Five jockeys, three trainers and three racehorses comprise the 11 finalists on the National Museum of Racing's 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Museum's Hall of Fame Nominating Committee.
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire is still targeting the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland trainer Mark Casse confirmed, despite having a workout aborted March 3.
John C. Oxley's homebred Dream Dancing put a neck in front of favorite Coasted at the wire to win the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
Grade 1 winners Catch a Glimpse and Celestine are each set to make their seasonal debuts, as the two turf distaffers headline a field of nine in the $100,000 Sand Springs Stakes going one mile over the Gulfstream grass.
Stonestreet Farm's homebred Breeders' Cup runner-up Valadorna takes on Coffeepot Stables' homebred Golden Rod Stakes (G2) romper Farrell in the 1 1/16-mile test.
Juvenile champion Classic Empire will not start as expected in the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) March 4 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Mark Casse said Feb. 19.
Grade 3 winner La Coronel, the beaten favorite in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T), turned in her second timed move of the year Feb. 7 and is being pointed to the $200,000 Florida Oaks (G3T) at Tampa Bay Downs March 11.
Days after John Oxley's champion Classic Empire finished a well-beaten third to Irish War Cry in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2), a foot abscess was discovered in the son of Pioneerof the Nile.
After a mild case of colic, the planned 2017 season debut for Tepin has been pushed back.
Trainer Graham Motion reported Feb. 5 that the undefeated Irish War Cry, who posted a mild upset as the 3 3/4-length winner of the Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2), will target Gulfstream Park's Triple Crown preps.
Nearly ten years to the day since his sire signaled his brilliance at Gulfstream Park, Irish War Cry showed he could follow in his father's footsteps as a force on the Triple Crown trail.
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire makes his anticipated seasonal bow in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) against eight rivals at Gulfstream Park.
With her five-furlong move over the turf at Palm Meadows Training Center Feb. 1, Tepin again succeeded in sparking renewed hope that Plan 'A' can come off as scheduled.
Trainer Mark Casse declared 'all systems go' for Classic Empire to make his sophomore debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4 after working an easy five furlongs with grade 1 winning-stablemate Pretty City Dancer.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna took the necessary first step into her 3-year-old season with a confident score Jan. 27 in a conditional allowance race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner-up in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), will make her seasonal bow Jan. 27 against five challengers in an allowance optional claiming test at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The morning after she was voted champion turf female for a second consecutive year, Tepin signaled that another reign may be in the making as she worked four furlongs in company with Tamit, covering the distance in a bullet :47 4/5.
In a whirlwind tour that saw her win at five different tracks in three different countries, Tepin managed to maintain her superiority over one of the best divisions in racing in 2016.
Classic Empire, a rangy, good-looking son of Pioneerof the Nile, came to hand under the tutelage of Mark and Norm Casse, and then left the rest of the juvenile division in arrears as he claimed the Eclipse Award for 2016’s top 2-year-old male.
After recording a five-furlong work from the gate in 1:00.75 at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 21, trainer Mark Casse doesn't see any reason why Classic Empire shouldn't be on track for the Feb. 4 Holy Bull Stakes (G2).
Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.
John Oxley will turn 80 Jan. 24 but the classic-winning owner feels like he's half that age. And, he's ready to spend that energy on a busy upcoming racing and personal schedule.
Classic Empire, the heavy favorite to be named 2-year-old champion male, took another significant step Jan. 16 toward possibly launching his 3-year-old campaign in the Feb. 4 Holy Bull Stakes (G2).
John C. Oxley's Noble Bird is under consideration for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park following a sharp half-mile work Jan. 15.
The Casse Racing shedrow got their first positive answer to some questions Jan. 8 when Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Classic Empire and champion turf female Tepin each turned in their first moves of 2017.
The quarantine situation at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has already caused several disruptions among horsemen. Trainer Mark Casse is knocking wood that, so far, Valadorna remains among the unaffected.
After ranking second in 2014 and 2015, trainer Chad Brown would not be denied in 2016 as he moved to the top of the leading trainers by earnings for the first time.
A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.
It wasn't the smoothest of starts, but it was a stellar finish for King and His Court, who came from last to take the $125,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine Dec. 3.
14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) runner-up Valadorna will winter in New Orleans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, according to conditioner Mark Casse.
King and His Court faces fellow stakes winners Pachi Cruze, Vanish, and Jurojin going two turns in the Dec. 3 Display Stakes at Woodbine.
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A familiar name stands atop the final standings following the completion of the 2016 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as jockey Javier Castellano claimed the title as top rider in the series for a third consecutive year.
John Oxley's Sovereign Award winner Dynamic Sky has been retired and will enter stud at the Everatt family's Shannondoe Farm in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. He will stand for a fee of $4,000 (Canadian), stands and nurses.
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner-up in the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will bypass the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26 and be freshened for her sophomore campaign.
The complexion of two of the biggest stakes on Churchill Downs' fall schedule hinges on whether a pair of Breeders' Cup runners-up take one more stab at ending their 2016 campaigns on winning notes.
Boosted by the conclusion of the Conquest Stables dispersal, the Nov. 15 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale soared past the comparable day a year ago, bringing the cumulative numbers to nearly even terms with '15.
King and His Court, under a ground saving trip by Gary Boulanger, zipped up the rail to defeat stablemate State of Honor in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.
A balanced field of nine Ontario-bred juveniles, including stakes winner Pachi Cruze, are set to go to post in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity going 1 1/8 miles over the Woodbine main track Nov. 13.
Tepin exited her runner-up effort in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) behind Tourist well, according to Norman Casse and could make one more start in the $2.967 million Longines Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) on Dec. 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Trainer Mark Casse's seven Breeders' Cup entrants are all well as of Nov. 6, including champion grass mare Tepin, a charging second in her Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) defense attempt, who appeared no worse for the wear.
WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable, and Gary Barber's Tourist turned the tables on several horses and did it on the biggest stage Nov. 5 in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
European invader Queen's Trust denied Lady Eli a rousing finish to her fairytale comeback from laminitis, getting her nose down just in time to take the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
An already career year for trainer Chad Brown continued during the Nov. 4 card of the Breeders' Cup World Championships when New Money Honey collared pacesetter Lull in midstretch to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
Natalma Stakes (Can-IT) winner Victory to Victory will not run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), trainer Mark Casse said the morning of the Nov. 4 event.
Since teaming up with trainer Mark Casse, John and Debby Oxley have experienced a strong uptick in success with their Thoroughbred runners, evidenced by Breeders' Cup contenders Classic Empire and La Coronel.
Defending Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) heroine Tepin made her first appearance on the Santa Anita Park track Nov. 1, highlighting a relatively quiet morning of activity in advance of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5.
Set for a ninth running Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park, the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) has packed impressive amounts of quality into its short existance.
Conquest Vivi remained perfect through three career starts with a stalking score in the $125,000 Victorian Queen Stakes at Woodbine Oct. 30.
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