Just how far ahead of the curve Copper Bullet is will get a litmus test June 30 when the bay colt breaks from post 5 for the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) on the closing night of the Churchill Downs spring/summer meeting.
Gun Runner is set to make his first start since finishing second to champion Arrogate in the March 25 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), and looms as the overwhelming favorite in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1).
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner elicited the usual strong reviews for his final work before shipping for the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), covering six furlongs in 1:12 March 11.
After turning in his first workout since capturing the Feb. 20 Razorback Handicap (G3) in his seasonal bow, Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner let his connections know he is willing to be Dubai bound.
Where a equine herpesvirus-1 outbreak at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots disrupted initial plans for Gun Runner's 2017 debut, a looming threat from Mother Nature could toss yet another wrench into his connections' best-laid hopes.
Finally free of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Gun Runner had his first breeze at Oaklawn Park Feb. 13 in preparation for the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3).
Should Untapped boast half the talent of her sibling, she should be in good stead when she makes her stakes debut Jan. 21 in the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
With the entire Fair Grounds backstretch currently under quarantine due to an EHV-1 outbreak, no horses are permitted to ship in or out of the track—an issue that could complicate hopes to run Gun Runner in the Pegasus World Cup (G1).
For the third consecutive season, Tapit has broken his own the single-season progeny earnings record.
Champion Untapable, winner of the 2014 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), will be bred to unbeaten champion Frankel for her initial mating in 2017, according to David Fiske, manager of owner Winchell Thoroughbreds.
The complexion of two of the biggest stakes on Churchill Downs' fall schedule hinges on whether a pair of Breeders' Cup runners-up take one more stab at ending their 2016 campaigns on winning notes.
Louisiana-based owners and a Louisiana-based trainer hope the home cooking works for their Mo Tom, who hopes to turn the tables on Gun Runner in the March 26 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds
The 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned to the worktab with a four-furlong breeze in :52 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 28 and is gearing up for a 2016 racing campaign.
Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Untapable was withdrawn from the Oct. 30 race for fillies and mares the morning of Oct. 27 after the champion 2014 Distaff winner spiked a temperature.
A pair of Winchell Thoroughbreds' leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup were on the track at Keeneland early Oct. 18, with Untapable breezing five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 and Tapiture getting the same distance in 1:00 3/5.
Likely 3-year-old filly champion Untapable and multiple graded stakes-winning stablemate Tapiture are busily preparing for their 4-year-old campaigns after arriving Dec. 13 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The only drama in a half-mile breeze by likely Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) favorite Untapable came before the start of her work April 27 at Churchill Downs.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Tapit filly Untapable may surprise in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Winchell Thoroughbreds, which has had success with offspring of the stallion Tapit, purchased one of his fillies for $300,000 during the July 12 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Lexington.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapizar has been taken off the Derby trail after a chip was discovered in his left knee following his disappointing fifth-place finish in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at odds of 1-5 Feb. 12
Robert LaPenta jokingly discusses his Blue Grass Stakes strategy during a preview dinner at Keeneland April 10.
Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Tapit had his first breeze Tuesday since withdrawing from the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), due to a recurrence of a lung ailment that has plagued him since the Florida Derby (gr. I).
The past performances certainly indicate that Smarty Jones should win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and become racing 12th Triple Crown winner. But then there is the X-factor, Tapit, who looks to be the unknown quantity that could turn the past performances upside down.
Owner Michael Gill's offer of $3 million for Winchell Thoroughbreds' classics hopeful Tapit was refused.
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