Trainer Steve Knapp was minding his own business at Del Mar one day when he looked up and saw a horse he liked. After $85,000 was spent for the claiming horse, he had a new runner in his barn.
Prior to Sunday's Atto Mile (gr. IT), the biggest knock on TNT Stud's Leroidesanimaux is that all of his previous North American wins had been relatively close races. In winning his eighth straight, the Bobby Frankel pupil took care of that with an authoritative performance on a soft course at Woodbine.
Leroidesanimaux puts his seven-race winning streak on the line as the 9-5 morning line favorite against eight opponents in Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (Can-I) at Woodbine.
The pacesetter Whilly refused to give in when headed in the stretch by favorite King of Happiness and outlasted his rival to win the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday.
King of Happiness, who lost the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) a month ago by one-half length to Castledale, has been accorded 9-5 favoritism among nine entrants in the $250,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday.
An impressive stretch burst made Castledale a grade I winner on the turf when he captured the $369,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Monday at Hollywood Park.
Trainer Julio Canani, who has dominated the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) the last six years, seeks his fourth victory in the $350,000 turf test at Hollywood Park on Monday when he saddles veteran Special Ring.
Trainer Neil Drysdale was the coolest character at Hollywood Park as his turf horses King of Happiness and Red Fort battled to a desperate finish in the $107,200 Inglewood Handicap (gr. III) Saturday. King of Happiness won the head bob by a nose.
Mister Acpen, a 7-year-old Chilean-bred whose life may have been saved by finding refuge in The Netherlands, returns from a 16-month layoff Saturday as one of the contenders in Hollywood Park's $100,000-added Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who suffered a knee injury when unseated following the start of the fourth race at Hollywood Park April 22 and has not ridden since, will rest his aching knee until Saturday, agent Ronnie Ebanks said Wednesday.
Skeedattle Stable's Mr O'Brien found his closing kick again after four straight losing races, taking Saturday's $270,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at a mile on the Belmont Park Widener turf course.
Prestonwood Farm's Special Ring will be making his first start of 2004 Sunday when he seeks to defend his crown in the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar.
Sweet Return, the winner of three consecutive graded stakes, attempts to extend his streak in the $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Monday at Hollywood Park.
Sweet Return and Tsigane each worked on the Hollywood Park turf course Sunday morning for the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on May 31.
King of Happiness, an impressive winner of the $62,000 allowance feature on the Hollywood Park turf Thursday is headed for bigger things. But the victory was bittersweet for trainer Neil Drysdale, who was out of the country due to the death of his mother.
Three-year-old Trade Fair continued his comeback Saturday with an impressive victory in the Criterion Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket.
Saeed Suhail's King of Happiness overtook pacesetter Della Francesca with a quarter-mile to run, then drew away to defeat that rival by two lengths in Thursday's one-mile Craven Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket.
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