Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori continued to impress on U.S. soil with a clear victory in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 2 at Del Mar.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome.
The most fascinating Eclipse Award race, however, looms in one of the human divisions--the season's top trainer.
- By Steve Haskin
I am going to really push the envelope by comparing Arrogate to Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who I’m sure a great deal of you have never even heard of. For those of you still with me, let's look at these two remarkable athletes.
The purse for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is being withheld until at least mid-December, according to California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten.
The future appears bright for Cheyenne Stables' Mastery after an easy victory Nov. 19 in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III).
After a run of three straight stakes wins, Rockingham Ranch's California Diamond will wade into graded stakes waters for the first time Nov. 19 in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar.
The top two morning-line choices for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) pit east vs. west but the connections of each of the 10 juveniles entered have reason for optimism.
Breeder's Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate came out of the race in good condition, trainer Bob Baffert said Nov. 6, the morning after the climactic end to the World Championships.
Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome will train up to the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong came in off the bench, racing for the first time since his Aug. 27 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) score, and turned back 8-5 choice Masochistic to land his second consecutive grade I by 1 1/4 lengths.
After winning last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland with a well-rested American Pharoah, trainer Bob Baffert hopes a similar approach with Arrogate delivers this season.
Klimt will try to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile for owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert, two years after the team sent out Bayern to take the Breeders' Cup Classic, also at Santa Anita.
One of the few things lacking for Prince Abdullah was the stalwart West Coast presence his farm previously enjoyed under the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. In his desire to amend that situation, he sought out whom he considered the best.
After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 5-year-old campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.
Conventional wisdom suggests a West Coast-based horse might have the edge in the six-furlong Sprint, but historic results tell us otherwise.
Without a full field and without a whole lot of speed in the race—at least on paper—the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) looks to be Runhappy’s race to lose.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate logged his final tune-up ahead of the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with a smooth-as-could-be half-mile workout Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Gun Runner wore a saddle towel with "Dirt Mile" sewn into the side during his easy half-mile breeze Oct. 30 at Santa Anita Park, and that's where he's almost surely headed for his Breeders' Cup spot.
Spendthrift Farm's two best current racehorses will almost surely make their final runs on the racetrack during the Breeders' Cup Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park.
The smooth strides of Arrogate were in full effect during a busy morning at Santa Anita Park as the Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner turned in a handy six-furlong move in 1:11 1/5 in company with stablemate Mor Spirit.
Grade I winners Hoppertunity and Melatonin, among others, turned in works at Santa Anita Park Oct. 22 ahead of the Breeders' Cup.
The gray son of Unbridled's Song broke off well back of stablemate Mor Spirit but finished with a monster kick as he readies for an expected showdown with California Chrome.
- By Steve Haskin
Question: How good is Arrogate and do you think he can beat California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic?
Three-time grade I winner Lord Nelson will stand at his owner B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm upon retirement, the farm announced Oct. 16.
A little more than three weeks out from their upcoming showdown in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), champions Beholder and Songbird went about their business minutes apart during the earliest morning workout session at Santa Anita Park.
With three horses across the track at the eighth pole, Hoppertunity forged to the lead late to secure a half-length victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson continued his dominance in Southern California sprints Oct. 8 with a clear score in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I), his final prep for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson appears set to continue his tear through the top-level sprints on the Southern California circuit in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Training titans of both coasts will square off in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at a flat mile Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
After finishing fourth in her grade I debut in the Del Mar Debutante, Noted and Quoted found success in her second try at the top level with a half-length victory in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Gormley made his stakes debut a winning effort, scoring a front-running win in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Art Sherman was a swirling mixture of exasperation and confidence when he learned of California Chrome's draw for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
After extending his win streak to three straight races and securing his first grade I score in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), Klimt will try two turns for the first time in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Stewart Elliott won his first Southern California riding title, while Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and Doug O'Neill shared training honors at the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.
California Chrome wasn't the only star on the work tab Sept. 10 in Southern California. Champions of 2015 Stellar Wind and Nyquist both put in drills for upcoming starts, as did 2016 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate.
The New York Racing Association concluded its 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course with all-sources handle of $647,322,503, virtually even with last year's record wagering that had shattered the previous high water mark by more than 10%.
Klimt surged past favored early leader Straight Fire in the stretch and drew off to about a four-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Del Mar.
Three potential stars head the field in Monday's 69th Futurity: Klimt, Chasing Aces, and Straight Fire.
Champagne Room broke her maiden in the grade II Sorrento by 1 1/4 lengths and now heads a field of the most impressive fillies from Del Mar's loaded 2-year-old summer slate in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).
On the morning following Arrogate's record-smashing performance in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star.
It was 1996 and Bob Baffert, then a relatively unknown trainer, made his first impact on the classic scene when he brought Santa Anita Derby winner Cavonnier to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.
Charles Chu's Drefong broke alertly from the outside in a field of 12, took the lead, and never faltered en route to victory in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.
Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra, a full sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, drilled six furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 22 in preparation for her scheduled start in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) early in September.
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the July 30 Jim Dandy (gr. II), post a bullet half-mile breeze at Saratoga Aug. 19 in his final serious move before Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27.
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Creator and Gun Runner breezed in company on the Saratoga main track on Aug. 14, working five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 ahead of possible starts in the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I),
Bob Baffert will bid to win the Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) for a third time when he sends out Pretty N Cool and Enchanting Lady against grade I winner Tara's Tango Aug. 17 at Del Mar.
Quality Road colt impressive in stakes score
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