Team Valor International has hired Rick Mettee to train all of its North American-based racehorses, replacing Graham Motion, the partnership group announced April 5.
Trainer Graham Motion, fresh off a grade I win in the Hollywood Turf Cup, guns for another at Hollywood Park when he sends out three entrants in the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes on the turf Nov. 25.
Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith's Together, who rallied to finish second in the Oct. 8 First Lady (gr. IT), will remain at Keeneland this week for a run in the Oct. 15 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
German-bred Daveron, C.S. Silk, and Never Retreat, all graded stakes winners in 2011, headline an overflow field of 12 fillies and mares, plus two also-eligibles for the Oct. 8 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
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Juddmonte Farms' homebred filly is 5-2 morning-line choice for June 11 Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. The one-mile race for older fillies and mares is worth $400,000.
Grade I winner Gypsy's Warning will make her season debut as the 123-pound high weight in a full field of fillies and mares shooting for the $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) April 16 at Keeneland.
Comma to the Top, who won three stakes on two surfaces, including the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I), was voted Horse of the Meet in the annual media poll as the autumn meet concluded Sunday.
After missing narrowly in her last two grade I attempts, Gypsy's Warning broke through by rallying to win the $250,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Nov. 26 at Hollywood Park.
Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, which has won the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) a record six times, is poised to try for another Nov. 26 when the $250,000 event is run at Hollywood Park for the 29th time.
Hibaayeb, making her United States debut for Godolphin Racing, outfought Turning Top in the final furlong to win Oak Tree's $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) on the turf at Hollywood Park Oct. 2.
English group I winner Hibaayeb makes her United States debut for owner Godolphin Racing against eight filly and mare rivals in the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) at Oak Tree's Hollywood Park meet Oct. 2.
Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois, who named the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) for his wife, won the race for the first time when his Eclair de Lune rolled to victory over Hot Cha Cha.
Tuscan Evening's sad demise earlier this month has left the $750,000 Beverly D. devoid of any obvious favorite on Arlington Million day Aug. 21 at Arlington Park.
Defending titleholder Points of Grace and last out Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) victor Gypsy's Warning are the ones to beat in the $300,000 Dance Smarty Stakes (Can-IIIT) July 18 at Woodbine.
Making her first start in the United States, South African mare Gypsy's Warning caught favored Maram in the final stride to post a 7-1 upset in the $147,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Monmouth Park turf May 31.
Maram, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner from 2008, makes her season debut off a layoff when facing six fillies and mares in the $150,000 Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) in Monmouth Park's Memorial Day feature.
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