The consistent Big Blue Kitten won three of his six 2015 starts and never finished worse than third while racing almost exclusively in grade I company in earning champion turf male honors.
A full field of Florida-breds headed by Chad Brown-trained Fundamental has been entered for the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
OwnerView announced Jan. 5 that Sol Kumin, the owner of Lady Eli, Wavell Avenue, and several other stakes winners, has been chosen as the New Owner of the Year.
Life Imitates Art shot between rivals in the stretch to lead and was all out to prevail by a head from Isotherm in the $100,000 Dania Beach (gr. IIIT) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Flexibility, the 1-2 choice, was an easy winner of the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old son of Bluegrass Cat got the mile and 70 yards in 1:42.98.
Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah established a single season record for earnings in 2015 while his owner, Zayat Stables LLC, finished the year as the leading owner by earnings.
Mechanicville, N.Y., native Chad Brown earned his first year-end NYRA training title, while jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. earned his second consecutive riding title.
Isotherm, winner of the 2015 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. III) on the Belmont Park turf, will make his 2016 season debut in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Goldy Espony dictated the pace throughout the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante Stakes (gr. IIIT) and rolled to a clear win Dec. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
While she will start from the outside post in a field of 12, Goldy Espony will try for a fifth win in six starts when she goes in the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. III) Saturday.
The Street Sense colt was hustled from the gate and never looked back in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes Dec. 19 at Aqueduct Racetrack, picking up his first stakes score while galloping clear of 6-5 favorite Tommy Macho.
When undefeated 3-year-old filly Lady Eli jogged 1 1/8 miles Dec. 15 at Palm Meadows Training Center, it represented yet another stage in her courageous journey back from a case of laminitis.
Rontos Racing Stable's Social Inclusion has been retired, according to owner Ron Sanchez. Stud plans are pending for the Pioneerof the Nile colt, who was graded stakes-placed on three occasions in 2014.
Lady Eli, who stepped on a nail at Belmont Park and came down with laminitis July 4, has returned to trainer Chad Brown at his Palm Meadows Training Center base in Florida.
Doug O'Neill feels he's playing to Sharla Rae's strengths running in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Del Mar.
While the expected field of seven juvenile fillies for the Demoiselle (gr. II) includes stakes winners and graded stakes-placed horses, Lewis Bay will enter the 1 1/8-mile test at Aqueduct off a visually impressive effort.
Zivo, a New York-bred grade II winner, has been retired and will stand the 2016 season at Irish Hill Century Farm near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
After a fourth-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint this year, 2014 winner Bobby's Kitten will be campaigned in Europe in 2016 before returning home for another crack at the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Making his stakes debut Saturday, Nov. 14 on the turf at Aqueduct Racetrack, Mr Maybe used a sustained rally to deliver a decisive victory in the $250,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Under a steady ride from Kendrick Carmouche, Goldy Espony led at every call on her way to a clear victory in the $200,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The second- and third-place finishers from the Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 3 on the Belmont Park turf are scheduled to meet again in the Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Irad Ortiz Jr. amassed 50 victories during the Belmont Park fall meet to earn his third consecutive riding title at the New York track.
Shadwell Stable's Matrooh was an emphatic winner Oct. 31 in the Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park, upsetting even-money favorite El Kabeir.
Four years after claiming her first Breeders' Cup victory, Stephanie's Kitten returned to a Breeders' Cup winner's circle again Oct. 31 after a courageous rally to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Wavell Avenue, with a strong late kick, rolled past front runner La Verdad to take the $1 million TwinSpires Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) at seven furlongs in 1:22.39.
Chad Brown's success has been synonymous with the Breeders' Cup since he handled saddling Ginger Punch to victory in the 2007 Distaff as an assistant trainer. That success has continued unabated.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's couplet in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) could determine whether heavily favored Golden Horn runs away the winner's share of $3 million as is expected.
She will be offered at Fasig-Tipton Nov. 1, but first Stephanie's Kitten will seek her second Breeders' Cup victory, this time in the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), which she narrowly lost a year ago.
Last-out Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) winner Delightful Joy will look for her second straight graded victory in the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 30 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Chad Brown unleashed a cavalcade of Breeders' Cup-bound horses at Belmont Park Oct. 24 for their final works, including Big Blue Kitten, Slumber, Shining Copper, Stephanie's Kitten, and Dacita.
Bloodstock agent Pete Bradley, who co-owned 2014 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Dayatthespa, is back this year in the same race with Chilean champion Dacita and veteran Watsdachances.
Led by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and two-time Breeders' Cup champion mare Beholder, 200 horses, including 32 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Trainer Chad Brown continued his Breeders' Cup preparations the morning of Oct. 18 at Belmont Park, working a slew of potential starters over the inner turf course, including Stephanie's Kitten and Dacita.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, one of two 2-year-olds who could give trainer Keith Desormeaux his second consecutive win in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 at Keeneland.
Miss Ella will attempt to join Gypsy Robin (2012) as the only filly to win the Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) and Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland Oct. 17.
Co-favorite Partisan Politics kicked home in mid-stretch to capture her first win of the year in the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes Oct. 12 at Belmont Park.
Grade I-placed Consumer Credit will get some class relief when she tries to end a three-race skid in the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes on a Columbus Day card Oct. 12 at Belmont Park.
Normandy Invasion, a multiple graded stakes-placed son of Tapit, has been retired. He ran fourth in Orb's 2013 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The impact of Hurricane Joaquin on the New York metropolitan area will play a part in the outcome of the Oct. 3 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT). The nine-furlong race at Belmont Park is for 3-year-olds.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Big Blue Kitten unleashed his typical late kick on the outside and held off a late challenge by Slumber and Twilight Eclipse to win the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT) in course-record time.
A full field of 11 2-year-old fillies will be tested over Belmont's Widener turf course Sept. 27 in the 1 1/16-mile Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT).
The top two finishers from the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT), Azar and Next Shares, will battle again Sept. 26 at Belmont Park in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT), a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds.
Big Blue Kitten and Shining Copper finished on the board in the Arlington Million.
Three graded stakes winners will look to claim their second victories in that category in the $300,000 Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 12 at Kentucky Downs.
Strict Compliance got a stiff challenge from Isabella Sings in the stretch run of the Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Monmouth Park, but found just enough in the final strides to earn her first graded score.
Grade I winner Cavorting will drop a level to contest the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 6 at Saratoga, but has her work cut out for her in a field of 11.
Swift Thoroughbreds and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Goldy Espony will look to extend her win streak to four in the $200,000 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Takeover Target shares the highweight assignment Sept. 5 as part of a trio for trainer Chad Brown in the $300,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Race Course.
Siena Farm's homebred Isabella Sings, a winner of the faster division of the July 26 Little Silver Stakes, takes the spotlight Sept. 5 in the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) for sophomore fillies at Monmouth Park.
Dacita delivers grade I winner Tepin her second consecutive tough beat at Saratoga.
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