Moonshine Mullin, headed at the top of the stretch, responded to the challenge to spurt clear late and register a 10-1 upset in the $552,500 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 14 at Churchill Downs.
Champion Will Take Charge fizzled May 2 in the $342,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, as former claimer Moonshine Mullin took a rail-skimming trip to victory.
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The first half of Book Four of the Keeneland September yearling sale sees fillies fill the top three price slots.
Albertus Maximus, winner of the 2009 Donn Handicap (gr. I) and the previous year's TVG Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, has been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2012 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington.
Passed in mid-stretch, pacesetter Moonshine Mullin fought back along the rail for jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson to capture the $155,685 Victoria Park Stakes by a nose over Alpha Bettor in a big upset at Woodbine June 12.
Albertus Maximus wore down a stubborn Finallymadeit in the final stages to win the $489,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) in the 5-year-old's first start for Shadwell Stable and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Albertus Maximus powered past longshots Two Step Salsa and My Pal Charlie inside the final furlong to win the $1-million TVG Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile by 1 1/4 lengths over the late-closing Rebellion.
Grade I winner Nobiz Like Shobiz will begin his stallion career in 2009 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Albert the Great, sire of grade I winner Nobiz Like Shobiz, will stand at Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.
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By Ray Paulick - Nobiz Like Shobiz and Tiago have a license to make beautiful music together on the first Saturday in May.
Before the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I), Barclay Tagg worried that the lack of pace in the six-horse field would prevent Nobiz Like Shobiz from sitting behind horses. It turned out exactly that way, yet Nobiz overcame a paceless race and more to win the 83rd Wood by half a length and place himself among the favorites for next month's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Elizabeth J. Valando's homebred Nobiz Like Shobiz, highly regarded among this year's Triple Crown hopefuls, got his campaign off to a strong start with a smart win as the odds-on choice in Saturday's $150,000 Holy Bull (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Gulstream Park.
Elizabeth J. Valando's homebred Nobiz Like Shobiz burst away from the field approaching the eighth pole and cruised to victory in the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct Saturday.
The Barclay Tagg-trained Nobiz Like Shobiz is readying for his close up in the Oct. 14 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The one-mile race will mark the son of Albert the Great's debut in stakes company.
Trainer John Kimmel scored the 1,000th victory of his career on Friday afternoon at Belmont Park when he saddled Premium Tap to a win in the third race, the $65,000-added Albert the Great.
Albert the Great, a grade I winner who earned $3 million in his racing career, was represented by his first winner when his daughter Alberta Whiz won July 28 at Del Mar.
Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm announced the arrival of Albert the Great's first foal, a bay colt out of Bessiepunkindo (by Lion d'Or).
Having won the 1996 Preakness with Louis Quatorze, trainer Nick Zito is looking for another big payday with a daughter of the renowned horse. Aly Quatorze, who won twice at Gulfstream this winter, will take on favored Chamrousse in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) on Friday.
Betty and Robert G. Irvin's two-time stakes winner Jeweled Pirate has been retired from racing and will be bred this season to Three Chimneys Farm stallion Albert the Great.
Albert the Great, who ran a strong third in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is scheduled to arrive Nov. 1 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Lexington, where he will enter stud for $10,000 live foal
A number of bullet workouts from Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships contenders highlighted Belmont Park's busy work tab Monday morning.
Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great, prepping for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezed four furlongs over the main track in :50 1/5 at Belmont today. Afterwards, trainer Nick Zito was happy with the work. " It's been a long year," the New York-based conditioner said. "I don't have to do a lot with him. I'm going easy on him for this race. He doesn't need much."
Albert the Great, a grade I winner of over $2.5 million, will make his final start in the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), then retire to stud at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. Owner Tracy Farmer will retain 100% interest in the 4-year-old Go For Gin colt. No stud fee was announced.
For the past several months, an insatiable monster has been running amok, devouring stakes and causing mayhem across the land. Finally, horsemen could take no more, and their cry resounded throughout the racing world: Frankelstein must be destroyed.
Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, as expected, shapes up as a head-to-head showdown between Bobby Frankel and Nick Zito. Frankel and Zito train four of the seven starters entered for the 1 1/4-mile Gold Cup, including the three standouts – Albert the Great and A P Valentine, from Zito's barn, and Aptitude, from Frankel's barn. Frankel's other starter, Sumitas, was scratched from last week's Meadowlands Cup to make sure Albert the Great does not have an easy time on the lead.
Both of trainer Nick Zito¹s starters for Saturday¹s grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup worked five-eighths in :59, breezing, over the good track this morning. A P Valentine went out about 20 minutes after Albert the Great.
Defending Horse of the Year Tiznow turned in a sharp five furlong work in :59 2/5 at Santa Anita Monday morning, and will run in Sunday's Goodwood Handicap, trainer Jay Robbins said following the work. Robbins said he was very happy with the work and the way the son of Cee's Tizzy galloped out afterward, but wishes the colt would get his act together around the pony.
