Millionaire Congaree, the 5 ¼-length winner of Saturday's Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct, will be back in 2004 as a 6-year-old, trainer Bob Baffert said, with the Dubai World Cup (gr. I) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Lone Star Park being the chestnut's major goals.
Stonerside Stable's strong favorite Congaree won the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) for the second year in a row and gave jockey Jerry Bailey his third consecutive stakes victory at Aqueduct Saturday.
Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey will wrap up his year in New York on Saturday with a trio of stakes mounts. One behind Mike Smith's record of 68 stakes victories in a year, Bailey will be aboard likely favorites Congaree in the Cigar Mile, Read the Footnotes in the Remsen and Ashado in the Demoiselle.
The March 27 Dubai World Cup, worth $6 million, has attracted 84 nominations, including Pleasantly Perfect, Medaglia d'Oro, Funny Cide, and Congaree.
Dick Mandella's remarkable achievement of four Breeders' Cup victories highlighted an unforgettable afternoon of racing. But there were other heroes, and other thoughts to ponder.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Stonerside Stable's Congaree, who set the pace in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) before finishing fourth, will make his next start in the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 29 at Aqueduct.
Richard Mandella won his fourth race on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship card, and Alex Solis continued a celebration that began Friday when notching his 4,000th win, as Pleasantly Perfect won the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
The stage is set for an exciting start to the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), as Medaglia d'Oro and Congaree, drew side by side, in posts eight and nine, respectively.
Bob Baffert wishes the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) was tomorrow. Make that today. The $4-million dollar race can't come too soon for Baffert, who says Congaree is doing super after suffering a quarter crack last week.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Monday morning that Stonerside Stable's Congaree emerged from Sunday's workout in good shape and appears to have no problems associated with a minor quarter crack of his left rear hoof.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree, prepping for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I), showed no negative effects of a quarter crack that has been bothering him when the horse breezed six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 at Santa Anita Sunday morning.
With a bright sun illuminating the San Gabriel mountains on an unseasonably warm day, a handful of the horses pointing toward the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships worked out at Santa Anita Friday, while Azeri blazed 6 furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs.
Congaree, who suffered a quarter crack earlier in the week, passed his first test by galloping well Thursday morning, but trainer Bob Baffert said they still won't know anything for sure until closer to the race.
Congaree went to the track Wednesday morning for some light exercise, equipped with a temporary patch for his quarter crack. Trainer Bob Baffert said tomorrow will be a key day in determining the colt's chances of making the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Bob Baffert has pre-entered Congaree in both the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Sprint (gr. I) as a precaution after the colt came down with a minor quarter crack on his hind foot. Baffert said he should be fine in a couple of days.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree worked a sharp 7 furlongs in 1:22 3/5 at Santa Anita Wednesday, in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Congaree worked six furlongs in 1:12 Wednesday on Santa Anita's fast main track in 1:12 under Patrick Valenzuela.
Stonerside Stables' multiple grade I winner Congaree, last seen finishing second in the Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (gr. III) at Turfway Park on Sept. 13, will likely train right into the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said.
Dan Borislow's Toccet tuned up for the Oct. 4 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Saturday, working 6 furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:13. Julie Krone has been named to ride son of Awesome Again in the Goodwood.
Although many will have the tendency to dismiss Congaree in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after being outkicked by Perfect Drift in the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II), the son of Arazi cannot be blamed for the defeat.
Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, with Pat Day in the irons, handled favored Congaree with surprising ease in Saturday's $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree, an earner of more than $2.7 million and winner last out of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), was installed the 4-5 morning line choice for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree has been assigned 124 pounds for Turfway Park's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) to be run Saturday. The nine-time stakes winner and earner of more than $2.7 million has been asked to spot four pounds to his nearest rival, Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) winner Perfect Drift.
Bob Baffert said Wednesday that Edgar Prado will ride Hollywood Gold Cup winner Congaree in the $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic on Sept. 13 as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge.
Kudos scorched the Del Mar dirt this morning in a 1:23.60 seven-furlong workout in preparation for the track's Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 24. Kudos worked in tandem with The Tin Man, who got the same time as the two went head and head throughout the drill.
