In his first race in more than a year, Fox Hill Farms' Normandy Invasion finished second in his 5-year-old season debut in what amounted to a match race with winner Our Caravan July 1 at Delaware Park.
Fox Hill Farms' Normandy Invasion, away from the races for more than a year in part because of a fractured right front sesamoid, is scheduled to return in a $36,000 allowance event July 1 at Delaware Park.
Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, winner of the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in her last start, is gearing up for her race at Delaware Park, the summer base for trainer Larry Jones.
Lukewarm favorite off a poor effort last time out, RMJ Stables' 2014 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) winner Fortune Pearl hopes to return to the winner's circle at the Mid-Atlantic track in the $100,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) June 20.
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace appears the one to beat in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course May 16.
After winning the first two starts of her career, including an easy score in the Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (gr. II), Miss Ella will try to continue her roll May 15 in the Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III).
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lovely Maria shipped back to Keeneland shortly after her May 1 victory and came out of the race in good order, trainer Larry Jones said May 2.
With a 10:30 a.m. first race post time, hopefuls for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) went to the track early May 2 and then returned to their respective barns to await the classic later in the afternoon.
A visual review of the 2015 Kentucky Oaks, from the prelims, to the race, to the celebrations afterwards. View Slideshow
Claire Novak recaps Lovely Maria's victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and updates the condition of Sarah Sis, who was pulled up. Watch Video
Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, in contention early through moderate fractions, turned it on in the stretch and pulled away to capture the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Larry Jones, born and raised in Kentucky and with two winners of the Longtines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to his credit, has a pair of strong candidates for the May 1 filly race at Churchill Downs.
Kosta Hronis said Stellar Wind will have to do "something special" if she is going to top 13 other 3-year-old fillies May 1 in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Stellar Wind was installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite when 15 fillies were entered for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Larry Jones sent out his two fillies for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) the morning of April 26 at Churchill Downs. Lovely Maria went five furlongs in :59 3/5 and I'm a Chatterbox got the same trip in 1:01.
The second-wettest April on record in Lexington gave Keeneland's new dirt track a stiff test.
Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner I'm a Chatterbox continued her preparations for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a five-furlong workout in 1:01 1/5 at Keeneland Race Course the morning of April 19.
Two-time Kentucky Oaks-winning trainer Larry Jones has two live 2015 contenders, Lovely Maria and I'm a Chatterbox. Watch Video
The "Road to Louisville" and the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) has a "Final Four" feel to it. Who are the top seeds? Evan Hammonds explores a group of talented 3-year-old fillies.
Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria chose the right date to put in the best race of her career, tracking the early pace and surging in the stretch to win the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland.
Longshot Include Betty punched her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a gutsy neck score in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 4 at Oaklawn Park.
I'm a Chatterbox, a homebred racing for Fletcher and Carolyn Gray, won the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite March 28, sweeping the three stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox (by Munnings), goes for her third straight stakes win March 28 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox rallied from far off the pace to win the $175,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Hard Aces, sharp winner of the Louisiana Handicap in his first start of 2015, has been sold privately to Hronis Racing with plans to ship to Southern California to take on Shared Belief in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.
Silverbulletday Stakes winner I'm a Chatterbox will aim for her first graded stakes win when she starts in the $175,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Feb. 21, at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.
Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion has returned to the track under the tutelage of Larry Jones, the second-leading trainer at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Sharp filly Cassatt won the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic as a heavy favorite the night of Jan. 24 at Sam Houston Race Park, holding on by neck over the fast-charging Angelica Zapata.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox, by Munnings, takes 3-year-old fillies wire-to-wire in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Albano was expected to ace the Louisiana Handicap in his Jan. 17 return to the races, but it was longshot Hard Aces who notched his first stakes score at odds of 9-1 in the $75,000 Fair Grounds event.
Sam Houston Race Park begins its 2014 live racing season the evening of Jan. 16 with full fields and anticipation for its major stakes night the following weekend.
The 23rd running of the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes has produced arguably the most impressive field in recent memory with its nine entrants for Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds, including Top Decile and West Coast Belle.
Brereton C. Jones' Albano looks to kick off what could be a breakthrough year when he heads the Louisiana Handicap; grade I winner Kitten's Dumplings returns for her first race since November of 2013 in the Marie G. Krantz.
Bouncing back from a ninth-place finish in last month's Raven Run Stakes (gr. II), eastern invader Cassatt led at every call while drawing off in the final furlong for an emphatic win in the $309,000 Zia Park Oaks Nov. 26.
Cassatt and Jojo Warrior, both graded stakes winners, and Shanon Nicole, victorious in two $200,000 stakes in a row, top the cast entered for the "Land of Enchantment Day" card Nov. 26 at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M.
Charles Town Oaks (gr. III) winner Miss Behaviour is the 120-pound highweight in a field of 13 sophomore fillies entered for the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Normandy Invasion, the talented but trouble-prone Fox Hill Farms runner who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has fractured a sesamoid, according to owner Rick Porter.
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Kellyn Gorder got the Autumn meet off to a good start on Friday, Oct. 3, when he took the first race of the season with WinStar's Race Day. read blog
Ten 3-year-olds, some of which may have their sights on the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in three weeks, will battle in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 1 at Parx Racing.
Starstruck, Calumet Farm's 5-year-old Galileo mare, headlines the $100,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 20 on the Jersey Shore, but the chestnut will have her work cut out for her against a full field.
The $500,000 Kettle One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) pits front-running speedster Wildcat Red against proven closer Coup de Grace, both sharing highweight assignments of 121 pounds Aug. 23 at Saratoga.
Fox Hill Farms' highly regarded Cassatt muscled her way to victory Aug. 9 in the $105,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park, earning her first graded stakes score and extending her winning streak to three.
Wearing the black and gold colors of historic Calumet Farm, Kerwin Clark split horses aboard Starstruck to take the $170,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park on July 27.
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace closed with gusto in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course July 26, taking advantage after a quick early pace set-up in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for his late-running style.
The $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course July 26 looks to have several intriguing contenders, some stretching out in distance and others dropping back.
Owner Rick Porter said June 19 he has moved multiple graded stakes-placed Normandy Invasion to the barn of trainer Larry Jones.
Brereton Jones' homebred Albano swiftly moved to challenge the front-runners around the turn and romped away to an open-lengths victory Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) June 15 at Monmouth Park.
An assistant to Larry Jones said April 20 the trainer had shown improvement from injuries he sustained the previous day when thrown from a horse at Delaware Park.
Larry Jones has just about had enough of Todd Pletcher. And if Pocho's Dream Girl had any idea what Pletcher has been doing to her sons, she would be incensed as well. read blog
Two locally based trainers and a locally trained filly, all of whom went on to national prominence, were inducted into the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame on the evening of March 12 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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