After finishing fifth in her graded stakes debut, Phillips Racing Partnership's Bellavais will try to return to her stakes-winning form when she faces an expected seven other 3-year-old fillies in the Soaring Softly Stakes May 20 at Belmont Park.
La Coronel stamped herself the pro-tem leader of a deep bunch of 3-year-old turf fillies when she handily bested an 11-horse field that included 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) winner New Money Honey and runner-up Coasted.
Individually, Lady Eli, Time and Motion, and Catch a Glimpse could vie for favoritism in any entry box. Together, they headline the 1 1/16-mile Jenny Wiley that boasts four top-level winners in its eight-horse field.
Toner himself admits to being guilty of underestimating what Bellavais would be capable of—that is until he witnessed her competitive fire literally jump into someone's face over the Gulfstream Park turf Jan. 7.
A day after graded stakes winner Recepta suffered a fractured pelvis while galloping at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Jimmy Toner reported that she is in comfortable and stable condition at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs.
Graded stakes winner Recepta, co-owned and co-bred by John Phillips, was injured during training at Saratoga Race Course on the morning of Aug. 5.
Time and Motion proved to be a fitting winner April 24 in the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Joe Sharp, who just entered his second year as a trainer, will saddle Sapphire Kitten as his first Breeders' Cup starter Oct. 30 at Keeneland in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Breeders' Cup hopefuls, led by grade I winner Frosted, continued their preparations in New York Oct. 15-16.
James Miller's grade I winner Daisy Devine heads $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs, but the proven speedster could face challenge from Winter Memories' half sister, the late-closing La Cloche.
Winter Memories battles Hungry Island and Tapitsfly, in the $500,000 Longines Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) at a mile on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard June 9.
Winter Memories will attempt to win her fourth graded stakes at Belmont Park when she makes her 2012 debut in the $150,000 Beaugay (gr. IIIT) on May 5.
Five-time graded stakes winner Winter Memories is on track to have another big season, according to trainer Jimmy Toner, as she prepares for her 4-year-old bow in the $150,000 Beaugay (gr. IIIT) on May 5 at Belmont Park.
Six Thoroughbreds that were traveling by van from Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland April 18 were involved in an accident along Interstate 95 in Colleton County, S.C.
Winter Memories, who was a dazzling four-time graded stakes winner in 2011, had her first official breeze of the year Feb. 21 at Palm Meadows.
Jimmy Toner left the door open for a possible Breeders' Cup appearance by Winter Memories, if she runs well in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) and comes out of it in good order.
It will be speed vs. closing power as Summer Soiree and Winter Memories clash.
Winter Memories and Bold Hawk are Keeneland-bound after turning in separate breezes on turf at Belmont Park Oct. 9. Winter Memories and Bold Hawk worked five furlongs in 1:01.50 and 1:02.70, respectively.
Winter Memories turned in her final workout in preparation for her grade I debut in the Sept. 17 Garden City at Belmont Park, breezing five furlongs in 1:03.48 Sept. 11 over the New York track's inner turf course.
Facing Winter Memories would seem an unenviable task for anyone right now, which is why the NYRA stakes coordinators should be commended for actually finding six 3-year-old fillies to face her in the Lake Placid.
This weekend at Saratoga, Winter Memories looks to follow in her dam's footsteps again when she will go off as the heavy favorite in the Aug. 21 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT).
Much Rejoicing seeks her first graded stakes win as the lukewarm favorite in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine turf Aug. 1.
Winter Memories is a special filly to Darby Dan Farm owner John Phillips, and it's not just because she's good enough to have been made the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr IT).
A little more than a year after breaking her maiden first out at Belmont, Melhor Ainda will start as the favorite in Saturday's $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. I) at 11 furlongs on the turf at the New York track.
Hall of Fame trainers Allen Jerkens and Scotty Schulhofer will participate in a panel discussion Aug. 9 in the Hall of Fame Gallery at the National Museum of Racing.
Wonder Again, once unstoppable in turf events but a winner of only one of her last eight starts in the past 21 months, tries to regain some of her lost glory in Monday's New York Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Grade I winner Kicken Kris, whose career turned with a switch to the turf, starts as the colt to beat in Belmont Park's $200,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IIT) at nine furlongs Sunday.
Just Wonder won't have to face the Bobby-Frankel trained Heat Haze in Saturday's $200,000 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares on the Saratoga turf, but she won't avoid the Frankel juggernaut entirely.
Saratoga Notebook: Volponi's Jockey Audible; Slow Go for Blazing Fury; Sky Mesa Pushed Back; Frankel Plots
Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson tried to out-think Breeders' Cup Classic (gr.I) winner Volponi Wednesday. He was at least partially successful.
Voodoo Dancer and Wonder Again, a pair of grade I winners that sit near the top of the female turf division, square off for the first time in Saturday's $100,000 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT).
John and Joan Phillips' Ellie's Moment opened her 2003 campaign Wednesday by running down favored front-runner Pocus Hocus to win the $77,075 Rare Treat Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct Park.
Caeser Kimmel and Ronald Nicholson's Blazing Fury has been declared out of Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). He suffered a tendon injury after galloping at Belmont Park Tuesday morning.
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