Dominant Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) winner Just a Way leads the second edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014 with a 130 rating.
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Lea, who was expected to race in the upcoming Charles Town Classic (gr. II), spiked a fever the week of April 7 and will miss a couple weeks of training, according to trainer Bill Mott.
Game On Dude, who recently won the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) for a record-breaking third time, heads the first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014.
Lea opened a big lead off the final turn and turned back the late charge of 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge to capture the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) in track-record time Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Will Take Charge will be on his way to becoming a handicap star if he aces this test as the 123-pound highweight. Runners to face him Feb. 9 include Revolutionary, Lea, River Seven, Uncaptured, and Bourbon Courage.
Champion Will Take Charge arrived by van early the morning of Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park, where he is slated to make his 2014 debut in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 9.
Will Take Charge, recently crowned 3-year-old champion male, will be the 123-pound highweight for his 4-year-old debut, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
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Lea shook off pacesetter Csaba in early stretch and comfortably held back runner-up Jackson Bend as he romped clear to win the $100,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park.
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Ahmed Zayat hopes to make an early trip to the winner's circle in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 31, just before Paynter continues on his comeback trail in the featured Woodward (gr. I).
Heavily favored Wise Dan ran his winning streak to eight while rolling to a repeat victory in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course, defeating pacesetter King Kreesa by 1 1/4 lengths Aug. 10.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti contemplated the question, scuffed his work boots in the dirt a little, answered with a thoughtful air. "Wise Dan? He's every bit as good as where I had him last season."
Horse of the Year Wise Dan is sitting on "go" for the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) to be run at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 10, following a half-mile breeze over the New York oval's main track Aug. 3.
The conditions were dreadful, the weight spread oppressive, but Wise Dan found a way to overcome all adversity to capture the Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) on the night of June 29 over yielding turf at rainy Churchill Downs.
There's no doubt he's the best horse in the race, but can reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcome his 128-pound impost in the $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) June 29 against a modest group at Churchill Downs?
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's homebred Lea didn't disappoint as the favorite in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 17 at Churchill Downs.
In a driving rainstorm at Hawthorne Oct. 13, Two Months Rent emerged from the pack at mid-stretch to chase down Film Shot in the final yards for a neck victory at 20-1 odds in the $200,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT).
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