The top four finishers of the Jan. 14 Ruthless Stakes, led by winner Yorkiepoo Princess, are entered for Aqueduct's Busher Stakes Feb. 25. The $150,000 race offers 50 points to the winner in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) standings.
"I believe in fate," says Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "I believe that something really good is about to happen... but it's something we're just going to have to wait and see."
Long before racing fans became acquainted with the brilliance of likely Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah, J.B. and Kevin McKathan recognized his vast potential.
El Kabeir, the current leader on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will look to take the next step toward the starting gate on the first Saturday in May when he tackles the $250,000 Withers.
Trainer Todd Pletcher was keeping his options open on the next start for Verrazano, who became the early favorite for the 2013 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with his March 9 win in the Tampa Bay Derby.
Surging in the final yards, Swift Warrior prevailed in a tight four-horse finish to the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes for his second grade III victory in a row Feb. 16 on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs.
Swift Warrior made his first-ever start at Sam Houston Race Park a successful one Jan. 26, when he beat nine rivals in the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) in a pacesetting effort.
Even-money choice More Than Love, making her stakes debut, was all-out to the final lunge to nose ultra-game 29-1 pacesetter Starship Flare in the $100,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf Nov. 25.
Linda Gaudet's Monster Chaser tops a field of nine in Friday's $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes for 2-year-olds at Pimlico. Jockey Richard Monterrey, who has been aboard Monster Chaser for his last three starts, will guide the bay gelding from post four.
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