Smooth as silk under jockey Gary Stevens, Beholder vanquished both two-time champion Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar while rolling to an open-lengths victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 1.
The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) may only have a field of six, but they have created perhaps the most riveting puzzle in the entire series this year.
While most of the New York-based horses for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) are traveling to California Oct. 28, Authenticity has been at Santa Anita since running second in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) a month earlier.
A good number of the Oct. 26 works at Santa Anita were by Breeders' Cup candidates getting in major licks before the Nov. 1-2 World Championships, including Classic contenders Mucho Macho Man and Moreno.
It was a busy morning Oct. 19 at Santa Anita Park, as Breeders' Cup contenders led by Classic runner Mucho Macho Man turned in moves over the track.
Three Chimneys Sales has added three high-profile broodmares or broodmare prospects to its Fasig-Tipton November consignment.
Mucho Macho Man, fresh off his first grade I victory for trainer Kathy Ritvo, posted a half-mile workout Oct. 12 at Santa Anita Park, where he is expected to make a return start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
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Beholder left no doubt that she is ready to take on the best distaffers on the continent after easily going gate-to-wire in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) against a salty group of shippers and older fillies and mares.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder and grade I winner Joyful Victory head a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Besilu Stables' two-time champion Royal Delta continued on her path toward a third crown with an easy victory in the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25.
Champion mare Royal Delta is the class of a small group entered in the $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 25 at Saratoga, but as we saw last year in this event, sometimes even class gets beat.
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Content to track surprising leader Sea Island through slow fractions early, Authenticity surged past turning for home on her way to winning the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 20 at Saratoga.
Eblouissante, half sister of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will return to the races July 20 when she aims for her first stakes win in the $200,000 84 Lumber Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course.
Champion racemare Royal Delta aims for a title defense July 20 in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I), seeking redemption after a five-length loss in the June 15 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
CresRan Stable's homebred Tiz Miz Sue took advantage of a speed duel between Joyful Victory and Authenticity to post an impressive victory in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park May 27.
Trainer Larry Jones will offer a stiff one-two punch in the $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), with stablemates Joyful Victory and Believe You Can both entered for the May 27 event at Belmont Park.
After bypassing the Preakness, trainer Todd Pletcher has a deep group of possible contenders for the Belmont Stakes, including Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) third-place finisher Unlimited Budget.
Eric Mitchell recaps the Kentucky Oaks, won by Princess of Sylmar, and the other stakes action on Oaks day. Watch Video
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who will ride undefeated Verrazano in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, returned to competition the afternoon of May 2 at Belmont Park, finishing seventh on his first mount since April 7.
Nearly one year after securing a victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Brereton Jones homebred Believe You Can returns to racing at Churchill Downs in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) May 3.
With the Louisville, Ky., weather forecast calling for rain later in the day and on Sunday, the April 27 work tab at Churchill Downs was crowded with prospects for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II)winner Dreaming of Julia and undefeated Unlimited Budget arrived April 8 at 6:50 p.m. EDT at Churchill Downs, where they will continue their preparations for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Michael B. Tabor's Ciao Bella ran like a favorite should at Gulfstream Park March 30, holding the advantage from gate to wire and drawing off to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III).
Successful Song was supposed to be embarking on a new career as a broodmare by now, but her connections at Live Oak Plantation changed the plan for their homebred daughter of Successful Appeal thanks to her winning ways.
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