Hollywood Gold Cup winner Congaree, a possible starter in Del Mar's Pacific Classic (gr. I) worked a sharp six furlongs Thursday morning at Del Mar.
Stonerside Stables' homebred Congaree emerged from his three-length victory in Sunday's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in good shape, trainer Bob Baffert said, but that no plans have been made for a next start for the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Arazi.
Jockey Jerry Bailey's decision to send Congaree earns him his Hollywood Gold Cup and providing Bob Baffert with a graded stakes double.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree was confirmed as a starter for Sunday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup by trainer Bob Baffert after the 5-year-old son of Arazi worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 handily over the fast main track at Hollywood Park Tuesday morning.
Harlan's Holiday, scratched Saturday from the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, will be flown from New York to California on Thursday to compete in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) Sunday, trainer Todd Pletcher informed the racing office.
Bob & Beverly Lewis' grade II winner Santa Catarina worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 handily over the turf course at Hollywood Park Thursday in preparation for the $750,000 American Oaks on July 5. With Hall of Famer Gary Stevens in the irons for trainer Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old filly was caught galloping out the six furlongs in 1:12 and change.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. on Monday released the first set of 2003 World Thoroughbred Rankings for six of the eight racing divisions that comprise the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Last year's longshot Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava is being prepared for a probable start in this summer's Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, trainer Bob Baffert said.
William S. Farish's homebred Mineshaft, winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I), and Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran, winner of the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) and Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) in his last two races, top the list of likely starters from a star-studded group of 32 horses nominated for Churchill Downs' $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
Flaxman Holding's homebred Aldebaran swept past the leaders entering the stretch and then held off a determined Saarland for a game victory in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on the Memorial Day card at Belmont Park.
Congaree, who can join an elite group to win both the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps in the same year, is hard to ignore in Monday's Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.
Atswhatimtalknbout, a fast-closing fourth to Visa Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), turned in a six-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs as he continued to train toward an expected rematch with the Derby winner in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Senor Swinger, winner of the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks card, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 Monday at Churchill Downs as he continued to work toward Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.
Mari's Sheba, whose first foal is multiple grade I winner Congaree, produced a chestnut filly by Thunder Gulch
Horse of the Year Azeri has been declared from the list of fillies and mares nominated to the $300,000-added Louisville Breeders' Cup (grade II) on Kentucky Oaks Day, a move that leaves Select Stable's Take Charge Lady as the likely starting highweight in the handicap for older fillies and mares.
Congaree remained perfect from three starts at Aqueduct -- all graded stakes -- winning Saturday's $350,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths over Aldebaran. The win in the seven-furlong race also marks his first in a sprint.
Affirmed Success will try and become just the fifth horse to ever win consecutive running of the 103-year-old Carter Handicap (gr. I) on Saturday against Congaree and 2000 Carter winner Peeping Tom.
Empire Maker arrived Wednesday in New York, along with Aldebaran, Congaree, Senor Swinger, and others planning to battle Saturday in the Wood and the Carter.
Albert Fried Jr.'s Affirmed Success, who figures to be a major player in Saturday's $350,000 Carter (gr. I) at seven furlongs, breezed five furlongs over Belmont's training track this morning in :59 4/5.
James McIngvale's During will make his next start in the seven-furlong Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) on Apr. 12 and not the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said.
Stonerside Stables' grade 1 winner Congaree will likely race next in the $350,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct on April 12, trainer Bob Baffert said. The 5-year-old son of Arazi finished second by a nose to Milwaukee Brew in the Mar. 1 Santa Anita Handicap (gr.) in his last start.
Nominations have closed for the four races at Oaklawn Park during its Racing Festival of the South. Medaglia d'Oro and Congaree are nominated to the Oaklawn Handicap.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will ride at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie on opening night, Thursday, April 3.
While organizers insist that the $6-million Dubai World Cup and other graded races at Nad al Sheba Racecourse will be held March 29 despite the possibility of a war between the U. S. and Iraq, the number of American horses that will participate in the program continues to decline.
Gary Garber's Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute worked six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, handily, at Santa Anita Monday morning under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes in preparation for Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
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