Whiskey Ticket came off the one and only start of his career -- a March 19 maiden special weight victory at first asking at Santa Anita -- and bravely held off Conquest Curlinate to win the $400,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III).
Secret Circle powered home March 28 in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I), holding off the late-closing Super Jockey after running down a determined Rich Tapestry.
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While plenty of connections would gladly take the 2014 season turned in by sprinter Secret Circle, the two-time Breeders' Cup winner on Dec. 27 will look to address the "0" currently listed in the win column for this year.
Odds-on Tiz Midnight proved a popular winner of the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) at Los Alamitos for former Quarter Horse trainer Bob Baffert, when she battled back along the rail by a head over Warren's Veneda Dec. 6.
The first "Bing Crosby Season" at Del Mar ended successfully Nov. 30 as the four-week meeting saw strong handle and attendance marks established for Southern California's newest season of Thoroughbred racing.
Hoppertunity made the most of his chance to finally run at Churchill Downs, grinding out his greatest career victory Nov. 28 in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
Many count the two top 3-year-olds in the field of nine among those who could have made some noise before heading to the sidelines earlier this season.
Dual grade I winner Midnight Lucky has been withdrawn from consideration for the DraftKings Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) following a six-furlong workout Oct. 24 and will be retired, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed.
Two-time grade I winner Artemis Agrotera boasts a three-race win streak going into this year's $1 million DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Two prominent horses being pointed to this year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Judy the Beauty and Midnight Lucky, will enter the seven-furlong race off long breaks. Both have shown ability to win off long breaks.
Garden Secrets, the dam of Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Forest Secrets and a half sister to Hall of Famer Silverbulletday, was euthanized July 22 at Glenary Farm near Frankfort, Ky.
The important summer meetings at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course each registered improved numbers compared with their 2013 seasons. Total handle was up at Del Mar; Saratoga saw total handle improve and a spike in attendance.
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity will rejoin Bob Baffert's California string next week, the Hall of Fame horseman confirmed July 8. The colt was in Kentucky recovering from surgery on his left front fetlock.
Dr. Edward Allred has been selected by the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) to receive the 2013 Ed Friendly Industry Service Award. The award is presented annually.
A defamation lawsuit brought in Nevada by prominent Thoroughbred owner Mike Pegram against fellow owner Jerry Jamgotchian has been brought to an end with a settlement of $879,536, it was announced June 12.
Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby, winner of the May 2 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, heads a field of six for the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Presented by Etihad Airways (gr. II) in Louisville June 14.
There will be no shortage of farms willing to take a chance on the modestly bred colt if he wins the Triple Crown.
Favored Fiftyshadesofhay, winless in her last five starts, got back in the win column with a come-from-behind victory in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park May 11.
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity is off the Triple Crown trail after undergoing minor surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed May 5.
Midnight Lucky had nearly a year since her last race, but lost none of her class in the interim. She rumbled into the stretch of the $330,600 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill and widened away to a 4 1/2 length victory.
An injured left front foot will keep Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Hoppertunity from competing in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Mike Pegram, who has raced champions such as Silverbulletday, Midnight Lute, and Real Quiet, is back with his fourth Derby starter in the Any Given Saturday colt Hoppertunity, co-owned with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.
Hoppertunity might not know much about racing yet, but his pure talent was enough to get the job done in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 15.
Increasing purses and reducing costs were primary topics at the Thoroughbred Owners of California open forum held at Santa Anita Feb. 8.
The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California unanimously voted to appoint Terry Lovingier to fill a vacancy on the board created by the recent resignation of Madeline Auerbach.
Multiple grade I winner Executiveprivilege has been retired and will be bred to Hill 'n' Dale stallion Midnight Lute, co-owner Mike Pegram confirmed Jan. 31.
The pedigree of Midnight Hawk, on the surface a mating between two sprinters, actually shows a nice balance between speed and stamina elements.
Malibu Stakes (gr. I) winner Shakin It Up answered doubts about his ability around two turns when he overpowered stablemate Govenor Charlie to give trainer Bob Baffert the exacta in Santa Anita Strub Stakes Jan. 18.
In the male sprinter division, tragedy ended the spectacular season of Points Offthebench, Secret Circle made a memorable return to racing, and Sahara Sky delivered a stirring victory in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).
The $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 11 was a two-horse race all the way down to the final sixteenth, and considering the fact that only four runners started, that was not surprising.
Shakin It Up, making his first start in nine months, mowed down the field for trainer Bob Baffert to earn his first grade I victory in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes at odds of 17-1 on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California unanimously voted to appoint owner William Strauss to fill a vacancy on the board created by the recent resignation of Dennis Cardoza.
Midnight Hawk, a son of Midnight Lute--Miss Wineshine, by Wolf Power, made an impressive career debut in the fourth race at Betfair Hollywood Park Dec. 13.
Making only his second start since April 2012, Secret Circle (by Eddington) rallies to win the $1.5 millon Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
This year 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle will try to win the Sprint off a single prep race in 1 1/2 years, an accomplishment that would be similar to Da Hoss in 1998 Mile (gr. I).
Fiftyshadesofhay made the most of her trip from California with a powerful victory in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino June 29.
Midnight Lucky more than made up for her lackluster fifth-place performance in the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when the Bob Baffert-trained filly unleashed a powerful 6 1/4-length victory in the May 25 Acorn Stakes.
In Excess, an Irish-bred son of Siberian Express who became one of the most dominant sires in California, died May 17 at Vessels Stallion Farm at 26. He was pensioned in 2011.
Jockey Joel Rosario's remarkable run continued May 17 when he cleverly brought Fiftyshadesofhay from off the pace to win the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.
Sunland Derby (gr. III) winner Govenor Charlie had a routine first morning at Pimlico Race Course May 16, going to the track shortly after 6 o'clock for some exercise.
Trainer Bob Baffert sent out Kentucky Oaks hopeful Midnight Lucky and potential Kentucky Derby starter Code West together April 28 at Churchill Downs. He expects to make a call April 29 on his Derby starters.
Captain Steve, the 2001 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, died April 21 in Japan as a result of acute heart failure.
Joe Morris will step down as general manager of Golden Gate Fields to become president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, The Stronach Group announced April 17.
With Fairplex Park announcing it is pulling back on expanding its racetrack, Santa Anita Park and Del Mar are likely to host the 2014 Southern California racing circuit should Betfair Hollywood Park shut down.
Fast-developing Govenor Charlie became the latest colt to jump into the Triple Crown fray when the Bob Baffert trainee dominated eight 3-year-old opponents in winning the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 24.
Trainer Bob Baffert grabbed his fifth win in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks when short-price favorite Midnight Lucky left the field behind on the far turn en route to an eight-length win March 24 in New Mexico.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be seeking to add to his four victories in the Sunland Park Oaks when he sends impressive maiden winner Midnight Lucky in the $200,000 race March 24 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.
Bob Baffert's reputation at Oaklawn Park is that of a phenomenon, one you cannot afford to bet against. Selectively shipping in from his West Coast base with a remarkable 59% win rate, he has captured 17 of 29.
Given a patient ride by David Flores, Shakin It Up rallied between horses to capture the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 17 at Santa Anita Park, giving trainer Bob Baffert his eighth win in the sprint event.
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