West Point Thoroughbreds hopes to land its first classic win when Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve tackles the Belmont Stakes and tries to spoil the Triple Crown bid of California Chrome.
Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve grazes Monday, June 2 at Belmont Park. watch video
California Chrome isn't likely to run a clunker in the Belmont Stakes, but the distance could be a key factor, say rival trainers Billy Gowan and Dallas Stewart.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby last out, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs May 23 as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Belmont Stakes.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to California Chrome, will target a run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), his connections said May 5.
Trainer Graham Motion said because of a fever, Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Ring Weekend is no longer being considered for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Dallas Stewart, who sent out overlooked Golden Soul to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), hopes to have Commanding Curve in this year's race.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-bound fillies Unbridled Forever, Sugar Shock, Aurelia's Belle, and Room Service all posted workouts at Churchill Downs the morning of April 24 in preparation for the "Run for the Lilies."
Unbridled Forever has the same end goal as her dam -- 2010 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Lemons Forever -- did at this time eight years ago: a blanket of lilies.
Decisive Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) winner Untapable takes the next big step to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) trail when she faces four others in the May 29 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Unbridled Forever ran like her mother Jan. 18 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, taking down Divine Beauty with a solid performance in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes.
Dallas Stewart, who saddled 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, will set Charles Fipke's Unbridled Forever on the same path Jan. 18 in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Golden Soul, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), comes to Kentucky Downs Sept. 18, where he tops a full field of 14 in the featured race.
Alto Racing's impressive maiden winner Sweet Whiskey now will face a stern test of quality as she takes on eight foes Sept. 1 in the 122nd running of the $300,000 Spinaway (gr. I).
Janis Whitham's homebred Fort Larned remains on track for the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) after a half-mile breeze Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course.
Designer Legs, a Louisiana-bred filly who cost $10,000 at auction and began her career in the upper Midwest, shipped into Saratoga Race Course and emerged with a grade II victory to her credit in the Adirondack Stakes.
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Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk discuss filly Unlimited Budget, Orb, the post position draw, and make their picks. Plus, comments from Dallas Stewart, trainer of Golden Soul. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow, stablemate Will Take Charge, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Golden Soul turned in preparations for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on the morning of May 30 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Dallas Stewart said May 28 Golden Soul, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is doing "awesome" after taking a while to recover from his effort in the Derby.
Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 25 but trainer Dallas Stewart delayed the work for another few days.
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Dallas Stewart discusses Golden Soul's second place finish in Kentucky Derby. watch video
Chuck Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, pegged at 50-1 on the morning line, is the ultimate outsider for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Kentucky Derby contender Golden Soul. watch video
Todd Pletcher will not enter Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) winner Winning Cause in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
Vyjack, third in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) last time out, led a small group of workers for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on the morning of April 26 at Churchill Downs. Also on the tab were Golden Soul and Falling Sky.
Bluegrass Hall's Oxbow went wire-to-wire to win the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes by 11 1/2 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 19. Earlier, Touch Magic took the Silverbulletday.
There may be plenty of data out there on trainer performance, but for owners, selecting a conditioner involves much more than numbers, according to an owner and trainer that have worked together for about 15 years.
Grade I winner and millionaire Macho Again has been retired from racing and is in the process of being sold to a Venezuelan farm.
Jockey Calvin Borel went against type and swung Seeking the Title to the outside in the stretch run of the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III), but the move paid off when she went on to a half-length victory at Prairie Meadows.
Blame will have no easy task against a proven field of 11 in the 1 1/8-mile Foster. His main challengers include last year's winner Macho Again, Arson Squad, General Quarters, as well as another emerging star, Battle Plan.
The Dallas Stewart-trained Macho Again and the Helen Pitts-Blasi-trained Einstein will have rematch Nov. 27 when the two horses are expected to be the starting high weights in the 135th running of the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II).
Trainer Dallas Stewart says Macho Again is "ready to roll" for the $400,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27.
Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again found room off the turn and pulled away from a wall of horses to win the $660,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 13 at Churchill Downs. Einstein, seeking his third consecutive grade I score, finished third after a troubled trip.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again notched his first win since taking the Jim Dandy (gr. II) last summer, as he came roaring from off the pace to capture the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) in the slop at Fair Grounds March 14.
After spending 2008 in Big Brown's shadow, West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again is ready to step into the sun as one of the top choices in the $1 million OBS Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park Jan. 24.
Officials from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana State Racing Commission have lifted the quarantine on a barn that had been in place since late December at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Most of the leading contenders for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic to be run at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24 are already stabled in South Florida for the winter season, but a few will be flying in for the 1 1/8 miles test, including West Point Thoroughbreds' 4-year-old Macho Again from Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
While a barn in Fair Grounds' stable area remains under a Louisiana State Racing Commission quarantine, horses will again be allowed to ship in and race at the track beginning with the Dec. 31 card.
Transduction Gold, who won the Sycamore (gr. IIIT) last year but is winless since, will attempt to defend his title Oct. 18 against 10 rivals in the $150,000 event at Keeneland.
Eight-year-old gelding Silverfoot headlines a field of 10 in the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT), the highlight of Kentucky Downs' six-day turf meet which begins Sept. 13.
Dallas Stewart and Eoin Harty, the respective trainers of Macho Again and Colonel John, discuss the chances of their colts in Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Macho Again split horses coming off the turn, took over inside the eighth-pole and held off a late charge from favored Pyro to post a half-length upset victory in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 27 at Saratoga.
Denis of Cork completed his serious preparation for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 with an easy half-mile breeze at Churchill Downs June 2. Denis of Cork, who finished third to unbeaten Triple Crown contender Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed four furlongs under jockey Robby Albarado in :48.60.
West Point Stables' Macho Again had a solid work this morning for trainer Dallas Stewart at Churchill Downs, going a half-mile in :48.20 over the fast main track under exercise rider Kenny Borque. The move ranked 11th of 55 at the distance.
Garrett Gomez, the Eclipse Award winner as America's top jockey in 2007, has been named to replace Julien Leparoux aboard Macho Again in the 1 1/2-mile final jewel of the Triple Crown.
Two Churchill Downs-based 3-year-olds that are being pointed toward a battle against Big Brown in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) were reported to be doing well with just over two weeks remaining before the June 7 "Test of the Champion."
Accompanied by two United Parcel Service vehicles, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown arrived and entered the Preakness (gr. I) stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course May 14 to begin his quest for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.
For Macho Again, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) has been a will he or won't he proposition. Owner West Point Thoroughbreds had been considering the Ohio Derby (gr. III) for the son of Macho Uno, with the prospect of West Coast-based El Gato Malo going to the Preakness.
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