We tend to forget or simply overlook those hard-knocking, consistent horses, who do not possess the talent of the major stars, but still show up every time.
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Sought After gelding is still fast, but has learned to relax during workouts.
Despite reservations expressed by owner J. Paul Reddam after what he called "the worst performance of (Nyquist's) life" in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), the Uncle Mo colt will target the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
The hum of nearby Interstate 210 was all that was audible from the Santa Anita Park grandstand before trainer Jerry Hollendorfer broke the silence with the sharp "beep" of his stopwatch as Songbird began her workout from the half-mile pole Oct. 6.
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.
St. Elias Stable's Nonna Mela routed a field of well-meant juvenile fillies Aug. 19 in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at nearly 9-1 odds, but the daughter of Arch will be no bargain Oct. 10 in the $400,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
While this year's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) lacks superstar power, the field of six older horses is an interesting mix of consistent veterans and less consistent types who have at times flashed talent.
The New York Racing Association's racing office was only able to drum up five rivals for Lady Eli in the $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) for older fillies and mares Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
After watching Godolphin Racing's Frosted breeze Oct. 5 at Greentree Training Center, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed the gray son of Tapit will train up to the Breeders' Cup.
The Breeders' Cup announced today the post times for the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, which will be held on November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Normandy Farm's Daddys Lil Darling, winner of the Sept. 17 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) in her most recent start at Churchill Downs, headlines a field of 14 2-year-old fillies entered for the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 7.
Ashleyluvssugar continued his roll toward the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) with his second straight game victory Oct. 2 in the John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
In close to a carbon copy of their previous meeting, Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind again got the measure of Beholder in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Coolmore and partners' Alice Springs fought off a determined Always Smile inside the final furlong and posted her third group I victory of the year in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes Oct. 1 at Newmarket.
One day in, and four races down, the Southern California jockey colony had only positive comments about Santa Anita Park's brand-new turf course with just more than a month to go until the Breeders' Cup.
Future plans are on hold for Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Preakness (gr. I), and Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, who finished seventh in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24.
Robert Masterson’s champion turf female Tepin, continues to march toward the Breeders’ Cup as the 5-year-old mare worked a half-mile in :49.01 Sept. 30 over the turf at Saratoga Race Course. The move was the fastest of 24 on the day’s tab at the Spa.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more impressive performance in a losing effort than what Metaboss did Aug. 20 in the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT).
Managing the sloppy conditions expected for five graded stakes Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.
Santa Anita Park has developed and installed a state-of-the-art video surveillance system that enables close monitoring of the track's entire stable area on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week basis.
The budding rivalry between champions Beholder and Stellar Wind will see its third round Oct. 1 in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) 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.
Green Lantern Stables' homebred A. P. Indian will be sent after his fourth graded stakes sprint win on the NYRA circuit in the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Robert Masterson's brilliant mare Tepin, the reigning champion turf female, headlines the list of horses nominated to Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend Oct. 7-9, opening weekend of the Lexington track's fall meet.
Images from weekend performances by Tepin and The Pizza Man, as well as Breeders' Cup Win And You're In races and a special guest towards the end!
Frosted, winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney Stakes (both gr. I), is unlikely to have a race this fall and instead may run fresh in the Breeders' Cup in November, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told Belmont Park media officials.
Santa Anita unveiled its new turf course Sept.15. The autumn meet runs 23 days from Sept. 30 to Nov. 5, and includes the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The week in photos has a major international flare this week, including Ireland, France, Korea plus several domestic races!
Robert Masterson's Tepin headlines a probable field of nine for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
Following a half-mile breeze in :49 flat Aug. 25 at Greentree Training Center, Godolphin Racing's Frosted will make his next start in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Green Lantern Stables' A.P. Indian, in the midst of a four-race win streak capped by his first victory in grade I company, drew outside of the other speed in a full field for the $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
California Chrome streaked to a five-length win over Beholder and Dortmund in Saturday's TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to earn a spot in this fall's Breeders' Cup Classic.
Ashleyluvssugar held off a furious rally from Metaboss to win the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap and a place in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf starting gate. Experience Saturday's Del Mar thrills and social scene firsthand in this new video.
Barn CC on the Del Mar backside had a party-like atmosphere Sunday morning—with a large group of connections and fans huddled around the 2014 Horse of the Year's stall—following what Sherman called the best performance of his career.
The Breeders' Cup today announced a new marketing campaign available to all simulcast outlets designed to promote wagering on this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, November 4-5.
A decade after guiding Invasor through an undefeated campaign that helped land him in the Racing Hall of Fame, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is enjoying a similar kind of ride with his current stable star.
Del Mar has never offered an elite race restricted to 3-year-olds and continues to see young stars ship east for lucrative purses.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got a perfect trip and made the best of it July 31 to collect his second straight grade I score in the $300,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar.
A $3 million National Handicapping Championship Tour bonus will be awarded to any horseplayer who wins the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge Nov. 4-5 and the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 27-29, 2017.
Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, and Rocker O Ranch's Exaggerator continued to show his affinity for off tracks with a sweeping off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
If there was ever a time to celebrate, July 30 was the day for trainer John Sadler, who saddled Stellar Wind to an upset victory over Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) on his 60th birthday.
The two champions were head-and-head from the five-sixteenths pole July 30 in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) at Del Mar, but Stellar Wind outdueled her rival to the wire to win by a half-length, ending an eight-race win streak for Beholder.
A trio of 3-year-olds stole the show in the £1 million ($1.31 million) Qatar Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) with French classic winner The Gurkha taking top honors July 27 at Goodwood.
Bob Elliston, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Breeders' Cup Ltd., will join Keeneland in the new position of vice president of racing and sales, effective Aug. 29, the Lexington track announced July 26.
Mike Rogers of The Stronach Group was elected, while owner/breeder Fred Hertrich III and Clem Murphy of Coolmore Stud were re-elected, to the 14-member Breeders' Cup board of directors.
Thoroughbred owner and NBC Sports horse racing and hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk will deliver the keynote address at OwnerView's third Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Santa Anita Park in California Nov. 2, 2016.
Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before July 15 for competition in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita.
Santa Anita Park June 29 completed the installation of its new turf course, which will be ready for use for the Southern California track's fall meet, which begins Sept. 30.
#KyDerbyKids—the social-media initiative where the sons and daughters of trainers who had horses in the 2016 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) tweeted about their experiences—is expanding to include kids connected to 2-year-old runners.
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