A patient ride from jockey Juan Vargas and a grinding late run brought Potomac River to the winner's circle at the end of the 1 1/8-mile turf event Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs, trainer Sergio Baez's first graded stakes score.
Cathy and Bob Zollars' Daddy Nose Best will attempt to notch his fourth consecutive victory when facing a full field of 13 other rivals in the Nov. 23 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
There's no doubt he's the best horse in the race, but can reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcome his 128-pound impost in the $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) June 29 against a modest group at Churchill Downs?
Multiple graded stakes winner Silver Max was the class of the $62,415 Opening Verse Stakes June 1 at Churchill Downs, and moving the race off the turf didn't give the 4-year-old gelding any trouble.
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino begins an impressive $16 million live horse racing season Dec. 7 continuing through April 16.
Recent grade I winner Willy Beamin is part of a 10-horse field that includes fellow shippers Prospective and and Daddy Nose Best on the biggest day of the season at Remington Park Sept. 30.
Trainer Steve Asmussen has switched gears with Daddy Nose Best, attempting to take the colt from Triple Crown contender to quality turf runner in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
Cozzetti made the best of an inside trip along the rail as he got up to nip pacesetter All Stormy by a neck in a four-horse blanket finish in the American Derby (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.
Silver Max, who is riding a five-race win streak, returns to Arlington Park for the American Derby (gr. IIIT) Saturday, July 14.
Though I'll Have Another ran him down in deep stretch in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill, all signs point to Bodemeister being the one to beat in Preakness 137 at Pimlico Race Course May 19.
Jason Shandler makes his picks for the Preakness, in his final Triple Crown Talk blog. read blog
Will it be I'll Have Another once again? Will Bodemeister get revenge? Or will one of the new players take the Black-eyed Susans? Predict the Order
Evan Hammonds and Jason Shandler handicap the Preakness Stakes track-side at Pimlico. Evan successfully picked I'll Have Another to win the Kentucky Derby; will he be correct this time? watch video
Bodemeister, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been made the 8-5 morning line favorite for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 19 and will break from post 7.
Jockey Julien Leparoux who guided Daddy Nose Best to victories in both the El Camino Real and Sunland Derbies (both gr. III), will be reunited with the son of Scat Daddy for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Rather than take Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another out to exercise on a wet track the morning of May 15, trainer Doug O'Neill opted to keep Reddam Racing's star 3-year-old under cover.
There is no true standout in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, but despite it being a wide-open affair, that shouldn't be mistaken for inconsistency. A record nine Derby starters return from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
The time is getting near. No not the Derby, trying to finally decipher this intricate and confusing puzzle. read blog
They might not win, but they could hit the board at long odds read blog
Steve's at the end of his 2012 Kentucky Derby Dozen trail. What is the final line-up for Kentucky Derby 138? Read to find out! watch video
Lenny Shulman talks about the final Derby work outs for Creative Cause, Liaison, Daddy Nose Best, Sabercat and Mark Valeski. Daddy Long Legs works today across the Ocean and of course the weather forecast! watch video
Not long after Churchill Downs opened for training April 30, trainer Steve Asmussen sent out his two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls for their final workouts.
It was a warm, humid day at Churchill Downs on Monday, April 30, and the track was fast as a handful of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands went through their final workouts.
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen is pretty much set, compare who you have with his picks! watch video
Daddy Nose Best and Sabercat, both trained by Steve Asmussen, turned in solid works April 23 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Here's a round-up of activity at Churchill Downs April 22 surrounding the contenders for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Two-time graded stakes winner continues to train well for Kentucky Derby.
Jockey Mike Smith apparently will retain the mount on Bodemeister, the colt he guided to a 9 1/2-length victory in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 14.
Jockey Mike Smith will have the mount on Daddy Nose Best in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi.
Went the Day Well and Daddy Nose Best still have questions to answer about class, but on paper both look as if they should have no problems with the distance.
Many horses move up in Steve's Dozen this week, see who is now knocking on the door! watch video
Do Daddy Nose Best and Went the Day Well both enter Steve's Derby Dozen for this week? Read to find out! watch video
Evan recaps the Sunland Derby and Spiral Stakes from the weekend. watch video
Daddy Nose Best proved his versatility once again when he ran down local hope Isn't He Clever in the final strides to claim the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) in New Mexico March 25.
Jason and Tom preview the Sunland Derby, and comment on the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Watch Video
One need only scan the names of multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainers Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, and Steve Asmussen to realize that in 2012, New Mexico's $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) has come of age.
Steve Asmussen has a trio of intriguing Derby prospects read blog
Daddy Nose Best, getting a great ground-saving trip from Julien Leparoux, won an all-out duel with Lucky Chappy to capture the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) by a nostril at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 18.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, seeking his sixth El Camino Real Derby victory, sends out morning line choice Russian Greek and stakes-winning filly Lady of Fifty as part of a 10-horse field.
Julien Leparoux, a two-time champion jockey in the United States, and Alan Garcia, who won the 2008 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will both be at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 18 to compete in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III).
A trio trained by Jerry Hollendorfer heads a list of 23 3-year-olds nominated for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) Feb. 18 at Golden Gate Fields.
Top spot on the leading first-year sire list came down to New Year's Eve read blog
Aiming for her fourth grade I victory, Turbulent Descent will start as the heavy favorite against eight opponents in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 31.
Steve Asmussen has eight potential starters for the year-end championships Nov. 5-6. If they all start, it will be his largest Breeders' Cup contingent.
This may be just the beginning for Finale, who earned a starting slot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) with a three-quarters of a length win in the Summer Stakes Presented by TVG (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine lawn.
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