The first day of turf works for the upcoming spring meet at Keeneland brought out a contingent of horses from trainer Wesley Ward's barn March 31, headed by two Breeders' Cup winners.
Here is a complete list of the 2014 Eclipse Award winners, as voted on and presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association/Equibase, Daily Racing Form, and National Turf Writers Association.
Hard as it is to believe that a daughter of a Horse of the Year out of a mare by another Horse of the Year sold for only $20,000 as a yearling, it isn't hard to see that she could become a champion.
The Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland mixed sales, which run Nov. 3-14 in Kentucky and feature some standout horses and Breeders' Cup-related catalog updates, should maintain market stability, officials say.
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There was no Groupie Doll to stand in her way this season, and Judy the Beauty would not be denied victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
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A winner of three straight races, Artemis Agrotera could nail down champion female sprinter honors if the daughter of Roman Ruler can extend that victory streak in the DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Group I victor No Nay Never led the quartet with a bullet five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on a firm course in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Two-time grade I winner Artemis Agrotera boasts a three-race win streak going into this year's $1 million DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Zayat Stables homebred American Pharoah handily worked five furlongs in :58 3/5 on Monday, Oct. 20 as the son of Pioneerof the Nile continues work toward the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Two prominent horses being pointed to this year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Judy the Beauty and Midnight Lucky, will enter the seven-furlong race off long breaks. Both have shown ability to win off long breaks.
Judy the Beauty, able to sit off a hot pace duel, swung into action in the stretch and inched away to a clear victory in the $147,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 17 at Del Mar.
Reneesgotzip returns to Del Mar Aug. 17 to defend her title in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Stakes (gr. III), but the speedster faces a salty cast in her first start since the 2013 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Sprint.
Midnight Lucky had nearly a year since her last race, but lost none of her class in the interim. She rumbled into the stretch of the $330,600 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill and widened away to a 4 1/2 length victory.
Owner/trainer Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty, a seven-time winner who never has finished worse than third in 15 starts, eyes consecutive grade I victories in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill May 3.
Judy the Beauty, the 3-5 favorite, wins the $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. The 5-year-old Ghostzapper mare is owned and trained by Wesley Ward.
Already 3-for-3 at Keeneland, Judy the Beauty will try to nail down the first grade I victory of her career April 12 in the $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) at the Lexington track.
Judy the Beauty, game runner-up in last fall's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), began what Wesley Ward hopes is a championship campaign with a sharp win in Santa Anita's $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 9.
Florida-based Judy the Beauty heads a field of five for the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 9 at Santa Anita Park, her first start since the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) last fall.
Groupie Doll shot down any criticism she wasn't the same this year with a game off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
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Both Wise Dan and Groupie Doll, who led the list of notable upsets nationwide in major stakes tests Oct. 5, remain on target for their respective dates in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, according to their trainers.
Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty cruises past Gypsy Robin and champion Groupie Doll to win the Oct. 5 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. The daughter of Ghostzapper gets the six furlongs in 1:09.23.
Groupie Doll, the champion female sprinter of 2012, tops a compact but talented field for the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 5 at Keeneland.
Champion Groupie Doll rallied from well off a sizzling pace to capture the $400,200 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II) in track-record time for 6 1/2 furlongs Sept. 9 at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.
While Groupie Doll returned from a layup with a passable third in the Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park, she'll have little margin for error in the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 9.
Champion female sprinter Groupie Doll tightened the screws for her title defense in the Sept. 9 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) on Sept. 3, going a half in :47 3/5 at Churchill Downs.
Dance to Bristol ran her winning streak to seven races with her first grade I tally in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes, staving off favored Book Review by a head with determination Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Dance to Bristol has answered every question asked in her past six starts by delivering six wins. She faces a bigger task in the Aug. 23 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) against 10 others including Starship Truffles and Book Review.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
It's not surprising that Ghostzapper's offspring would do best when given time, and it's more than likely that this was the reason for his perceived initial 'failure to launch.'
Razor sharp Starship Truffles seized the lead rounding the turn and drew off impressively in the stretch to post an 8-1 upset in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) July 6 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Trainer Marty Wolfson, winner of a record three editions of the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, has entered five for this year's July 6 edition at Calder--against the likes of Reneesgotzip and Judy the Beauty.
Dust and Diamonds, getting good at the right time, disposed of better-known rivals Musical Romance and Turbulent Descent with ease in capturing the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths at Belmont.
Headed by national female sprint champion Musical Romance and multiple grade I winner Turbulent Descent, the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 22 at Belmont Park came up as an exceptionally tough race.
Emma's Encore won the Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) last time out at odds of 39-1, and the daughter of Congrats proved that score no fluke in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.
Undefeated in six races before losing badly in her last start, Agave Kiss will attempt to start a new streak at a new track when she faces six rivals in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.
Untried Grace Hall won the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) like a true professional Sept. 4, stalking the leaders into the stretch and sweeping past favored Judy the Beauty to handily win the $250,000 event at Saratoga.
Judy the Beauty will face eight in the seven-furlong Spinaway (gr. I), which is the headliner on Saratoga's 12-race Sunday program. The daughter of Ghostzapper, undefeated in three starts, will make her first start on dirt.
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