Barry K. Schwartz's Princess Violet appears the one to beat in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park May 9.
More stories, quips, and insights from this year's Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner held April 28 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville.
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Frosted and Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart were both on the track for the first time at Churchill April 29, joined by multiple graded-stakes winner El Kabeir.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin talks about the arrival of Kentucky Derby contender Frosted April 29. watch video
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin talks about the arrival of Kentucky Derby contender Frosted April 29.
Triple Crown contenders Upstart and Frosted took to the track just after 8:00 a.m. ET April 25 at Palm Meadows to record their final pre-race breezes for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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Bodhisattva shook off a determined challenger with a powerful late surge and won the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at April 18 Pimlico Race Course, possibly earning consideration for the Preakness (gr. I) next month.
Godolphin Racing's recent maiden winner All Hands, a full brother to ill-fated Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles, is to make his stakes debut in the $100,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds April 18 at Pimlico Race Course.
The $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) Saturday, April 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack has attracted just four fillies and mares, led by Mamdooha and La Verdad.
Frosted's two-length Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 4 win put him among top contenders for the Kentucky Derby.
Godolphin Racing's Frosted punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with a clear victory in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin believes he's corrected several of the colt's issues and is expecting a big effort April 4 in the 1 1/8-mile race, Frosted's last chance to make the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
A pair of contenders put their final works in March 29 for the $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I), in advance of the April 4 race at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Shadwell Stable's homebred Mamdooha shrugged off a nearly year-long layoff to win her fifth straight race and fourth straight stakes in the $100,000 Correction Stakes March 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Upstart, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and disqualified from first in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), breezed six furlongs at Palm Meadows March 13. Frosted and Imperia also worked.
Shadwell Stable's Mamdooha will return from a year-long layoff and attempt to extend her win streak to five straight races when she starts in the Correction Stakes at six furlongs March 14 at Aqueduct.
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir came out of his convincing win in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) in fine fettle and will be aimed for the $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir looms the one to beat in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack March 7.
The decision by Stonestreet Stables to have undefeated Ocean Knight bypass the March 7 Gotham Stakes in favor of the Tampa Bay Derby sets up a showdown between that colt and Carpe Diem, owned by Stonestreet and WinStar Farms.
The top three finishers in the Jan. 17 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) will face several new shooters in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Kiaran McLaughlin, a former D. Wayne Lukas assistant who grew up near Lexington, has started five horses in the Derby, all longshots. He came tantalizingly close to winning with his initial starter, the 71-1 Closing Argument.
Never worse than second in seven lifetime starts, Godolphin Racing's speedy Wedding Toast goes for her sixth victory and second in a graded stakes Feb. 21 in the $100,000 Rampart (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, a three-time winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will send out the duo of Eskenformoney and Enchantress Feb. 21 in the one-mile test for 3-year-old fillies.
Ralph M. Evans' Upstart has been installed the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field entered for the Feb. 21, $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Far From Over and El Kabeir, the first two finishers in the Withers Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7, could be headed for a rematch in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) in one month at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Godolphin Racing's Divided Attention claimed her first stakes victory, taking the $100,000 Ladies Handicap over two-time grade I winner Bell Gallantey Feb. 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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.
Erik and Pavla Nygaard, breeders of the brilliant Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) winner Ocean Knight, are doing things the right way.
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight remained undefeated in two starts and aced both his 3-year-old and stakes debuts Jan. 31, taking the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight, winner of his only start in solid fashion, and record-setting Florida horse Catalina Red head a group of 12 entered for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs.
After winning last year's Holy Bull (gr. II) with Cairo Prince, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin returns to the $400,000 race Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park with another strong contender in the highly regarded Frosted.
Ralph M. Evans' New York-bred Upstart is slated to embark on his much-anticipated 3-year-old campaign Jan. 24 in the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. A competitive nature, sly wit, and drive to succeed have carried him to the top of the game.
Jazil, winner of the 2006 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), died after sustaining an injury in his paddock Oct. 11 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington.
Alpha, a son of leading sire and fellow Darley stallion Bernardini -- and the first horse to win both the Travers and the Woodward in nearly 15 years -- has been retired to Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions in New York.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin took a shot with well-bred maiden Imperia in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 28 at Belmont Park, and the colt now appears Breeders' Cup bound after uncoiling a big late charge.
Stonestreet Stables' Cavorting outfought favored Angela Renee through the stretch to take the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) by 1 3/4 lengths at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 10.
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"Here comes the most famous maiden in the world," said one horseman Aug. 4 on the backside of Saratoga Race Course as unraced Jess's Dream made his way to the main track.
Jess's Dream, a Curlin--Rachel Alexandra colt stretches his legs on Saratoga's main track Aug. 4.
Jess's Dream, one of racing's most highly anticipated 2-year-olds, arrived at the barn of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 3 after a 24-hour van ride from the Stonestreet Training Center in Ocala.
Godolphin's well-bred Antipathy moved to take charge on the turn and scooted clear to victory in the Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 27 at muddy Saratoga Race Course.
Flashy American will take another run at the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course July 27, wheeling back after a third-place finish in the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) two weeks earlier.
Front-running Sayaad, making his first appearance in more than eight months, drew away from favored Kharafa in the stretch to capture the $147,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes on a yielding turf July 4 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reports that Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince is slated to undergo surgery April 25 in Lexington and could return for a late summer/early autumn campaign.
Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince has sustained an injury to his left front ankle and will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said April 19.
Steve Haskin reflects on this year's "Road to the Kentucky Derby" and shares his thoughts on who will be on top on the first Saturday in May.
Steve Haskin makes the case for Kentucky Derby contender Cairo Prince. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was able to breathe a sigh of relief the morning of April 13 with Cairo Prince ranked 20th on the qualifying list.
Kiaran McLaughlin was able to breathe a sigh of relief the morning of April 13 with Cairo Prince ranked 20th on the qualifying list for the Kentucky Derby after the final two major preps a day earlier.
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