On his second morning in Saratoga Aug. 22, California shipper Bayern galloped 1 1/2 miles over the main track after the renovation break in preparation for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I).
It seems hard to believe that a year has passed since eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Goldencents was run down by rival Fed Biz in a thrilling edition of the Pat O'Brien, but here we are at Del Mar again.
On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.
Game On Dude has been dominating the ranks of older horses in Southern California for so long it's tempting to believe he's lost a step every time he throws in a bad one.
Grade I winner Bayern, 2-1 morning-line favorite for the upcoming $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20 around 4 p.m.
Garden Secrets, the dam of Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Forest Secrets and a half sister to Hall of Famer Silverbulletday, was euthanized July 22 at Glenary Farm near Frankfort, Ky.
Owner Kaleem Shah believes in giving horses time to succeed. read blog
Trainer Bob Baffert said July 28 that William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner Bayern is under consideration for either the Travers Stakes (gr. I) or Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) for his next start.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern ran them off their feet July 27 in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I), taking eight other sophomores gate-to-wire at Monmouth Park while Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable ran fifth.
Intent on getting the lead from his far outside post, an aggressive Fed Biz was never challenged while romping to victory in track record time in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 26 at Del Mar.
Fresh off a 9 1/4-length drubbing of her own division and undefeated in four starts for Winchell Thoroughbreds this year, Untapable seeks a challenge versus males July 27 in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
A pair of 2-year-old fillies who eclipsed the Del Mar Polytrack mark for five furlongs in separate racing debuts July 20, appear headed for a showdown in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for their powerhouse barns.
Last year's Cougar II runner-up stretches back out to 12 furlongs versus 10 opponents.
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity will rejoin Bob Baffert's California string next week, the Hall of Fame horseman confirmed July 8. The colt was in Kentucky recovering from surgery on his left front fetlock.
Kaleem Shah's son of Orientate went from allowance winner to grade I winner June 28, taking the Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita Park over Cyclometer.
Grade I winner looking for the winner's circle after poor showing last time out.
Game On Dude, who topped the first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014, heads the field for the 75th renewal of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Maiden Enchanting Lady reversed an earlier outcome on rival Seduire in the $125,000 Landaluce Stakes as she romped to victory in her second start June 22 at Santa Anita Park.
Jojo Warrior, ridden aggressively from the rail by Martin Garcia, was a resounding gate-to-wire winner of the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) in her first start over a route of ground June 21 at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is expected to be away for four to six weeks while she recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in a training accident at Churchill Downs June 15.
Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby, winner of the May 2 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, heads a field of six for the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Presented by Etihad Airways (gr. II) in Louisville June 14.
Kaleem Shah's favored Can the Man took the early lead and never was seriously threatened en route to a wire-to-wire victory in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Park June 7.
Returning to sprinting after finishing off the board in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Bayern drew off in the stretch to post an easy victory in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) June 7 at Belmont Park.
If anyone knows how tough it is to sweep the Triple Crown, it's Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer came within a heartbeat of winning it twice, with Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in 1998.
Out of action since the 2013 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Super Ninety Nine is to make his return for trainer Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) against four opponents at Santa Anita on Memorial Day.
Claire Novak checks in with an update from Pimlico on Preakness day, including a report on who went to the track this morning. Watch Video
The California Horse Racing Board, in an effort to curb "apparently indiscriminate use" of thyroid medications, has issued new instructions to veterinarians and horsemen regarding thyroid hormones.
A pair of grade I-placed colts who will make their Triple Crown racing debuts in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) wrapped up their serious exercise before the Maryland classic with workouts Monday, May 12.
Favored Fiftyshadesofhay, winless in her last five starts, got back in the win column with a come-from-behind victory in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park May 11.
After finishing seventh in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), adjudged 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia could head to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) for trainer Tom Amoss.
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity is off the Triple Crown trail after undergoing minor surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed May 5.
Midnight Lucky had nearly a year since her last race, but lost none of her class in the interim. She rumbled into the stretch of the $330,600 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill and widened away to a 4 1/2 length victory.
Pablo Del Monte, the also-eligible who got a chance to draw in to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following the withdrawal of Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity, will not run in the classic.
Untapable, the overwhelming 4-5 morning line favorite in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), has worked hard for the odds she received.
An injured left front foot will keep Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Hoppertunity from competing in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The scratch of Hoppertunity dominated the news for Thursday. The update includes comments from trainer Bob Baffert on Hoppertunity, and from trainer Wesley Ward on a possible start for Pablo Del Monte. Watch Video
They saw the potential of their futures played out in furious rallies, wire-to-wire rumbles, by the widest of margins and the slimmest of victories. Weeks like this bring back those memories.
Owner/trainer Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty, a seven-time winner who never has finished worse than third in 15 starts, eyes consecutive grade I victories in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill May 3.
Mike Pegram, who has raced champions such as Silverbulletday, Midnight Lute, and Real Quiet, is back with his fourth Derby starter in the Any Given Saturday colt Hoppertunity, co-owned with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.
Four days before the Saturday race, most of the trainers with horses in the classic shared a stage and a laugh or two at the annual Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Hoppertunity through his final move for the Kentucky Derby and Ria Antonia through her prep for the Oaks on April 28, squeezing in the drills between downpours at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Bob Baffert discusses Chitu's workout, Bayern's Derby Trial DQ and more. April 27, 2014. watch video
Sunland Derby (gr. III) winner Chitu worked six furlongs from the Churchill Downs' starting gate in 1:13 1/5 the morning of April 27 in his final preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Graham Motion said because of a fever, Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Ring Weekend is no longer being considered for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
As usual, trainer Bob Baffert has the racing world hanging on his every move leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), even as he enters horses in the April 26 Derby Trial (gr. III).
With jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Ria Antonia breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 23 as she continues to prep for the May 2 race.
Grade II winner Hoppertunity breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 April 23 at Churchill Downs as the son of Any Given Saturday prepares for a start in the upcoming Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Chitu and Bayern, two possible starters in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, breezed a half-mile at Churchill Downs April 21 as they continued preparations for the May 3 race.
Handle from all-sources during Santa Anita Park's winter meet was up 4% when the Arcadia, Calif., track concluded the meet April 20.
Trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and John Sadler shared the trainer title and jockey Rafael Bejarano ranked as the top jockey when Santa Anita Park concluded its winter meet April 20.
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