Mark "Snake" Thompson, a fixture at North American racetracks and sales for several decades, continues to improve from the effects of a stroke as his friends and colleagues continue to help raise funds for his care.
Some patient handling by trainer Scooter Dickey and an explosive late kick urged on by jockey Joe Bravo allowed Flatlined to earn the first graded stakes win of his career Jan. 14 in the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (G2T) at Gulfstream Park.
Robert Baker and William Mack’s Giant Run lived up to his name when he won the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby by 1 1/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park Dec. 31.
Green Lantern Stables' A.P. Indian, in the midst of a four-race win streak capped by his first victory in grade I company, drew outside of the other speed in a full field for the $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
Favored Blacktype, an impressive winner of an allowance race at Belmont Park in his previous start, rallied in the stretch to win the $158,500 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Bradester continued his torrid run at his favorite racetrack in the$200,000 Monmouth Cup (gr. II) July 31 at the Jersey Shore.
The rail was dead earlier on the July 9 card at Belmont Park, but that didn't stop jockey Joe Bravo from taking the inside path to victory aboard A. P. Indian in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III).
Donegal Racing's Donegal Moon, fourth in the Sir Barton Stakes in his last start, broke through for his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Betfair.com Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds June 19 at Monmouth Park.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester fired his best shot June 18 to earn his first grade I victory in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
The promising Pennsylvania-bred filly Dark Nile ran her record to three wins in four starts with a come-from-behind victory in the $50,000 Our Mims Stakes for 3-year-old fillies June 8 at Delaware Park.
Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's homebred Middleburg has shown his best at Monmouth Park and gave another example June 5 in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. III).
Veteran Ben's Cat was upstaged by a youngster who looks to have a good future ahead of him June 4 in the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National.
Big Blue Kitten, the champion older turf male of 2015, headlines a field of 13 for the 29th running of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races.
Already a two-time grade I winner in route races, Sheer Drama opened her 6-year-old season with a top-level win sprinting in the Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 9 at Keeneland.
Undrafted caught a sizzling pace to close into and rallied for the win April 9, taking the $200,000 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland for owners Wes Welker and Sol Kumin.
The Mark Casse trainee would not be denied April 2 as he closed with a sustained rally through the Gulfstream Park stretch and won the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) by a head.
Battling wide in the lane, Upstart completed a long drive to edge away from Domain's Rap and others for a one-length win in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Victor Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita's highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
A winner in her last five starts over synthetic footing, HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing's Living The Life will head back to the Southern California turf Nov. 1 in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) at Del Mar.
Greenpointcrusader put in the first of two scheduled Keeneland works for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 over a fast track the morning of Oct. 19.
Annual Report was in tight at the break and trailed the field early on, but the 2-year-old colt rallied with a big late run to win the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) Oct 17 at Belmont Park.
St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables, and Brooklyn Boyz Stables' Greenpointcrusader went from last-out maiden winner to grade I winner in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.
"The other Casse," Conquest Daddyo was overlooked off a runner-up finish in the Aug. 15 Vandal Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 15, but finds himself a graded stakes victor in just his third start.
Strict Compliance got a stiff challenge from Isabella Sings in the stretch run of the Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Monmouth Park, but found just enough in the final strides to earn her first graded score.
Amid the hubbub around a potential budding rivalry between Untappable and Stopchargingmaria, Harold Queen's Sheer Drama played spoiler Aug. 29, defeating both in the $750,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course.
Stopchargingmaria and champion Untapable were one-two in the Aug. 2 Shuvee Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. They meet again at the same nine-furlong trip Aug. 29 in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I).
Even-money Favorite Middleburg had been knocking at the door of graded stakes success in his three previous starts and finally broke through Aug. 23 at Monmouth Park in the Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT).
A late rally into second by Watsdachances helped the daughter of Diamond Green to her first grade I victory when she was placed first in the Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky, out of the shadow of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, rallied nicely from off the pace to capture the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.
Sheer Drama turned the tables on Frivolous to win the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) July 18 at Delaware Park and earn the first grade I victory of her career.
Harold Queen's Sheer Drama will attempt to avenge her loss to Frivolous in the June 13 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) when those two and five other fillies and mares face off in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) July 18.
After finishing second in his two most recent stakes tries, Stanford took care of business Saturday, July 11 to win the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Big Blue Kitten surged late to win his second edition of the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 5 at Monmouth Park.
The Malibu Moon colt, who had not won a race since his debut maiden victory 14 starts back, had just enough to give in the 1 1/16-mile test, edging out Tencendur and Divining Rod for the victory June 20 at Thistledown.
Jockey Joe Bravo guided in his 5,000th career winner May 23 when Boss Man won the sixth race at Monmouth Park.
When a hole opened up in the stretch, Big Blue Kitten shot through to win the $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 2 at Belmont Park.
Bethlehem Stables, Michael Dubb, and Highclere America's Rosalind snapped a six-race losing streak when she held off the late run of Maximova to take the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park May 2.
The winners of the past two Belmont Stakes (gr. I) will both make their 2015 debut in the $150,000 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) May 2 at Belmont Park.
Frammento, fourth in the April 4 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :48 under jockey Joe Bravo April 24 at Keeneland. Clockers caught the Midshipman colt in fractions of :12 1/5, :24, :48 and out in 1:02 2/5.
The longest price on the board delivered a game performance at Keeneland April 18, 30-1 shot Dramedy putting pressure on frontrunner My Afleet all the way around and then just holding off the late charge of Dynamic Sky.
Harold Queen's homebred Sheer Drama finally got a clean trip over the Gulfstream Park dirt course and showed what she's capable of unencumbered in the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (gr. II) March 21.
Joseph Shields Jr.'s House Rules overcame a bump at the start and survived an objection to win her first graded stakes Feb. 21 -- the $100,000 Rampart (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Protonico powered past favorite Bay of Plenty in early stretch and kicked on for a clear win in the $200,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack, completing an easy last-to-first rally.
French import Ball Dancing, making her United States debut, surged late from between horses to edge stablemate Xcellence in the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 13 at rainy Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown.
Todd Pletcher recorded his 1,000th career stakes winner when Protonico surged late under Joe Bravo to take the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) at Parx Racing on the Labor Day Pennsylvania card Sept. 1.
Condo Commando took all of the drama out of track announcer Tom Durkin's final call when she romped to victory in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) over a sloppy track at rainy Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's two-time grade I winner Big Blue Kitten was guided out of a pocket in the stretch and completed a last-to-first rally in the $100,000 Lure Stakes in his 2014 debut Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.
Moyglare Stud's homebred wins his third graded stakes on the turf June 8 in New Jersey.
Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbreds confirmed June 2 that Todd Pletcher trainee Matterhorn will run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), with New Jersey-based jockey Joe Bravo to get the mount.
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