Corey Nakatani, who celebrated his 34th birthday Oct. 21, has been booked to ride in all eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.
Azeri is already among elite company: Horse of the Year in 2002, back-to-back champion older mare in 2002 and 2003, and all-time leading North American female earner. With a victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I), she would join the brilliant Bayakoa as the only two-time Distaff winners in history.
Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute worked five furlongs in 1:01 over the Santa Anita turf course Monday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30.
Making her first start since finishing 16th in the $1.6 million Yasuda Kinen on turf in Tokyo in June, Island Fashion won a stretch-long duel with Elloluv and held off a flying Miss Loren for a half-length victory in the grade II, $250,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares.
J. Paul Reddam's Elloluv, a leading 3-year-old filly in 2003 when she won the Ashland Stakes (gr. I), but winless in six subsequent starts in top company, returned to form Thursday with a solid victory in the featured $76,000 Piedra Foundation Handicap.
With a lineup that includes four multiple graded stakes winners, Sunday's $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) boasts one of the strongest fields of fillies and mares ever gathered for the 1 1/8-mile fixture on Del Mar's main track.
J. Paul Reddam's Elloluv, who has compiled earnings of $1.2 million running against the best fillies of her generation, will make her 11th straight start in a graded race on Saturday when she goes to the gate for the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.
James Weigel's 9-1 outsider Dream of Summer made her initial foray into graded stakes company look as simple as can be, recording a gate-to-wire victory in the $150,000 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park Saturday.
Coconut Girl, who ended Ema Bovary's nine-race winning streak to capture the Desert Stormer Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park on June 5, hopes to complete a rare sweep when she faces eight foes in the $150,000 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares Saturday.
Everest Stable Inc.'s overlooked homebred Island Fashion dominated a solid group of 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Santa Anita, romping to a six-length victory in the $250,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I).
Elloluv, second to 40-1 outsider Adoration in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25, "is geared up and ready to go" for Saturday's $250,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I), first leg of the three-race La Canada Series won last season by Got Koko.
Eliciting a "beautiful" from trainer Craig Dollase, J. Paul Reddam's Elloluv turned in a three-furlong work in :36 3/5 before sunrise Tuesday at Santa Anita, completing her serious work toward Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Azeri's 11-race winning streak came to a surprising halt Sunday – 27 days before the Breeders' Cup – when Got Koko rallied past the reigning Horse of the Year and went on to a half-length win in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Reigning Horse of the Year Azeri will carry 128 pounds, the highest impost of her storied career, and spot her rivals at least 10 pounds apiece in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Santa Anita.
J.P. Reddam's multiple grade 1 winner Elloluv, unraced since finishing fourth in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, worked three furlongs in :36 1/5 at Del Mar on Monday.
A field of 12 has been entered for the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Friday at Churchill Downs.
Elloluv, winner of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on April 5, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 under Robby Albarado at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela will ride Everest Stables' Island Fashion in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), his agent, Nick Cosato, said Wednesday.
Reigning juvenile filly champion Storm Flag Flying has yet to race in 2003, but that did not stop racing fans across the United States from making the unbeaten filly a solid favorite in Churchill Downs' inaugural Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which ended its four-day run on April 6.
Elloluv, who ran away from previously undefeated Lady Tak and the remainder of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) field in an impressive display at Keeneland Saturday, is still a good price in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager at 12-1.
J. Paul Reddam's Elloluv, the second-best filly on the West Coast, shipped into Keeneland on Saturday to post a mild upset over previously undefeated Lady Tak in the grade I, $551,750 Ashland Stakes (gr. I).
Undefeated Storm Flag Flying is a lukewarm favorite at 5-1 in the first-ever Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Future Wager as the betting closed on Friday.
After earlier saying he was not considering a change in jockey for Kafwain, his prime 3-year-old Kentucky Derby candidate, trainer Bob Baffert said he has offered the mount to Patrick Valenzuela, who was aboard the colt for a five-furlong work on Wednesday.
Grade I winners Storm Flag Flying and Elloluv and undefeated Lady Tak are among the 67 fillies nominated for the April 5 Ashland Stakes.
Making hay while Azeri works toward her return, Starrer wins her third graded stakes in a row by taking the Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita.
With one win apiece, Composure and Elloluv continue their blossoming rivalry Saturday in the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park.
Composure outfought Elloluv to the wire to win Sunday's exciting renewal of the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita. Under jockey Jerry Bailey, Composure completed the one-mile main track event in 1:36.13, a neck-length ahead of her rival.
Composure will seek to avenge her loss to Elloluv in December's Hollywood Starlet in Sunday's $200,000 Las Virgenes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' Composure, looking to make amends for her second-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the Dec. 14 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I), worked five furlongs in :58 4/5, handily, at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.
J. Paul Reddam's Elloluv rallied from the outside with Watching You through the stretch, pulling away in the late stages to capture the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Monday.
Elloluv won't be overlooked in the wagering when she runs in Monday's $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs at Santa Anita.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and early Kentucky Derby favorite Vindication worked for the first time as a sophomore Monday, logging a half-mile in :48 2/5, handily, over Santa Anita's fast main track. Exercise rider Dana Barnes was in the irons for the move, which was listed as the 22nd fastest of the 46 who worked at the distance.
Elloluv shows off the legs that make her the hot new Hollywood Starlet.
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