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), putting in five furlongs in 1:01.10 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Comments from Trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Jockey Christophe Soumillon after Thunder Snow's victory in the UAE Derby. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Thunder Snow, only days after being made a late nominee to the U.S. Triple Crown series, justified the investment with a hard-fought victory March 25 in the UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Triple Crown, Kentucky, Southwest Region, West Region, Southeast Region
Along with the Dubai World Cup (G1) card, the stateside stakes slate includes a pair of Triple Crown preps at Turfway Park and Sunland Park.
King and His Court and Bronson, two 3-year-old horses entered in the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25, have taken different paths to the Turfway Park race and are headed in different directions after the race.
A strong runner-up finish in the Colts and Geldings Division of the OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Training Center in January gave George "Rusty" Arnold II confidence to enter Convict Pike in the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park March 25.
For some reason, or combination of reasons, I never seem to do much good on Dubai World Cup Day, so even though they're running nine stakes worth a total of $30 million in the desert Saturday, I am again finding it difficult to come up with a plan.
With an eye on returning to New York for the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack, M M G Stables' dual grade 3 winner El Areeb breezed March 23 at his Laurel Park base for trainer Cal Lynch.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park.
This week is a recap of the 1990 Jim Beam Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park won by Summer Squall. Following is a recap written by Deidre Biles with the headline "Storm Warning."
Conquest Mo Money, an Uncle Mo colt who was purchased for just $8,500, will look to become just the third locally trained horse to win the Sunland Derby (G3).
Kitten's Cat, a two-time stakes winner on turf, will try Polytrack in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25 at Turfway Park.
Classic Empire follows in a long line of misbehavers amongst talented Thoroughbreds
Juvenile champion Classic Empire worked five furlongs the morning of March 22 in 1:01 2/5, but it wasn't the time that was important in the colt's first official breeze at Ocala's Winding Oaks Farm.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, Kentucky, Triple Crown
Six horses have been added to the list of Triple Crown nominations following the final stage of late nominations that closed March 20.
Was Malagacy's Rebel performance enough to secure a place in the Derby Dozen?
The UAE Derby features a Japanese runner already qualified for a spot in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) in the form of Epicharis. Another, Adirato, could earn a spot with a victory March 25 at Meydan.
McCraken remains in first place in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top 3-Year-Old Poll released today.
John Oxley's reigning juvenile champion Classic Empire did not break off in a scheduled workout March 19 at Palm Meadows Training Center, according to trainer Mark Casse.
America's Best Racing (ABR) announced March 20 that its fourth annual Pre-Preakness Party will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore.
Janis Whitham's homebred son of Ghostzapper worked a seemingly effortless five furlongs in 1:00 at Keeneland March 20 in preparation for a Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) start.
Prominent agent Steve Young recalls purchasing Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Malagacy at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
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