The results of this past weekend only further confused the Classic picture. Guided Tour showed a new dimension in the Kentucky Cup Classic, stalking the front-running Balto Star the entire way before wearing him down. But trainer Niall O'Callaghan doesn't seem too excited about throwing him in with tougher company at Belmont Park. O'Callaghan will discuss the options with the gelding's group of owners before committing one way or the other.
Coolmore principal John Magnier and fellow Thoroughbred owner Michael Tabor are following the lead of fellow owner Tracy Farmer with a pledge to contribute a percentage of any of their horses' winnings from the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at New York's Belmont Park to the NTRA Charities -- New York Heroes Fund. The fund will assist the spouses and children of the New York City firefighters, police, emergency service personnel, and other victims of the World Trade Center disaster on Sept. 11.
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Five runners will take the post in Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. The field might seem small, but the qualifications the five runners bring into the 1 1/8 mile event have championship status written all over them.
A lot will be on the line when Belmont Park opens its fall season this weekend. The meet offically opens Friday, but things get rolling Saturday when three grade I events will be contested, and all figure to have implications on Belmont's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27.
It's that time of the year when trainer Bobby Frankel takes over, as his Lido Palace upsets Albert the Great in the Whitney.
Jerome and John W. Amerman's Lido Palace reeled in Albert the Great in the stretch to win Saturday's $1,008,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Racing under nine less pounds than the 4-5 favorite, Lido Palace completed the 1 1/8 miles run on a fast track in 1:47.94 in defeating Albert the Great by two lengths.
Multiple graded stakes winner Albert the Great is out to prove his greatness when he takes on seven rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. The Nick Zito-trained Albert the Great will carry 124 pounds under jockey Jorge Chavez in the 1 1/8-mile event.
Suburban winner Albert the Great loves Belmont Park, boasting six wins in seven starts at the New York track
Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great won the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) in wire-to-wire style on Sunday at Belmont Park, defeating Lido Palace by 2 1/4 lengths in the 1 1/4-mile race.
Include and Albert the Great got well acquainted in the May 12 Pimlico Special (gr. I), when Include held on to a neck victory. They renew their rivalry Sunday at Belmont Park in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at 10 furlongs.
Under highweight of 122 pounds, Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great broke well and continued on to win Sunday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) by 3 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park.
Robert Meyerhoff's 4-year-old homebred Include rallied from fifth place to upset 3-5 favorite Albert the Great in the final strides of the $750,000 Pimlico Special Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Pimlico. Under Jerry Bailey, the 2.5-1 second choice earned the hard fought neck-length victory by completing the 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.61 on fast track while drifting out in the stretch.
Tracy Farmer's 4-year-old Albert the Great is the favorite for Saturday's $750,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course. Jockey Jorge Chavez, who won last Saturday's Kentucky Derby aboard Monarchos, will be aboard for the 36th running of the1 3/16 miles event.
Top older horses will be in the spotlight the weekend between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in the grade I Pimlico Special, which has lured 13 nominess. The 1 3/16-mile event will held at Pimlico Race Course May 12.
Sent off at odds of 1-20, Nick Zito trainee Albert the Great drew off in the final furlong to win Saturday's $200,000 Widener Handicap (gr. III) by 5 3/4 lengths at Hialeah Park, breaking the track record for 1 1/8 miles in the process. Albert the Great took over on the second turn and kicked clear in the stretch, running the final furlong in a quick :11.51. He completed the distance in 1:45.52 on a fast track. Earlier on the card, Zito-trained A P Valentine set a course record for 1 1/16 miles.
Tracy Farmer's Albert The Great will be an odds-on favorite against six rivals in Saturday's Widener Handicap (gr. III) at Hialeah Park. Eclipse champion Jorge Chavez will be aboard Albert the Great, with the 4-year-old son of Go For Gin shouldering top weight of 120 pounds in the 1 1/8-mile event.
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Eight of the best handicap horses in training, including grade 1 winners Captain Steve, Albert the Great and Sir Bear, clash Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the first major event of the year for older runners, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at a mile and an eighth. The Donn will be televised on ESPN2 as part of a broadcast that includes the Strub Stakes and San Vicente Stakes from 6:30-7:00 p.m. (ET).
Gander had such an impressive workout here on Saturday that trainer John Terranova II and owners Mike and Ted Gatsas have decided to run him in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap to be run over 1 1/8 miles. Gander earned the bullet work when he went six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 handily. According to Gulfstream Park, possible Donn starters, with weights and jockeys, are: Captain Steve, 120, Jerry Bailey; Albert the Great, 119, Jorge Chavez; Pleasant Breeze, 116, (Indefinite); Sir Bear, 116, Eibar Coa; North East Bound, 116, Jose Velez Jr.' Gander, 115, John Velazquez; Rich Celebration, 112, Jose Santos; Noble Ruler, 111, Pat Day; Tempest Fugit, 111, Edgar Prado; and Vision and Verse, 114, (indefinite).
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